On Networks N150R Review

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This router is as cheap as you're going to find, but it's also pretty slow. Some users say it has a habit of dropping connections, and it has only two Ethernet ports instead of the usual four.

The On Networks N150R (starting at $15, Amazon) is about as cheap as routers get, but it's also about the slowest wireless-N router you'll find. Consumers who have posted On Networks N150R reviews on retail sites tend to emphasize the product's value and offer mixed assessments of its performance. Reviewers posting on the Walmart website don't seem to mind the slower speed. They say the router is easy to set up and has good range. Reviews on Amazon are mostly positive and report that the signal is reliable, but some users disagree about the router's range, which they found to be pretty short. Some shoppers who have posted reviews on Newegg are not particularly impressed with the On Networks N150R. There are complaints that the router has a short range, is prone to dropping connections, or has stopped working altogether. On the plus side, reviewers do say this model is a cinch to set up.

The On Networks N150R is very much a no-frills router. It supports 802.11b/g/n connections and includes a WPS button, a standard feature. The theoretical maximum speed is only 150 megabits per second. The router has just two 10/100 LAN ports on the back instead of the usual four. Data are protected by a double firewall and the router has the latest WPA/WPA2 security protocols.

The On Networks N150R may be a steal if you simply want a router to get you online wirelessly. It's certainly cheap, but it's lacking in speed, power, and ports. These days, you don't have to spend much more to get a much faster router with four LAN ports.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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