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A wireless router is a device that allows you to connect multiple devices to the internet wirelessly. It acts as a central hub for your home or office network, enabling your devices to communicate with each other and access the internet without the need for cables. 

When selecting a wireless router, there are a few factors you should consider. The first is the wireless standard it supports. Make sure the router is compatible with the latest standards, to ensure faster speeds and better performance. You should also consider the coverage area. If you have a large home or office, look for routers with stronger antennas or mesh networking capabilities. Lastly, pay attention to the router's security features, as protecting your network from unauthorized access is crucial. 

A single-band wireless router operates on the 2.4GHz frequency band, while a dual-band router operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The main difference is that the 2.4GHz band is more crowded and prone to interference, whereas the 5GHz band offers faster speeds and less interference. Dual-band routers allow you to connect devices to either band, optimizing performance based on the device's capabilities and network conditions. 

A guest network is a feature commonly found in wireless routers that allows you to create a separate network for guests to use. It provides them with internet access without granting them access to your main network and its devices. This is useful because it ensures better security and privacy for your personal devices and data. 

Yes, you can use a wireless router alongside your existing wired network. Most wireless routers come with Ethernet ports, allowing you to connect devices directly via cables. This is particularly useful if you have devices that don't have built-in WiFi capabilities or if you want to ensure a stable and reliable connection for certain devices. 

A mesh network is a system that uses multiple interconnected devices, called nodes, to create a seamless and robust wireless network. Unlike traditional wireless routers, which rely on a single router to provide coverage, mesh networks distribute the network load across multiple nodes, extending the range and improving performance. Mesh networks are particularly useful for large homes or offices where a single router may not provide sufficient coverage. 

To ensure the security of your network and safeguard against potential threats, it's important to select a wireless router that offers secure encryption standards for WiFi networks. Look for routers that also provide firewall protection, virtual private network (VPN) support, and guest network isolation. These features can help enhance the security of your devices and data. So, when choosing a wireless router, prioritize security features that suit your needs and provide peace of mind. 

The average lifespan of a wireless router can vary, but typically it is several years. However, this can depend on several factors, including the quality of the router, how well it is maintained, and advancements in technology. Over time, routers may become outdated as new standards and features emerge, so it's a good idea to upgrade your router periodically to take advantage of the latest advancements. 

Yes, you can use a wireless router with your broadband internet connection. Wireless routers are designed to work with various types of internet connections, including cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber, and satellite. Simply connect the router to your modem using an Ethernet cable, and it will distribute the internet connection wirelessly to your devices. 

A modem is a device that connects your home or office network to the internet through your internet service provider (ISP). It translates the data from your ISP into a format that can be understood by your devices. On the other hand, a router is a device that connects multiple devices within your network and enables them to communicate with each other and access the internet. In simpler terms, the modem connects you to the internet, while the router helps you distribute that connection to your devices. 

Quality of service (QoS) is a feature found in many wireless routers that allows you to prioritize certain types of internet traffic. With QoS, you can allocate more bandwidth to specific applications or devices that require a higher priority, such as online gaming or video streaming. This ensures a smoother and more reliable experience for those activities, even when other devices on the network are using the internet. 

Yes, you can connect a wireless router to an existing wired router. This setup is often referred to as a "router behind a router" configuration. To do this, you would connect the Ethernet cable from your existing wired router to the Internet/ wide area network (WAN) port of the wireless router. This allows the wireless router to act as an access point, extending the WiFi coverage of your network without interfering with the existing wired setup. 

Yes, you can use a wireless router to improve WiFi coverage in your home. If you have areas in your home where the WiFi signal is weak or nonexistent, you can set up an additional wireless router as an access point. By strategically placing the access point in a central location, it can help extend the WiFi coverage and provide a stronger signal to those areas. 

