Wireless Routers

By: Dhiraj Bandurkar

Wireless Routers

Like any other wireless system, a wireless router gives you freedom to free the valuable workspace from the tangling wires. Technically speaking, a wireless router is a special network router that connects different workstations wirelessly and routes network traffic between workstations and an existing Internet connection. Some of the wireless routers are actually wired routers with wireless access points built in so you can have wired and/or wireless at the same time. Another choice is a wireless router with a built-in DSL or cable modem. You can also consider a hardware & software security combo box to connect and protect your home network or office network. The wireless router is capable of sharing Internet connections amongst several computers via 802.3 Ethernet and 802.11b/g wireless data links.

The wireless routers are quite popular among the network users. More so, because it is as good as using the wired networks with absolutely no compromise on the connectivity, speed, and security. A wireless LAN router generally adds a built-in access point function to a multi-port Ethernet router. With this it combines multiple Ethernet networks with wireless connections as well. A typical wireless LAN router includes four Ethernet ports, an 802.11 access point, and sometimes a parallel port so it can function as a print server. This gives wireless users the same ability as wired users to send and receive packets over multiple networks.

There are many manufacturers of the wireless routers, popular of them are D-Link, Netgear, Actiontec etc. Out of these, the D-Link routers is what we find is the popular product amongst the home and commercial users. These wireless routers have an uncanny ability that delivers superior performance capability to transfer large files and handle heavy network traffic. Wireless routers offer many important benefits in the home and small office setting. For instance, you can opt to a cable modem service that provides a single IP address through DHCP to the router, and the router then provides IP addresses via DHCP to clients on your local network. This helps to a great deal whenever that client needs to access the Internet. Wireless routers are very much ideal for wireless networks in commercial or public areas, specially if there are multiple networks that are accessible. The wireless routers if considered in an enterprise environment give network administrators an extra way to monitor and update their networks. As the wireless routers only send packets to specific, directed addresses, they do not forward the broadcast packets that are sent out by other devices. A big advantage of wireless routers is that they provide an added layer of security, both on the wired side and wireless side. The wired side is usually protected by a firewall and has extensive access control filters.

That is why, not only the wireless routers are more user friendly and space saving, they are also great on speed, and have an ability to handle multiple networks with ease and without sacrificing the security.

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