Discover the Right Wireless Router for You
NEW & EMERGING:
Routers supporting standards like Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) can make watching and listening to streaming media more enjoyable.
 
MAINSTREAM:
The IEEE 802.11n standard succeeded the 802.11g standard and can support data rates as high as 300Mps.
 
GOOD VALUES:
These are older wireless standards that still deliver adequate speed in many cases.
   
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • 128-bit WEP
  • WPA2-PSK
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
  • 300 Mbps
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • 150 Mbps
  • 128-bit WEP
Getting more out of your Router
Making it Better

Some routers let you add external antennas to boost signal levels. Wi-Fi repeaters are sometimes called range expanders and act like relay stations for your wireless network.

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Simultaneous Dual BandNewer wireless routers can operate in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency simultaneously. Older devices with wireless b/g can use 2.4GHz, while newer devices with wireless N can use 5GHz. Dual BandDual band routers provide a better connection, due to the fact that it can switch between the 2.4GHz frequency and 5GHz frequency. Using the 5GHz frequency also increases transfer speeds, but decreases wireless range. Single BandOlder wireless routers are only capable of operating in the 2.4GHz frequency.  
802.11acThe up and coming wireless standard operating in the 5Ghz frequency, it allows throughput of up to 1.3Gbps compared to 802.11n's 150Mbps. 802.11n802.11n is what you should be looking for. 802.11 b/g802.11g may be adequate for most Internet browsing 802.11b onlyWe say, look for 802.11g
  WPA 2 SecurityWPA 2 offers improved wireless encryption over its predecessor, WPA. WPA SecurityWPA is more secure than WEP WEP-only SecurityWEP security is better than no security
USB 3.0 PortsLike USB 2.0 Ports, it allows you to hook up a NAS server or Printer. With USB 3.0, however, you can get blazing fast transfer speeds up to 400MB/s. USB 2.0 PortsUSB ports allow you to hook up your own NAS server or Printer, so you can access these devices from any device on the same network. DHCPDHCP is the standard and on most all routers Static IP Addresses OnlyDHCP is the way to go
  Firewall ProtectionProtect all the devices on the net instead of individual computers    
  Integrated Wired Ethernet SwitchConnect devices to the router for the best performance    
  100+ MbpsHigh transfer rates mean less waiting times    
  Guest ModeGuest mode allows you to have a separate network and password for your guests. That way you won't have to give out your personal network's password and they won't be able to access any shared files on your personal network.