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A Buyers Guide To Wireless Routers

Wireless routers allow Internet users to use a variety of devices in their homes. If your ISP is a cable company, then you can easily plug into a cable modem, but you won’t be able to freely use multiple computers such as desktop, laptops, or tablets. To eliminate the clutter that cables bring, you are better off using a wireless connection, especially if you have a laptop or other mobile devices. Here is a buyer’s guide to wireless routers and how to select the most suitable one for your needs.


Reasons for buying a router

Some of the main reasons for people wanting to buy a wireless router include connecting to multiple computers, going online with their laptop or tablet, or if their existing router’s range is too short or too slow, they are better off opting for a wireless connection in their homes.

Wireless range

Wireless range

A router’s wireless range depends on many factors such as how many antennas it has, its interference, and the frequencies it broadcasts on. What you should know is that wireless AC routers provide excellent connectivity at the farthest range, so if you want a dependable Wi-Fi throughout your home, make sure you opt for AC or N but not G.

Wireless Speed

The speed of wireless routers has come a long way since they first hit the market. AC routers are 3 times faster than the standard ones but the N models are 14 times faster than Wireless G. You will easily be able to enjoy your favourite shows in high definition using AC or N.

Are you AC compatible?

The latest wireless router that has just been made available in a few laptop models is a 5GHz band which can increase wireless speeds as long as it is used under the right conditions. This type of router is known as 802.11 AC and will be widely used by gadget owners in the near future.

Other options to consider

Aside from core wireless networking, there are other integrated Internet connection options that offer a cable DSL port which can be plugged into an existing modem. The better option for your fibre broadband connection is a VDSL router with up to 100Mbps. This clever router makes Web surfing safer and will even block hackers from entering your system.

Dual Band Connectivity

When you are on the market for a router, you will come across both single and dual band models. A single band router operates on one frequency which is 2.4GHz, but it is unsuitable for streaming high-bandwidth videos. Dual band routers on the other hand, transmit over 5GHz of data which are less prone to any interference from other computers or mobile devices. You can easily surf the Web on a dual band router while downloading high definition movies without getting overloaded. All AC and N routers offer dual band functionality so make sure you look for this feature the next time you buy a wireless router.