Router Selection

The router is the main component of the local network and performs most of the basic functions during data exchange. Not only the capabilities of your home network will depend on it, but also its performance and stability. Therefore, his choice should be taken very seriously.


In the first article of the do-it-yourself local area network series of articles, we found out that the router is the main component of the local area network and performs most of the basic functions of data exchange. And if so, then his choice should be taken very seriously. Many features of your home network, its performance and stability will depend on it.

To make it easier for you to choose this complex device, let’s look at the basic characteristics of routers and see what they are responsible for. I will intentionally simplify some formulations when describing various functions, trying not to overload inexperienced users with complex technical information.

Types of Routers

In general, routers can be divided into two large groups – wired and wireless. Already by the names it can be seen that to the first all devices are connected only using cables, and to the second, both with wires and without them, using Wi-Fi radio technology. Therefore, at home, it is most often used wireless routers that allow you to provide the Internet and network computer equipment using various communication technologies.

Conclusion 1: If you do not pursue any specialized tasks, then it is better to buy a router wireless. This universal solution will allow you to network equipment using various data transfer technologies.

Wired Connection Interfaces

To connect computers and other devices using wires, routers have special T-shaped sockets called ports. In home-oriented models, usually their number is five to four LAN sockets (output interface) and one WAN or DSL (input interface).

Devices that you want to network are connected to the LAN ports, and a provider cable is connected to the WAN port, providing broadband (high-speed) Internet access through a dedicated channel. By the way, therefore, for many routers, the WAN port is signed with the word INTERNET.

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