Many people often need help with wireless routers, so let’s see if we can help you out. One person might need help to decide which one to get while someone else may need help to keep it safe, while still allowing online gaming. Here at Digital Landing, we understand that routers can be difficult to understand, so we’ve put together a number of articles to help with wireless routers and other related problems.
Deciding Which Router to Buy
There are quite a few different brands of wireless routers on the market these days, with Cisco/D-Link, Belkin, NetGear, and Linksys being the most popular. With the wide variety of feature sets and capabilities, not to mention the price ranges involved, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one to get. Not long ago, I put together an article that compared a number of the offerings from Cisco/D-Link.
I also put together an article that talks about the current offerings from Linksys (my favorite router brand, by the way). My friend Bert Makrgraf wasn’t so choosy, when he put together his article on the five best routers to buy on Amazon. If you’re taking a serious look at Verizon FiOS, you may also want to take a look at the FiOS router.
Taking a quick step back, do you know the difference between a router and modem? If not, my colleague David Gonos put together a great article that explains the differences. However, there are Internet providers that have begun combining the functions of the broadband modem with those of a router. Verizon is one of these companies and better yet, they’ve put together a modem/router combination that delivers relatively High Speed Internet for people who live where Cable and DSL broadband isn’t available.
What Do All These Letters and Numbers Mean?
WEP, WPA WPA2. WPA-PSK, 802.11. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac?
When shopping for your next wireless router, do you need to carry some sort of technical tome, so you can unscramble all these acronyms and combinations of letters and numbers? No, you need my recent article on wireless standards.
Help with Wireless Routers: Configuration
I’ll be the first to admit that properly configuring a router can be difficult. Taking my desire to give help with wireless routers one step further, I put together an article that walks you through the basic configuration process for a Belkin router, as well as one for the Linksys router family.
In order to access your router, you have to know what address it uses. However, what if you don’t have that information? Is your router using the 192.168.x.x IP range, or the 10.10.x.x IP range, and how do you figure out this information? I recently put together an article that helps you with that, and then walks you through a number of generic configuration steps.
Wireless Security Help: The Basics
Far too many people have the tendency to think that their wireless network is secure using the default router settings (the settings the router has when it comes from the factory). Nothing could be further from the truth. The folks here at Digital Landing put together an article that uses very easy language to walk you through making your wireless network as secure as possible without spending several hours learning about the various methods and practices used by large companies.
Lastly, for those that need help getting their network up and running, I put together a step-by-step tutorial covering home networks from the ground up.
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