My best router
Finally, I absolutely love the way this router looks. I have it sitting right next to my flat screen tv. The LED "NETGEAR" lights really gives it class. It doesn't have a lot of super bright LED lights that flash with network activity in the front, and if anything, the power and wireless network lights are a little too dim. Netgear must have tried to listen to the home entertainment crowd on designing the outward appearance of this device cause it's really a good looking router.
Well-featured home wireless router with good performance
The R6300 is a well-featured home wireless router with good performance in 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n modes. In 802.11ac mode it was decent, although anyone expecting close to gigabit speed will still be disappointed. At around £200, it's more expensive than some of its rivals.
5GHz 802.11n is speedy
As a 5GHz router, the Netgear R6300 excels. It provides a comprehensive feature set and easy installation. Problematically, it's very expensive, and frankly, even if it's compatible with future 802.11ac hardware, we wouldn't recommend investing in any such hardware at this time just on the back of that.
Signal strength & speed, Intuitive GUI
Considering the fact that you can get a good router for less than half that price, this may seem excessive. However, this router truly does deliver and is prepared for the next generation of Wi-Fi devices. There are not many options for Gigabit routers on the market right now, but if you have one, you are set up for the long-term. Considering the features, performance, and future capability of the R6300, this device is worth the asking price.
Ground breaking 802.11ac & 802.11n performance
We come back to the key questions in the intro: will you see the performance benefit of switching to 802.11ac? Yes, 802.11ac to 802.11ac is incredible. But should you buy now? Arguably not until prices drop and 802.11ac devices and USB dongles become widely available - a bridge is impractical for all but the most hardened speed fanatic.
Good USB sharing performance
Netgear's R6300 is a cream-of-the-crop dual-band wireless router that supports the 802.11ac standard. It's a great overall unit that will work well in any networking environment. Team it up with client devices that support 802.11ac, and it will supply wireless speeds that are noticeably faster than 802.11n. Indeed, it's a router that represents the next step in wireless networking and it's well worth considering.
Router, NAS & personal cloud in a Box!
A very good Router, NAS & personal cloud in a Box solution and from a good reputable company who consistently improves their product line and listens to users on their forum and make constant changes to software and firmware. The only problem seen with this router is poor 5 GHz performance which still baffles me but I see that I am not alone. There are some GUI issues when you restore saved configuration backup wherein the user's password is set to factory defaults.
Fast, solid, includes various features
Overall the WD My Net 900C is a very accomplished router offering almost every feature that WD could cram into it, and providing decent 11n wireless performance. If you need an all-in-one router with storage now, the My Net 900 Central is a fast, solid, if slightly pricey option (£299 for the 1TB and £349 for the 2TB). However, do bear in mind that 802.11ac wireless routers are already hitting the market which are promising gigabit wireless speeds.
Prettier than your standard router box
Western Digital is off to a good start with its routers; it has a well-designed, usable interface, attractive aesthetics and a decent feature set. The 2.4GHz performance needs improvement, though, and the one-year warranty and non-user-serviceable hard drive hurts.
Class-leading 5GHz 450mbps wireless performance
In a way the full nature of its feature-set is the downfall of the WD My Net N900 Central.
Including the 1TB HDD significantly bumps the price of this device, doubling it over that of the hard-drive free WD My Net N900 that, with its expanded Gigabit LAN ports, could be a better choice for many people.
While the 450mbps technology means you're not guaranteed to reap the rewards of your outlay, but if you can you'll be very, very happy.
Simple remote access to media content
Western Digital has made a solid entrance into the router market. The My Net N900 Central may not be the most attractive router you'll see and its 2.4GHz performance is nothing special, but its 5GHz speeds are excellent and its integrated storage makes it a wonderfully simple NAS. The mobile apps are good too offering quick access to media from any location.
The problem is pricing.
Very simple administration, combo NAS and router
The WD My Net N900 Central is a fine product: a unique combination of router and NAS. It's not a particularly strong NAS, but it's clearly better than most routers at the task. It is a very fast router, switch and access point, and it's simple enough to not scare the heck out of your non-technical parents.
