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The Best Wireless Routers

bva deploys a lot of of wireless units in our business operations and sifting through all of the vendor products and choosing which router is best suited for your purposes is a tough task sometimes. Do you need a lesser expensive single-band router or a more expensive dual-band? Do you need to upgrade or purchase an 802.11n router? What benefits do 802.11n give? Does a higher-end router mean better Internet connectivity? These questions as well as factors like security, parental controls and extra features such as the ability to connect USB printers and external storage drives to a router for sharing in your personal network, are all considerations to weigh when deciding to purchase or upgrade a router.  A lot of other wireless routers in your proximity, and you are facing lots of potential signal interference, especially on the more crowded 2.4 GHz band, a frequency that wireless routers use to transmit and receive data. Certain building materials, multi-level homes, glass partitions and household devices that operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency like microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones can all degrade wireless performance.  Here is a list of Dual Banded routers that I feel would meet many environments expectations.

  1. Merika 802.11n Wireless LAN, Branch Routers and Firewalls; $390 MSRP
  2. Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900; $200 MSRP
    Has excellent throughput with a setup process and software that can’t be beat. This is a future-proof router with support for IPv6 and is an excellent choice for the home with lots of data demand and lots of wireless gadgets whose users don’t want any hassle with setup and maintenance.
  3. Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WNDR4500; $180 MSRP
    Netgear’s big beefy dual-band router delivers the fastest throughput we’ve seen on the 2.4 GHz band, which many of your consumer electronics devices probably use.
  4. D-Link Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827); $170.00 MSRP
    The DIR-827 is without question a speedy router, especially for its hardware specs. Some issues include retaining that throughput at range and some software flakiness.
  5. Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router ADSL2+ Modem Router (DGND3700); $151-$175 MSRP
    Netgear’s DGND3700’s best feature is it can work as a DSL modem and a router. It’s also got good performance, if not the best we’ve seen from a Netgear router. But users looking for a DSL modem/router combo will be satisfied.
  6. Netgear N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000); $130 MSRP
    Netgear’s N750 is a throughput thoroughbred in the 5 GHz band. Performance at the 2.4 GHz band is slightly above average with other top 2.4 GHz routers on the market. Advanced features and easy setup makes the N750 a router to easily recommend, despite anemic NAS capabilities.
  7. Cisco Linksys E3200 High Performance Dual-Band N Router; $160 MSRP

Buffalo Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Buffalo Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter and I was impressed with its relative ease of use. Basically what the device does is it picks up your wireless signal and converts it to a physical connections. It allows you to physically connect devices to the network where there are no Ethernet connections. It is a relatively small device with 4 Ethernet ports on the back. It comes with an installation CD and a network cable.

I found this device rather easy to setup. All I had to do was plug it in, connect the cable, and install the software on my PC. The software is very light weight and quite simple. It allows you to pick which connection you want to use and in my case I used the physical connection. I set the device just for testing purposes to acquire an IP address automatically. The device will automatically scan for wireless networks. You just need to choose your network provide the device with your security settings (SSID, security type, passcode).

After doing all of the above, I saved the settings and restarted the device and my internet was running through the device and allowing my laptop to have internet access. This is perfect for devices that are not close to Ethernet ports including gaming consoles, printers, media players, IP Phones, and more. I would definitely use this at my own house, therefore I would recommend it to others. Check it out for yourself.