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Choosing the router you need

Optimizing Internet Speeds With The Right Router

Routers play a key role in home local area networks or LAN. But it can be stressful and time-consuming to install and maintain routers, especially if you barely know anything about the hardware. Here are things you should know when shopping for a new router.

Assess Signal Strength

Different routers have different signal strengths. Depending on where you plan to install it, you may need higher signal strength routers. Even for a small apartment unit, the signal range can pose problems, regardless if you are using the most advanced router version. Figure out which router is compatible with your network speeds by testing the hardware in real time, and not just reading the manufacturer's published specifications. More often than not, the claimed specifications will be false.

Know What Speeds You Need

Be sure the router can support your current internet connection format, whether it's cable, DSL, or fiber optic. Check the megabits per second, or Mbps. The latest routers will theoretically have a 600 Mbps limit. Recent standard for internet speed was set at 54 Mbps (802.11G) and utilized a single band, and later replaced with a faster 300 Mbps (802.11N) standard, which utilizes a dual band.

Check if users devices all support 802.11N standard. If not, stick with the G standard instead. Keep in mind that when N devices are used simultaneously with G devices, internet speeds are dramatically reduced. If this is the case, choose a dual band router that supports both G and N devices.

Security

Most of the latest routers use the highest standard of security, WPA 2. Make sure to ask for this level of security when shopping for routers. WPA encryption helps better protect users from intruders. If you have children using the internet, consider getting a router with parental control features. This will keep them out of websites that they should not be looking at.

Wireless Or Wired?

We live in an era where wireless devices are the sexy versions of hardware. But is it really a noteworthy factor to consider when shopping for routers? Wireless routers offer the benefits of removing those cables and wires that take up space and make it impossible and irritating to adjust the location of the router.

These guidelines will give you more confidence in picking the right router for your home or small business. Now that you are equipped with the critical knowledge to buying a router, you can start comparing different options online, at your local store, or through your ISP.

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