[How To] Know if your Router is getting old?

Are you also one of those who feel that their router is getting old and needs to be replaced, just because their are more fancier routers available.

Check your routers capabilities using Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool

Check your routers capabilities using Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool

Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool is a freebie which lets you run specific tests against your router and figure out what all the router supports. Apart from other tests, Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool runs Basic Internet Connectivity Test, NAT Test, TCP optimizations test, Traffic congestions test.

Though these tests give you a fair idea about the capabilities of your router, its always good to have a few things at the back of your head before you actually start blaming your router

1.) How good is your Internet Broadband speed? If the internet broadband speed itself is slow, the router cannot do much.

2.) Is your router’s firmware up-to-date? If not, visit your router manufacturers website and look for a firmware upgrade. You can also try Tomato.

3.) Is your laptop or desktop safe from virus and spy-wares. Spy-wares can clog your bandwidth if they are good enough to send data back to the origin. Learn more about top 3 free antivirus and anti spyware software.

4.) Check out the default password list for various routers. This can come handy in situations where you are locked out and the only thing you can bet on is Default Password.

5.) Keep your Router’s security upbeat. As WPA also has been compromised, learn how to stay safe from the WPA Encryption crack.

With the above points and the tests results in front of you, you can certainly be sure if you need a new router or not. Also, in case if you have forgotten the key of your router, WirelessKeyView from Nirsoft can help you get access to your old keys.

Also read: Default Password List for various Routers

Understanding TCP Connection Basics.

Understanding NULL Session Attacks

Some notes on Ethical Hacking

Hacking Ruby on Rails.

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Vaibhav

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