7 Things to Know before Buying a Wireless Router for Your Home


The days of the dial-up internet are long gone—so are the tormenting dial-tones we were subjected to, upon holding the landline phone receiver against our ears. Much to our pleasure, wireless router has made possible what was next to unimaginable back in the day—having unlimited access to the world of the internet from not just our laptops and desktop computers but also our mobile phones, tablets, and iPads among other gadgets.

Wireless router
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Almost everyone, today, has set up a wireless router in their homes. For those who have yet to buy their wireless routers, it is very important to know a few pre-requisites—not to mention installing the Wi-Fi router properly is as important as is buying the right one.

Choosing Right Wireless Router

A few tips that can help you choose the right wireless router are:

1. Assessing the Signal Strength

For a proper wireless access to the internet all through your home, it is very important that you assess the signal strength beforehand. Manufacturers often mention the signal strength specifications; however, it is best not to rely on the mentioned ratings and actually see for yourself how the signal strength of a router varies across every single room of your house or office. It has very often been observed that even the best and latest of routers fail to provide enough signal strength all over, even, the smallest of apartments. A great way to go about it is to consider removal of any obstacles that lie in the path of the router.

Wi-Fi Signal strength

2. Deciding on the Speed

Before buying your wireless router, ensure that it will be in sync with your already existing internet connection; in other words, the router should be able to lend your DSL or cable-internet ample support.  All the latest routers provide around 600 Mbps of speed, on paper. Ask around if all your devices are compatible with the 802.11N standard. If no; you would better off with an 802.11G router instead. Using unsupported devices will ultimately bring down the effective speed significantly, much to your displeasure.

If your requirement is such that you can’t do without using both G and N-type devices simultaneously, then you’d definitely have to choose a dual-band router so as to avoid interference and the resultant slowing down of the speed.

3. Assessing and Testing the Equipment

A real-life range-test of the few models your have zeroed-in on should give you a good idea of how well the wireless router is going to turn out to be, for your specific setting. Many websites help you assess the results of the speed throughput test.

Internet speed

4. Opting for the Latest Encryption Methodology

You definitely don’t want anybody within the Wi-Fi range accessing your paid-for facility at leisure and eating up on your bandwidth, do you? The solution to your problem is securing your network with the right encryption methodology.  There are so many ways to provide a secure network to Wi-Fi router. Here, the most popular way of ensuring the right encryption is to use WPA.

Wireless setup

5. Keeping Compatibility Issues in Mind

The most overlooked trick is to choose the same wireless-router brand as that of your existing network cards.  This compatibility plays a vital role in your being able to select the perfect wireless router to meet your internet needs.

6. Assessing Customer Support

What use would a wireless router be if you are facing connectivity problems and no customer support is available to help you fix your issue? The wisest thing to do would be only to go for a popular manufacturer of the wireless provider of the internet!

7. Comparing Warranties

Needless to say, you don’t want your precious little piece of investment to fault more often than it ought to. Buying a wireless router that stands guarded for at least a given span of time, is thus your best bet. Typically, the top brands offer the best warranties and are also best for trouble-free operation.

You can give wireless routers manufactured by Tenda, TP-link, Linksys, and Netgear a try.



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