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Home wireless routers: How to get the best

Updated on September 21, 2015
Get the best home wireless router with the tips here
Get the best home wireless router with the tips here | Source

A simple to understand guide on buying the best home wireless router

How to buy the best home wireless router and at the same time ensure that you get top value for money for it?

This is the question frequently asked because in today's high tech home environment with its plethora of gadgets like the mobile phone, tablet, smart TV etc that needs wireless connectivity, it is imperative to get the best home wireless router to cater to those needs in order to get the best user experience.

As a result of that the wireless router has now become one of the most important piece of the home networking equipment because it connects all those cool gadgets together and to the internet.

Do you have the technical expertise to select the best home wireless router?
Do you have the technical expertise to select the best home wireless router? | Source

However not everyone has the technical expertise to identify value for money top wireless routers for their home. Even in today's high tech environment, not everyone is technically savvy in the home networking equipment areas like modems and routers.

So frequently people tend to buy the wrong wireless router based on the wrong information. Sometimes they tend to go for the cheapest products which frequently resulted in bad user experience. On the other hand overspending will be a waste of money as their wireless router is not optimally used.

So how do you find the best home wireless router at the optimal price?

Don't worry, in this hub I will take you through a step by step guide on how to buy some of the best home wireless router at the optimal price range so that you can get the best value for your money.

If you are not so technically inclined, don't worry as well as I will try to make this hub as simple as possible so that you can easily understand what is necessary when you go through the list of top wireless routers to pick the best home wireless router for yourself.

First step first

Use a step by step approach to identify what is best home wireless router for you
Use a step by step approach to identify what is best home wireless router for you | Source

Understand the position of the wireless router in the home network chain...

In order to provide a complete understanding on how to best select the top wireless routers and to get the maximum bang for your bucks, take a seat back and let me give you a complete picture of how the wireless router fits into the home networking eco-system.

It is very important to have this understanding; otherwise if you just rush out your credit card to buy the top and best wireless router with all the bells and whistles, your router will still not give you the speed or range as compared a carefully selected lower priced router.

A little more understanding gives you the best results

It may be confusing but understanding where the position of the wireless router in the home networking ecosystem is important to get the best results
It may be confusing but understanding where the position of the wireless router in the home networking ecosystem is important to get the best results | Source

How does the wireless router fit into the home networking system?

Before you can enjoy browsing the internet, playing online games, streaming videos etc through your client device; be it a desktop computer, notebook computer, tablet, smart phone, smart TV, game console etc, you will need to get that information from the source or supplier.

Here is how your data comes through:

  1. You have to subscribe to the broadband package from the internet service provider (ISP) e.g. Time Warner, Cox, Charter etc. How fast you get your data depends on what broadband package you buy. Normally the faster, the more you pay for it.
  2. You get that data via a modem. Generally over here in the US, we get it through cable. As such, you will need a cable modem. However like all technology products, not all cable modems are created equal as they employs different technologies. Right now you should go for cable modems with DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Motorola has some of the best and reasonable priced DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems.
  3. The modem then pass the data to the router which then routes it to your client devices. Again there are many types of routers - wired and wireless. The typical home user will normally use the wireless router as it is more convenient. As the objective of this hub is to find out how to buy the best home wireless router, I will go into more of that later.
  4. However it does not end with the wireless router. In order for your client to receive the data, it must have a client wireless adapter. Many clients like your smart phone, tablet, notebook computer etc has their own internal build in receiver. In certain cases, in order to receive the maximum speed from your wireless router, you may need an appropriate wireless receiver at your client end. This is especially the case of the higher end "N" or "AC" type. Will explain more about this.

Or more appropriately, the wireless router and what does it do?

Home wireless router - what does it do?
Home wireless router - what does it do? | Source

The internet router...

As I mentioned above, your internet router can be wired or wireless. However due to its flexibility, almost all consumers are now using the wireless router instead of the wired router. As such I will focus here on how to help you buy the best home wireless router only.

Many people has the misconception that the broadband connection or package is the one that is wireless. However this is not the case except for 3G connections. It is the router that is wireless!

In very simple terms, internet data comes in to the router via the cable modem through the cable line from your ISP. It is then converted into radio signals and the signals picked up by the network card in your computer, smartphone, games console etc. This signal is then translated into internet data again.

