Top 5 routers under $80

Need to upgrade your home Wi-Fi router? Here are five options that are an exceptional value at less than $80.

If there's a thick layer of dust on your wireless router, then this Top 5 is for you.

CNET's running list of our highest-rated routers is a great place to keep up with the latest advancements in router technology. Unfortunately, it may also lead you to believe that it's necessary to drop over $150 on a router upgrade. Not true.

Our resident router expert Dong Ngo posted an excellent roundup of the best routers for shoppers on a budget . I took his list, worked with him on a ranking, and that's how we came up with the Top 5 video you should see above.

If you're still living in the days of 802.11g, you really should treat yourself to a new router. It's a worthy upgrade, and it doesn't have to break the bank.

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Belkin N+ Wireless Router

The Bottom Line: The Belkin N+ Wireless Router is a great performer with excellent range and throughput speed. If its bulky design and lack of 5GHz frequency support don't put you off, the router is worth every penny of its $100 or so price tag. / Read full review

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NetGear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400

The Bottom Line: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 is a great dual-band router for any home at an affordable price. Its lack of Gigabit Ethernet might steer enthusiasts away, however. / Read full review

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D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router

The Bottom Line: The D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router makes a great solution for those who just need a simple wireless network to share the Internet access among devices. Its cloud-based management feature also proves to be a helpful and practical bonus. / Read full review

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Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router

The Bottom Line: Though far from perfect, the Linksys E2500's ease of use, nice design, and reasonable price make it a very good router for a small home or apartment. / Read full review

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TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless-N Nano Router

The Bottom Line: Tiny and affordable, the TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router makes a great companion for mobile users needing to share their hotel room's Internet with wireless clients. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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