The Amazon Router Store
A router is an absolutely essential ingredient in any home network. Without it, the carefully crafted system that allows all your devices to talk to each other and link up to the internet, would not work. It should therefore be at the top of your shopping list when setting up a new network.
While routers are relatively simple devices they can come with many bells and whistles and it is easy to be confused by the range of options available. So it pays to do a bit of research to get your head around the basics and make an informed decision about the right router for you and your home network.
ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, which is a bit of a mouthful but essentially means that data is transmitted through your phone line. If you have an ADSL connection (through BT, Sky, O2, Talk Talk, for example) you will need an ADSL router.
If Virgin Media are your supplier, that means you have a Cable Connection and you will need a cable router, also known as a broadband router. This is then connected to your modem with an ethernet cable.