A router allows a Wi-Fi hotspot to be established, allowing multiple devices to access the Internet so that applications and data can be shared wirelessly.
Routers come packed with different features. Some are able to provide parental controls and advanced security features. A router with ethernet ports gives you the flexibility to connect wired devices to the network.
Price & Availability
Types of Wireless Routers Available
Wireless N Routers
Wireless N routers are the most popular are usually compatible with IEEE 802.11n popular wireless networking standard protocol. The N routers are compatible with most Smartphones, laptops and devices that use 802.11n Wi-Fi. These routers provide good signal strength, better wireless coverage and are designed theoretically to transfer data at a speed of 300Mbps.
A popular type of routers in these class are the broadband routers that allows you users to access broadband Internet from an (ISP) Internet service provider. This router provides Internet access to multiple users.
300Mbps Wireless WiFi Router
Max throughput: 300Mbps
Aerial: 2 *5dBi Fixed aerial
Interface: 1 Wan + 4 Lan ports
Price: KSh 2,299 Buy Now
TP-Link 3G/4G Wireless N Router
Establishes wireless network via speeds of up to 150Mbps
WPA/WPA2 security encryption protocols
USB 2.0 Port for 3G/4G LTE modem
WAN Connection Backup Strategy
Price: KSh 3,300 Buy Now
DIR-514 Wireless N300 3G Router
Provides speeds up to 300 Mbps
Wi-Fi Hotspot Mode
Ethernet LAN and WAN ports for connecting via wired or wireless connection
Active firewall to keep intruders out of the network
WPA/WPA2 security encryption protocols
Compatible with different data network
Price: KSh 4,300 Buy Now
Wireless AC Routers
Wireless AC Router is the most recent type, compatible with 802.11ac wireless standard, though still compatible with devices made for older 802.11 a/b/g/n standards. These AC routers provide a greater coverage area and stronger signal strength compared to other type of routers. They are ideal for those who live in large houses or highly populated areas. An AC router will allow you to enjoy lag-free video chatting, fast file transfers and video streaming.
Tenda F1201 AC1200 Dual-Band Router
Delivers wireless speeds up to 1200Mbps.
Compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n devices
Two 5dBi external antennas
WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security encryption protocols
Price: KSh 11,099 Buy Now
Features To Take Into Consideration When Buying A Wireless Router
Single band routers use only the 2.4 GHz frequency band and usually come with a weaker signal. Single band are ideal for those with minimal devices and at least where there is one user engaged in web browsing and social sites.
Dual band routers have higher speeds and can use both the 2.4 GHz band and 5.0 GHz band, or can operate on either of the 2 frequencies. These dual band devices are ideal for areas with multiple uses and those with a lot of devices streaming applications online.
Tri-band routers uses 2.4GHz and dual 5.0GHz band. They are ideal for very busy offices with heavy network traffic and sharing of large files.
Security is another feature that you need to consider. Choose devices with in-built encryption security options.
If you have wired devices that you need to get connected to the network, it is important to choose routers with ethernet ports that allow the attaching of an ethernet cord from the wired devices to the router.
A device with parental control features is a good option for parents who want to manage how their Wi-Fi network is being used and those who want to keep tabs on online activities that their children engage in.
Routers that have USB port will allow you to share 4G LTE or 3G mobile broadband connectivity to the network via USB dongle or modem. You can also use the USB port to connect to an external hard disk or a printer.
SIM Card Slot
A router with a SIM card slot will allow you to insert your SIM card to setup the network.