Oct 6, 2013


This piece of hardware is essential to going wireless. It allows devices with built-in Wi-Fi laptops, smartphones, tablets and e-book readers to connect to the internet without the need for cables.
Now depending on the type of your connection, you will need...

  • An ADSL Router : If you use your telephone line for internet access, you will need to invest in such a router. You can also get this router from your service provider(BSNL or MTNL) for a small fee.

  • Non-ADSL Router : For other connections, like if your service provider is your local cable operator, then you will need a non-ADSL router. These routers take input from the RJ45 connector that you would generally attach to the network port on your Desktop PC.


  • Internet Sharing : A wireless router allows multiple users with Wi-Fi enabled devices to share a single internet connection.
  • Sharing data over Wi-Fi : If the router has a USB port, you will be able to share the contents of a flash drive or portable hard drive with other Wi-Fi enabled devices in the network. Some routers even allow printers to be shared via its USB port.
  • Control internet acess : You will also be able to configure the kind of content that can be accessed from the web. More importantly, the router can also be used as your first line of defence against internet hacking.


  • Look for the '802.11n' standard :  The 'n' standard indicates the router's maximum speed over an unwired connection (the older ones being 'a', 'b' and 'g'). There is a newer 'ac' standard, but 'n' will serve all your present day purposes.
  • Consider dual-band : Wi-Fi routers, microwave ovens, cordless phones and Bluetooth devices operate in the same 2.4 GHz frequency band. Understandably, this causes congestion, reducing the router's signal strength. In such cases, you would be better off with a dual-band router. Such a router allows for connections over the additional 5 GHz band simultaneously. Dual-band smartphones and laptops can connect on 5 GHz while the rest can operate over 2.4 GHz.
  • USB ports(s) : Like we mentioned earlier, routers with the USB ports will let you plug flash drives, hard disks and even printers to share these resources over the network.
  • Multiple Antennas : External antennas increase the overall range of your router, ideal for when you might want to access the router from behind a wall or glass doors.


ADSL Router : D-Link DSL-2750U Wireless N ADSL2+

  Priced : Rs. 2,280 /-

NON-ADSL Router: TP-Link TL-WR841N

Priced : Rs. 1,558 /-


Netgear WNDR3700 N600 Dual Band


    Priced : Rs. 6,150/-


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