What features to look for when connecting devices wirelessly at home or office.
There are four different standards that are commonly used for connecting over Wi-Fi and all of them start with 802.11 so it could be a bit confusing. What matters is the last alphabet which will either be a, b, g or n or a combination of them. To not make things complicated, if your computer or tablet or Smartphone is less than a year old, chances are that is equipped with 802.11n which is an improvement over 802.11g that was widely used in devices prior to that. The difference between g and n is that “n” not only improves speeds but also the range of the signal so ideally you would want to chose n. All routers that I have come across also have 802.11g to fall back on in case your laptop or tablet or smartphone does not support n so ideally, you would want to get a router than has 802.11n support.
Single or Dual Band
Along with 802.11n, you get an option of two bands- 5 GHz frequency at full speed or 2.4 GHz frequency in “mixed mode” which will support systems only capable of using 802.11g, but will slow the entire network down. To get the best speed, you should get a dual band router as more and more devices move to 802.11n standards. The following table gives you a brief summary of the range and speeds that we have just talked about