Updating your router
Routers with WPA-Enterprise security offer a higher level of security than WPA/WPA2, but require a Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) server to authenticate each client.Finally, make sure your new router is ready for the future.Not long ago most households could get by with a basic single-band router to keep a handful of devices connected to the home network.These days you'd be hard pressed to find a home that doesn't have multiple smartphones, gaming consoles, tablets, and laptops vying for online access.Air Port Utility shows a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and any base stations connected to it.The primary base station (Home, in this example) is connected to the Internet via your modem or router.
Here's what you should consider when choosing your next wireless router. Single-band routers are typically at the low end of the price spectrum (around ) and are designed for basic networking.
They operate on the 2.4GHz radio band and are generally well suited for Web browsing, connecting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and wireless printing.
But they have to compete with other 2.4GHz devices such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, and Bluetooth hardware.
Make sure your new router offers the most current security protocols such as Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2).
WPS is a simple push-button solution that aids in the initial setup of your router and makes it easy to add compatible client devices, while the WPA and WPA2 security protocols offer stronger encryption algorithms that make your network immune to most forms of hacking.