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Wireless Routers for Home Networks
A home router and modem are required to set up a wireless network. The router controls the connections between all the devices that need internet access, including mobile phones, while the modem brings the internet into your home. You'll want to purchase a solution that can provide rapid service to all of your devices, whether you have a single computer or a huge network of desktops, laptops, and printers.
What kind of speed do you require?
Megabits per second is the unit of measurement for speed. A high-speed router won't help you increase your Wi-Fi performance if your connection is poor. It's important obtaining a product that gives top speeds if you pay for a higher speed internet connection. There's no need to go crazy with your Wi-Fi router capabilities for slower connection speeds. Typical speeds include:
- 802.11n: This type provides speeds ranging from 150 to 600 Mbps.
- 802.11ac: This router supports download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. This is in excess of megabits.
Are Dual Band Capabilities Required?
Dual band allows you to set up your wireless network for multiple bands, such as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. You may face wireless interference in your home as 2.4 gigahertz consumer devices become more popular. Because fewer gadgets use 5 gigahertz, the ability to switch to it decreases interference.
What Are Your Options for Signal Strength?
The signal strength required for your home Wi-Fi network is determined by the layout of your home as well as the distance between your modem and router. Even the materials used to construct your home might have an impact on its strength. Check the throughput of the wireless router you're thinking about buying. Here's how to choose the proper strength level:
- Near- and mid-range coverage: For a small home or a setup where your computer and Wi-Fi router are in the same room or only a short distance apart, near- and mid-range coverage should suffice.
- If your PCs are scattered across the home or are located a long distance from your Wi-Fi router, search for a throughput that claims to deliver far coverage.
What Other Features Should You Think About?
The number of LAN ports and USB ports are two common requirements to look for. You may need them to connect numerous PCs or printers, depending on your home network arrangement. You'll need enough LAN ports to support the amount of wired connections if you plan on using both Ethernet cables and Wi-Fi. If a product with enough ports is not available, an Ethernet switch might be used instead.
Gaming and Wireless Routers
A direct connection to your modem is optimal for online gaming on PCs and consoles, but if you're using a wireless connection, be sure it's reliable and fast. When playing a high-stakes game, you don't want to have a lot of ping or lag. If you play a lot of online games, you'll want to get a router that can handle fast speeds and maintain a steady connection.