Choosing Your Wireless Router

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Choosing Your Wireless Router

 

There are a ton of Wireless Routers available on the market today!

Choosing the right one can be difficult.  

If you’d like, you may purchase one at the store of your choice, or you can purchase one from us.  Currently we offer the Comtrend WR-5887 Router. Comtrend’s AC1200 Wireless Router offers Simultaneous Dual Band Technology and 5 Gigabit Ports which are 10x faster than standard ports. You can read and download the resources for the Comtrend WR-5887 on Comtrend’s Website below.

WR-5887 Manual | WR-5887 Product Sheet | WR-5887 Quick Start Guide

Previously we sold Trendnet N300 Single Band and Trendnet N600 Dual Band Routers.

The manuals for each are available below their matching images.

N300 TEW-731BR Manual        N600 TEW-751DR Manual

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What is a router, why do I need one and what one do I need?

Basically speaking, a router is a means to connect to the internet and disperse it to multiple devices (computers, laptops, smart phones, gaming consoles) wirelessly within your home or business.  The router is plugged in to your Ethernet jack in the wall of your home to gain access to your wired internet connection.  If you have more than one device, or devices that do not directly connect to your wall jack with an Ethernet cable, having a router is essential.   With so many choices out there, it can be difficult to know what to purchase for your particular internet needs.

Comparing the Range of Wireless Routers

Possibly the most important factor of a router is the range of the signal.  There is a considerable difference between the range of a Dual and Single Band Wireless Router.  Below you will find information comparing the range, speed and a few other factors to consider before making your purchase.

Single Band Wireless Router
Single Band Wireless Routers generally have a weaker signal.  A weaker signal means a shorter range.  A shorter range is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you are using it for. Customers who live in a small apartment/home or work in a single small office should have plenty of range and strength for their space.
Dual Band Wireless Router
Dual Band Wireless Routers have a similar range but greater strength because they have multiple signal bands, and are best suited for larger offices and homes.  They are more versatile in handling multiple devices on the same network.

Router Speed Comparison

Speed is important, and waiting for spinning pages to load or dealing with lag time is frustrating!  The proper Wireless Router can help relieve your woes.

Single Band Wireless Router
Single Band Wireless Routers use a 2.4 GHz band  If there is only one user, this router should be sufficient and the user should not see any noticeable lag.
Dual Band Wireless Router
A Dual Band Wireless Router uses both a 2.4 GHz band and a 5.0 GHz band, which disperses connections appropriately on both bands and provides a higher speed.  This is the proper type of router for those customers who have multiple users connected at the same time.

Other Factors to Consider

Internet Usage
How you use your internet will impact what type of router you need as well.  Customers who do a lot of media streaming (Netlfix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Roku…) as well as streaming music (Pandora, I Heart Radio…) or online gaming (Playstation Network, XBox Live…) will suffer more lag and speed interruptions than a customer who simply browses the internet and checks email.  For those heavy streamers, a Dual Band Wireless Router is the better option.
Hardware Age
The newer the device, the more bandwidth it will need.  If you are up to date on your upgrades and plan on connecting smart phones, tablets, PC’s and laptops at the same time, a Dual Band Wireless Router is your best choice.
Wired Connections
Some wireless routers have Ethernet ports that allow users to connect a device directly, such as a desktop PC, with an Ethernet cable. Wired connections provide faster internet, so if you plan on having multiple devices on the same wireless network, having the option to connect directly via an Ethernet port is a great option to have to boost your speed on a particular device.
Security
It may not be the first thing you think of, but security is an important concern when choosing a wireless router. Whether you go Single or Dual Band, try looking for a router that has built in encryption security options to secure your personal network

 

The best customer is an informed one!  When in doubt, always do your research.  Keeping the above factors in mind while making your choice will help improve your online experience.