A wireless router is amongst a wide range of devices used to transfer data from one or more computers to other machines included in the same communication networks. These networks include the Internet as well as other Intranet networks such as the metropolitan area network (MAN), the local area network (LAN), and the wide area network (WAN).
A wireless router can provide data transference systems to computers included in such networks without the use of wires or cables.
Most people often consider wireless routers as data transference devices that can only be used for computers within WiFi hotspots.
This is a common misconception since wireless routers can be used for data transference systems to be conducted between computers included in the other types of networks (MAN, LAN, and Wan).
For instance, the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) device allows you to connect multiple computers to the Internet. It also allows you to connect the machines included in the local area network so as to conduct data transference systems between such computers.
Again, this is done without the use of wires or cables. This is because wireless routers include wireless Ethernet ports. These ports are for PC-to-PC Local Area Network (LAN) connectivity. On the other hand, more powerful wireless routers are used for metropolitan and wide area networks.
It can be said that using these wireless routers can create a WiFi hotspot within an area conducive for local area networks, metropolitan area networks, and wide area networks. Such people in fact consider wANs or wide area networks as WiFi hotspots.
WLAN essentially gives you the freedom to surf anywhere within the coverage of the wireless router or the WiFi hotspot. The hotspot is a digital electronic radius that provides data transference capabilities to computers within it.
The device attached to it receives the signals emitted by the router. This will relieve you from restrictions. Restrictions include staying in one place because your cable is too short for you to move. This offers you the freedom of mobility.
There are 2 types of wireless routers, each with a different type of application.
The first wireless router type was designed for the purpose of connecting machines within a single household or a small coverage area. Since this wireless router type is built for short distance ranges, you can place multiple routers all over the house. This will bolster the efficiency of your wireless local area network and thus make your home a small WiFi zone. It lets you access the Internet remotely or within the coverage of the wireless router. It will provide the machines within the wireless area network or within the coverage of the wireless router with the capability to connect multiple computers to the Internet and also conduct data transference activities between each other. The computers should be within the range of the router.
The second wireless router type was created for office or enterprise purposes. Although the same rules apply on the creation of wireless networks for both household and office applications, this wireless router type is generally more powerful compared to the first wireless router type mentioned above. The difference of this wireless router type from the household wireless router type is its range or coverage. Logically, wireless routers built for office applications have wider coverage, but small networks can make use of multiple wireless router types built for small coverage networks in order to widen the coverage of the wireless network.
Wireless routers are similar to wired routers. In contrast to another common misconception, wireless routers have high security levels. This security is embedded to their system. Relevant security measures include wireless MAC address filtering and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Most wireless routers are also programmed for “invisible mode”. This program prevents other wireless users to scan the wireless network and gain access to the network without consent.
Wireless routers give you the advantage of broadening your reach to the Internet. The advent of wifi also brought about various communication applications such as VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). An example of this is Skype. Other digital programs are security-monitoring processes for businesses.