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How Do I Choose the Best Dual Router?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 29 July 2017
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Dual routers, often referred to as dual band wireless routers, are routing devices that are capable of making a connection and transmitting data on more than one radio band. This characteristic of the dual router makes it possible to use devices in situations in which the performance of a single band router would be less than desirable. When choosing the best dual router for your use, it is important to consider factors such as band capability, ease of use, and the overall cost of purchase and setup.

One of the first considerations when choosing a dual router is to identify the actual transfer speed associated with the make and model you have in mind. Keeping in mind that the maximum speed that the router will achieve is influenced by the type of connection you have to the Internet, go with a router that has the capability to make the best possible use of your connection. Before selecting a router, consult with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and find out the maximum speed possible with your service, then focus attention on routers that can meet that speed. The end result will be a connection and rate of transfer that is reliable and will operate smoothly.

Another point to ponder is the features found on your dual router. This includes the ability to associate multiple devices with the router. For example, a home network may support the use of a desktop computer, one or two laptops, and a tablet. With this configuration, you may prefer a dual router that will allow for a wired connection to the desktop while also providing wireless signaling to the other devices. In other cases, a router with wireless capability alone may be right for your situation. In any event, make sure the router is compatible with the operating systems in use, and is easy to set up.

Cost is often important when selecting computer networking devices, and the dual router is no exception. Try to balance the price tag of the router with the features and reliability of the units under consideration. Do some research and find out what consumers and experts are saying about each of the routers you are evaluating. Focus your attention on those that are proven to be high quality and fit well into your budget. Doing so will mean you get the best possible usage from the device while also paying a price that is within reason.

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