In the modern world of technology, internet access is not only available in nearly every home but wireless internet is also rapidly growing in popularity. Wireless internet is an amazing service that adds many extra applications to standard internet access but it comes with several new devices that must first be connected before you can use wireless internet. One of these devices is the WiFi router that many people know intimately. In this article, we will explain what a WiFi router is and what it does as well as comparing several WiFi routers available on the market.
What Is A Wifi Router
A WiFi router, also known as a wireless router, is a device that connects to your broadband modem and allows for wireless internet access to be transmitted throughout your home or office building. A WiFi router takes the signal that is produced by your broadband modem and converts it into a radio signal that can be picked up by your computer as long as it has a wireless adapter. All laptops have wireless adapters built in but if you want wireless internet for your desktop computer, you will need to purchase an external USB wireless adapter and connect it to your computer. A WiFi router is amazingly simple to use but the signal can sometimes be difficult for your computer to receive which makes wireless internet somewhat faulty. Advances in modern technology, however, are quickly overcoming these setbacks and making wireless internet more stable and reliable.
Netgear WGR614NA Wireless-G
The Netgear WGR614NA Wireless-G is the most popular WiFi router on the market. It is extremely easy to use and only requires that you connect it to your modem for a constant internet connection. This device automatically turns on when electricity is supplied to it and finds the signal without any assistance from the user. It also has four connection ports for various ethernet cables so that you can run both your desktop connections and wireless connections simultaneously. It is very inexpensive and easy to find in most electronics stores. It also comes with a password-protected firewall to keep others out of your internet files and has a secondary internal antenna to improve signal strength and range.
Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G
The Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G is extremely lightweight and portable while providing high-powered signal strength and range throughout the area. It does require more user setup than the Netgear WGR614NA Wireless-G but isn’t too difficult for the average computer user to manage. It is generally sold in stylish black and is small enough to fit in any workplace. It also comes with additional features that allow you to connect it with other devices in order to create a large network of WiFi routers and signals that allow you to have wireless internet in as large of an area as you need.
Belkin Wireless G+ MIMO Router
The Belkin Wireless G+ MIMO Router is slightly larger and heavier than the two models that were previously mentioned but it comes with two external antennas that boost your wireless signal enough to cover the entire home or office. It is stylish, easy to use, requires no setup, protects your internet connection with a password-protected firewall, provides the user with 1,000 feet of coverage and 54 Mbps data transfer rates, free 24/7 technical support, and has 4 built-in ethernet ports for your landline internet connections.
D-Link WBR-1310 Wireless 802.11G WiFi Router
The D-Link WBR-1310 Wireless 802.11G Wifi Router provides users with a simple and secure wireless internet connection while maintaining strong signals throughout the area that you setup the device. The device may be moved easily as it is both lightweight and portable and only requires that you connect and disconnect the cables that connect it to your broadband modem whenever you want to relocate it to a new area. It automatically starts up like many other wireless routers and has 4 ethernet ports. The device can either be set upright or on its side and comes with a mounting kit that allows you to place it anywhere you want.
Netgear WPN824 RangeMax
The Netgear WPN824 RangeMax is about the same price as any other WiFi router but offers 7 separate internal antennas to boost your wireless signal beyond any other device on the market while maintain a truly consistent internet connection. The Netgear WPN824 RangeMax can provide you with signal coverage up to 500,000 square feet with data transfer rates of 108 Mbps. It has more security measures than any other WiFi router out there and is easier to setup than a radio.
Wireless Broadband Router
There are various technologies of wireless broadband router which can be seen as a progression of the technology or the family of wireless broadband routers. The first two in the group were 802.11 b and then 802.11 g, which use the now very busy (read ‘overcrowded’) 2.4 GHz traffic band. The latest addition to the family is the 802.11 g, which can use 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. Read the relavent pages on this site for more information on the wireless broadband router.
A wireless broadband router is a form of residential gateway. A residential gateway allows a home user to connect several computers to the Internet. For example, you plug the line from your Internet Service Provider into the residential gateway and then you plug your home computers into the gateway as well. This provides you with a group of interconnected computers, also called a LAN (Local Area Network) which are connected to the Internet by a single wire.
If you use a wireless broadband router you can connect your computers together and to the Internet without wires. This makes for a cleaner appearance and more freedom of movement. Most earlier wireless broadband routers transmit for a distance of up to fifty metres whereas the more recent ones will transmit for a hundred metres.
Originally, the term ‘residential gateway’ was invented to distinguish cheaper, less advanced models from the high-end routers. These days, however, even cheap ‘residential gateways’ have many of the capabilities of previously high-end professional routers. A good example of these modern residential gateways is the wireless broadband router, which is a common sight in homes, offices and hotels these days.
A home wireless broadband router tends to have plenty of interfaces, powerful functions and a powerful, user-friendly interface. A wireless broadband router is a manageable terminal usually with auto-configuration of the carrier network, remote control and detection.
Most wireless broadband routers provide additional services as well. Services such as IP address routing; network address translation (NAT); DHCP functions; firewall functions and LAN connectivity. Routers are generally self-contained devices which rely on hard-wired internally stored software or firmware to operate them. They can usually run with any operating system as they are so-called ‘OS Independent’.
A wireless broadband router performs all the functions of a normal router, but connects to the computers without the use of wires. A wireless broadband router uses 802.11 technology to transmit and receive data. The first wireless broadband routers were 802.11 b technology. Then came 802.11 g and now 802.11 n.
These technologies are backwardly compatible. 802.11 b and g work on the 2.4 GHz frequency, which means that the frequency can be very clogged in busy cities. They work at 54 MHz, so are quite slow compared with a plug-in connection.
This gives a modern wireless broadband router a huge increase in potential connectivity depending on the facilities that are in use in your area.