Wi-fi Router

A guide to buying a router

A router is an essential tool for connecting to the Internet. Routers connect to both your computer and your modem, allowing you to access the web. Think of it as a crossroads between your computer and your Internet connection.

Buying a Router: You may be wondering what kind of router you should purchase. While there are a lot of technical terms to describe the specifications of a router, you won’t need to worry too much about that. Most routers available for purchase will work with your devices.

One major question you need to answer in selecting a router is whether you want a wired or wireless router. Most people today prefer routers that have some Wi-Fi capabilities, so most routers have this feature.

Check to make sure that the devices you want to use are also Wi-Fi capable. Most newer computers, tablets, and mobile phones are W-Fi capable. However, some older machines might not have this capacity. Fortunately, most routers also have ports in the back so that you can set up a wired connection. For desktop computers, wired connections are oftentimes faster.

 

Computer and networks Wireless router home area network diagram.

Computer and networks Wireless router home area network diagram.

Make sure that your Wi-Fi router supports “802.11n” or “802.11ac” connection types. This ensures that you will not only be able to access Wi-Fi, but access it at a high speed. If you want to watch video streamed from the Internet, this is particularly important.

There are many good routers available for  £100 or less. Extra features will steepen the price.

Modems and Routers and more:

Sometimes buyers are confused about whether they should buy a modem or a router. The answer is that you need both to successfully connect to the Internet. The modem connects to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) so that you are able to access the web. The router connects your devices to the Internet connection. You can oftentimes purchase a modem and a router together.

TP-LINK TD-8817 back view.

TP-LINK TD-8817 back view.

TP-LINK TD-8817 front view.

TP-LINK TD-8817 front view.

A guide to buying a router
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