Choosing A Wi-Fi Router
Choosing A Wi-Fi Router
Choosing a new Wi-Fi router can be quite the task. It is the entry point to your network, so should not be done without consideration. Whether you are choosing a new router for your home or for your office, there are some key points that will affect which device is right for you.
Qualities to consider:
- Speed/Range. Think of the area you are trying to grant internet access. Also consider anything that may impede the signal, such as thick walls, extensive metal work, or large interior mirrors. The maximum upload and download speeds your internet service provider (ISP) offers with your contract are also important. If your router’s speed dips below them, it may keep you from getting the most out of your service.
- Compatibility. Your ISP will determine whether they support connectivity with certain routers. While compatibility is broad, it is worth looking into whether a router you are considering is compatible with services from your ISP. Look into whether your ISP is compatible with the router you have in mind before you make the purchase.
- Ports. Consider the number and kind of physical ports on your router. Some devices make the most of internet speeds while on a hardwired connection. Make sure you have enough ports to do this, while allowing a little room to grow. A good rule of thumb is to start with a spare port for every four ports with pre-planned use. (Aside: These are different than the software ports ISPs use to remotely manage your service—for better or worse. To get around potential security gaps, make sure you use a router from an independent source and secure it properly.)
- Reputation. You cannot maintain a high level of network security with the bottom of the line router at a big box store. The hardware is not as robust and the manufacturer may not be actively looking for security gaps and issuing patches. No matter where you source your router, look for a well-reviewed and actively supported model from a reputable brand.
- Management. Home networks usually only require management from within your household. Choose a device with advanced controls available. Network management gets more complex for organizations because they likely require the services of a team like Frontline Technology or in-house staff. Not all routers are compatible with this, so it is worthwhile to seek one out.
Can Frontline help?
Frontline does not typically serve residences. Our team would be happy to help you choose, configure, and manage your organization’s router and network.
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