How To Choose The Best Wired Router
If you have decided that a wired router is the best choice for your home or business, then you need to choose the best wired router to meet your needs. Your router is the center of your online world, but there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to routers.
BlueGadgetTooth recommends these wired routers for most homes or small businesses, but even among the best of the best, you need to choose the best one for you.
What are you doing Online
The first consideration is to think about what you do online. I know this might seem obvious, but it will affect the router that you need. Some users really just browse online, not requiring the same speed that you would need if you were continually streaming. If you have multiple users and devices on the same router, trying to stream simultaneously, you are going to need a different router than someone just using it for basic browsing or social media.
Speed is really what all of us are after when it comes to a router. Your ISP will offer speeds to choose from. Your router is what processes the data transfer rate coming from your ISP, so the router will need to be appropriate for the ISP and its speed. You need to get a clear answer from your ISP about your speed, how many neighbours might be on the same bandwidth, and whether there are set router types that will work. Most ISPs offer a router than you can buy or rent, but if you are reading this, chances are you want something better than what they can offer.
WAN: Do you need Dual?
This is especially important if you are running a small business, even if it is from your house. The type of WAN port that will work with your ISP is critical to your connection, but you might want to have more than one WAN port on your router to separate the connection.
How many LAN Ports do you need?
The amount of LAN Ethernet ports that you need should also be a big consideration when choosing a wired router. The most common ports run at 10/100 Mbps, but there are faster ports as well, offering 1000 Mbps speeds. Even if you do not have any devices that need the higher speeds, you also do not want to have to buy a new router when you wind up with a higher speed device in the future.
Your router should have a hardware firewall already built into it, keeping your network safe from any threats that might be coming in from the outside. If you have a business that handles a lot of confidential information, you will need a firewall that meets HIPAA or PCI compliance, keeping threats from stealing any sensitive information that you might have in your network. If you do not need anything that intense, you still should make sure that your wired router has firewall hardware.
This is important if you travel a lot. VPN will allow you to access your network even when you are not there. Your wired router will need to support whatever protocol that you are going to use for your VPN.
What do you think? Are there other major considerations that you need to think about when you are purchasing a wired router? It all comes down to what you are going to be doing online, meaning what speeds, ports, and security that you need. Make sure that your router meets all of your needs before you buy.