WiFi range refers to the distance that the wireless signal can travel between the router and your devices. It determines how far away you can be from the router and still maintain a stable connection. WiFi speed, on the other hand, refers to the data transfer rate between your devices and the router. It determines how quickly data can be transmitted over the wireless network. While a good WiFi range ensures coverage throughout your home or office, a high WiFi speed provides faster internet access and smoother performance for bandwidth-intensive activities. 

No, wireless routers come in various models with different features, capabilities, and performance levels. Some routers are designed for basic home use, while others are geared towards advanced users or small businesses. The best wireless router for you depends on your specific needs, such as the size of your home, the number of devices you have, the internet speeds available in your area, and the types of activities you engage in online. It's important to compare different models to find the one that suits your requirements. 

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Best Wireless Routers

There’s no question that modern life depends heavily on our ability to access the internet. And for most of us, there are two ways to get this valuable window into our world. First, most of us have smartphones that can access the internet through our service providers. And second, the majority of home computers use Wi-Fi and a wireless router.


Unfortunately for many consumers, choosing the best wireless router for a home can be tricky. Often, customers will choose the wireless ethernet port that’s recommended by their internet service provider (ISP). However, this often means that you’re renting the router from the ISP, and you may never own it. In addition, some consumers have specific needs that demand a different kind of wireless Wi-Fi router than the ISP offers. Plus, if you own your router, it’s often easier to take with you if you need to move or change ISPs.


Confused yet? At Lenovo, we want to ensure that you have the best equipment for your needs and budget. This extends beyond the purchase of Lenovo-brand electronics and into other necessities, like a wireless internet router. Let’s look at the types of routers we sell, and the reasons you might choose each.

 

Types of wireless routers


Before we get into why you may choose a particular kind of wireless modem router, let’s look at the kinds we have available. At this point, we’ll just describe the wireless Wi-Fi router types. This will help you think about what you might need for your home or business. In addition, these items range from a basic wireless router and modem to more elaborate options, like a wireless router booster.


·         Wireless hotspot router for travel: One of the problems with traveling is that not every hotel has reliable Wi-Fi. For example, some older hotels may still have the old-fashioned ethernet-based (wired) internet. Unfortunately, many newer computers (including Lenovo models) don’t have an ethernet port anymore. In this case, you’ll need another wireless router option. A travel-specific wireless router switch can turn an ethernet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot by broadcasting the signal.


·         A wireless Ethernet switch works with older devices: If you have older workstations that need to connect to the internet, then you should consider a wireless router switch. These broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, but also have several ethernet ports for devices that can’t use Wi-Fi. In other words, this kind of wireless ethernet port is a hybrid between old and new technologies. Ideally, you should choose a wireless switch that has fast enough Wi-Fi to accommodate all of your devices without needing a wireless router extender. However, this isn’t always possible if you use a lot of bandwidth.


·         Dual-band routers: Chances are that the wireless internet router that your ISP offers by default has only one band. This means that you only have one network in your home. However, if you frequently have house guests or need to separate your internet connections for another reason, this wireless router and modem will work wonders.


But how does this work? By leveraging two different internet frequencies, your wireless hotspot router can let you work on a faster internet connection. Simply connect your high-demand, newer devices to the 5 GHz network, and the others to your 2.5g network. Now, the different devices will compete less because there’s more bandwidth available. Essentially, you have two wireless routers in one.


·         Wi-Fi routers are the ultimate wireless hub: If you haven’t heard of Wi-Fi, that isn’t surprising because it’s the newest technology and the fastest. If you’re looking for the best wireless router for gaming, you probably want one of these models. However, only the most modern devices can benefit from the extra speed. Otherwise, you may need a different kind of wireless Wi-Fi router.


Don’t do a lot of gaming? If you do other things that require a lot of bandwidth, then a Wi-Fi model may still be the best wireless router for home. After all, blazing-fast download speeds can improve video watching or running a lot of devices at once. These are truly the ultimate wireless routers.


