Almost every house that has an internet connection would now have an internet router. But if you are still doubtful about buying one, if you doubt if you really need one, read on to find out why you need a router for your internet connection at home.
A wireless router is an almost indispensable gadget. Even if you have a data pack active on your phone, a home internet might be faster. Also leaving mobile data on the whole day, especially an LTE or 3G connection might drain your mobile battery rapidly. The better option here, to remain connected to the internet all day long is to opt to be connected through Wi-Fi to your home internet connection.
Wired internet connections are still considered more reliable and they also have the benefit of often being provided along with a landline phone connection. But these wired connections would come with a modem that has a provision to link to your phone and to your PC Ethernet port. But not all devices come with an Ethernet port. Also, with Ethernet, you can only connect one device at a time. This is where a wireless router comes in handy. You can connect a wireless router to the internet connection. The Ethernet cable goes in at one end and the router module converts the wired connection instantly to a wireless connection allowing Wi-Fi connectivity. You can then proceed to connect Smartphones, laptops and computers with Wi-Fi modules all at the same time. But keep in mind that Wi-Fi routers come with different technologies. Pick one that fits the type of internet connection at your place. Some might need a router with ADSL connection while some might not work with that. And the range of the Wi-Fi connectivity offered would also differ. Then another factor is the placement of the antenna. There are compact devices with PCB antennas that are not externally visible and then there are those with physical external antenna.