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Why Use Ethernet Routers

May 25, 2008
Ethernet routers are a key component of your home computer system if you have many devices that need to be connected to your computer. For example, printers, modems, other computers and game consoles. Having Ethernet routers at home is a good way to connect all these devices seamlessly into one machine and the Internet.

Usually you can connect up to four devices with Ethernet routers. Depending on how many devices you need connected to your computer and the Internet you can find a router, which allows more devices. Any device that you wish to connect Ethernet routers must have an Ethernet network adaptor.

Adding On

If you have looked at Ethernet routers that have less Ethernet connections than you need but think that such models fit into your budget you can simply adjust them. Using a network switch will allow you to expand the number of devices that you can connect.

Having a wireless access port is a handy thing to have; it will take up on of the access ports but at the same time will allow many wireless devices to work. The drawback is that other Wifi computers using the network at the same time will slow down the system significantly.

Advantages

Ethernet routers have an advantage over simple Ethernet cables in that you can connect more devices to your home network system. Ethernet cables restrict you to only two devices or two computers. If you find yourself with an increasing amount of devices that need to be connected to one central computer then Ethernet routers are the way to go.

You may also be tempted to use an ad hoc Wifi system instead of an Ethernet router. While this does allow you greater flexibility in terms of distance from the central system and the number of devices, it does have drawbacks. It is a less secure system and is usually used on a temporary basis. Ethernet routers are more secure.

For an ad hoc system to work properly all devices must have a Wifi network adaptor. You may also have to configure the adaptors to ad hoc mode as usually they are configured for the typical infrastructure mode. This might take up some extra time to set up and is a lot more complex than simple Ethernet routers.

If you have multiple computers that need to be connected it may be worth it to use an Ethernet switch or hub. The only disadvantage being that one computer must be connected to the Internet. The other computers will access the Internet through this central computer.
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