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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

  • This is one of the easiest routers to install and manage. A good choice for novice users, professionals, and businesses that have to give remote workers secure access.


  • The WAG320N establishes itself as a good all rounder by marrying good performance with useful software and a decent set of features. The dual-band is not simultaneous though, it doesn't use 5GHz to its best potential, and the short warranty period is a cause for concern.


  • Sluggish, and with one radio this router may as well not bother being dual band.


  • ZyXEL provides everything you need to set up a managed 802.11n hotspot.

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    - If this is the only office wireless access point it may not be ideal for the device to be located near WAN and network patch panel (separate APs may provide more coverage).
    - Good network redundancy options, dual WAN ports plus either v90 or ISDN backup.


Top 5 wireless router under $1000:

  1. Cisco Unified Communications 320 Wireless Router
  2. Zyxel Communications N4100 (N4100WPRINTER) Pre-802.11n Wireless Access Point
  3. Cisco 891 Gigabit Ethernet Security Router
  4. Cisco 892 Gigae Secrouter
  5. CISCO CISCO 881G ETH SEC RTR-3G B U Router