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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router Reviewed on July 3, 2012 Check prices
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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 19 reviews

The Bottom Line: Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere. Read review

Specs: 6.9 in x 1.1 in x 7.5 in, Wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, 0.7 lbs

Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router Reviewed on August 2, 2012 Check prices
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Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 10 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Asus RT-AC66U is an excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 1300 Mbps, 8.1 in x 5.9 in x 1.4 in, HTTP, 15.9 oz

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router Reviewed on March 22, 2012 Check prices
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Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews

The Bottom Line: Though not perfect, the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router would make an excellent network gateway for home and small-office environments. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wired, Wireless, 450 Mbps, 13.8 in x 10.6 in x 5.9 in, HTTP

Netgear R6300 WiFi Router Reviewed on June 27, 2012 Check prices
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Netgear R6300 WiFi Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 23 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Netgear R6300 WiFi Router is for a high-standards, low-ego type of user: it's not something you can show off aesthetically, but it's a powerhouse for a robust, fast home network, both for now and tomorrow. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 8.1 in x 10 in x 3 in, 23.1 oz

NetGear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 Reviewed on January 15, 2011 Check prices
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NetGear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 78 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 is a great dual-band router for any home at an affordable price. Its lack of Gigabit Ethernet might steer enthusiasts away, however. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 8.8 in x 6 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 1.1 lbs

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router Reviewed on March 30, 2011 Check prices
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Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 53 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 6.8 in x 5.7 in x 2.4 in, HTTP, 11.6 oz

D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Reviewed on June 6, 2013 Check prices
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D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

The Bottom Line: The D-Link DIR-868L delivers as an advanced 802.11ac-enabled home router despite its underwhelming mobile apps and usage inflexibility. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 4.9 in x 4 in x 8.5 in, 1.2 lbs

Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router Reviewed on January 7, 2013 Check prices
Product overview
Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

The Bottom Line: The Trendnet TEW-812DRU is the most affordable 802.11ac-enabled router on the market, and it offers excellent performance. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 1.3 Gbps, 6.1 in x 1.9 in x 7.1 in, 13.9 oz

Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router Reviewed on August 25, 2011 Check prices
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Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 14 reviews

The Bottom Line: Though far from perfect, the Linksys E2500's ease of use, nice design, and reasonable price make it a very good router for a small home or apartment. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 8.9 in x 7.1 in x 1.4 in, HTTPS, HTTP, 15.9 oz

D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router Reviewed on May 9, 2012 Check prices
Product overview
D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router makes a great solution for those who just need a simple wireless network to share the Internet access among devices. Its cloud-based management feature also proves to be a helpful and practical bonus. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 4.4 in x 6 in x 1.1 in, 8.7 oz

Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L (by Novatel Wireless) Reviewed on May 14, 2012 Check prices
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Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L (by Novatel Wireless)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 4 reviews

The Bottom Line: Business travelers will find the Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L an excellent companion thanks to its fast connection, nice set of features, and long-lasting battery. Its expensive and limited data plans, however, might steer casual users away. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - Wireless cellular modem, Wireless, 3.7 in x 2.4 in x 0.6 in, 3.2 oz

Linksys E1200 Monitor N300 Wireless-N Router (1-Year Warranty) Reviewed on August 29, 2011 Check prices
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Linksys E1200 Monitor N300 Wireless-N Router (1-Year Warranty)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.4 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 11 reviews

The Bottom Line: Underpowered but supereasy to use and affordable, the Linksys E1200 makes a good entry-level Wireless-N router for home users. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 7.4 in x 6 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 8.9 oz

Apple AirPort Express Base Station (Summer 2012) Reviewed on June 11, 2012 Check prices
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Apple AirPort Express Base Station (Summer 2012)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The new Apple AirPort Express Base Station is a decent upgrade to the previous generation, but it doesn't have much beyond its supersleek looks to impress us when compared with its peers. Read review

Specs: Apple AirPort Express Base Station - Wireless access point, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N Router Reviewed on August 13, 2009 Check prices
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D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 188 reviews

The Bottom Line: At a very affordable price, the D-Link Wireless N Router DIR-615 makes a great entry-level Wireless-N router and would satisfy most situations where a wireless network is needed. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 5 in x 7.8 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 9.6 oz

Belkin N+ Wireless Router Reviewed on November 8, 2008 Check prices
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Belkin N+ Wireless Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 198 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Belkin N+ Wireless Router is a great performer with excellent range and throughput speed. If its bulky design and lack of 5GHz frequency support don't put you off, the router is worth every penny of its $100 or so price tag. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, HTTP

D-Link HD Media Router 1000 Reviewed on July 20, 2011 Check prices
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D-Link HD Media Router 1000
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.0 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The good-looking D-Link HD Media Router 1000 DIR-657 is a very good router, though it doesn't offer much over the company's previous model, the DIR-655. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 12.1 oz

Linksys EA6500 HD Video Pro AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router Reviewed on October 15, 2012 Check prices
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Linksys EA6500 HD Video Pro AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 15 reviews

The Bottom Line: With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired

Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000 Reviewed on August 20, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 61 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000 is a no-frills budget wireless-N router, with excellent range and a handy and comprehensive Parental Control feature. It's a good fit for those who just need a simple wireless network and the ability to control access to the Internet. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 7 in x 5.1 in x 1.4 in, HTTP, 14.1 oz

Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Reviewed on September 19, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 17 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router makes a very good investment for those who want to get the most out of a wireless network, especially when they have clients that support the 5GHz band. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 450 Mbps, 8.8 in x 6 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 1.1 lbs

D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 Reviewed on June 22, 2012 Check prices
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D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews

The Bottom Line: Though not perfect, the D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 makes a great router for homes thanks to its top-notch performance on the 5GHz band and a nice set of features. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 900 Mbps, 8.4 in x 6.3 in x 1.4 in, 12.1 oz

Netgear N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) Reviewed on June 22, 2011 Check prices
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Netgear N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 11 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Netgear WNDR4000 makes a very good wireless router for home use, especially with Wi-Fi clients that support the 5GHz band. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 450 Mbps, 8.8 in x 6 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 1.1 lbs

Motorola SURFboard SBG6580 eXtreme Wireless Cable Modem Gateway
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 21 reviews

Specs: Wireless router - Cable modem - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 6.6 in x 6.8 in x 2 in

D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router Reviewed on September 27, 2010 Check prices
Product overview
D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 219 reviews

The Bottom Line: With the latest firmware update, the D-Link DIR-655 is arguably one of the best among single-band Wireless-N routers on the market. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 7.6 in x 4.6 in x 1.2 in, HTTP, 11.2 oz

D-Link DIR-645 Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 Reviewed on December 2, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
D-Link DIR-645 Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews

The Bottom Line: The unique-looking and compact D-Link Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645) makes a very good investment for homes that need a fast wired network and good Wi-Fi signal coverage. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 300 Mbps, 4.6 in x 7.5 in x 3.8 in, 11.2 oz

Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router Reviewed on December 13, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 26 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Linksys E4200 v2 makes a great upgrade to the original version and an excellent investment for those who need a fast, feature-rich, advanced, yet easy-to-use router for the home or even a small business. Read review

Specs: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated), Wireless, Wired, 450 Mbps, HTTP, HTTPS

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