·         A wireless router extender helps eliminate dead spots: Some homes have trouble with Wi-Fi signals. For instance, larger homes often have areas out of range of their regular wireless hub. Or, some homes have construction that partially blocks Wi-Fi signals. If that’s you, then the best wireless router for home may include a wireless router booster. These devices work by amplifying and extending your existing Wi-Fi signal into other areas, sort of like an extension cord that lets you use a power outlet farther from the wall.


·         Multiple-unit Wi-Fi systems: Finally, at Lenovo, we do have some multiple-unit Wi-Fi systems. This is essentially a wireless modem router with multiple extenders attached to it. For large homes, this may be the best wireless router because it helps ensure that there’s usable Wi-Fi throughout your property. Use just a few units, or several, depending on your needs.

 

Best wireless router features


Just as different wireless router types have different uses, they also have different features. Let’s look at some of the major features that you should be aware of. This will help you decide which kind of wireless modem router you should purchase for your home.


·         Range: A wireless router switch isn’t the only kind of modem that has limits on how far it broadcasts a wireless signal. Even signal boosters have limits, especially since they’re extending the range of your primary router. When choosing a new router, be sure to consider if a model has enough range, with or without a booster.

 

·         Throughput: Most people think of the “speed” of a router, though throughput is the technical term. On the specifications, look for throughput as megabits per second (Mbps), the same number your ISP brags about or uses to sell service levels. Be sure to pick a wireless modem router that can handle the same amount of throughput (or higher) as your ISP service.

 

·         Bands: Typically, 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz. This will tell you which WiFi bands the router transmits on. Also, a “dual-band” router will use both frequencies.

 

·         Network: Finally, there’s the network type. This number will tell you how much speed you can get from the wireless hub. If you have a family or heavy device use, chances are that an AC network type is the best wireless router for the home. If you need the best wireless router for gaming, consider a WiFi router.

 

Wireless router uses


With all these wireless router options available, how do you know which ones to get? Other than comparing prices and basic specifications, the way you use a wireless WiFi router should heavily influence which one you need, and which you choose. After all, at Lenovo we want our customers to have a positive experience with their equipment, including the right internet connections. Here are the usage considerations when choosing a router.


·         Business use: Depending on the industry, two businesses of the same size can have very different bandwidth and speed requirements. For instance, information technology companies are very internet dependent, and their workstations use a lot of data. Especially if the company develops applications like games or graphics programs, there’s a good chance they need super-fast internet. Here, a Wi-Fi or dual-band router is likely a good idea. On the other hand, an office that mostly runs office applications to keep track of operations won’t need as much in their wireless Wi-Fi router.

 

Likewise, if you have a large office, you’ll likely need a wireless router extender or multiple unit system. That’s because even the best wireless internet router has range limits and, in addition, even businesses with modest bandwidth requirements use a lot when everyone’s on the internet at once. Similarly, businesses with a lot of older computers may find a wireless ethernet port is a sensible way to keep all their “machines” working.


·         Home office use: Most home offices have relatively low bandwidth needs, but they’re still frequently more than expected for a home user that’s at the office most of the day. For this reason, you wouldn’t want to pick the cheapest old technology wireless router and modem you can find. Instead, either choose a wireless ethernet port for machines that need a wired connection or go with a wireless Wi-Fi router that has solid performance.

 

Here's the thing: although a home office will only have one or two people online at the same time, many of the same considerations apply. For instance, if your work tasks require a lot of bandwidth, you might consider a Wi-Fi model. And, if your home office is in the back of the house, you might need a wireless router extender. Finally, this is a good use for a dual-band router, because it lets you have one network for personal use and another for business.


·         Home/entertainment use: For home use or entertainment, choose a wireless modem router that can handle the bandwidth according to what you like doing. For instance, if you’re a gamer, you’ll probably want a WiFi or dual-band router for their high rates of speed. The same goes if you do a lot of content creation for the internet, such as social media videos. Or, for that matter, if you’re a streaming junkie that likes high-quality pictures.

 

On the other hand, if you mostly use your internet coverage to write papers, check email, and browse the internet, those high-tech wireless routers are probably more than you need. Here, a more basic model is the most cost-effective.


