router : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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A box that goes between your cable modem (or ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology) modem) and your LAN (Local Area Network). It usually also acts as a hub. Make sure you find a picture of the rear of the router to make sure it has enough connectors for all the workstations on your LAN. Some routers have only one LAN connector — designed to plug into a hub. Popular brands include NetGear, LinkSys and SMC. Routers offers some firewall protection. They may be configured to monitor browsing end emails and to prepare email reports. NAT (Network Address Translation) keeps hackers from discovering the internal IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of your computers. To the outside world, the router makes your entire LAN looks like one computer doing all the web accesses. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) support in the router means you don’t manually have to manually assign IP numbers to each of your workstations. VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an advanced feature home users would not need. Configuring a router is quite easy. You use your browser to http://192.168.2.1:88 the internal IP of the router itself which acts as the gateway to all the computers on your LAN. You then talk to a tiny webserver living in the router. Amazingly the router is able to pass through high speed Internet connections with only about a 40 MHz processor internally.

Most routers have autosensing ports, so it does not matter if you use pass-through or cross-over Ethernet cables. However, it makes the electronics more sensitive. Don’t connect or disconnect router cables with any power on at either end.

Brands

Unfortunately none of the brands offer throughput specifications.

You can now get routers that combine in one box: a DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop) modem, a router, a firewall, and a wireless router. Make sure you get a newer G model wireless router. It can handle both the new high speed G devices and the older slower B devices. There are even higher speed I and N models which are not yet standard. Make sure they also support B and G as a fallback.

Shopping for a Router

electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Routerto electronic home
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Cisco. Single band, 300 MBps. Supports Wireless-N, -B, -G protocols. Has four × 1000 Mb/sec ports and one USB printer port.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Linksys X2000 Wireless-N Router with ADSL2+ Modemto electronic home
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Has only three ports. Handles WiFi b/g/n.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Linksys EA2700 App-Enabled N600 Dual-Band Wireless-N Routerto electronic home
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Gigabit Ethernet connection. 4 ports.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Linksys EA3500 App-Enabled N750 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router and USBto electronic home
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Gigabit Ethernet connection. 4 ports. 5G. 300+450Mbps
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled Dual-Band Wireless-N Router and USBto electronic home
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Gigabit Ethernet connection. 4 ports. 450+450Mbps
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Tips

If you suspect your router is not working, here are some things to try:

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