“how to find the best cheap products” — kiplinger

Most budget routers have only basic features, so there's not a lot to distinguish one from another just by looking at the specifications on the packaging. Any budget model you buy today should be a wireless-N router (backward compatible with older wireless standards such as 802.11g). The fastest ones have maximum theoretical speeds up to 600 megabits per second. Today's routers should support the WPA2 security protocol, which is the most up-to-date technology, and also include a firewall. Most cheap routers send data over the 2.4 GHz band, although it's possible to find a dual-band router that uses the 5 GHz band, as well, while remaining within the Cheapism price range. Some routers have a USB port, to which users can connect an external hard drive or printer; some have gigabit Ethernet ports (1,000 megabits per second, or Mbps), which are ideal for online gaming or streaming high-definition video; and some even offer apps to aid in managing the router. These types of features are rare in budget routers, however.

Cheapism Ranking Wireless Standards Maximum Data Transfer Speed Security Protocols Supported Bands USB Port LAN Ports App Support
Netgear WNR2500 estimated price $55
Best 802.11b/g/n 450 Mbps WEP/WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz No 4 Yes
D-Link DIR-826L estimated price $50
Best 802.11g/n 600 Mbps WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Yes 4 gigabit Yes
Buffalo AirStation WHR-600D estimated price $30
Good 802.11n/a/g/b 600 Mbps WEP/WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz/5 GHz No 4 No
Linksys E1200 estimated price $38
Good 802.11b/g/n 300 Mbps WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz No 4 No
On Networks N150R estimated price $15
Don't Bother 802.11b/g/n 150 Mbps WEP/WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz No 2 No
Trendnet TEW-731BR estimated price $18
Don't Bother 802.11b/g/n 300 Mbps WEP/WPA/WPA2 2.4 GHz No 4 No
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