You can start by manually checking PC requirements. PCs/Laptops must have minimum Intel P IV 2 GHz or higher processor with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. Minimum 2 GB free hard disk space at the time of installation. Operating System: Windows Vista and above. Ethernet LAN Card/Port (10/100BaseT) with TCP/IP support.
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In today’s world, with each household having multiple devices, subscribers can use the services on Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smart phones, tablets, touch pads notebooks etc. These devices must support 802.1X, WPA2 Enterprise security features.
Since majority of households will be having multiple devices connected to a single broadband connection, choosing the right wireless router for your home is of utmost importance. Below is our guide to find the perfect router for your needs.
We have experimented with many Wi-Fi routers for home use. Here are some tips on buying a wireless router, installing & configuring a home Wi-Fi router.
Buying a Wi-Fi router
Here are some pointers to check before you buy a Wi-Fi router for a typical home usage and get best Value for Money.
Ports & Interfaces
Home router should have at least one WAN port and four LAN ports. Some routers refer to them as an uplink (for the WAN port) and wired connections (for LAN ports). WAN port generally sits apart or coloured differently from the other ports to make it easier to identify, but it otherwise looks the same as the LAN ports.
WAN Port or Uplink port (that connects to your service provider) can be of two types based on your ISP
(a) RJ45 Ethernet: If your ISP gives you an Ethernet interface (ISP like Tikona, Fiber Broadband or Cable Broadband service providers)
(b) RJ11 ADSL: If your ISP provides Service over Telephone lines
Some routers have both types of Interfaces. For Tikona subscribers, you will have to opt for one with RJ45 Ethernet WAN port.
Single Band or Dual Band?
Wi-Fi routers in India can operate in 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. All smart phones, Pads, Tabs & Laptops will support 2.4GHz but same is not true for 5 GHz band. 2.4GHz band coverage inside home will be better than 5 GHz.
Thus, for simple home Wi-Fi, 2.4GHz device would suffice. You will not need a dual band router for home usage.
While buying a router, you will notice speed numbers like 300Mbps, 900Mbps, 1900Mbps and 1Gbps….. . All these numbers just show how much raw speeds can be achieved under “Lab conditions”. It's highly unlikely you'll ever see those actual speeds, though.
Fast router speeds don't have anything to do with how fast your Internet connection is. That speed is set by your tariff plan subscription from your Internet Service Provider.
I would recommend buying an 802.11n “300 Mbps” router.
This will give you best Capacity, coverage and compatibility. 802.11n routers can run in "mixed mode" so that 802.11g wireless devices can connect as well.
A Wi-Fi router with multiple antennas will improve coverage inside a home using “Antenna Diversity" “MIMO” or “Beam-Forming" especially in presence of reflections from Inner walls. However more than 3 Antennas will not give you any advantage (Law of diminishing returns).
For better understanding of Advance Antenna techniques, you may like to read http://forum.tikona.in/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=228
Most routers will experience performance degradation as number of devices increase. This is limited by hardware (CPU /Memory etc.) and in some Models this limit is arbitrarily set by the manufacturer in the firmware. Most times the limit is mentioned neither in the manual nor in the technical specification. When more clients are connected than a router can support, your router may just hang or reboot, increase latency or trickle speed.
For typical home usage you should consider buying a router which can support 20-30 devices/clients without perceptible performance degradation or hang/reboot.
Most established brands or Popular should support enough clients for typical home usage, but for unknown brands better to research online before buying.