Five Things to Consider When Buying a Router

May 18, 2018 5:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Your router is an extremely important part of your home wireless system. Whether you’re installing a brand new network or upgrading an existing one, the router you choose could make a big difference between a network that runs smoothly and one that constantly experiences downtime and other issues.

Here are some things to consider when purchasing a new router from a computer store in Woodward, OK.

Store-bought routers versus routers from your ISP

Whenever you sign up for internet service with a provider (ISP), you’ll have the opportunity to rent equipment from the company, usually for $5 to $7 a month. The modem and router you get will probably meet your needs, but consider this—if you plan on using the same equipment for at least a year, it’s going to be far more cost-effective for you to just buy the equipment instead. The rental fees never stop, so it quickly becomes worthwhile to just have a router that’s your own.

How long a router will last

You will also want to consider the lifespan of your prospective router. Networking hardware is not built to last forever. Plus, the wireless standards change with some regularity. Your Wi-Fi connection will probably be stretched to its limits across your computer, mobile devices, gaming console and streaming devices you have throughout your home. The more devices, the heavier the load. If you suddenly notice a dip in the quality of your network, it could be that your router has been worked too hard for too long and you’ll need a new one.

Single versus dual band

Wireless routers have two different types of frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. A 2.4GHz band is used by many devices around your house and more susceptible to its speeds getting bogged down, while the newer 5GHz band does not serve as many devices and provides a faster connection. Dual-band routers offer both of these connections simultaneously. So when choosing single or dual band, consider how crowded your neighborhood is and how many devices you have in your home. The denser the population and the more devices in the area, the more a dual-band router can benefit you.

Router range

Where you position your router in your house is important. You should try to keep it in a central location and, if possible, high up on a shelf to avoid dead spots around your home. If you have your router off in one corner of your house, you might find the connection to be weaker on the opposite side of the house. Either you’ll need to move your router or you’ll have to get signal boosters to compensate.

Price

Be sure to keep the price of your potential routers in mind. You could pay as little as $15 to as much as $400. But for the most part, you don’t need one of these ultra high-end routers—for most people’s home needs, a router much farther down in price (between $50 and $150) will give you all the service you need.

For more information, contact our computer store in Woodward, OK.

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