Gone are the days that necessitated internet connectivity through a cable, thus tying you down to a specific place or position to be able to access anything. With the advancement in technology, everything is seemingly turning to wireless. Similarly, your Wireless internet router is one of the most important hardware you can have to be able to seamlessly access the internet across various devices.
Kind of Usage
Although you may duly consider personal or professional reviews of products while considering buying them, it would pertinently depend on what your usage requirements are. If you were to just surf on the internet for fair usages, you won’t need a high-functioning server as a gamer or a professional small-businessman would.
Single band or dual band?
The immediate next worry you would have is the ‘single band or dual band?’ Single band wifi routers transmit data in 2.4GHz while the dual band ones transmit between 2.4GHz and 5GHz range. A single band is geared to simpler networks and usages thus making it best suitable for normal regular usage. The 5GHz, however is geared for intensive work, but it can connect less devices, thus ensuring the most output for the existent devices.
Then you decide on the speed requirement. The theoretical limit for the latest routers is 600 Mbps, but most recent routers support up to 300 Mbps, which falls under the 802.11N standard of routers. You will find such speed limits embedded on the box of the router, but you have to take the information with a pinch of salt. They do mention “theoretical” limit, which clarifies the probable reach.
The last worry of yours should be the security. Wireless access to devices needs security as they are convenient to access. If you do not secure your connection, any device within reach may be able to sponge off your connection. The current security trend for routers falls under the WPA2 standard (Wi-Fi Protected Access protocol), but your devices need to support such security measures as well.