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Best N900 routers of 2014

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N900 wireless routers are true dual-band routers that simultaneously offer the three-stream setup of the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, which caps at 450Mbps, on each of its two 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. The term N900 basically means "Wireless-N with the combined Wi-Fi speed cap of 900Mbps." In order to have 450Mbps Wi-Fi connections, you'll also need Wi-Fi clients that support this three-stream wireless-N standard. Following are the top routers of this type on the market.

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Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router

The Linksys E4200 v2 makes a great upgrade to the original version and an excellent investment for those who need a fast, feature-rich, advanced, yet easy-to-use router for the home or even a small business.

Price: $89.99 - $249.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router

D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000

Though not perfect, the D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 makes a great router for homes thanks to its top-notch performance on the 5GHz band and a nice set of features.

Price: $289.95 - $349.59 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere.

Price: $59.77 - $199.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

WD My Net N900 Central

The Western Digital My Net N900 Central makes an excellent all-in-one wireless and network storage option for home and mobile users.

Price: $119.11 - $239.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router makes a very good investment for those who want to get the most out of a wireless network, especially when they have clients that support the 5GHz band.

Price: $68.99 - $285.98 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual-band router

The Western Digital My Net N900 HD is a whole new kind of Wireless-N router. At release, the router is a decent investment for home users but will need better firmware to work at its full potential.

Price: $71.99 - $142.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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