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Linksys wins dual-band contest

Review: Six routers deliver 802.11n connectivity over 2.4 and 5GHz bands

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Wireless routers are always something of a mystery. They combine a number of features into a single box and are usually complex to set up, but require little attention after that. 

Set up properly, they can provide high-speed wired and wireless access to a wide range of devices, securely connect to storage and printers, route between parts of your internal network and protect against hackers.

We take a look at six routers which delivered 802.11n connectivity over 2.4GHz and 5GHz.


Asus aces performance test

The Asus RT-N56U router came in first in our performance testing and second overall in our test. This is a stylish, feature-rich device that includes two USB ports, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and claims to be able to handle 30,000 concurrent sessions. It has strong security features and uses beam forming at 5GHz to boost performance. It does not support IPv6.

  • Asus aces performance test
  • Belkin's beam forming delivers strong 2.4GHz performance
  • EnGenius ESR7750: The low-cost alternative
  • Linksys E4200: Top of the heap
  • Netgear N600: Includes ADSL modem
  • Trendnet: Comes with external antennas



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