Wireless routers: Compare features & prices
Displaying 1–3 of 3 Wireless routers
|Belkin Surf N300 Remove||Linksys WAG120N Remove||D-Link DIR-645 Remove||Add another|
|Price||£27.06 Exclusive to 1 retailer||£37.49 Best price found from 5 retailers||£64.00 Exclusive to 1 retailer|
|Date tested||November 2011||November 2010||November 2011|
|Built in modem||Yes||Yes||No|
|RF power adjust||No||No||Yes|
|Dimensions wxhxd (mm)||65x200x200||210x30x220||95x190x95|
|Ease of use|
The Wi-Fi standard the device uses. Wireless N certification is the latest wireless standard and claims a maximum data rate of 248Mbps, compared to 54Mbps offered by the Wireless G standard.
Built in modem
If you receive your internet connection over your BT telephone line, you need a modem to connect to the internet. Some routers - known as ADSL routers - have a built-in modem. If you connect through a cable provider (Virgin), you don't need a router with a built in modem.
Dual band routers can operate on both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz band. Some can broadcast two wireless signals simultaneously which can provide faster speeds. However, the 5GHz band only works with compatible devices.
This indicates the speed at which data transfers across a wired network (ethernet) connection. There are two alternatives: 100Mbps or the much faster 1000Mbps (also called gig ethernet)
RF power adjust
Turning down the broadcast power of your wireless router means that it won't transmit as far. This allows you to limit your wireless network to your own property, for example.
How easy it was to setup the router, quality of the instructions and how well the procedure handled security.
Ease of use
Including the ability to change default browser settings
Including range and speed of data transfer
The range of features including ports
How much energy the router uses compared to other models