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Wired Router Solutions for Homes and Businesses

While wired routers are not as common as wireless routers, they still play an important role in many people’s networking setups. Like all routers, a wired router connects to your modem, and thus to your internet service provider, via a WAN port and Ethernet cable. From there, it creates a network that allows your devices to access a broadband internet connection.

The main difference between a wired and a wireless router is that a wireless router also contains a built in WiFi access point. A wired router, on the other hand, does not offer built in wireless access. Instead, it is designed for people who want more freedom to customize networking features in their home or business. You can connect wireless access points to the router and provide WiFi access, or you can connect other devices directly to the device’s LAN ports for a high performance wired connection.

Choosing a Wired Router

Here are a few aspects to keep in mind when you are choosing a wired router:

Data Transfer Rate: Most people will want a router with a transfer rate that supports high speed gigabit Ethernet - up to 1000 Mbps. Look for a router with the numbers 10/100/1000 in its data transfer specs to ensure that your router can provide a gigabit connection.

VPN Support: Some routers, often known as VPN routers, offer built in support for virtual private networks. This can be a critical feature for anyone who needs extra privacy, such as a business protecting its customers' personal information.

Firewall Support: Many wired routers include built in hardware firewalls that help protect your networks from cybercriminals and other intruders. Again, these are often essential cybersecurity tools for defending your home or business network.

Number and Type of Ports: You will want to make sure that the router you choose has a sufficient number of WAN and LAN ports for your intended application. This may also extend to other types of ports your application might require, such as USB ports and Power over Ethernet ports.

Finally, be sure to note the difference between a wired router and an Ethernet network switch. The two can appear similar, but to simplify, an Ethernet switch connects multiple devices into one network. A wired router allows you to connect multiple networks, including switches and access points, with greater control over bandwidth usage, routing, and network security.

Browse Micro Center’s selection of wired routers here and find the best deals on top networking brands. Don’t forget we also offer a full selection of wireless extenders, dual band WiFi routers, and other network devices. Check out our networking gear for all of the tools you need to build a secure, high performance business or home network.

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