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.
- Merika 802.11n Wireless LAN, Branch Routers and Firewalls; $390 MSRP
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cisco Linksys E3200 High