Wireless routers: Best Buys
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With so many wireless standards and security settings, choosing a router can be confusing. But getting it right can take the hassle out of setting up a secure home network, and allows lots of people go online at the same time under the same roof.
Some of the biggest broadband providers offer free wireless routers as part of their package deals. We pitch them against each other - and compare how they perform next to off-the-shelf models - so you'll know whether it's worth spending on a new router to get great wi-fi coverage at home.
- We check router security, penalising routers that don't make your network safe and stop others piggy-backing on your network as part of the default settings. We also look for child protection features to stop certain computers connecting to the internet after a set time.
- You shouldn't have to sit next to your router to get online on your laptop or phone. We test data transfer speeds on laptops at different distances from the router. We've seen data transfer speeds drop by up to 2.89MB/sec or the worst routers when a computer's moved into the next room.
- You want to be able to leave your router on, but it shouldn't be an energy drain. Some wireless routers are more power-hungry than others and our tests have revealed models that use five times more energy than others.
To avoid the frustrations of lost wi-fi connectivity, slow data transfer speed and to keep your network safe get a Which? Best Buy router by taking out a £1 trial to Which?.
- Reviews of 14 wireless routers.
- 3 Best Buy wireless routers for a hassle free home network.
- Reviews of wireless routers from 10 companies.
Wireless router reviews you can trust
We lab test wireless routers from the biggest brands - including Netgear, Linksys, BT, Sky and Virgin Media - to reveal the best models for stress-free set-up of a secure wireless home network. Free routers are considered slower than high street models, but our tests reveal that in some cases you're better off sticking with the model provided with your broadband package.
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