You wireless router is capable of transmitting this data to multiple devices simultaneously connect to the internet. With the wireless router you can:

  • Access wireless internet via wireless-enabled client devices such as your smartphone, desktop computer, notebook computers, tablets, gaming consoles
  • Make phone or commonly referred to as VoIP calls via the internet
  • Access digital TV and stream videos

Sorry for the non techies, unfortunately this section is a must for you too...

To buy the best home wireless router, you need to understand some critical and important technology that goes into the wireless router
To buy the best home wireless router, you need to understand some critical and important technology that goes into the wireless router | Source

The technology section...

If you are looking to buy a technical product like the router you have no choice but to go through some technical information.

This is because if you intend to buy the best home wireless router, then you must at least understand some of these technology to goes into the top wireless routers for consumers or more commonly referred to as the home wireless router.

However, don't worry as I will make it as simple and as painless as possible. Here are some of the things to consider:

  • Standard - 802.11
  • Dual band
  • Beam Forming
  • Speed
  • Security
  • Ports

I will be brief in my explanation so that you can quickly go through this section. I will also explain why you need each of these.

By the way, I have not included "range" in the above as "range" is very difficult to measure in the real world as the signals may have to go through walls, furniture etc. It is not practical to measure it in the open space as the wireless home router is meant to be used inside a building!

What is this magic number?

An important number you must understand and know
An important number you must understand and know | Source

Standard - 802.11

You will always see 802.11 a, b, g etc printed on the wireless router box. In today's context, what you should be looking for are these two: 802.11 N or 802.11 ac standards. The 802.11 ac is the latest and it superseded the N standard.

What are all these numbers and how is it important to you to select your best home wireless router?

You can click on this link to find out more about these 802.11 technical standards if you are interested. However for the majority of home users, all you need to know is that the ac is the fastest and latest, followed by N and G. You can ignore the rest as they are more or less obsolete!

Why do I need dual or two bands?

Dual band wireless router has a 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bandwidth
Dual band wireless router has a 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bandwidth | Source

Dual Band...

It is highly recommended to get the newer dual band home wireless router especially if you also play online games and stream movies a lot.

With the number of devices that need to simultaneously connect to the internet in today's home environment, the dual band wireless router allows you to configure and separate your online activities for maximum performance and speed.

Dual band routers normally comes in the 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bandwidths. As such when you partition your networking activities like online surfing, checking emails etc into the 2.4 Ghz bandwidth and use the 5 GHz for your games, you will find that you get better overall user experience because they now have their own dedicated channels and don't have to fight for bandwidth as in the case when you only have a single channel.

Some of the advantages of having a dual band home wireless router include:

  • Faster speed during file sharing and video streaming
  • Better overall performance with multiple device connections as you are able to group different devices to use different channels
  • Games and applications run faster as they don't have to compete for the same bandwidth
  • Better range and less lag

How does beam forming help me?

Mobile devices will benefit from the beam forming wireless technology
Mobile devices will benefit from the beam forming wireless technology | Source

Beam Forming

This technology is available for most of the top wireless routers. Beam forming is especially suitable for today's environment where you have so many mobile devices like your smart phone, tablets, notebook computer etc in your home.

Unlike the normal WiFi wireless router which just radiates out the data stream, the beam forming wireless router focuses the WiFi signals to your mobile WiFi devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. In this way, it extends your WiFi coverage, boost signal strength as well as reduce dead spots.

Their automatic signal management function will also coordinate with your mobile devices to keep the WiFi signal at its optimal strength. If you are looking for best home wireless router, this is one feature you must get; especially if you are looking for the best and highest quality multiple WiFi device connections.

Baby, I want it faster, faster and faster...

Would you like to get the fastest speed from your wireless router?
Would you like to get the fastest speed from your wireless router? | Source

Speed...

The question that I often get - if I buy the fastest router, then I should get the fastest speed? The answer is unfortunately no.

The speed and hence your user experience depends upon a few factors: firstly what you pay to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), your modem, router and then finally, client adapter.

If you subscribe for only 100 Mbps and your latest ac router is capable of 1900 Mbps, then the maximum speed that you can expect is only 100 Mbps. By the way, the speed is measured in megabits per second; generally written as Mbps.

The two other components that may affect the speed are at both opposite ends of the data tunnel; your cable modem and the client adapter. In order not to introduce more complexity here, I will explain briefly more on these two later in this hub.

