Wireless Routers Features Comparison
Most budget routers only have basic features, so there's not a lot to distinguish one from another just by looking at the specifications on the router's packaging. Cheap routers send data over the 2.4GHz band, although you can spend quite a bit more to get a dual-band router that uses the 5GHz band as well. Any budget router you buy today should be a wireless-n router with maximum theoretical speeds up to 300Mbps (throughput in the real world is far lower, however) and should also include a firewall. Some pricier routers have a USB port to which you can connect an external hard drive or thumb drive, and some also have gigabit Ethernet ports. Those features are rare in budget routers, however.
|Standard||Bands Supported||Firewall||USB Port||Ethernet Ports|
|Linksys E1200 estimated price $44||802.11n||2.4GHz||Yes||No||4x10/100Mbps|
|D-Link DIR-605L Cloud estimated price $40||802.11n||2.4GHz||Yes||No||4x10/100Mbps|
|Rosewill RNX-N300RT estimated price $28||802.11b/g/n||2.4GHz||Yes||No||4x10/100Mbps|