NetGear Wireless Routers
Cut ties with your Ethernet cables using Netgear Wi-Fi routers. Innovative networking technology combines with efficiency and reliability to bring the wireless experience to your home or office. Offered in a variety of wireless speeds from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps, NetGear has a networking solution to fit almost any need.What does a Netgear router do?
Netgear routers enable communication within a network. Netgear routers also allow a modem to provide internet access to multiple users within a network. They can enable one single connection to be split among multiple devices for simultaneous internet use.
Routers can be used for a variety of tasks but are most commonly used to connect multiple devices to a single modem in a home or office. On a larger scale, routers can be used to route traffic through multiple separate networks over a larger internal network.
Through the use of the router's software, owners are able to configure a multitude of security and access options to protect their network and its users. Netgear routers feature their own hardware firewalls, providing additional security for the network to which they are assigned.
Wireless routers also allow users to connect wirelessly over the network, removing the need for a direct cable connection between the device and the router. Wi-Fi range will vary depending on the wireless standard used on both the router and the device itself.
Wi-Fi routers can also be set up as Wi-Fi access points to extend the wireless range of an existing wireless internetwork. When used as a wireless access point, routers no longer perform any network routing functions. They simply repeat the existing network signal over a larger distance.What kind of wireless standards does Netgear offer?
- Wireless-G: Commonly used as a baseline for WiFi communications, Wireless-G routers operate using the 802.11g standard. In most cases, this gives the capability to broadcast at speeds up to 54 Mbps. Wireless-G products will generally be suitable for home use with little traffic or only one to two users on the network at a time.
- Wireless-N: Designed for more demanding networking environments, Wireless-N devices make use of the 801.11n standard. While the actual speed will vary from product to product, users can expect to see transfer rates of 108 Mbps, and download speeds can potentially be much higher in the right conditions. Wireless-N products will also have good signal range and can sometimes be found in dual-band configurations that utilize both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz radio frequencies.
- Wireless-AC: Sometimes referred to as “gigabit WiFi,” Wireless-AC boasts impressive range and transfer rates. With select wireless routers reaching speeds up to, and sometimes above, 1Gbps, Wireless-AC excels in both home and office use. Capable of handling multiple HD-quality streams, large downloads, and gaming, Wireless-AG products are effectively utilized in busy environments where high bandwidth is needed.