Which wireless router should I buy?

WiFi Alliance If you do not yet own a , purchase one that is Wi-Fi certified. This will ensure that your new router conforms to the standards to which your HP wireless printer was designed. Look for this logo:

There are many routers on the market today. Prices vary significantly, based on features offered. Here are a few features to consider:

  • Dual bandn can operate in both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequency bands (which makes it dual band). However, not all devices that support 802.11n support both frequency bands. So you can't connect a device that uses 802.11n 2.4GHz to a wireless router set to operate at 802.11n 5.0GHz only. All HP printers that support 802.11n use 2.4GHz only. Read more about 802.11 wireless standards.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup () – This feature allows you to easily add wireless devices to your network. These devices must also support WPS. Most new HP wireless printers support WPS.
  • USB – Some wireless routers offer a USB port to support USB printers and USB portable hard drives.

    Routers that support USB printers often support the printing function of an All-in-One, but do not support scanning or faxing. Often these connections are maintained by a service known as "Bonjour". Bonjour is built into the operating systems of Apple's Macintosh computers, but must be downloaded from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999 for Windows PCs. Also, the USB port on some routers only supports portable hard drives, so check the router manufacturer's sales literature before buying.

  • Extendibility – If you have a large home or one that contains metal and/or concrete structural elements, you may need to extend your wireless router's signal to get good wireless coverage throughout your home. Devices that extend the wireless signal are called "wireless extenders". You should buy a wireless extender made by the manufacturer of your router for best compatibility. If you need an extender in your home, check whether the wireless router you are considering has extenders made to work with it.

Note: Don't use two wireless routers in your home unless you are very knowledgeable about wireless networking. If your Internet Service Provider () provides your wireless router as part of their equipment, don't add another wireless router to it or attempt to change the existing settings without the ISP's help or knowledge.

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