A router enables the sharing of one (or more) internet connection(s) by multiple devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
To achieve this a router would typically include 4 x ports for connecting wired devices and an integrated wireless access point for connecting wireless devices.
Without getting into too much technical detail, the best wireless routers are those that support the new 802.11ac or 802.11n standard with a maximum throughput speed of at least 300Mbit/s.
The best wireless routers would also have features that can improve wireless performance such as:
- output power adjustment;
- simultaneous dual-band capability;
- channel selection;
- bandwidth selection; and
- removable and replaceable antennae.
However, even the best wireless router has a limited range and often it is necessary to extend wireless coverage beyond the normal range of your router.
The only solution for extending wireless coverage is to deploy one or more separate wireless access points that are connected to the router, either directly or via a network switch. Each additional wireless access point would be located in an area that provides coverage in the required area.
There are three methods of connecting wireless access points back to the router (or network switch) each of which requires a different type of device. The different methods are:
- an ethernet cable connection;
- a HomePlug connection; and
- a wireless connection (ie a wireless repeater solution).
You can find out more about these solutions by clicking the appropriate link in the above list.
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