In terms of the 802.11 standard, these are the top speeds that you can expect of some of the best home wireless routers:

  • AC - you get a maximum total theoretical speed of around 1300 Mbps to 1900 Mbps. This is approximately 3x faster than the N
  • N - maximum around 450 Mbps
  • G - topping around 54 Mbps. I wouldn't even bother to look at the G wireless router as it can be considered dated. I put it here for comparative illustration purpose only.

Am I going to be safe?

Security is something you must not take for granted.
Security is something you must not take for granted. | Source

Security...

In today's environment with so much cyber crimes happening, I believe everyone is well aware of the need to protect their home network.

As such almost all self respecting wireless router manufacturers have incorporated security features such as the 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, and WPA2-Enterprise encryption standards, firewalls, etc into their latest home wireless routers.

Hence I will not elaborate more on security except for the fact that you will need to properly set these security features up to protect yourself.

How many and what types do you need?

Additional ports on your router will give you more options for connectivity
Additional ports on your router will give you more options for connectivity | Source

Ports...

Top wireless routers generally also come with Ethernet ports which enables you to include a wired network if you wish.

You often get 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and also a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. Cheaper routers generally have four 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports which are much slower than the Gigabit Ethernet ports.

If you have a wired device such as your desktop computer, you can connect it to your LAN port with the WAN port being used for the internet connection.

Some top wireless routers in the market also come with USB ports. Many people connect a printer or network storage device to these ports to share them with the other users on the network. The router then becomes something like your printer or file server. You can save some money in this way by not needing to buy those special wireless printer servers and other hardware.

Which are the top wireless routers to consider?

Which is the best home wireless router? Once you go through this hub, you will have a idea on how to look for them
Which is the best home wireless router? Once you go through this hub, you will have a idea on how to look for them | Source

So, which is the best home wireless router to buy?

Ok, ok... you say to yourself. Now I know about the 802.11 standards, dual band, beam forming, speed, security, ports etc, but I still don't know which is the best wireless router to buy!

Unfortunately, there are still two more factors to consider before you can make the decision on which is the best home wireless router to buy - that is your usage load and budget.

How much are you prepared to spend on that wireless router? New wireless router prices typically range from around $50 to $250. Anything outside that range is either old technology or a waste of money to spend for a home router.

In order to make the right decision, first you have to check for the bandwidth that you have paid for. In my example above, if you subscribe to 100 Mbps, then it is a waste to buy a router that is capable of 1,900 Mbps; unless if you are planning to pay for additional bandwidth later or you intend to future proof your investment.

3 Options for You to Choose

Three options for the top wireless routers in their three different budget classes
Three options for the top wireless routers in their three different budget classes | Source

Options for your consideration

As it would be impossible to look in each and every unique personal requirements and budgets, I have grouped what I felt are the best choices into three general options.

Of course, different individuals may have their own specific preferences but I believe either one of these routers in those 3 options will meet the needs of most people.

  • Option 1 - Budget and low volume usage
    Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antennas (300 Mbps)
  • Option 2 - Average usage
    ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router
  • Option 3 - High volume usage
    ASUS (RT-AC68) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

I will help you to make your choice on each of these top wireless routers.

By the way you may also have read many reviews before reading this hub. So one thing that i would like to point out to you is that you must realize when you read other owners' reviews; that there will always be people who praise a product while others comment negatively on the same product.

There may be reasons for people who commented negatively on it - most likely the product may happen to be faulty. This is frequently the case for electronic products where they can be sensitive to static, rough handling etc.

As such it is important to buy from merchants like Amazon that allow you to make returns (you have to check the policy) easily or take out an insurance.

There can also be cases that the person does not know how to install and configure the product. Worst case, they may use it wrongly or not the way the manufacturer intended for.

You may miss out a good product because of some of these negative representations.

However I am happy to let you know that I have personally helped recommended and installed the products of the 3 options I outlined below. These wireless routers have been used by many of my friends and colleagues and they have been very happy with it.

Sometimes going for the budget may be the wisest thing to do
Sometimes going for the budget may be the wisest thing to do | Source

Option 1 - Budget and low volume usage

If your needs meet some of the criteria below, then it is recommended that you look at this option:

  • You are in a single user environment
  • You do not have many wireless devices connected simultaneously to your network
  • You do not play online intensive games either directly connected or via on your wireless devices
  • Your are not a heavy internet user
  • You have a low bandwidth subscription from your ISP
  • You may still be using an older cable modem e.g. DOCSIS 2.0 standard modem
  • Your budget for a new wireless router is around $50

Medialink Wireless-N router 300 Mbps

Medialink Wireless-N router - one of the best budget router in the market
Medialink Wireless-N router - one of the best budget router in the market | Source

Recommendation:

This 300 Mbps Medialink Wireless-N router is the newer version of the previous best seller at 150 Mbps Medialink Wireless-N router with many improvements on it.

