Broadband Routers Explained

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A broadband router (also known as a residential or home gateway) combines the features of a traditional network switch, a network firewall, and a DHCP server. Broadband routers are designed for convenience in setting up home networks, particularly for homes with high-speed Internet service. Besides easier sharing of a home Internet connection, broadband routers also enable sharing of files, printers and other resources among home computers.

A broadband router utilizes the Ethernet standard for wired connections. Traditional broadband routers required Ethernet cables be run between the router, the broadband modem, and each computer on the home network. Newer broadband routers also incorporate wireless networking capability utilizing the Wi-Fi standards.

There are many different types of routers available. From cheapest to highest rated, here are some of the best ones on the market, and they’re all available on Amazon.com:

802.11ac Routers

Linksys EA6500: This is the first smart WiFi router from Linksys and allows owners mobile control of their home network.

Netgear AC1750 (R6300): A great option that is ideal for larger homes with 12 or more wireless devices.

802.11n Routers

Netgear N300 WNR2000: A reliable router that has a limited lifetime warranty.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N: TP-LINK routers are some of the best sellers on the market. The TL-WR841N features external antennas designed for good signal reception.

802.11g Routers

Netgear WGR614: The WGR614 is a powerful router with great signal range (which is especially good for homes with brick walls or similar obstructions). Added bonus: Netgear offers a three-year warranty for the WGR614, and their customer support receives positive comments.

Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G: People have said that this Linksys router is easy to install and offers good performance, signal range, and helpful customer support.