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802.11n Wi-Fi Routers: Tested to the Nth degree

Where to buy

At a Glance

The N900 is a strong wireless performer, but it's hard to recommend at its current price point because it has such a limited feature set. The Asus RT-N66U is much more powerful, has many more features, and it costs less.

Price when rated: $180
Lowest price: $333.00 via Memory4Less.com

Pros

  • Supremely easy to set up
  • Fast 2.4GHz network performance
  • Good 5GHz network performance
  • Limited feature set

Cons

  • Very slow USB write performance
  • Limited feature set
  • Poorly designed utilities
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At a Glance

Whether you’re a consumer or a small business owner, and you demand products based on the rock-solid 802.11n standard, the Asus RT-N66U is the router to buy. It's fast, it's packed with features, and I haven’t found one that's better.

Price when rated: $170
Lowest price: $130.00 via ABT

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Outstanding range
  • Comprehensive feature set

Cons

  • Slow USB performance
  • Slow 5GHz throughput at close range
  • Sloppy fit with the optional stand
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At a Glance

The EA4500 is one of the best 802.11n routers on the market, but it's not better than the Asus RT-N66U.

Price when rated: $156
Lowest price:

Pros

  • Extremely fast performance with USB drives
  • Strong consumer feature set
  • Attractive industrial design

Cons

  • Middling wireless performance
  • Only one USB port
  • Weak small-business feature set
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At a Glance

Western Digital delivers an easy-to-use dual-band router endowed with a good feature set, but lacking in speed

Price when rated: $140
Lowest price: $135.00 via Newegg.com

Pros

  • Very easy to set up and manage
  • Seven-port gigabit Ethernet switch
  • 2.4- and 5GHz guest networks

Cons

  • Below-average performance on the 2.4GHz band
  • Lacks advanced router features
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At a Glance

Having a hard drive inside the router is convenient, but it's no faster than plugging an external drive into a USB port.

Price when rated: $200

Pros

  • Integrated hard drive
  • Access to storage from the cloud
  • PC back-up utility included

Cons

  • Slow wireless performance
  • Slow hard drive performance
  • Slight fan noise
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