History of Linksys Wireless Routers
The Speed of Router Technology Advancement
I have lived my entire life in the shadow of technology and its constant need for improvement. In less than two decades, we have gone from dial up AOL (America On Line, remember?) to unlimited wireless access on any capable “smart” device. Even I, a 24 year old Communications major, am having a difficult time keeping up. Smart phone? Smart TV? Wireless gadgets? It has been quite a ride growing up through this “Technology Boom” and naturally being savvy with computers, network connections, and Linksys wireless routers.
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I can solve (or at least diagnose) a computer issue in less than 90 seconds. The growth and expansion of the internet has given this MTV Generation opportunities to people such as our parents (“Baby Boomers,” if you will) that they never could have imagined. I could write an entire paper on my fascination with technology and its developments but I am almost 100% sure that would knock off a couple points from the information portion of my article. This article is about Linksys wireless routers, a networking product produced by “Linksys” which was taken over by Cisco back in 2003.
So how does it work?
Linksys by Cisco is a network router used to create a local wireless connection. A local wireless connection is a signal that infiltrates a specific radius within a closed space, such as a building or house. The main connection is to the “Ethernet” cord, which transmits internet/cable provided by your local cable company. This invisible signal allows internet access to multiple devices capable of picking up WIFI, or wireless internet. But not everyone can access this secured network. The administrator of the network allowances must create a network name and password in order for multiple devices to be sharing the signal.
My Experience with an iPad and wireless internet
My dad recently purchased an iPad for me as a gift (after he purchased one for himself, of course). I have learned that understanding the depth these Linksys wireless routers can go is trial and error. One really has to own a Smart Phone, tablet, or even just a laptop to see how accessible the internet is in any room of the house. iPads are completely useless without internet; even for applications that do not require internet access, they still require internet for download. I did not have WIFI when I first got this gadget which irritated my dad. He ordered a NetGear router, a competitor of linksys , for my new “toy.” My dad spent close to $750 total this year on gifts.
WIFI Performance VS 3G Data Performance
My iPhone (I am an Apple nerd) has 3G network coverage which I pay for as my phone bill but does not perform nearly as fast, nor precise, as it does when connected to the WiFi I have set up through out my apartment. A friend of mine, a technology nerd, has an “unsecured” network floating around his house. I noticed that I tapped into a random network but I did not recall choosing a network from my phone’s WIFI menu and entering a password. I also noticed a “lag” with the internet response on my phone. If too many devices are connected to the network at once, it slows down the speed of the Mbps (megabit per second). Speed, or the data transfer rate, is something to consider when consider one of the many Linksys wireless routers to meet your needs; it depends on the number of people, the number of devices, and the purpose for the network. I believe my NetGear router is an N150 model, which is used for basic sharing. Netgear has a decent website that provides you with a table of check-offs based on competitor routers or higher transfer rates. The more expensive you go, the higher quality and faster speed of internet you get. I also thought the Linksys (Cisco) main website was rather helpful as well. They have an option of “Building Your Network” and ask questions pertaining to your router needs, such as square feet of space, type of usage, and how many devices will be running.
Linksys is the first of many data networking systems born into this technology era. Even with competitors, like NetGear, it does not look like the demand for wrt54g Linksys routers is going to fade anytime soon. Technology keeps expanding and seeking constant improvement. The internet is a tool for anyone with the desire of knowledge who wishes to make a mark on this world of ours; wireless routers from Linksys connect us to that tool. There is always room for technological advancement.