Are you Wi-Fied yet ?

Posted on January 7, 2012. Filed under: Gadgets, Modem, Network, Networking, Networking Gadgets, Router, WiFi, Wireleass Network | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Asus RT-N13U Rev.B1

If you’re on a tight budget but still want a feature-rich router, then nothing beats the RT-N13U from Asus. The new revision B1 model comes with double the memory and RAM, so one can install bigger custom firmware packages. The router has a built-in antenna. Yet, it has a very good range, and supports a single USB 2.0 port and a WPS button to quickly pair with any device. The router also supports printer server and DD-WRT for adding more functions like Torrent downloading, NAS and SAMBA features.

TP-Link TL-WR1043ND

Here’s a budget-friendly single-band router from an up-and-coming TP-Link. If you suspect that the relatively low price could mean the device may be short of features, think again. This surprise packet, well, packs in quite a few decent features. For starters, it features Gigabit Ethernet ports for WAN and LAN. As if that is not enough, there is a USB 2.0 port as well. That is not all. Its three antennae more than make up for the absence of a dual-band feature.The said antennae dish out a very good range. Anything more? Oh yes. The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND delivers some of the fastest transfer speeds. Take a peek at the ‘specsheet’ alongside. You will probably agree this router is truly ‘value for money’.

Asus RT-N16

One of the all-time greats, it offers great features and performance without emptying your budget. A single-band router, yes, but it features three adjustable antennae. You can direct the wireless signal at multiple points — convenient in big houses. The 802.11 security up to WPA2-enterprise level makes it very secure for both home and office use.Asus integrates EZQ-OS into the firmware that automatically manages the bandwidth based on the priority you choose. What’s more, the router also sports two USB 2.0 ports, so you can just plug in a hard drive and share it as a media server. Or, you can download Torrent content directly onto the drive. Strong support from the open source community has made this device a legend in its own lifetime. Large internal memory and fast CPU enable third-party firmware like DD-WRT, Tomato USB or Oleg, enhancing its stability. Swell.

Netgear WNDR3800 N600

The N600 from Netgear is another powerful Wi-Fi ‘n’ router with good performance and features to boot. This one’s also a dual-band router but it has ‘Ready NAS Cloud’ feature that enables you to access data stored on your portable drive through the Internet (read from anywhere in the world). The design is simple and thanks to its vertical design, it will fit into narrow spaces as well. It can simultaneously broadcast Wi-Fi and signals on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.You can even stream data to any DLNA compatible device like a PS3 or Xbox 360. Parental controls also help you to monitor and restrict the type of sites your child visits.

Linksys E4200Cisco’s Linksys E4200 is a near-perfect blend of style and performance. The minimalistic sting-ray design will complement the art decor in your house perfectly, but it’s not all show and no go. The E4200 is a dual-band router which means it can work on the 2.4GHz band as well as the 5GHz band. This will allow you to send multiple streams of data to different devices without any compromise in speed. It also sports a USB port which supports NAS functions and the built-in UPnP media server lets you stream video and music to a compatible device. A ‘Guest Access’ feature lets you to set up a special account for guest users so they don’t interfere with your data.

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