CNET's top-rated sub-$100 Wireless-N routers

CNET's pick of Wireless-N routers that won't dig a hole in your wallet.

Via e-mails and discussions with people, I've recently discovered that a lot of folks out there still have the impression that 300Mbps Wireless-N routers are not as affordable as the old 54Mbps Wireless-G routers are.

The D-Link DIR-615 costs just around $40 and offered very good performance in our tests. CNET

Granted, you may be able to get a Wireless-G router for free from your service provider, but those tend to be very basic and limited in networking features. If you are willing to pay anything more than nothing, Wireless-N routers can be really affordable.

The D-Link DIR-615 , for example, can be found online for about $40, and the Tp-Link TL-WR941ND for just $50.

Check out our list of Wireless-N routers that won't dig a hole in your wallet.

Note that these routers tend to be affordable because they lock out high-end features, such as support for dual-band or network storage (all of these routers are single 2.4Ghz band, but so are Wireless-G routers). They also tend to offer shorter ranges compared with higher-end, more expensive, Wireless-N routers.

However, for most home networking needs, they will work out just fine.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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