A modern home needs a good wireless connection that covers all the rooms of the house. It is not enough to buy a large internet pack from the broadband provider, the hardware that has to broadcast the signal in the home must also be of high quality. We have many products to help you get excellent internet coverage throughout your home and garden, if you want that.
With a wireless router, all of the house's wireless devices can be online at the same time. There are different things to keep in mind when you are choosing a router for your home. Is the router to be used only in the home, or would you like a cheap 4G model that you can bring to the summer house and on the journey? You also need to make sure that the model you choose has Dual Band, the latest networking standard, such as 802.11ac and enough network ports in the built-in switch for your needs. If you are in doubt about some of the different conditions and technologies, please read below where we explain the different things.
Although there are many things to keep in mind when choosing a router, you get far by choosing a router from one of the major brands. If you purchase a router from ASUS, D-Link, Linksys, TP-Link, Huawei or Netgear, you are sure to get a quality product. Our most popular routers are often award-winning and have received good reviews. Keep in mind, however, that price and quality to a degree still are connected.
If you buy a new 802.11ac or 802.11ad router, the device is still backward compatible with your older devices. Therefore, you will not be having trouble connecting any of your devices, but they will not be able to exploit the full potential of the router. The new networking standards provide a significantly better connection and come with new inventions. For example, if you have a 802.11ac, you will be able to use beamforming that sends a stronger and more accurate signal to your device.
Everyone will benefit from a Dual Band router, but if you live in an apartment or a place with many internet connections, you will be able to experience a big improvement. A router without dual band uses the 2.4 GHz band, which has substantially fewer channels than the 5 GHz band. By choosing the right channel on your router, you can experience improved download and upload speeds, as fewer routers use the same channel. If you have an old computer or wireless device that does not support the 5 GHz band, you will not be able to take advantage of the technology. However, your devices still work on the 2.4 GHz band, which is also built into a Dual Band router.
When you look at the router itself, you can see that the different models come with different ports. It is very common that the router has a built-in switch with 4 or more LAN (RJ-45) inputs. The LAN port is used when you need wired Internet on your desktop computer, Smart TV or NAS server. As a rule, always use a wired connection whenever possible. If you have run out of ports in the router, you can buy a switch. In a router you can also find a USB or eSATA port that can be used, for example, to make an eexternal hard drive into a network hard drive.
Whether you buy a quality router for about 1,000 DKK or choose an expensive model for about 3,000, you may still have poor internet at home. It is important that you place the router in a high place, centrally in the house. Never place the router on the floor, under a piece of furniture or near a metal radar. If the signal needs to go through concrete walls and objects and/or over long distances, your connection will decrease.
To get better internet at home, you should look at some specific products. A wireless network extender or repeater, can amplify and transmit the signal from a new location in the house. For example, if you have a big house, this will be a good choice for you. If you want to carry a wired connection over a long distance, you should choose a homeplug. A homeplug sends the internet signal through the mains in your house and you simply connect a LAN cable at each end. If your internet provider has equipped you with a bad router, you can get better access with an access point. An access point sends the signal from your router through its built-in antennas, which are often of high quality.
If you have a server or a large switch, it is important to choose LAN cables with shielding (STP) to prevent the signals from interfering with each other. The different Cat 5, Cat 6 and Cat 7 LAN cables are available in both the shielded (STP) and unshielded version (UTP). The ethernet standard of a Cat 5 cable supports up to 100Mbps, while Cat 6 and Cat 7 support up to 10 Gbps.
The latest routers come with unique features like parental controls that allow parents to control children's access to the Internet. If you do not want to share the content on your NAS server or network drive with your guests, you can create a guest network that your visitors can use. You can also prioritize specific devices that require much bandwidth for gaming or download. If you want to set up VPN on your router, this has also become much easier. Most new routers come with an app or a modern graphical web interface.