New AC Standard with Backwards Compatability
Overall I have had no problems with it. Everything connects to the wireless flawlessly. I have seen signal and performance increase over my old router. My laptop was getting about 5-6Mbps downloads on speed tests and now it's getting around 25 which is the same as my desktop plugged in.
It's very fast on the 5GHz band and is comparatively affordable
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.
Built in PPTP server, NAS feature supports DLNA and Torrent downloads
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!
Top throughput tested to date
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.
Offers decent performance
If you don't mind its inability to support USB hard drives formatted in NTFS, Buffalo's WZR-D1800H delivers better value than Belkin's AC 1200 router. Both models carry street prices of around £100, as does Buffalo's AirStation AC1300 wireless bridge. Belkin's 802.11ac bridge hasn't reached the market, yet, and its absence sharply curtails that router's usefulness. Moreover, Belkin's router and bridge support only two spatial streams on each wireless network.
Good little travel router
Overall, it is a very versatile and certainly compact device, and your experience may be very different depending on how you use it. As an access or router, simply to give you a wireless signal for devices without an Ethernet port, it will do everything you expect, except, perhaps a great wireless range, as the antenna is somewhat limited.
Great price, Tiny, Many features
While most of us won't see such drastic cuts in download speeds, it may be worth considering a more robust router for your permanent home connection, especially if you have a very fast broadband connection.
For those on more modest connections, and certainly for those who want to take a router with them as they travel, then the TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is an excellent device.
Offers an easy graphical interface for setting this up
The Cisco EA4500 remains as well styled and constructed as the Cisco E4200. In general wireless performance, our tests suggested that this router falls a little behind the performance of the E4200. The Cisco Connect Cloud service is a neat idea, poorly rolled-out by a company that seemed to expect undiscriminating users to click through worrying terms and conditions without reading them.
New Cisco Connect Cloud interface looks nice and controls well
We can see where Cisco was going with Connect Cloud, but it's definitely a first-revision product. The forced removal of settings to the cloud, the privacy debacle with its launch, the potential to have a slow and unresponsive server, a downed internet connection, the potential security risks during initial set-up - it's poor execution. As such, we've scored for the classic interface, which we suggest you install at great speed. Either that, or just buy another brand.
Apps give your greater control
The Linksys EA4500 isn't like a normal router. It's more like a glimpse at the future of networking. The specification list includes dual-band Wireless-N, DLNA certification and support for gigabit Ethernet - although the imminent ratification of 802.11ac does cast a shadow over the EA4500.
Excellent 802.11n performance & range
Cisco's Linksys EA4500 is a router which masters its art. It looks great, performance is top notch and the new Cisco Connect Cloud user interface is a revolution which the rest of the industry will soon follow. The trouble is the EA4500's art is 802.11n and it comes in at a premium price when 802.11ac routers are starting to hit the market. As such we love the Linksys EA4500, but know our romantic intentions won't last long.
Very good speed and range in 5GHz
The Linksys EA4500 offers good speed in the 5GHz band and is a good choice if you are in the market for a router that can supply up to 450Mbps in this band. Its CD installation process did not go smoothly for us though and we had to revert to good old manual methods. If it did work though, we reckon it would be the simplest router to set up in the Aussie market.
Super easy setup!
First of all it's a very cool looking product, second of all it is very easy to setup with the included CD and instructions and last I love that I now have Wifi all over my 2 story house and it is made of concrete! so very very happy. I have also found my signal and connection to be much more stable.
Good value for money
The W8691ND is certainly not pretty but it does the job. More expensive routers have lots of extra bells and whistles and better on-board software, but those extras arenÃ¢Â?Â?t necessary for a basic wireless network, and may not use the router's on-board software more than once. As an inexpensive way to upgrade a slow wireless network, this router hits the mark.
