Theory, each router will provide you with internet access. Only not everyone is suitable for gaming and video streaming. What’s more, not everyone will cover the entire surface with wireless coverage. So how do you choose a gaming router? Which one is best for home and which is best for the office? You can find out from our guide.
Why do I need a router at all?
Recent years have brought a real revolution on the Internet. The universal access to the global network has changed the face of the Internet, making it the main medium for home multimedia. Just think – thanks to the Internet, movies are played directly from streaming services. It is the same with music. Photos and recordings from smartphones are placed in the cloud, so you have access to them on many devices at any time.
For this reason, modern homes are full of devices that allow you to connect to the Internet. Most often it is a computer or laptop, printer and smartphone. However, no one is surprised by Smart TV or Android TV, which also use the network to support VOD applications or web browsers.
Wired or wireless model?
A wired router for the office
Wired routers are mainly used in companies, offices and other formal organizations. With few exceptions, they do not have antennas. Data transfer takes place via LAN cables, distributed to subsequent network nodes, e.g. to switches, and then to each workstation. However, they have multiple ports, allowing multiple devices to be connected to one router. They can have efficient and very popular fiber optic connectors, LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, and often also USB. The number and types of ports should therefore be adapted to the size of the organization, anticipating a slight reserve for new users and subsequent devices.
Security and privacy
Due to the GDPR and the requirement to protect personal data related to the directive, it is worth reaching for a wired router with VPN support. The client isolation feature is also useful. Thanks to it, one user cannot see what another user is doing, connected to the same router, and the whole process takes place within the VLAN, i.e. isolated parts of the internal network (VLAN for IP cameras, which are part of corporate monitoring, is especially popular). You can safely invite guests to such a network, who will not have access to all internal network resources, but only those defined by the administrator.
Internal network capacity. What is worth knowing about it?
Quick access to data is essential in any organization. Therefore, LAN ports, especially in internal networks, used for streaming and connection to the NAS server, should offer the Gigabit standard (1000Mb / s). The input port (WAN) should, in turn, offer a standard higher than the internet speed declared by the provider.
Extending the Wi-Fi network
Wherever cables cannot reach, you can use Access Points. Access points will distribute the Wi-Fi signal to every room. All you need is to support the PoE (Power over Ethernet) standard, thanks to which one LAN cable is used to transfer data and power the access point.
Another way to expand your wireless network is to use discrete repeaters. They are extremely useful, but their operation is not as effective as in Access Points. Well, simultaneously receiving and sending Wi-Fi data reduces the bandwidth of the extended network by 50%. Further amplification of the signal using a second repeater results in 25% of the original wireless link capacity.
It is also possible to expand the network with the use of Powerline adapters (PLC), where the signal carrier in such a network is the home electrical network. One device in such a set provides a signal for 230V installations, while the other can receive such a signal and create a Wi-Fi access point at the same time.