If you’re shopping for a cable modem wireless router, the first instinct may be to head to the local computer parts or office good store and just grab the cheapest thing there.
Resist that impulse! Here are some simple steps to follow when shopping for the best wireless routers…
1- Read a lot of reviews
There are dozens and dozens of good, great, cable modem router bad and useless wireless routers out there in every imaginable price range. So if you just grab the first and cheapest router you see, you may as well just take that money and buy thirty or forty lottery tickets with it, since you’re really testing your luck.
We recommend first looking at message boards and forums to see what comes highly recommended, and second to read full reviews of those products to see if they live up to the hype.
2- Shop cheap
Maybe you have your eye on the Linksys wrt54g wireless router, but the Netgear wgr614 wireless router is on sale half price this week at your favorite online retailer? Get the Netgear. The truth is, a good router is a good router. It’s not about favorite brands or anything, it’s all about the quality of the router, and one good router is as good as another.
So we recommend writing a list. Write down every cable / modem router you might want to buy, compare prices, and get whichever one you can buy at the lowest price.
And of course, don’t sacrifice quality for low cost. A crummy router that’s half the price of a good one isn’t a bargain unless you’re actually getting something for your money.
3- Be on the lookout for older models
The funny thing about the price of a cable modem router is that it just keeps going down. A router released a year ago might still be as good as anything released just yesterday, but the nature of the computer market is to always go after the fresh new thing and dump the old stuff, even though the truth is that hardware actually takes years to become truly outdated.
So it’s not hard at all to find great routers that are wireless on sale for half the price of the new ones, despite the fact that the performance between the two is practically identical. So there you have it. Keep the above tips in mind and you should be able to get just the right router at just the right price.
f course, most wireless routers are intended for accessing the internet easily in all parts of the home. However, they can also serve other purposes. Any computer connected to your network can make its files accessible to any other computer in the network, enabling fast and easy file-sharing, hardware backup, and archive updating. One library of entertainment (such as music, movies and television shows) can serve for all computers connected to the network. And finally, you can connect printers, fax machines and scanners to your network, allowing all computers on the network to wirelessly print or fax or scan from anywhere in the house.