What is a router exactly?
A router is a piece of technology that manages your network. It enables the devices within your home or office to talk to each other. It manages your network and assigns ip addresses to each device within the network. Essentially a routers role is to forward data from one device to another such as a computer to a wireless printer.
There are several types of routers. A broadb and router is used to connect computers and other devices to the internet. Wireless routers connect to your modem and transmit a wireless signal to your home or office. This gives internet enabled devices wireless access to the internet. There absolutely should be a password on your wireless network.
What kind of devices?
Within a network you can have multiple devices that are able to communicate with each other. The devices can be gaming consoles (x box, wii), computers, printers, tablets and smart phones, and smart TV.
How much should I spend on a router?
For a home network you can anticipate spending between $60 to $100 for a router. For a small to medium sized business you can anticipate spending a minimum of $100 for a router and goes up from there depending on the complexity and needs for your network.
Does the router require programming?
Yes the router does require programming. When you purchase a router you will receive instructions on how to program it. You can program your router to connect devices wirelessly, limit internet usage, allow remote access to name a few options.
When you are installing the software and programming the router, remember to write down your password and keep it is a safe place. We get several calls per month because of lost passwords and we then have to go and break into the router and reset it.
Does it require firmware upgrades? Do I have to upgrade the hardware regularly?
You can anticipate that you will need to update the firmware at least a couple times per year. And with all hardware, routers will have an expiry date but you can anticipate getting several years of service from the hardware.