Most modern-day devices - computers, smartphones, tablets - offer wireless connectivity. Wireless routers allow all of your wireless devices to connect to the Internet and connect to any other device that's linked to an existing network. A high-performance wireless router simplifies Internet usage, allowing you to peruse Web articles from upstairs without interruption or share photos from a laptop to a wirelessly connected tablet within seconds. Upgrade your existing wireless network with a wireless access point.
Before purchasing a wireless router, first consider what type of Internet user you are. If you're just looking to complete basic Internet tasks and surf the Web, a single-band wireless router will perform just fine and is great for connecting a single laptop to wireless networking. However, if you're a self-professed gamer, heavy-duty multimedia lover or small business, a dual-band wireless router is the better choice. Dual-band wireless routers are perfect for accommodating bandwidth-intensive tasks, like streaming high-definition videos or transferring large amounts of data between devices.
Most wireless routers come with the maximum speed clearly called out. The maximum speed indicates how quickly Internet tasks can be performed and can be the difference between enjoying high-definition videos in smooth, judder-free detail or having to wait for images to load. A maximum speed of 300Mbps is quite fast, while maximum speeds of 1750Mbps deliver great performance.
If children will be using wireless devices that are connected to the network, consider choosing wireless routers that have built-in parental controls, so it's easy to keep children safe and away from inappropriate content. Look for built-in security features, such as WPA2, to prevent unwanted and unauthorized access to wireless networking.