How To Find The Best Wireless Router Deals
Finding the best wireless router deals is not a simple matter of driving down to the local electronics store and picking up whatever is on sale. There are many things to consider and you don’t want to make a hasty choice that you may regret later. Most people don’t want to get into the details of making this decision because sorting through all the different wireless routers and their various features can be like trying to learn a new language.
In this article I’m going to show you an easy way to choose which wireless router is best for you and provide a resource that makes the process even easier. There are two things you need to take into consideration when shopping for the best wireless router deals.
1. What type of network user are you? Are you a Surfer? A Streamer? Or a Gamer? (More on these below.)
2. Future proofing. Sure any cheap run-of-the-mill router may do fine for just a computer or two and maybe a printer, but if you think there’s a remote possibility you’ll be adding more wireless devices to your network in the near future you’ll probably need to upgrade sooner rather than later. When you look at it from this perspective you are actually saving money by getting a good wireless router to start off with instead of being forced to upgrade every time you buy new wireless devices.
Types of Network Users
I like to break these down into three groups: Surfers, Streamers and Gamers.
Surfers are satisfied with checking their emails, shopping online, printing out documents and maybe downloading the occasional music or movie file. Network users like this don’t spend a lot of time on their computer and only use it when they have to. Any run-of-the-mill Wireless N router is fine for Surfers because they don’t put much load on a wireless network and probably never will.
These are your movie and music lovers. They love to find large files online, download them to a central computer or media server, and then stream them out to all the other computers on their network. This requires a wireless router that has additional memory and processor power. A built-in USB drive port for sharing out files is also a good idea.
Gamers usually put the same amount of demand on a wireless network as Streamers do, but with an important difference. Surfers and Streamers can ruin a wireless network for Gamers who, in turn, can make living in the same household miserable for everyone else. The slightest drop in connection won’t really bother a surfer, but the same drop in connection is a cataclysmic event for a Gamer. Hours of progress spent on a role-playing game can be lost in a few seconds or the main character in a 1st person shooter can suddenly become an easy target. This is why it’s important gamers have their own network to play on. It keeps everyone in the household sane. This can be done with a high performance wireless router similar to the one a Streamer would use except with dual-bands. Dual-bands allow you to run two networks in the house at the same time without the traffic on each “stepping on” each other and causing chaos.