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Wireless Network Hub - Choosing a Wireless Network Hub

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So you’ve decided that you’re tired of dealing with the mess of tangled wires in order to connect all of the computers in your home to one another and to the internet. You have made the decision that you are going to stop deal with all of those loose Ethernet cords a switch yourself over to a wireless network. In order to do that, you are going to need a wireless network hub, also known as a wireless router. But choosing a hub for your wireless network should not be something that you rush through. There are a number of options made available to you, and while many of them may look the same upon first glance, the fact of the matter is that they have different capabilities from one another. At the same time, there is no reason to get worked up over the matter. Choosing a wireless network hub is a fairly simple process if you use the following advice.

The first thing that you should take in to consideration is the speed rating of the hub’s wireless network connection. Routers usually advertise the speed of their connection in terms of megabits per second. The first generation of wireless hubs connected at eleven megabits per second. Middle of the road routers connect your computer to the wireless network at about fifty four megabits per second. The newest, high end wireless network hubs will connect you at speeds as high a three hundred megabits per second. You should try not to focus too much or get too excited about the speed rating of a router, however. Despite the fact that the router itself can reach these speeds, there are typically other bottlenecks preventing these speeds from being used in normal, everyday use. More importantly, while a faster wireless network hub can transfer files between two computers on the same network faster than a slower hub, there is nothing that a router can do to speed up your connection to the world wide web. You should consider the maximum speed of your internet connection before deciding on a router. If you buy a hub with a speed rating that is much higher than the speed that your internet service provider is giving you, it may not be worth it to spend the extra cash. Keep this in mind when looking through your options.

When dealing with technology, it is usually a good idea to stick to the most popular brands and models available. Compatibility issues and quality control problems may end up creeping up on you. It’s a very good idea to check CNET and other review sites in order to make sure that the company and model of the wireless network hub you decide to buy has a good reputation. It is important not to get too carried away with which of the models is most popular, however. The highest selling technology is usually the equipment that has been shown to work well and has earned a reputation, but it is not usually on the cutting edge. This means that while it may be relatively inexpensive and give you the basics, it’s not necessarily the option that is best suited to you. When deciding which router you want to buy, popularity ratings should be used to validate your trust in the quality of the products you were already considering buying. In other words, don’t just look for the most popular hub and assume that it’s the best one for you. Just make sure that the company you buy from has a good reputation.

You should also consider the warranty offered with the router. Nearly all, if not all, wireless network hubs will come with a warranty. The amount of time that the warranty is valid, and the circumstances under which it is honored, will vary from one company to another. Take in to account the warranty information before making your final decision. It’s best to choose products that you have the option of returning if they don’t work out for you.

It’s a good idea to buy a wireless network hub of the same brand as your network adapter. This is not a must, but in many cases you will find yourself dealing with fewer or no compatibility issues, which makes the set up process a lot easier. Make sure to buy within your budget. All other things being equal, consider the size and the appearance of your network hub.

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