BUYING GUIDE FOR ROuTER
How to find a compatible router?
There are a number of brands which manufacture routers such as D-Link Routers, Netgear, TP Link, Micromax, iBall, Cisco and Asus. All these routers are designed to fulfil specific needs and configurations. When buying a router, always keep in mind all your needs like the range, speed and your budget and pick out the most optimal router for yourself.
Listed below are some characteristics you should consider while buying a router:
Different connection inputs and their ISPs:
· Bandwidth of the Router:
Bandwidth is defined as the router’s ability to receive and send requests made by the user. The range of the bandwidth depends on the type of router you buy. Buy a router with a bandwidth that suits your needs. While buying a router, you’ll come across configurations like 300Mbps or 1500Mbps which are nothing but the highest capability of the router by which it can send and receive requests. The bandwidth has nothing to do with the speed of the internet because the speed is solely dependent on the ISP and the internet plan you’ve selected. Your downloading and browsing speed depends only on the ISP and not the bandwidth a router has. The speed at which you share files, videos and music will be boosted by having a faster router.
· Portability of the Router:
There are two types of routers, wired and wireless. The ones which are connected through wire are not easily portable and have a limited mobility. These routers are placed at one spot and the internet is connected by the other portable devices within its range. The other type of routers are the mobile routers which can be taken anywhere. These routers create a hotspot by connecting to cellular networks and transmitting wireless internet to other portable devices.
Antenna is one of the most important aspects of the router which nobody seems to notice. The quality of the signal around your office or work-space depends on the quality of the antenna that your router has. The routers come with a single, a double and with multiple antenna depending on how much wider your signal range should be. Before deciding on a router, make sure you know how wider the range you want. If your workspace is huge, you should get a double antenna router and if it is small, then a single antenna is appropriate.
There are different types of antennae on routers. While choosing a router, make sure you have the router with the right antennae that will fulfil your needs and cover a favorable distance of your space. Check the above table to better understand the range of different types of antennae, while using a 100mW Wireless Router with antennae at both ends.
· Designation of the Router:
The classification of the router is one other aspect that determines the transfer speeds and the frequency range. The router is classified into Wireless B, G, N and AC.
· Router’s Band:
Routers are classified into single bands and dual bands. The bands have an effect on the speed of the internet. Single Band routers are least expensive of all the routers that operate on the 2.4 GHz band are the slowest. The same is the case with the dual band routers, that they are slow and cheap. The routers that operate at 5 GHz and connected to devices that 802.11N or that are 802.11AC compatible have the highest connection speeds and are comparatively expensive. The routers that are expensive and newly launched are not compatible with other devices.
Places where you can use your router: