Before deciding on buying a specific router ask yourself if you want computers to be able to connect wired or wirelessly to your network.
A wireless router is a network device that enables you connect several computers to the Internet without using cables, rather by using wireless access points, or WLAN. Some of the reason we go wireless networking include freedom and affordability. But you need to keep other factors in mind.
Look out for notable brands like Cisco, Net Gear, Linksys and D-link. These are most popular brands built with rugged technologies.
Bandwidths and performance should be another factor to check for. A wireless standard defines the speed for interconnectivity or data transmission by a particular router. E.g. 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n etc
Read more on wireless standards.
Advantages of Wireless Routers.
a. Wireless routers are equipped with modem, network switch (a device that has multiple connection ports for connecting computers and other network devices), wireless access points.
b. Wireless Router can be connected to / from anywhere in your immediate environment or house. That means you can log on and surf the Internet from anywhere around your surrounding.
c. Some of the wireless routers are equipped with a built in firewall to ward of intruders. The configuration options of the firewall are an important consideration when buying a router. Virtually everyone buys and sell online one way or the other, buying a wireless router with good firewall configuration options can be helpful for security and privacy.
d. The broadband router wireless VoIP technology enables you to can connect to the Internet, using any ordinary phone device. You can then make calls to anybody in the world via your Internet connection. Wireless router provides strong encryption (WPA or AES) and features the filters MAC address and control over SSID authentication.
a. The wireless connection will be slightly slower than the wired connection. Simply put, wireless or WI-FI transmits through the air and can be blocked interfered with by other waves from the surrounding.
b. Security is one of the main concern when it comes to networking generally, wired network provides for more regid security to wireless. This means that all of your private data stored in your laptop or PDA could be exposed to anyone in the same vicinity. It’s possible that an unscrupulous person could obtain passwords and important personal information easily from wireless networks if not properly configured.
c. There is over congestion of WI-FI, especially in the cities where you have a large population of stores and big organisations that transmits over the same channel, causing much interference.
Other devices can be a problem too. Blue tooth devices, cordless telephones and microwaves ovens do cause interference sometimes.
Theses are some of the known disadvantages, but it doesn’t hinder yours truly from using wireless; basically, because of the freedom and manageability I get. One could work anywhere in their surrounding.
Linksys Wireless Routers
Wireless Network Diagram