Best of all, Amazon is selling the new router at the same price as its predecessor!

It is highly recommended if you have a tight budget and especially if you are a low to medium volume user. Here are some pros and cons of this router:

Pros

  • Its wireless connection speed is up to 300 Mbps
  • It has a range of 100-150 ft which is suitable for standard-sized home or small office with the ability for longer distance with additional purchased range extender
  • It has a Quality of Service (QoS) feature which allows you to filter the internet and control bandwidth for specific devices
  • It has WEP, WPA, WPA2 and WPS Security features
  • It allows a direct cable connection with 1 Ethernet WAN port and 4 interchangeable 10/100 Mbps LAN ports
  • It can be used with both DSL/Cable modems
  • It is compatible with major operating systems like the Mac, PC, Linux, etc. with no problems for smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi enabled devices etc
  • It is backwards compatible with older Wi-Fi networks and 802.11b/g devices
  • Internal antennas
  • It is one of the easiest wireless router to setup due to its user friendly GUI
  • Less than $50

Cons:

  • It does not have any USB ports for connecting external drives
  • It does not have a guest network feature. You guest will use the same network as you and this may pose certain security problems if your guest accidentally access your files
  • No beam forming.
  • This is minor - the blue signal lights can be too bright for some people at night
  • No separate 5 GHz bandwidth for you to allocate different client devices to it
  • No Gigabit Ethernet port

As you can see, for the price, the Medialink Wireless Router 300N gives you really value for your money. There are so many "pros" to it and if you looked at the "cons", it would not be realistic to expect Gigabit and USB ports and 5 Ghz for that kind of price.

I put some of the points in the "cons" just as a reminder that those features are not available and as such they not really "cons".

In my opinion, this is the best value wireless N router that you can get for this "budget" range.

Click on the link below to buy.

Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antenna - 2.4GHz - 802.11b/g/n - Compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / Linux (300 Mbps) [Discontinued Model]
Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antenna - 2.4GHz - 802.11b/g/n - Compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / Linux (300 Mbps) [Discontinued Model]

In terms of price and performance, this Medialink wireless router gives you a very good run for your money. It was a best seller in its class at Amazon for a long time due to its value.

 

Option 2 - Average usage

If you meet some of the criteria below, then it is recommended that you look at this option:

  • You have many wireless devices connected simultaneously to your network
  • You have many family members or "guests" that needs to be constantly connected to your network
  • You do play online intensive games either directly connected or via on your wireless devices
  • Your are a heavy internet user
  • You have a medium to high bandwidth subscription from your ISP
  • You are using the newest DOCSIS 3.0 standard cable modem
  • You don't mind NOT having the "latest" ac wireless router
  • Your budget for a new wireless router is around $80 - $150

Base value home wireless router

5 stars for Asus RT-N66U

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router is one of the best wireless router for most people right now
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router is one of the best wireless router for most people right now | Source

Recommendation:

If you are looking for the best mid-range budget "N" home wireless router that will give you outstanding performance, then you should just go with this Asus RT-N66U router.

Here are some of its Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Wireless connection speeds of up to 450 Mbps in N mode; 54 Mbps in a/g mode
  • It has a longer range than the Medialink wireless N router
  • It has dual bands at 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz, both at 450Mbps respectively giving you a total of 900 bps
  • It has a Quality of Service (QoS)
  • its parental control features limit the time children can access internet etc
  • It has a guest network feature that allows your guest to access network but not to your personal files
  • Beam forming helps to provide strong signals to your wireless devices
  • WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS Security
  • Built-in Wi-Fi amplifiers - suitable for larger, multi-level homes and buildings with signal range that reaches virtually any area
  • Filter internet and control bandwidth for specific devices
  • 2 x USB2.0 support for Printer sharing or HDD sharing
  • Supports Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate of 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Compatible with major operating systems e.g. Mac, PC, Linux, etc., Smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi enabled devices etc
  • IPv6 support; VPN Server Support etc
  • 3 x Detachable antenna for 2.4GHz/5GHz with peak gain 3dBi/ 5dBi
  • Quick installation setup and Plug and Play
  • Around $130

Cons:

  • May sometime run warm, so make sure there is airflow
  • No button to turn off front LED lights
  • Cannot be mounted on the wall

Many of my friends who took my recommendation to buy the Asus RT-N66U wireless router found that together with the "pros" mentioned above, the range is incredible and its speed is just awesome.

