Home Network Wireless Routers
To set up a wireless network, you will need a home router and modem. While the modem brings the internet to your home, the router manages the connections between all the devices that need access to the internet, including mobile phones. Whether you have a single computer or a large network of computers, laptops, and printers, you'll want to choose a product that is capable of providing fast service to all your devices.
What are Some Common Wireless Router Brands?
Several different companies sell wireless routers, including:
What speed do you need?
Speed is measured in megabits per second. A high-speed router won't improve your Wi-Fi performance if you have a slow connection. If you pay for a higher speed internet connection, it's worth getting a product that delivers top speeds. For lower connection speeds, there is no need to go overboard on your Wi-Fi router capabilities. Common speeds include:
- 802.11n: This type offers speeds between 150 Mbps all the way to 600 Mbps.
- 802.11ac: This router delivers speeds over 1 gigabits per second. This is larger than megabits.
Do You Need Dual Band Capabilities?
Dual band allows your wireless network to be set up for more than one band, such as 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz. With the rise of consumer gadgets using 2.4 gigahertz, you can experience wireless interference in your home. The ability to switch to 5 gigahertz reduces this interference because fewer electronics are using it.
How Do You Choose Signal Strength?
The signal strength you need for your home Wi-Fi network depends on the layout of your home and how far away your computers and other equipment are from your modem and router. Even the building materials of your house can affect the strength. Check to see what the throughput is on the wireless router you are considering. Here is how to select the right strength:
- Near and mid-range: For a small house or a setup where your computer and your Wi-Fi router are in the same room or only a short distance apart, products that provide near to mid-range coverage should be enough.
- Far: If your computers are spread out across different parts of the house or are some distance from your Wi-Fi router, look for throughput that states it provides far coverage.
What Additional Features Should You Consider?
Common specifications to check include the number of LAN ports and USB ports. Depending on your home network setup, you may need these to connect multiple computers or printers. If you plan on using both Ethernet cables and Wi-Fi connectivity, you'll want enough LAN ports to support the number of wired connections. If you cannot find a product with enough ports, an Ethernet switch can work instead.
Wireless Routers and Gaming
Online gaming on PC and consoles is best served by using a direct connection to your modem, but if you're using a wireless connection, it's vital to ensure its reliability and speed. After all, you don't want high ping or lag when engaged in a high-stakes match. If you do a lot of online gaming, make sure to buy a router that will support high speeds and a constant connection.
Certified Refurbished Wireless Routers
While eBay offers buyers the choice between both new and used items, there's also a third option that may interest you: Certified Refurbished. Certified Refurbished items are sold by eBay-approved sellers. Each of these wireless routers comes with a like-new guarantee (including accessories, instruction manuals, and packaging), a free return/replacement policy (within 30 days of receiving the item), and a 2-year hassle-free warranty. We also regularly monitor our sellers to ensure they're meeting our stringent quality control metrics, so buyers know they're only getting the best.