Has routing speed fast enough to handle any service a consumer is likely to have
As good as the RT-66U is, our wireless performance results once again show that no router is good in every mode that we test. But that said, the Dark Knight clearly outperformed both the NETGEAR WNDR4500 and Cisco Linksys E4200V2 in most of our two and three-stream tests. And it's the only router in recent memory able to reach to our worst-case/lowest-signal test location on the 5 GHz band, albeit with barely-usable throughput. Still, this is an accomplishment in itself.
Fantastic wireless range, Good 5GHz speeds
While the RT-N66U may not have had the fastest 2.4GHz signal at close quarters, it certainly has the best range of any 802.11n router we've tested. Add to this the easy-to-use interface, leagues of options and the fact that it simply works â?? we can't help but recommend this.
Strong range, very fast
FOR THE FIRST TIME in a very long time, our Best of the Best pick in the wireless router category does not bear the Netgear brand. Asus's new RT-N66U not only beats Netgear's WNDR-4500 in almost every benchmark, it also delivers more features, a better user interface, and a more attractive industrial design.
Sleek and simple design
The Asus RT-N66U still follows the 'black diamond' design from the RT-N56U. Sleek and simple design makes this router pleasing to the eye. This product is not just limited to tabletop placement. Its adjustable position allows it to be wall mounted or vertical stand which allows a much wider placement range.
Ton of features and tweaks that one can perform
The ASUS RT-N66U dual-band wireless-N900 gigabit router can be described as many things: "Fast", "Stylish", and "User Friendly" are just a few. However you want to describe it, the result is the best Wireless-N router we have tested.
Supports file sharing and multiple SSIDs
It is time to conclude the RT-N66U as succinctly as we can. Looks wise, the N66U has our vote over the previous N56U for a few reasons. For one, we see no harm in external and upgradable antennas, and we also favor the router's matte finishing as opposed to the N56U's glossy dress code. We understand that this might be an arbitrary opinion, but that's our two cents if you buy them. The bundled stand is a nice touch from ASUS too.
3G backup connectivity is an interesting addition to a router
The RT-N66U is expensive for an Ethernet router at £100 to £120, but if you have a very fast broadband connection it makes no sense to cut corners and restrict your Internet access speed due to the choice of your broadband router. The ability to run both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks at the same time also means that you can avoid the increasing amount of WiFi congestion on the more common 2.4GHz band.
Extremely fast, no issues
I got this modem from Time Warner Cable when I upgraded to the next highest speed package (*Only 10 more a month and worth every penny to go up to 30mbps)!
I first tested the modem speed on my DIRECT connected Desktop computer. It was downloading at 36 Mbps with an upload of 7.75 Mbps.
I have a Cisco Wireless router that I just got for Christmas that I love.
Flexible and great performance
This device is great since it runs DD-WRT, so you have many flexible choices on configuring it, but the defaults out of the box work well. For example, if you connect the router via DHCP to a cable-modem then you don't have to specify logins such as PPPoE. If you are technically adept, you can customize many options such as creating a guest-only network for visitors who need to connect to the internet, but not gain access to the rest of your network.
More user-configurable security features
Even though the DIR-505 currently commands a premium price, I'd still probably opt to purchase it - primarily because it does have WPS and is Wi-Fi Certified. However, I'm certain that a lot of consumers will buy a less expensive, non-certified product and gamble that it will work with their equipment. But I also suspect that D-Link will face a lot of pricing pressure from the TP-LINK TL-WR700N and other devices that perform similar duties and cost much less.
Small and compact, Integrated power
The D-Link DIR-505 doesn't offer stellar connection speeds weren't stellar, but they were fast enough and dependable enough to give you decent wireless while out on the road. Although the design presents some niggles, this is handy solution to the connection woes of travelling workers.
Rugged build-quality, compact size
The D-Link DIR-505, priced at Rs. 2,299 should definitely be considered as an essential piece of hardware in your travelling kit. The rugged build-quality, compact size and quick configuration are its USP and we recommend this product for every office and business traveller.
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