One of the most popular devices for home Internet users today is the Wi-Fi router. A wide range of routers of different manufacturers is presented on the market, so it is difficult for an ordinary user to understand such a variety of models. We will help you choose a Wi-Fi router that is suitable for your home, as well as tell you about the selection factors that need to be given special attention. In addition, we present you a rating of the top 5 best routers on the Russian market.
Basic rules for choosing a router for your home
A router or router is a device with which PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. Connect to a wireless network and connect to the Internet. Choosing an inexpensive, but high-quality router can be difficult, you need to consider a number of criteria for choosing a device. After all, buying a “pig in a poke”, you will not gain anything. So, the main criteria:
price – on Internet forums, many advise choosing from the cheapest routers, arguing that all devices are the same, support the same functions, etc., etc. So why, they say, pay more ?! In fact, this is not so – high-quality assembly, high performance, good components and high reliability are present only in relatively expensive models. And they put cheap spare parts in cheap ones, they have much worse reception, and the Wi-Fi coverage area is small. In addition, budget routers often break more often than expensive ones, although this rule does not always work. If you can afford a router more expensive, then give preference to it-brand – there is a whole line of brands of routers, but their products have proven themselves in different ways. For example, D-Link is considered one of the main manufacturers of budget routers, but at the same time its products are not particularly reliable. Specialists and ordinary users name several manufacturers whose products are the best on the market: Linksys (fairly expensive routers, but high-quality and reliable), Asus (according to reviews, it occupies leading positions among manufacturers of many devices, including routers), Zyxel (produces at least several models of excellent routers), TP-Link (produces budget, but high-quality and reliable models of routers) – technical characteristics. First of all, choose routers with a normal “stuffing” – RAM (at least 64 MB), a processor (300 or more MHz), FLASH-memory (from 16 MB). Also pay attention to the power of the device, the presence and number of antennas – Internet access protocols. Pay attention to the most important detail – protocol support. The fact is that different providers use different protocols to provide Internet access: PPTP, L2TP, PPPoE. It is necessary that the purchased router must support the protocol that your provider uses. To do this, ask the Internet provider for the necessary data, and then check that the router’s technical specifications show the same WAN port protocol and Internet connection technology. Routers also differ in what port (WAN port) connects to the Network: Ethernet, ADSL, USB 3G. This is a very important factor of choice, because if you can’t connect the Internet cable to the router, then the money will be thrown to the wind standards – today, mainly, the latest Wi-Fi standard is used: 802.11n. It has already been fully commissioned and the corresponding devices are being released, so it makes no sense to buy outdated routers that support 802.11b or 802.11g.