Choosing the best wireless routers for home, business, or gaming is more complicated than you might have thought initially. Fortunately, with this breakdown of router types and features, it’s easier than ever to pick the perfect model. At the end of the day, getting the right router for the right price is the best way to enjoy your Lenovo computing equipment.


Best Wireless Routers

There’s no question that modern life depends heavily on our ability to access the internet. And for most of us, there are two ways to get this valuable window into our world. First, most of us have smartphones that can access the internet through our service providers. And second, the majority of home computers use Wi-Fi and a wireless router.


Unfortunately for many consumers, choosing the best wireless router for a home can be tricky. Often, customers will choose the wireless ethernet port that’s recommended by their internet service provider (ISP). However, this often means that you’re renting the router from the ISP, and you may never own it. In addition, some consumers have specific needs that demand a different kind of wireless Wi-Fi router than the ISP offers. Plus, if you own your router, it’s often easier to take with you if you need to move or change ISPs.


Confused yet? At Lenovo, we want to ensure that you have the best equipment for your needs and budget. This extends beyond the purchase of Lenovo-brand electronics and into other necessities, like a wireless internet router. Let’s look at the types of routers we sell, and the reasons you might choose each.

 

Types of wireless routers


Before we get into why you may choose a particular kind of wireless modem router, let’s look at the kinds we have available. At this point, we’ll just describe the wireless Wi-Fi router types. This will help you think about what you might need for your home or business. In addition, these items range from a basic wireless router and modem to more elaborate options, like a wireless router booster.


·         Wireless hotspot router for travel: One of the problems with traveling is that not every hotel has reliable Wi-Fi. For example, some older hotels may still have the old-fashioned ethernet-based (wired) internet. Unfortunately, many newer computers (including Lenovo models) don’t have an ethernet port anymore. In this case, you’ll need another wireless router option. A travel-specific wireless router switch can turn an ethernet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot by broadcasting the signal.


·         A wireless Ethernet switch works with older devices: If you have older workstations that need to connect to the internet, then you should consider a wireless router switch. These broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, but also have several ethernet ports for devices that can’t use Wi-Fi. In other words, this kind of wireless ethernet port is a hybrid between old and new technologies. Ideally, you should choose a wireless switch that has fast enough Wi-Fi to accommodate all of your devices without needing a wireless router extender. However, this isn’t always possible if you use a lot of bandwidth.


·         Dual-band routers: Chances are that the wireless internet router that your ISP offers by default has only one band. This means that you only have one network in your home. However, if you frequently have house guests or need to separate your internet connections for another reason, this wireless router and modem will work wonders.


But how does this work? By leveraging two different internet frequencies, your wireless hotspot router can let you work on a faster internet connection. Simply connect your high-demand, newer devices to the 5 GHz network, and the others to your 2.5g network. Now, the different devices will compete less because there’s more bandwidth available. Essentially, you have two wireless routers in one.


·         Wi-Fi routers are the ultimate wireless hub: If you haven’t heard of Wi-Fi, that isn’t surprising because it’s the newest technology and the fastest. If you’re looking for the best wireless router for gaming, you probably want one of these models. However, only the most modern devices can benefit from the extra speed. Otherwise, you may need a different kind of wireless Wi-Fi router.


Don’t do a lot of gaming? If you do other things that require a lot of bandwidth, then a Wi-Fi model may still be the best wireless router for home. After all, blazing-fast download speeds can improve video watching or running a lot of devices at once. These are truly the ultimate wireless routers.


·         A wireless router extender helps eliminate dead spots: Some homes have trouble with Wi-Fi signals. For instance, larger homes often have areas out of range of their regular wireless hub. Or, some homes have construction that partially blocks Wi-Fi signals. If that’s you, then the best wireless router for home may include a wireless router booster. These devices work by amplifying and extending your existing Wi-Fi signal into other areas, sort of like an extension cord that lets you use a power outlet farther from the wall.


