Basic Guide to Buying Your New Router: Tips, Specs, and Model Selection for Every Pocket

Although we often do not give it the attention it deserves, the router is the heart of our homes connected and through it pass all data, videos, photos, network games and other multimedia information to which we access daily. The operators install us basic models that cover the contracted connectivity and little more, hence we consider if it is necessary to change them by a more advanced equipment.

And not only to improve WiFi (since for this we have other alternatives such as access points), but to have more wired connections, advanced functionality, mount a server, share networked disks, etc. Is it time to change models and complement or replace the one that our ISP has given us? Here you have our updated guide with the keys to do it and a selection of models with the latest features.

Hardware in which must fix

If our budget were unlimited, we would not have many problems to choose. We went to the store, asked for the best of the best and took it home. As we normally have to stick to a specific economic amount, we must be aware of some basic considerations before choosing a new router to not waste resources.

First, we have to calculate more or less how many users we will be at home at the same time. And I do not mean only humans accessing the Internet, but also other connected computers that will do updates and downloads on their own (consoles, smart TV, mobile phones, sound and image equipment, etc.). So we can distinguish between sporadic, intermediate and advanced users.

In the first case we probably do not need to buy an additional router, because with the operator will be more than enough and we will not notice many improvements if we are not thinking about using advanced features.

But if we are more than 4 or 5 concurrent users at home, then a new router can be the solution to cuts in WiFi coverage and the easiest way to add extra functionality and avoid bottlenecks.

For this, we have to look at the hardware of the computer, which processor has, if you have a generous amount of RAM in the amount of antennas and ports available. The better the hardware, the greater the workload you can handle without slowing down. For example, some advanced models already come with dual-core CPUs and 256 or 512 MB of RAM with which they can service 4 or more demanding simultaneous users without messing around.