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Amped Wireless Routers
Choose an Amped wireless router to give your home or office a fast and far-reaching high-speed Wi-Fi network. Wireless routers deliver broadband internet connections to multiple devices. They eliminate unsightly networking cables and offer secure gateways for many users to simultaneously get online. Staples has a large selection of these devices from Amped and other prominent network equipment brands.
Choose an Amped Wireless Router for Fast Internet Speeds Wireless routers use the 802.11 Wi-Fi protocol to send and receive data packets. The speed of data transmission depends on the generation of the Wi-Fi standard supported by the router. Most Amped routers are 802.11ac devices while a few use the older 802.11n standard. A wireless-N router has a maximum wireless speed of 600Mbps while a wireless-AC model can achieve speeds as high as 5300Mbps. Choose an 802.11n router for your home if there are only a few users that only go online to browse the web and check emails. Homes and offices with more than five users need faster 802.11ac routers. These are also ideal for bandwidth-intensive tasks like HD media streaming and online gaming.
Consider Wireless Range When Comparing Amped Wireless Routers The reach of your Wi-Fi network depends on the numbers of radios and antennas inside your router. High-gain omnidirectional antennas deliver longer ranges than low-power directional ones. Amped routers use two to four of such antennas and combine them with four to 16 amplifiers that help extend their wireless range. Look for models with external antennas and choose those combining internal and external antennas.
Single-band routers use only the 2.4GHz frequency while dual-band routers operate on two frequencies: 2.4 and 5GHz. Pick a dual-band model to avoid wireless interference from other appliances occupying the 2.4GHz frequency. Having two bands also reduces network congestion when there are many users connected to the router. A dual-band router optimizes wireless speed and range by bumping bandwidth-demanding tasks like video streaming and critical applications like VoIP to the 5GHz frequency.
Do You Need a Router With a Touchscreen Display? A touchscreen display is not an essential feature for a wireless router. However, it makes setting up and using the device easier. You do not need to connect a router with its own screen to a computer before setting it up and modifying its configurations.
Why Do Some Amped Wireless Routers Have Gigabit Ethernet Ports? An Ethernet port provides a means to connect devices that do not have built-in Wi-Fi. For example, you can establish a wired connection between your Amped router and your TV or office printer with an Ethernet cable. A Gigabit Ethernet port is necessary to enjoy broadband speeds. Also known as a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, it is 10 times faster than a 10/100 or Fast Ethernet port.
Are All Wireless-AC Routers Equally Fast? No. The maximum speeds of 802.11ac routers differ and depend on how many wireless-AC streams are available as well as the top speed of the 2.4GHz band. An Amped wireless router designated AC1900 has a top speed of 1900Mbps. The 2.4GHz band contributes 600Mbps while the 5GHz band delivers 1300Mbps. Since 5GHz frequency supports 433Mbps per stream, the router combines three such streams for that band. Other popular wireless-AC router designations are AC1750 (450Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps for 5GHz) and AC2600 (800Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1732Mbps or four streams for 5GHz).