Understanding the Different Types of Wireless Routers

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Wireless routers are a type of internet router that functions both as a router and wireless access point. Many companies are using wireless routers to gain access to internet. We have listed a few key factors for you to understand the different type of wireless routers:

Standards

The first thing to look for in a wireless router is the wireless communication standards 802.11b, 802.1g and 802.11n. These are simply referred by the letters ‘b’, ‘g’ and ’n’. First generation of wireless routers are ‘b’, followed by ‘g’ and ’n’; with ’n’ being the latest one. The primary difference among these routers is in their speeds and ranges.

Single Band versus Dual Band

Wireless communications operate in two bands of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Routers that operate only in the band of 2.4GHz are called single band while wireless n routers that can operate in both bands are routers of dual band.

2.4GHz band is a frequency also used by other wireless devices as well therefore there is much interference and crowding resulting in lower speed and consistency. On the other hand, due to less interference, 5GHz delivers better performance and coverage than 2.4GHz.

Speed

The speed of wireless routers differs with different standards affecting the performance of your internet connection too. The speed of wireless routers increases with the development of technology so 802.11b provides the lowest speed, while 802.1g provides greater speed followed by 802.11n providing the greatest speed of 300Mbps.

Wired Connectivity

The wireless routers make use of Ethernet ports for better transmission rates as the transmission speed of wired Ethernet port are greater than wireless connections.

Single WAN or Dual WAN

Most wireless routers provide a single WAN port for internet connection. If that port fails, one will immediately lose all connection. This could prove dangerous in business, for your employees can lose access to other employees.

A wireless router with dual WAN ports ensures connectivity by providing a second link to the internet in the case first one fails. Therefore it’s a smart choice to opt for a dual WAN to ensure smooth connectivity to the internet.

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