We all are connected through network isn’t it? Whether you want to shoot an email, send pictures, do video chats or learn new things, a reliable Wi-Fi is all you need to get your work done. There are few things that often go unnoticed by many buyers due to the lack of product knowledge. This guide will broaden up the concept of networking to help you purchase the right type of modem.
• Modem- Your home network gets connected to the internet through the modem. It usually connected with the phone jack or cable jack.
• Router- It is the hub of your network. It is the main point for all your connected devices.
• Gateway- Consider a device that has both modem and router installed. It provides an all-in-one solution.
Recommended for up to 6 Wi-Fi devices. It supports email, web surfing, music streaming and file downloads.
Models that fall in N300-N600 range are the basic ones.
Premium is an upgraded version of basic routers. It is recommended for 8 or more Wi-Fi devices. Of course, it would support all the functions of basic router plus additional functions like video streaming. Models that fall in N750-AC1200 range are the premium routers.
This is recommended for more than 10 Wi-Fi devices. These are high performance routers and are next generation Wi-Fi standards. It has all the functions of basic and premium routers and has additional features like multi-device streaming, gaming and offering you more bandwidth for 4K streaming video and lag-free gaming!
This limits the users and maintains the speed of the internet. It is pretty easy to set passwords of your choice. There are additional features like guest access. This means that your guests can access your internet for some time without knowing the password. Always set passwords to secure your Internet.
Your router will offer you QoS (Quality of Service) feature. With this feature you can prioritize your applications that require more bandwidth. For example, if you want to watch a movie you may prioritize your router for this particular task leaving the rest of the devices with less priority (less speed). Hence, your bandwidth goes where it is most needed.
If you have children at home and want to control the websites they can access, then you may do so with the help of the router settings. It is important to deter your children from viewing inappropriate content.
You would definitely not entertain people who would want to access your internet. In that case your internet should be one-way street. Most of the routers come with built-in security and firewall features. However, there are times when you would want other computers to access yours (ex- playing game online).
Many routers come with features of remote access. With this feature you may control them with a supported mobile device. You can set parental control features, passwords, and also keep a track on the number of devices that are connected to your network.
Many routers come with built-in USB ports. This allows you to do several useful things. For example if your printer is not wireless then you may connect it to your network via USB and print using wired connection.
MU-MIMO means multi-user, multi-input/multi-output. This is a new technology that handles multiple high bandwidth devices. This prioritizes every device and offers greater bandwidth without any compromise!
What is exactly beamforming? You must have seen routers that offer wide signals to help you connect in variety of locations across your home. Coverage does not mean that you will have an excellent signal. Remember that more the coverage, weaker will be the signal. Beamforming is a new technology that has come into existence. When it connects to a device, it sends a focused signal to the device. If you are moving a lot with your phone, the signal will follow your mobile to offer you the best internet experience.
Dual band routers will send two signals at the same time. These signals operate in different frequencies. What is the advantage? The advantage is that you can use the slower devices in one channel whereas the faster device can take the benefits of the greater frequency!
Tri-band routers will send three signals simultaneously. Three signals would mean that you don’t have to fight over with the bandwidth for speed.
Network range extenders will extend the coverage of your network in your house, basement, garage or any place where you think that the coverage is not sufficient. An extender will pick up the signal from your wireless router and extend it for a greater coverage.
This costs less as compared to the extenders. The powerline adapters will do the same thing as network range extenders but it does its job with the help of electric wires that exists inside your home. It helps in extending strong network with electrical outlet.
If your bedroom consists of a TV (here you would need a smart TV) or a PC or any other cabled device, then a powerline kit can offer a stable connection.You may also install a range extender to boost your Wi-Fi signal.
If you don’t have a smart TV or a PC in your living room then there is no point buying a powerline kit. A router or a range extender will suffice if you want good connection in your living room.
So, this is an official place and you would be engaged sending and receiving mails. You may install network hard drives to the router that can be accessed anywhere from your home. Also, if you have saved any work in your office, it can be automatically updated to your drive. This helps in easy backup.
So you want to spend the leisure hours in the garden but also want to surf the net. It often happens that the Wi-Fi signal becomes poor in the garden area. For such case you may use a range extender to strengthen the signal.
• Router- It is best to buy a router that has an in-built modem to connect with the internet.
• Security- You should set passwords to ensure high security of your Wi-Fi network.
• Standards- Wi-Fi is available in a range of standards. It refers to the operating frequency and data transfer rates. Hence go for 802.11n.
• The range is increased.
• Faster speed.
• New features.
• More devices get connected without slowing down the speed.