Acquiring a router today is easy but getting the best is an issue altogether. Telecom providers mushrooming each day and providing gadgets at affordable prices. None giving the negative part of the product. For beginners learn what works might be tricky, configuring a new gadget proves hard at times. However, in this article we guide you on what to check before buying a router for home or office space.
You might have heard of bandwidth, AC and other big names from the company. This being a wooing procedure to win new user or even then old ones with nice acronyms.
1. AC / bandwidth
Routers give different bandwidth according to the make. We have the AC 12000, AC 1900 AC 5400 router. In real sense the AC level doesn’t really matter since the companies won’t give the real bandwidth. Users shouldn’t go below the AC 1200. Below the 1200 are there in the market but truly they might be old version or outdated routers. Remember you need high speed and stability to surf and office use.
2. Dual-band or even more
Pick on a router which a can work on two or more signals to be on the safe side. It should show the names of the networks where you can choose the signal streaming fast. Give unique passwords for each, in most case the signals have frequencies as follows:
- 2.4GHz: this one always works with old wireless networks types of 802.11n. The band covers a large area though slow and has a lot of users thus causing congestions in the network. This acts as a fall back plan in most cases.
- 5GHz: the frequency is much faster and can connect to other device. uses modern standards of 802.11ac or 802.11ac the improve version of wave 2.
3. MU-MIMO 802.11 AC wave 2
Meaning multi-user multi input multi output. This is considered as the ability to transmit to many wireless connections at the same time. You can also say is transfer of data to certain clients using multi-data supply at the same time.
4. Processor and RAM
This taken lightly by many users and manufactures, the hardware in each router has a great impact. RAM helps in accommodating the number of gadgets sharing the wireless connection. Due to the heavy usage especially in the home internet one needs a powerful processor. Don’t buy blindly check the frequency and if it a single core, dual or quad core processor. The higher the core the better and can fulfil duties better.
A router should have a USB portal in order to connect other devices. One or two are preferable for external uses like printers, modems etc. This is counted as a priority before buying the router.
The above requirements are just a few to mention. They are among the important facts to check before buying the router. Companies also matter a lot and the price of the gadget plus the service. Some offer the gadget free but have poor internet connectivity.