·         Multiple-unit Wi-Fi systems: Finally, at Lenovo, we do have some multiple-unit Wi-Fi systems. This is essentially a wireless modem router with multiple extenders attached to it. For large homes, this may be the best wireless router because it helps ensure that there’s usable Wi-Fi throughout your property. Use just a few units, or several, depending on your needs.

 

Best wireless router features


Just as different wireless router types have different uses, they also have different features. Let’s look at some of the major features that you should be aware of. This will help you decide which kind of wireless modem router you should purchase for your home.


·         Range: A wireless router switch isn’t the only kind of modem that has limits on how far it broadcasts a wireless signal. Even signal boosters have limits, especially since they’re extending the range of your primary router. When choosing a new router, be sure to consider if a model has enough range, with or without a booster.

 

·         Throughput: Most people think of the “speed” of a router, though throughput is the technical term. On the specifications, look for throughput as megabits per second (Mbps), the same number your ISP brags about or uses to sell service levels. Be sure to pick a wireless modem router that can handle the same amount of throughput (or higher) as your ISP service.

 

·         Bands: Typically, 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz. This will tell you which WiFi bands the router transmits on. Also, a “dual-band” router will use both frequencies.

 

·         Network: Finally, there’s the network type. This number will tell you how much speed you can get from the wireless hub. If you have a family or heavy device use, chances are that an AC network type is the best wireless router for the home. If you need the best wireless router for gaming, consider a WiFi router.

 

Wireless router uses


With all these wireless router options available, how do you know which ones to get? Other than comparing prices and basic specifications, the way you use a wireless WiFi router should heavily influence which one you need, and which you choose. After all, at Lenovo we want our customers to have a positive experience with their equipment, including the right internet connections. Here are the usage considerations when choosing a router.


·         Business use: Depending on the industry, two businesses of the same size can have very different bandwidth and speed requirements. For instance, information technology companies are very internet dependent, and their workstations use a lot of data. Especially if the company develops applications like games or graphics programs, there’s a good chance they need super-fast internet. Here, a Wi-Fi or dual-band router is likely a good idea. On the other hand, an office that mostly runs office applications to keep track of operations won’t need as much in their wireless Wi-Fi router.

 

Likewise, if you have a large office, you’ll likely need a wireless router extender or multiple unit system. That’s because even the best wireless internet router has range limits and, in addition, even businesses with modest bandwidth requirements use a lot when everyone’s on the internet at once. Similarly, businesses with a lot of older computers may find a wireless ethernet port is a sensible way to keep all their “machines” working.


·         Home office use: Most home offices have relatively low bandwidth needs, but they’re still frequently more than expected for a home user that’s at the office most of the day. For this reason, you wouldn’t want to pick the cheapest old technology wireless router and modem you can find. Instead, either choose a wireless ethernet port for machines that need a wired connection or go with a wireless Wi-Fi router that has solid performance.

 

Here's the thing: although a home office will only have one or two people online at the same time, many of the same considerations apply. For instance, if your work tasks require a lot of bandwidth, you might consider a Wi-Fi model. And, if your home office is in the back of the house, you might need a wireless router extender. Finally, this is a good use for a dual-band router, because it lets you have one network for personal use and another for business.


·         Home/entertainment use: For home use or entertainment, choose a wireless modem router that can handle the bandwidth according to what you like doing. For instance, if you’re a gamer, you’ll probably want a WiFi or dual-band router for their high rates of speed. The same goes if you do a lot of content creation for the internet, such as social media videos. Or, for that matter, if you’re a streaming junkie that likes high-quality pictures.

 

On the other hand, if you mostly use your internet coverage to write papers, check email, and browse the internet, those high-tech wireless routers are probably more than you need. Here, a more basic model is the most cost-effective.


Choosing the best wireless routers for home, business, or gaming is more complicated than you might have thought initially. Fortunately, with this breakdown of router types and features, it’s easier than ever to pick the perfect model. At the end of the day, getting the right router for the right price is the best way to enjoy your Lenovo computing equipment.


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