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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.


EnGenius ESR7750: The low-cost alternative

At $79.99, the EnGenius ESR7750 was significantly less expensive than the other products in this test. Performance wise, EnGenius was at the lower end of the spectrum. And it was the only device in this test that didn't support Gigabit Ethernet. The ESR7750 provides a wide range of settings, including for both the 2.4- and 5-GHz portions of the router, a firewall and features such as network address translation (NAT), port mapping and quality of service (QoS).

  • 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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