WiFi Router: Information And Advice
Do you need advice about WiFi routers, or are you looking for information about them? Well, you’ve come to the right page, because I’m going to take care of that with you today.
The router nowadays has become the most important device of computer equipment in our homes. It allows us to connect to the internet, so making the right choice certainly makes a difference.
Often people go to the supermarket and buy the first box with the wifi router written in front of their eyes, without knowing that there are various types of these devices on the market, all incompatible with each other.
I’ll give you some advice on buying so you can save money with the best possible product.
If you are already familiar enough with wifi routers, you can always take a look at the article that I propose below, and use these tips that I will give you to understand if you are going in the right direction.
Contents of the article:
- Difference between modem and router
- The types of routers
- WiFi router: information and advice
- Ethernet and USB ports
- WiFi class n and adsl 2+
Difference between modem and router:
Let’s start from the beginning and solve this enigma that has always plagued many of the people who enter this way.
Modem: this device takes care of connecting your network to the internet, that is, it connects everything outside your home. It can only connect one computer at a time.
Router: in a network, it takes care of routing traffic, and allows the connection of multiple computers through Ethernet cables or through a wireless network also called WiFi.
The types of routers:
Perfect! Now that the basic concept has been clarified, you are ready to take a small next step.
Let’s analyze together the various types of routers, and forever put a stone above all those unknown acronyms that we find on the packages such as: WiFi router, Ethernet router, ADSL 2+ router, dual band ADSL wifi router and portable router.
The so-called “pure” router is that device that only allows the routing of traffic within a local network, with the possibility of connecting multiple devices simultaneously.
Usually these routers have a WAN port available, with which they can communicate with a device that acts as a modem or with a radio link (“if you have an antenna on the roof”).
In this case they are also called Ethernet routers.
Furthermore, on the market there are “classic” modem routers and WiFi adsl 2+ modem routers, which the former allow you to connect your home to the Internet, and simultaneously connect the various devices to each other.
The latter, on the other hand, have the additional possibility of creating a wireless network to allow devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect to the network of your home.
There is also a type of device that is called Range Extender in Italian “Wireless Repeater”, they have nothing to do with routers despite the shape and color are practically the same.
They are used to extend the range of action of a Wi-Fi network. For this type of equipment, I wrote an article specifically; check it out if you have any problems with the Wi-Fi network range
Dual band routers are a type of device that can support the classic WiFi band, ie 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz band. With this type of router you can avoid the interference problems of the 14 channels of the 2.4 GHz band, but you will have a minor range and all devices still don’t support it.
Portable routers work very similar to that of a smartphone. By connecting to the 3G or LTE 4G network via a SIM, they allow devices to communicate with the internet.
When you turn on a portable router, it creates a dedicated WiFi and by connecting to it you will be able to surf.
WiFi router: information and Advice:
Now that we have made it clear the various types of devices that the market offers, let’s move on to analyze the WiFi routers more technically, and what should be the characteristics of a device suitable for your home.
A great WiFi router should have these features:
- Minimum 4 Ethernet ports
- One USB port
- Wide range of wireless wireless network
- Must have class n WiFi
- It must support the ADSL 2+ type
- Now let’s analyze these features in detail:
Ethernet and USB ports:
The ethernet ports are used to connect the computer to the router via a cable. It is recommended that a WiFi router has at least 4 available.
The ports of the routers are also classified according to the speed with which they are able to transfer data.
Fast Ethernet ports, for example, support data traffic of 100 Mbps, while Gigabit Ethernet ports support 1000 Mbps.
If a router has a USB port, it means that through it you have the ability to share files with all devices connected to the network, any type of data, by connecting a hard disk or key.
WiFi class n and adsl 2+:
As with everything in computer science it is born and evolves. So it was for both Wi-Fi and ADSL technology.
In fact, there are different types of WiFi and are respectively called Class b which reaches up to 11 Mbps, Class g which reaches up to 54 Mbps and class n which instead can reach up to 300 Mbps.
So if you have connectivity over 11 Mbps, make sure you don’t buy a class b wifi router.
Even ADSL, as I told you a little while ago, has had its evolution. There are in fact the ADSL up to 12 Mbit / s, the ADSL 2 up to 24 Mbit / s or the ADSL 2+ ranging from 24 Mbit / s up.
Now that you have all the means to make the best purchase and save some money, all you have to do is choose the WiFi router that best suits your needs.
Remember that if you have any problems or doubts, you can always leave a comment below the article and you will receive the best possible help.