WLAN Router Standards 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Band and Wireless SpeedA WLAN router, or usually referred to as wireless router, is a networking device that has a functionality of a typical router and at the same time acts as a wireless access point. Hence, it can allow you to setup a network where you can connect computers and devices both locally as well as wirelessly, example of which is through LAN connection using Ethernet cable and by using wireless USB adapter respectively. There are factors that need to be considered when choosing a router, the top three are: the band, the security level, and the antenna options.
Technically speaking, the first generation of wireless routers is generation ‘a\', but we will disregard this since ‘a\' has been outdated for so long and it was never used at home. Hence, we can consider generation ‘b\' as the first generation. Although it is not fully outdated, yet it offers the weakest signal strength and slowest speed, and at the same time it is very susceptible when it comes to security issues.
The second and more contemporary generation is “g”. It offers faster speed, stronger signal strength and distance coverage. The maximum speed is at 54 Mbps which is quite enough, because in general it is faster than the internet speed most people will have. Maximum router speeds capability will also be discuss later in this article.
;The newest and most enhanced generation is “n”. It provides up to 300 Mbps speed rate, larger range and good signal strength, and even offers improved performance in location where signal can be blocked like walls, floors, etc.
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Based on the generations of communications standards discussed in this article, routers that only support “b” is definitely not a good choice; but no worries, because such routers are very hard to find nowadays. Routers that will meet your needs are that which support either “g” or “n”. Although “n” is more sophisticated, you may have a hard time looking for it since it\'s the latest technology in the market, most especially if you only have a particular budget to stick to.
Security level for a WLAN 11g router is a very important factor that must be considered. WEP, WPA, and WPA2 are the three main modes of encryption. Always look for a router that provides either WPA or WPA2 since the weakest of the three is WEP; it is very susceptible to security issues. Although WPA is a good choice, yet WPA2 is the much clever choice. Always make sure to invest in routers which offer excellent security level.
Antenna is an optional consideration depending on your location. You may start considering routers that have several antennas if you are planning to place your router in a concealed area which has obstructions and feedbacks along the way. Belkin WLAN or Linksys WLAN is a product to look for multiple antennas. On the other hand, routers without external antennas are not much of a problem, they typically come with a built in antennas which is more than enough to broadcast your signal.