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A large budget like $1000 can get you routers with leading security features including Wireless Point Access, WPA, and Advanced Encryption Standards. The best wireless routers under $1000 are manufactured by Cisco and typically also include a DHCP server with broadband facilities.

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Cisco Unified Communications 320
Zyxel Communications N4100
Cisco 891 Gigabit Ethernet Security
Cisco 892
CISCO 881
Cisco Unified Communications 320 Wireless Router
Zyxel Communications N4100 (N4100WPRINTER) Pre-802.11n  Wireless Access Point
Cisco 891 Gigabit Ethernet Security Router
Cisco 892 Gigae Secrouter
CISCO CISCO 881G ETH SEC RTR-3G B U Router
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Release Date
Jan 2011
May 2010
Feb 2010
Feb 2010
Nov 2009
Router Functionalities
Wireless Access Point, Voice over IP Gateway (VoIP)
Print server, VPN passthrough, MAC address filtering, DHCP support, NAT support
DNS proxy,DHCP Server,VPN support,VLAN support,MAC address filtering,Quality of Service (QoS),Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ),Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X),Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI),Access Control List (ACL) support,Class-Based Weighted Fair Queuing (CBWFQ)
Internet access
DHCP Server
Connectivity
Wireless
Wireless, Wired
Wireless, Wired
Wireless
Wireless
Included Adapter
Power adapter - External
Power adapter - External
USB Wireless Adapter

Easy to use

Security is tight

No 3G backup network option (yet).

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The 881 also has its own battery that can be used when an extra power boost is needed in weak signal areas.

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