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5 Features You Should Look for When Buying a Router

5 Features You Should Look for When Buying a Router

Based on personal experience, you may find that the router provided by your ISP isn’t the greatest. Whether you are a habitual or pro gamer or whether you want to stream HD movies on Netflix, your router plays a key role in creating the whole experience.

There are some common features that every router must have. However, everyone uses the Internet differently. You may need to spend more time doing research in order to find a router that fits your needs and provides you with all the required features and functions. Here is the list of five important features you should look for before buying your next router.

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1. Modem/Router Combo

If you are a person who wants to save space and do not desire an extra modem, you should look for a router that serves as a combination of both the router and the modem. Most ISPs provide modems, but they’re not as good as other commercially available modems. Your best bet therefore is to look for a combo to not only save money but also save space and make your home or office Internet more portable in nature.

2. Wireless Protocols

All the current best wifi routers use the 802.11 protocols, which can allow data rates as high as 600Mbps. Though you may not get this data transmission rate at the constant level as it depends upon the performance of your ISP. However, the best Wi-Fi router should follow 802.11 protocol. You can find this information either on the back of the router packaging or on the router itself. It is better to physically open the box and see this description before buying it.

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3. Security Settings and Firmware

It is a good idea to understand what security settings are offered by your router maker and whether firmware is regularly updated or not. Wi-Fi routers can easily be hacked and transmission over the routers can easily be intercepted by any clever hacker. Therefore, it is always important for your personal safety that you choose a router whose firmware is regularly updated.

4. 3G/4G Data Support

If you use 3G or 4G data cards, some routers can provide you this option to read or connect through them. Having a 2.0 USB slot within the router can further increase its capability as a Network as Storage device and you can easily share the data stored on your USB with other computers connected through the same router. 3G connectivity and USB support are two of the features that are now part of most modern routers, so opt for such routers whenever possible.

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5. Number of Antennae

This feature depends upon the size of your home and the usage but if your router has more than one antenna, it will better serve your purpose. The selection of antenna can be a daunting task, but if you want better Wi-Fi connectivity for your small business, it is always a good idea to select the antenna wisely and choose the router that will serve your purpose. Normally, two antenna routers are sufficient to provide coverage within a smaller home. However, if you want connectivity in your backyard also, then you may need a router with more antennae for more range.

Small business owners who are looking for Wi-Fi routers to connect their business to the Internet may need to research further to find routers that suit their needs. If you are a small business owner, make sure you read some router reviews and do your homework before investing in a good router. A one-time expense coupled with good research can assist you with buying a Wi-Fi router to meet all your Internet connectivity needs.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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