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Routers provide wireless access for computers, mobile devices and smart TVs throughout the home or office. Download files, stream movies and videos and play on gaming consoles using the same wireless connection. From single- to dual- and triple-band router options, there are routers available from D-Link that meet the needs of most users.
Choosing Speeds for D-Link Routers
Choosing the right router speed depends on the Internet usage in the home or office. More recent technology in smartphones, tablets, laptops, game consoles and smart TVs works well with routers delivering wireless N (802.11n) or AC (802.11AC) speeds, which range from 600 Mbps to 3,200 Mbps respectively. For more recent devices, routers with an AC designation provide the fastest connection speeds, while older technology works well with wireless N options. It is important to remember that the speed of connected devices depends on the router capabilities and the technology available. AC routers can only increase speed if the device is capable of reaching those levels, while N routers will slow more recent technology to match the available output.
Wireless and Wired Options
Even though a traditional wireless D-Link router provides a wireless signal, there are options available for direct connections using an Ethernet cable. Consider a router with Gigabit Ethernet connections for speeds of 1,000 Mbps, or choose Fast Ethernet, which offers up to 100 Mbps, for less intensive web surfing. Wired connections ensure always-on connectivity that is not affected by interference from other devices using the same frequency. Wireless options, however, let users move from one area to another without losing an Internet connection. Look for a D-Link router with Ethernet ports for connecting office computers on a secure network or in areas where wireless signals may have trouble carrying through walls and other impediments.
How Many Bands Do You Need?
Routers are available in single-, dual- and triple-band models. Single-band routers use only one 2.4 GHz band frequency to provide connectivity. Those with dual bands provide both a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz frequency band, which is less susceptible to interference from other devices. Additionally, the 5 GHz provides faster speeds, making it ideal for use when streaming or playing games. All of the available wireless N and AC D-Link routers deliver dual-band connectivity. There are also triple-band routers, which provide one 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz bands. These options offer high speeds for several connected devices and make sure that each receives a strong connection.
Ease of Use and Features
Routers require configuration and setup for proper connectivity and the options for this vary from one device to the next. Look for routers that include access to setup applications for fast setup and automatic configuration. Consider models that boast additional features such as Quality of Service and parental controls. A D-Link router with Quality of Service controls lets the user choose which devices receive connection priority over other types of traffic on the network. Parental controls let users manage content access for younger Internet surfers for improved safety and security throughout the wireless network.