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Get an Asus T-Mobile CellSpot 802.11ac router for $59

From the Cheapskate: Been thinking about a router upgrade? This top-rated model prioritizes Wi-Fi calls, but you don't need to be a T-Mobile customer to reap the benefits. Plus: a dirt-cheap 50-inch TV!

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If your router is more than 3-4 years old, it might be time to start thinking about upgrading to a model with better range, more features, newer protocols and so on. Of course, if you've priced any of the fancy new models lately, you've probably experienced a bit of sticker-shock.

That's what makes today's deal so cool. For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the T-Mobile Wi-Fi CellSpot Router for $59 shipped. That's after applying promo code WIFI40 at checkout.

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First things first: You don't need to be a T-Mobile customer, or own a T-Mobile phone, to purchase and use this router. Second, this is actually a rebranded Asus RT-AC68U, a router that sells elsewhere for at least $155. (Upon its introduction, the CellSpot was free for T-Mo customers, but now it runs $99.)

Here's what I know: It's a top-rated whole-house router that can prioritize Wi-Fi calls from devices that support Wi-Fi calling. Other routers can do this as well, but usually require some manual tweaking of the settings; the CellSpot handles this "quality of service" (QoS) configuration for you.

Translation: If you typically get poor cell coverage inside your home, and your phone supports Wi-Fi calling, this could be a godsend.

If none of that matters to you, this is still a very good router, as evidenced by CNET's review, this additional review, various Amazon customers and reviews of the aforementioned Asus RT-AC68U.

All that being said, I'm no networking expert, and it's certainly possible that newer, more expensive routers can outperform the CellSpot. But I do know a deal when I see one, and $59 out the door strikes me as a sweet deal indeed.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Is it Black Friday already? No, just regular Friday, but this deal feels like it belongs in November: Best Buy has the Insignia NS-50D510NA17 50-inch HDTV for $249.99 shipped (plus tax). A couple months back I shared a similar deal on a Seiki model, but that was from a closeout shop with no option for return. This is Best Buy; don't like it? Take it back. The Insignia is a no-frills, 60Hz TV with three HDMI inputs and a 4.4-star average rating from over 350 buyers. Pretty sweet.