A wireless router works differently from a dial-up connection because instead of telephoning your ISP and hogging the entire phone line, it divides it into different channels. It means that information travels through parallel streams along these channels. One benefit of buying an advanced router is that it will improve the speed of Wi-Fi on all devices connected to your network. Also, you can extend the range of Wi-Fi on your network and improve the signal strength. An outdated router slows everything down, but if you get a state-of-the-art model, it will give you more speed, reliability, and coverage. You will also get less network interference.
Researchers have warned that specialised servers used by many ISPs to manage their routers and other gateway devices leased to their customers can be accessed through the internet, and can easily be hijacked by attackers. Hackers and intelligence agencies can gain access to these servers and could compromise the routers and home networks that they serve. The main problem is that the technical support department at your ISP needs to be able to troubleshoot any configuration problem on your router from a remote location.
And to do that, they will use what is known as a Customer-Premises Equipment Wide Area Network Management Protocol (CWMP), which we also refer to as the TR-069 protocol. A TR-069 device is set up in such a way that it connects to the Auto Configuration Server (ACS) operated by your ISP. And such a server runs special ACS software that has been developed by a third-party company, and it is used to reconfigure customer devices in case there is a problem. So if you want to secure your home network and prevent hackers and government agencies from snooping on you, you are advised to get the most advanced router on the market.
Most of the broadband routers that are supplied by ISPs come with just a single frequency setting, which is usually 2.4GHz. This frequency is okay for tasks that do not require large data transfers over wireless networks. However, if you want additional services like streaming, the 2.4GHz router struggles to operate efficiently. On the other hand, dual band routers provide you with 5GHZ frequency, which proves more useful for streaming services and transferring large files. Even though dual band routers are expensive, they offer faster speeds and are unlikely to suffer from interference.
Another reason why you need an advanced router is that it will come with USB ports. ISP-provided broadband routers will rarely come with USB ports. These ports are excellent features that allow users to connect their devices directly to their networks rather than through computers or LAN cables. Also, a USB port will offer faster transfer speeds, and you can connect a USB flash drive to your router to provide you with network storage.
A standalone broadband router can allow you to set up multiple Service Set Identifier (SSID) access points. Such a feature means that users can gain separate access to their network with specified restrictions at each and every access point. For instance, if your family has small children, you can restrict them from viewing explicit material online. Filtering content and restricting access can also be implemented during certain periods of the day. So let’s say your children have just returned home from school, but they want to stream their preferred television shows or log onto Facebook, you can set up your home network such that they’re unable to do so until a certain time after they’ve done their homework first. Speed and bandwidth caps can also be implemented for a business to prevent misuse of resources.
Google isn’t satisfied with how routers are designed to work, and so the company is bringing its brand of home routers to the UK. It will enable customers to enjoy a reliable internet connection. And the single access point will be perfect for smaller homes of less than 1,500 square feet. This service promises to provide reliable, strong, and fast Wi-Fi connection throughout every room in your home. Google Wi-Fi will become available on 6th April 2017, and it’s going to cost £129 per unit. You can also get a two-pack for £229.