Click on the link below to buy.

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

The Asus RT-N66U gives you high performance as well as speed in the wireless "N" class category. This is a good router to couple with your cable modem to give you the performance you are looking for. A great value for money.

 

Option 3 - High volume usage

If you meet some of the criteria below, then it is recommended that you look at this option:

  • You have many wireless devices connected simultaneously to your network
  • You have many family members or "guests" that needs to be constantly connected to your network
  • You do play online intensive games either directly connected or via on your wireless devices
  • Your are a heavy internet user
  • You are using the newest DOCSIS 3.0 standard cable modem
  • You need to have the "latest" ac wireless router so that you can enjoy the best of wireless router technology today
  • You are subscribed to high bandwidth internet
  • You want to future proof your investments so that you don't need to upgrade to a new router for a long time
  • Your budget for a new wireless router is around $180 - $250

ASUS (RT-AC68) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

If you are a heavy wireless user or does extensive online gaming, this router will be the best for you
If you are a heavy wireless user or does extensive online gaming, this router will be the best for you | Source

Recommendation:

The Asus RT-AC68U can be an overkill for many home users.

However if you are a high volume user, then this is the best home wireless router that you can find today.

Pros:

  • Wireless connection speeds of up to Up to 1900 Mbps, 802.11AC (at a top speed of 1300Mbps over 5G) and 802.11N (600Mbps over 2.4G)
  • It uses Broadcom's TurboQAM technology to increases the wireless-N data rate to 600 Mbps; that is 33% faster performance than the standard N
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Parental control features e.g. limit the time children can access internet etc
  • Guest network - they can access network but not to your personal files
  • Beam forming
  • WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS Security
  • Built-in Wi-Fi amplifiers. This is especially ideal for larger, multi-level homes and buildings with signal range that reaches virtually any area
  • 1 x Gigabit WAN port, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB3.0/1 x USB 2.0 for Printer/HDD/(3G/4G dongle) sharing
  • Compatible with major operating systems e.g. Mac, PC, Linux, etc., Smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi enabled devices etc
  • IPv6 support; VPN Server Support
  • Quick installation setup through Plug and Play
  • Around $230

Cons: I am still waiting for the "cons" to surface and I will update this lens once that happens.

Do note that to maximize the potential of this excellent wireless router, you should be subscribed to the right amount of bandwidth, have the right modem to carry the bandwidth through (see the brief writeup on the cable modem later-on) and have the right client adapter.

I would have recommended the also excellent but cheaper Asus RT-AC66U had this model not been released at the time of writing. This is because I felt that the approximately $50 extra in the AC68U over the AC66U is well worth it in view of the excellent features and performance of the AC68U model.

Click on the link below to buy.

ASUS  Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, Black ( RT-AC68U)
ASUS Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, Black ( RT-AC68U)

If you are looking for very high speed wireless "AC" class router, then the Asus RT-AC68U is one of the best that you can get. It gives you high speed, high performance as well as value for money.

 

Make sure you get the right cable modem to match the bandwidth you paid for

The Motorola SB6121 or SB6141 are some of the best cable modem in the market today
The Motorola SB6121 or SB6141 are some of the best cable modem in the market today | Source

Cable modem

As I have mentioned earlier, getting the right bandwidth to your wireless router is important for you to get that speed at your client side. Helping you to get that bandwidth is your cable modem.

You have to check your existing cable modem and find out it specifications if your new wireless router does not seems to be delivering the bandwidth that you have subscribed from your ISP. Your cable modem may be obsolete.

If you need a new cable modem, you should check out Motorola modems as Motorola produces some of the best consumer class cable modems. Two of the best are the Motorola SB6141 and the older Motorola SB6121.

If you need to find out more on which of these two is more suitable for you, then you should check out this easy to understand writeup to determine if the Motorola SB6141 or SB6121 better suits you.

Otherwise if you had enough of reading, then the safest bet is to buy the Motorola SB6141. It is only a few dollars more expensive than the older Motorola SB6121 and this additional few bucks will future proof your investment. It is also backward compatible, so you will not have any compatibility issues.

