Top Wireless Routers

The best WiFi routers on the market

When it comes to wireless N routers, there is safety in numbers. Choosing top-reviewed WiFi routers is recommended if you don’t want to take chances with performance and reliability.

The key feature to look for in a wireless router is the maximum connection speed, but this is only one point of evaluation. You should also choose a product with a comprehensive warranty, and make sure that your network adapting accessories are made by the same manufacturer to guarantee compatibility. Security features, such as WEP encryption and parental controls, are also highly desirable.

These are our selections for the best WiFi routers available on the consumer market:

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Kingston Linksys E1200

With five Fast Ethernet ports, the Kingston Linksys E1200 offers some of the best connectivity on the market. Running on wireless N technology, which recently replaced the antiquated wireless 802.11g specification, this wireless router offers very fast theoretical speeds. Customers love the fact that this router offers built-in parental controls and password protections, but it lacks a USB port. Also, if you need customer service, the company charges for telephone service on a per-call basis.

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: 5 Fast Ethernet LAN ports
  • Speed: Theoretical throughput of 300 MB per second
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless N, compatible with IEEE 802.11n
  • Security: Built-in parental controls, password protection, guest password protection
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Cisco Valet

Fast and easy to use, the Cisco Valet is an excellent choice that offers a comprehensive warranty and excellent customer support. With guest networking support and built-in parental controls, security is never a problem with the Cisco Valet, and the company produces some of the most reliable and widely used networking products in the world. However, the firewall feature does not permit network address translations, which some customers find limiting.

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Fast Ethernet ports (lacks USB 2.0 ports)
  • Speed: Theoretical throughput of 300 MB per second
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless N with a 40 MHz channel, compatible with IEEE 802.11n
  • Security: Built-in parental controls, password protection, guest password protection
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NETGEAR Wireless-N

This is a solid all-around performer that offers a comprehensive range of features for an economical price. One of the handiest features of this wireless router is its automatic bandwidth usage meter, which warns you if you approach your limit. It is also replete with excellent security features. However, this router is a bit on the slow side, and you only qualify for free technical support for 90 days, after which you have to pay to access customer service.

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Fast Ethernet ports
  • Speed: Theoretical throughput of 150 MB per second
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless N, compatible with IEEE 802.11n
  • Security: Double firewall protection (Network Address Translation and Stateful Packet Inspection), WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption, built-in parental controls