Ozfrees Guide to Broadband Routers

By: Mei Galang

These days, it is common for a household to own more than one computer, gaming consoles or laptops thus having a broadband router have become a basic necessity.

Owning a broadband router will allow more than one device within a household to share files and an Internet connection. The one time price they have to pay for it is worth it because it can save them a lot of money from separate Internet services that they will avail.

Routers employ a Network Address Translation (NAT), that lets all the computers in one household to share the Internet connection. By installing one broadband router, you can surf the Internet using your personal computer while your brother send an email using his laptop. Aside from that, your broadband router can create another firewall because NAT can also act as an extra protection while you're online. A firewall hides your device's unique IP address, simply put this is an additional safety method to protect you from hackers, people who wants to exploit your system or other online threats.

A broadband router is an investment, it's cost will depend on its features, specifications and brand. A basic and simple broadband router can get the job done for a connection in your household. The two types are ADSL Modem Routers for ADSL broadband subscribers and Cable Routers for Cable broadband subscribers but both person the same function they only . You have to consider getting a router with the additional features if your house is more than one storey since some don't work between floors. Some routers are wireless and some needs wire connection. Before deciding to purchase one, evaluate your computer usage and house structure. You can also ask the sales associates opinion so that you can get the proper router that will provide you just that.

These routers are available on local electronic shops and online. It's practical to check out the products online so that you can research for their features, specifications, reviews and even testimonials from people who have bought the same product. Online or offline, sales associates can help you choose the best broadband router but be wise enough to spot if he's giving an expert opinion or up-sale you. Being resourceful pays because you can find the broadband router that fits your needs and your budget.

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