Wifi routers are of the common gadgets that are used nowadays. As it is a very convenient device and through it, you can get internet access to all corners of your home, so the uses of wifi routers are just increasing.
As a wifi user myself, I also get questions in mind, and after researching those I come up with interesting things that you should also know and that’s what I am going to discuss in this post. So, let’s discuss 7 things you should know about Wifi routers.
1. Can Wifi Router Work Without Modem?
Wifi routers can’t work without a modem as a router just routes the internet to different devices, so without a router also a user can access the internet but only in one system. However, most of the latest routers that internet provider gives comes with an inbuilt modem, in this case, the user doesn’t need a separate modem.
Basically, a computer or mobile where you use wifi can only run on digital signals, they can’t recognize analog signals. But for accessing the internet, you need to send commands in analog signals.
So, this conversation is done by a modem. When you want to access anything or give any command on your computer, the modem converts the digital signal of the PC to analog and vise versa.
After reading this you might think then why we need a wifi router if a modem can single-handedly do everything. But, there is one disadvantage with modems, they can’t be used on more than one system at the same time.
So, you can’t connect to your PC, mobiles, other gadgets at the same time with a modem.
That’s why you need the router, as routers’ job is to route (distribute) the internet across different devices, so if you use both modem and router then only you can access the internet on multiple devices.
Then why sometimes internet providers give only the router, not the modem? This is because nowadays, some routers also have a modem inside, so if your router also does have a modem inside, then you don’t need another separately.
That’s why most of the internet providers nowadays don’t give any external modem as they come inbuilt with the router.
2. Can A Wifi Router Be Placed In A Cabinet?
Wifi routers can’t work properly if they are installed in closed environments like cabinets, inside any box. As in a closed box like structure, all the walls act as a barrier and consume the wireless signals, that’s why the wifi router works way better in an open environment than a cabinet.
Because of this, routers can’t get signals or establish connections with outer gadgets where you use the router’s wifi.
That’s why I highly suggest installing the router in such a place where all the devices (where you want to use the internet) can access it or they can be connected easily.
3. Placing Wifi Router In Attic?
Placing wifi routers in the attic is not a good idea as attics are generally covered, so the internet speed will decrease drastically. That’s why chances that the router can’t give enough speed in the other rooms’ property. However, if the user only wants to use the router in the attic, he can do it.
Also, the router should be around at the same height where most of the devices located with which it is going to share data. But after installing in the attic at such height don’t surprise if the wifi router ever can’t connect with other devices’ property.
Often, people think that the attic is the best place to set up a router as from it it can cover all the house, which is not the case at all.
Overall, I don’t recommend installing the wifi router in the attic unless you only need internet in that area. Rather try to install the router at a good height (at the height of desktop PC) and in a room from where you can access the internet from all the corners of your home.
Also, I see people having different opinions about installing a wifi router near a TV, is it really bad?
4. Placing Wifi Router Near Tv:
Although it is advised not to place a wifi router near electronic devices like TV, but I haven’t found anything noticeably about this till now. But if you still care, you can place the router above or below the TV, it will definitely help you in this case.
Overall, it is not a good idea to install a wifi router near TVs, it can weekend the wireless connectivity (based on theories). So, keep this point in mind too while installing your wifi router.
5. Placing Wifi Router In Basement:
Placing wifi routers in the basement can create errors including speed decrease, other connectivity issues. And obviously, after installing the router in your basement, you can’t get good speed or connectivity in the other rooms of your house.
That’s why try avoiding using routers in the basement.
6. Should Wifi Extender Be Near Router?
The wifi extender should not be placed too close to the router. Rather it should be placed in such a place where the wireless router and the other devices can reach, basically around the midway between the device and the wifi router.
Note that, putting the extender too closely or too far from the router can decrease the speed of internet which you are using on the device.
However, it is hard to tell the best position for the wifi extender, you have to test and check it. Just place it under the router’s range and also the same from the device.
7. Does Wifi Mesh Replace Router?
Wifi Mesh is nothing but a system that comes with multiple access points including the main router. So, after connecting the main router with the modem, it can easily cover far more areas than normal routers.
That’s why, wifi Mesh can’t replace a router as it is also a router with many access points.
In this post, I have discussed 7 interesting topics about wifi routers. I hope you can learn something new after reading this post, if you have anything more in mind, feel free to ask me.
See you in the next one, be techy:)
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