LAN= Local Area network
WAN = Wide Area Access
WLAN = Wireless Local Area Network -
The devices you have (as you say) use the 4 LAN ports. If you had an office some distance away (e.g. 1Km) that you also wanted to integrate into the network you would you could use cable/fibre to connect via the WAN port. Basically it's of little use (if any) to home users.
A WLAN is similar to a WAN, but uses Wfi to distribute to another network (possibly using dish antennas to communicate).
If you need more LAN ports you can get a cheap 10/100 Mbs switch (or a more dearer 10/100/1000 Mbs).
As an aside, my complaint with Primetel is their router. You can't access their setup page to change password or turn wifi on/off, so you're virtually obliged to piggy-back another router to get your network working how you want it.
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The basic problem I have is that although Iíve got a 50mbs line the Primetel router only radiates WiFi at 20. Iíve currently gotten around this by connecting an old extender to one of the LAN ports, which work at the 50mbs, then connecting devices to its WiFi.
Iím interested in your piggy back comment. Could I connect a second router the same way and achieve an identical result? If so, any recommendations for a model?
The reason for my query? The extender Iím using currently has become a critical component in the network and could go anytime. Most extenders nowadays seem only to connect to the base router by WiFi. Which of course wouldnít get around the 20mb obstacle.
Sorry thatís a bit long winded. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Just about any router will do the job BUT speed doesn't only depend on the strength of the signal transmitted, but strength of reception, frequency and the number of devices in use.
A modern (11ac) router is able to operate at a higher speed and higher frequency (5 GHz) to reduce interference from devices that operate around 2.4 GHz. It is also able to detect the best direction to transmit signals.
There is a bit of an anomaly, in that at certain times of the day some of the Ethernet connected stuff works at a far slower speed than WiFi. I would had expected it to be the other way around.
With 2 cordless phone systems, a router and 3 WiFi repeaters I was getting a bit concerned about RF levels around the place. That, amplified by the fact, having happily switched the router off each night for 6 years Iíve just realised that it also turns off all the phones. So, I now leave it on.
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