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What Kind Of Router Should I Get?

By Ace Winget_

In order to connect two different networks you need a piece of equipment called a router. The most common usage of this equipment in the typical household is to share a high speed internet connection. There are two main types- wireless and non wireless.

Many, if not most, households have several computers and wireless devices. Tally up what needs to be connected and whether it’s wireless or not so you can purchase the right equipment for your needs. Make sure you have enough connections on your network equipment for all your devices.

Networks can easily be upgraded though if find you need more ports, etc. For example, if you want to add wireless to your network you can purchase a wireless access point to work with your non wireless router. You can also get a switch, hub, or an additional router if you need more ports.

The four port wireless router is the most common type of network equipment households use. Four ports isn’t very much, but most personal computing equipment has wireless so four ports usually does the job. A port is the space where the Ethernet cable connects.

Now let’s discuss the different network speeds available. For non wireless these speeds are 10 megabytes per second (Mbps), 100 Mbps, and 1000 Mbps (also called 1 gigabyte per second, Gbps). The 100 Mbps is presently the norm and works well with casual network usage.

There are also several speeds available for wireless. They are called 802.11 types b, g, and n. The speed of type b is 11 Mbps, type g is 54 Mbps, and type n is 108 Mbps.

Additional functions are now being built into routers. Manufacturers can include internet filters and firewalls. Some also have the ability to connect an external hard drive and/or printer directly to it.

There are many different types of network equipment available to help connect two different networks together, such as your home network and the internet. Being able to recognize what your needs are for speed, number of ports, wireless vs. non wireless, and extra features will help you to look for the right kind of equipment.

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Winget_, Ace "What Kind Of Router Should I Get?." What Kind Of Router Should I Get?. 24 Jun. 2010. 31 Jan 2015 <>.

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