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Routers – between functionality and design

For a long time, manufacturers focused on the further development of the network technologies used, thus satisfying our increasing demands for faster and faster wireless routers. Even today, it is still the functions that each of us wants that motivate us to buy the product. However, the requirements for private households differ greatly from those of companies. Nowadays, a technical device in a private home not only has to work well, it also has to look good. This is why more and more manufacturers are concentrating on an attractive design during development, marrying performance with an aesthetic component.

Wireless routers in a state of flux

If we look back at the history of routers, we can clearly see the rapid pace of technical advancement without any fundamental changes to appearance. There was an extended period during which internet routers with ISDN, later (V)DSL modems, were viewed as a mere technical aid for accessing the internet – like a PC. At the time, technical devices with high performance tended to look complicated. Anyone who had not familiarised themselves with the technical prerequisites for accessing the internet before then probably saw the router for home use as a rather foreign concept. Nevertheless, it was essential for all those who wanted to move with the times. In spite of this, it remained an unknown and new component. It had too many connections, interfaces and functions that only tech-savvy people familiarised themselves with in order to find out how exactly this new device worked.

Not much has changed in this respect today, as the functional differences of a large numerous of popular routers have become a science unto itself. Without strong technical background knowledge, it is virtually impossible for ordinary punters to navigate the plethora of offerings for devices to dial in to the internet. Anyone who wants not just to read but also to understand the technical data would do well to invest a little time in independent study in order to be able to decide on the best device. But if what you are looking for is a router with an attractive design, you will find what you want faster than before. With modern wireless routers, consumers are no longer overwhelmed by connections, antennas and LEDs. On the contrary, often the multi-layered functions are no longer visible right away, allowing the device to give more of an impression of being easy to use. This will please the older generation in particular, as well as all those who define what they want from a product by its appearance.

Wireless router as a decoration for the living room

A few years ago, probably no-one would have imagined that an ordinary device to connect to the internet would one day decorate our living rooms. The number of internet hits on the topic of “hiding your router” is indicative of just how many people consider this issue and how many want to avoid putting this device – frequently considered “unattractive” but essential – in a prominent place in their rooms. There is good reason for this: If we are honest about it, this product has not been especially visually appealing in recent years. It’s no wonder, then, that an attractively designed wireless router can nowadays prove more popular than even a high-performance router and meet with greater acceptance on the part of end users.

In the era of Apple and iPhone, the trend is in favour of a minimalist design that stands simultaneously for high functionality and sophisticated technology. We consumers have now understood that the devices can perform well without having to look complicated. And that is exactly what we like. We place our routers in the middle of the living room and are proud of them, like for example the high-performance WiFi-router TP Link Google OnHub with its award-winning design. One winning feature is that the external cover can be exchanged and adapted individually to the colour components in the room so that it fits harmoniously in the overall setting.
WiFi-router TP Link Google OnHub

Posted on 16.06.2017

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