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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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