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Apple AirPort Express

Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)


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Apple AirPort Express (2012)
Cisco Linksys EA6500
Securifi Almond
TP-LINK N600
Buffalo Technology WZR-D1800H
Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)
Cisco Linksys Wumc710 Wireless-ac Wi-fi 5ghz Universal Media Connector Adapter Router - 745883596362
Securifi Almond - World\'s 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router + Range Extender (Booster)
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 Router
Buffalo Technology BUFFALO WZR-D1800H AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router IEEE802.11ac (Draft 2....
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Router Functionalities
NAT, DHCP Server, PPPoE, VPN Pass-Thru, DNS Proxy, SNMP, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)
Firewall, IPv6 support
Firewall, DHCP Server, VPN Pass-Thru
Connectivity
Wireless
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  • This is among the best compact wireless-networking devices available.

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    In all, the refreshed AirPort Express is a good, but not great simultaneous dual-band router. "N600" routers are pretty much commodities now and there are many more fully-featured products for less moneyâ?? even less if you buy refurbished. For example, Cisco's Linksys EA2700 has similar wireless performance, Gigabit ports and supports Cisco's new Connect Cloud architecture.


  • The Apple AirPort Express is an affordable, easy-to-use 802.11g multifunction access point and digital music adapter that works with both PCs and Macs. As long as you stay in the MP3/AAC world and don't need photo or video support, it's a fine choice.


  • With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers.


  • The cloud as management console with Cisco Connect Cloud raises the bar for router management and that capability coupled with fine performance makes the EA6500 a four star Editors' Choice for wireless routers.


  • Cisco has clearly spent a lot of time and effort on the EA6500's interface, and listened to customer feedback. It's full of excellent features and is great for setting QoS rules. Performance is outstanding on 5GHz in combination with both 802.11n- and 802.11ac clients, but on 2.4GHz a few other routers are faster. The EA6500 is an excellent 802.11ac router, but it isn't the cheapest. You can save money by buying a fast 802.11n router instead.


  • The Securifi Almond's touch-screen novelty, while it works great, is not enough to make up for the lack of features and performance as well as the price tag.

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    User-friendly but relatively expensive 2.4 GHz N300 router with touch screen for setup and management.


  • Securifi's Almond is the industry's first touch screen router. The device is attractive and easy to set up, but the hardware is only suited for those with light-networking needs.

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    I have to give TP-LINK credit for pushing the envelope for simultaneous N600 routers. The TL-WDR3500 packs a lot of features, including storage sharing, up and downlink bandwidth control and simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi for a mere $50. Unfortunately, its wireless performance is too uneven for me to give it an unqualified thumbs-up.


  • TP-Link has created two virtually identical routers with the TL-WDR3600 and TL-WDR4300. The WDR3600 is a fine choice if you're looking for a reasonably priced dual-band router with gigabit ports and can live with the design. The WDR3600's performance is very good considering the price.

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    TP-Link has created two virtually identical routers with the TL-WDR3600 and TL-WDR4300. The WDR3600 is a fine choice if you're looking for a reasonably priced dual-band router with gigabit ports and can live with the design. The WDR3600's performance is very good considering the price.


  • The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H offers great value by adding support for 802.11ac on top of a high-end N900 router without increasing the price. However, the router doesn't have enough appeal for those who just need simple, low-budget wireless home networking.

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    There is both good and bad news for those itching to run out and buy a draft 11ac router. The good is that, when paired with its WLI-H4-D1300 partner, the WZR-D1800H can produce almost 450 Mbps of aggregate throughput when handling multiple clients. Even better, though, its that the pair can produce around 100 Mbps of usable throughput at my weakest signal test point for a single test client!

    This is more bandwidth than I've ever seen available from any other 5 GHz wireless product and may even be capable of sustaining a trouble-free 1080p HD video stream.


  • The Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H is the first 802.11ac router to come to market, though it's draft 802.11ac. The device is the fastest router we've tested to date with excellent range. A poorly designed interface and no native IPv6 are the only blemishes on this otherwise killer router.


Top 5 wireless router under $150:

  1. Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)
  2. Cisco Linksys Wumc710 Wireless-ac Wi-fi 5ghz Universal Media Connector Adapter Router - 745883596362
  3. Securifi Almond - World's 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router + Range Extender (Booster)
  4. TP-Link TL-WDR3600 Router
  5. Buffalo Technology BUFFALO WZR-D1800H AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router IEEE802.11ac (Draft 2....