Buy the Motorola Surfboard SB6141 cable modem at Amazon by clicking on the link below:

If you don't need the fastest cable modem, then you can get the older Motorola SB6121 and save a few dollars. Click on the link below to buy the Motorola Surfboard SB6121 from Amazon.

ARRIS SURFboard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem  (Black,Retail Packaging)
ARRIS SURFboard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Black,Retail Packaging)

The Motorola SB6121 has been a top seller since its introduction a few years ago. It is a value for money buy if you are not currently subscribing to the higher end package and will most likely not to upgrade in the future. Otherwise I recommend spending a few dollars more to get the newer SB6141 which is the twice the speed of this.

 
You may need an external client wireless adapter if your existing build in adapter does not have the speed that you are expecting
You may need an external client wireless adapter if your existing build in adapter does not have the speed that you are expecting | Source

Wireless client adapter

The other component that you need to ensure that your client will receive the expected data bandwidth transmitted from your wireless router is the client adapter.

However many of your clients like your smart phone, tablet, notebook computer, smart TV may already have their own in build wireless receiver. If that is the case, you will not need any client adapters. Do note that the speed that you receive will depend upon the standard, yes the 802.11 b, g, N etc, of the adapter of your device.

At the point of writing, if you have the ac wireless router, then its most likely that you need to buy an external wireless client adapter that will plug into your USB port or an internal wireless client adapter (for your PC) in order for you to enjoy that speed.

This is because, right now there are not many client devices out there in the market that has an internal ac speed adapter.

If your computer is a desktop you may prefer the internal wireless adapter card like the ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 PCI-E Adapter (PCE-AC68).

Click here to buy the PCE-AC68 from Amazon, otherwise get the USB types below for convenicence.

If you must absolutely have the "N" client adapter (maybe because you already have the Medialink wireless router and you want an adapter from the same manufacturer) or don't have an "ac" router, then this is a good client adapter to use. Click on the link below to buy.

Additional info that you may like to know

What you have seen here are home wireless routers. Do you know that there are also products called "gateways"? These are basically combo products i.e. a modem and wireless router combined into one.

Recently Motorola released the Motorola SBG6782AC gateway which is a combo plus MoCA enabled.

As this combo product is outside the scope of this hub, check out the following link if you are interested in the Motorola SBG6782AC combo and also find out what is MoCA and how you can use MoCA with this combo from Motorola. (By the way, you can use MoCA if you already have cable).

How about sharing your thoughts?

It would be interesting to know what are the preferences of readers of this hub. So if you could be kind enough to take a second to share your preferences in the five simple polls below by just clicking on their respective radio buttons? Thanks!

News update...

If you are one who loves speed and is always out to get the latest and the best, I have good news for you. Asus just recently released one of the fastest consumer class wireless router in the market.

Click on the link to find out if the Asus RT-AC87U is the mean machine for you.

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So you have it...

By now I believe you will know what to look for and how to pick up the best home wireless router from amongst the top wireless routers available in the market.

If you still have not decided on which router to buy earlier because you did not have the full picture then, you can always scroll back again and make your selection now.

I hope you will have a great user experience with your wireless router now, knowing that you have pick the best of the top wireless routers that is available in the market today.

I hope you will come back to this hub and share your experience with us.

If you also have other gadget reviews in mind that you would like to hear about, do let me know as I may have the experience with the gadget that I can share with you. If not I may love to investigate further into them as it is my hobby and passion review technology and gadgets.

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      Era 2 years ago

      Yes, you can. Go into your network cnonectinos, and bridge the wifi with the ethernet. (Highlight both cnonectinos, right click one, click Bridge Connections ).Edit: I'm assuming you want to have your IPTV box connected to the PC via cable, and the PC to the router via wifi, using the PC as a gateway for the internet connection.

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      confused 2 years ago

      "If you subscribe for only 100 Mbps and your latest ac router is capable of 1900 Mbps, then the maximum speed that you can expect is only 100 Mbps."

      I am still mixed up - from what I gather, 100 Mbps is typically aboaut as good as you can get in most markets from an internet provider. SO if you get 100, why bother to get something over 100 for the router?

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      James Causian 2 years ago from Huston, Texas

      You are right. However looking at how fast technology is moving, some people don't mind paying a few dollars more to future proof their investment instead of buying another gadget when they need it. Its an individual choice.

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