Internet through Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connection will provide you high speed Internet service and allow you to make phone calls at the same time. DSL will also allow you to hook up all your computers to share an Internet connection, a feat made possible by incorporating a broadband router into your network. The following are some recommendations for you to look into when buying a router.
- Count how many computers or peripherals need to connect to the Internet. Broadband routers usually have a specific number of ports that you can use, so aside from your current number of computers and peripherals, you should also consider the possibility of adding more devices in the future. This is so that you can maximize the broadband router’s value and features.
- Decide what type of network connection you want to have. Depending on the brand and model, broadband routers are capable of wired or wireless network connection. There is no difference in terms of price, but with their features, there certainly is. A wired entry-level broadband router typically has four ports with no wireless networking capabilities. There are also wired broadband routers that would allow you, should the need for it arise, to expand your networking capabilities via the “Uplink” port. This port will allow you to add a hub or switch and increase the number of computers connected to the network. A wireless broadband router typically has four ports and devices that cannot be hardwired to the router, when configured correctly, are able to connect wirelessly.
- Research and make inquiries for prices online or through a local store. When you have decided what type of connection you want your network to have, it’s time to know the broadband router’s capabilities and its price. Look for broadband routers that offer security functions such as MAC Address Filtering or WEP encryption. If getting a wireless broadband router, get the 802.11g standard as 802.11b is on the process of being phased out. You can also check for router reviews to see what brand or model would be best for your needs. When you have information on hand about the router that you would like to get your hands on, check online stores for prices. You can also opt to walk-in on your local computer store or electronic shop and ask the sales clerks information on wired and wireless broadband routers.
- Call your Internet provider to inquire about the possibilities of getting a router from them. You may also want to inquire and purchase the router from your Internet Service Provider. Generally, it would be advisable to purchase the router from your ISP so that you will not encounter any issues with router compatibility and support. So that it won’t be too hard on your budget, providers would usually have a deferred payment program on equipment that you can take advantage of. The monthly deferred charges for your broadband router will be added to you phone bill, which is really convenient to some. Also, as mentioned earlier, getting the broadband router from the ISP will ensure that the device is compatible with their DSL services and their Technical Support team will be able to fully support and assist you with networking and connection issues.
When you are ready to purchase the DSL router, do not forget to purchase additional Ethernet cables or wireless Network cards as needed. When you are ready to integrate the router to your network, refer to your manual. If the router is supported by your ISP, call the technical support team so that they can assist you step-by-step in installing and configuring the broadband router.