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Amp your home network with Netgear 802.11n router, $29.99

CompUSA has a refurbished Netgear Draft-N router for $29.99 plus shipping. Make sure to grab the latest firmware!

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If you've been itching to hop on the 802.11n bandwagon but discouraged by the high prices of the routers, CompUSA has a sweet deal: A refurbished Netgear WNR834B Wireless N Router for $29.99 (plus shipping).

In case you're unfamiliar with it, the new 802.11 Wi-Fi standard (currently known as Draft-N) promises better range and faster throughput. The WNR834B is backwards-compatible with older 802.11 hardware. It comes with five Ethernet ports, three internal antennas, built-in quality-of-service (QoS) features, and, because it's a refurb, a measly 30-day warranty.

CNET gave the router a reasonably good review, though it was nearly two years ago, and Netgear has released several firmware updates since then. If you decide to pick up a WNR834B, make sure you grab the latest firmware.

Given that most Draft-N routers sell for at least $60-70 at the moment (Amazon sells this model for $99 new), I don't expect these to last long. Get one while you can!