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Things to Consider While Buying a Wireless Internet Router

At first glance every wireless router appears to be same. Actually there are many wireless routers available in the market with their own set of attributes. The checklist below will allow you to choose the best wireless network router according to your needs.

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Speed Ratings

Wireless internet routers usually use megabits per second (Mbps) to describe their speed. Old Wi-Fi Models offered speed up to 11 Mbps, then came the mid-range 802.11g routers with the speed limit up to 54 Mbps and now the latest Draft N routers offers up to 300 Mbps. Mostly we go for the router with the highest speeds. But on average the actual performance of the router in practical is much low than what is mention on the package.  In addition to this even a high speed wireless internet router cannot directly speed up your internet speed.

Popular Models

There is an old saying:”There is safety in numbers.” The chances are that, if many people are buying a particular product, it seems that product is serving their needs. One can say that the top selling network equipments tends to be existing technology but not cutting edge. If you want to be traditional and run with the pack than start checking sales ranking online to build your wireless router short list.

Warranty


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Every wireless router manufacture always provides a warranty with their equipment. The terms and length of these warranties may vary extensively. If a manufacturer is more dedicated to support its product than it shows that the warranty is better and on the other hand if the standard and the quality of the product is not up to the mark than how could it provide a good warranty. So always think about wireless router warranties when making your purchase decision.

Overlook the other’s Success and Horror Stories

Many consumers use blogs, retailer websites and message boards to give their opinions regarding the wireless router they are using, these posts sometimes have good and positive opinions and sometime bad and negative. The thing to understand here is that don’t let someone else’s experience influence your decision too much.

Brand Matching with Network Adapters

Try to go for a wireless Internet router of the same brand as your wireless network adapters. The benefit is a small one, but sometimes vendors will optimize communication protocols of their own equipment; you may see slightly higher performance.

Size and Style

Purchasing a stylish router can make this an attractive addition to the decor that you will be proud to show family and friends. Routers vary in both size and shape. If you plan to install the router in a confined space, ensure you pick one with a suitable form factor.

Cost and Budget

Always shop around and you’re more likely to land a good value for your money.

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