Routers are everywhere. In our homes, apartments, schools. Everywhere we turn. Which translates to so many routers on the market today. Single or Dual band? Beamforming vs. Multi-User technology?
What does all this mean and how does it tie into choosing your next router?
Well for starters, let’s take a step back. The first thing is, what is a router?
A router is a small electronic device that joins multiple computer networks together either via a wired or wireless connection.
In simple terms, a router tells your computer/device which door to use to get on the Internet.
Your router also controls the combination lock on who gets in and out on your network, hence why a Wi-Fi network may be password protected.
Routers also help if you want to run multiple devices in your home. They offer wireless capabilities and add another layer of security to your Internet connection.
Most routers have four or five Ethernet ports (one for connecting your modem) which allow you to plug in a computer or other additional devices. Keep in mind most routers offer a Wi-Fi connection which allows you to connect your devices without a physical cable. That’s why you’re able to surf on your iPad without a wire or stream your favorite show to any device.
Now that we know what a router is, it’s important to determine what you want to use your router for. Will you have multiple devices? Do you want Wi-Fi capabilities? These are all things you should map out before you shop.
Picking your next router can be a little tricky and overwhelming if you’re not too sure what to look for, try to follow these tips:
–Know the router’s features: All routers have a variety of features. Is parental control something important to you? Will the number of Ethernet ports matter? Will you need a router with a joint USB port to connect your desktop computer? These are all things to brainstorm. A good rule of thumb to remember is the more features a router has, the more money it will cost you.
–Coverage & Range: Just like you practice strength at the gym, strength with your router is another important factor. With routers, strength applies to your signal. You want to look for a router that offers you to go the furthest distance, while still maintaining a strong connection.
But buying your own equipment doesn’t always guarantee a better performance from your router. Always remember at Race, you can skip the guesswork and rent a router with our services. Our router is guaranteed to handle speeds up to a 1000 mbps versus some market routers that can’t handle speeds that high.
Also, we offer after hour tech support on all our equipment. So if you ever run into any technical problems, we can remote in on your router and troubleshoot it for you without having to send a technician to your home.
Another great point about our routers, they come configured to the network. So there’s no extra setup, just plug and go and your router is ready right out the box.
With so many options out there, we know how hard it can be to pick your next router. Just keep these pointers in mind and you will be on your way to picking out the perfect piece of equipment for your household’s needs.
For our SOHO and business customers contact our Enterprise Sales Representatives at 1-877-722-3833 to find out how our routers can work for you and your network with their advance settings.