Looking For a Wireless Router? This Guide Will Help You Decide

Known as the "Second Generation" of wireless routers, the Wireless G router provides wireless access to your computer network, provides connectivity for a limited number of wired connections, and provides firewall, security and network management software. They are designed to provide security for your connection and allow other computers on your network to have access to the Internet. They are the most popular type of wireless routers sold today. Some features you will want to look for include both wired and wireless connections, physical ports, firewall and security software, and Internet Connection Sharing. Additionally, you'll need to consider which type of router will work best for you. If you have a gamer in your household, buying a router with enough speed to satisfy a gamer's needs might be high on your list. If your computers are relatively close together, you can consider a low-range router. If you live in a large household with computers from one corner to the other, you'll need a long-range router. We will give you information on the best models and their features, including pricing and where you can buy one.

NetGear Routers

  • RangeMax WPN824
    This model gets top ratings from Smartguider.com. It has seven internal small antennas to counteract interference from other devices such as bluetooth, cordless phones, etc. This model services up to 500,000 square feet of coverage. Setup is easy, since its SmartWizard can detect and configure for virtually all ISP connections. Compatible with all other Network adapters, so need to buy a new one with this wireless router. List price is $129.99, but you can often find it on sale for much less at places like Amazon.com.
  • WGT624 - 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router
    Works best with the WGT624 wireless PC card. Allows you to stream MP3's and videos, share printers, upload photo files; the whole family can be online at the same time without a noticeable decrease in speed. Cheaper than the WPN824, prices ranges from $60 to $70 at Amazon.com, Circuit City, Best Buy, and TigerDirect.

Linksys Routers

  • WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster
    Top-rated Linksys router according to Smartguider.com, you can take this one with you where ever you go for immediate connectivity. Has a built-in access point for speed-booster enhanced, wireless B or wiress g devices, as well as an ethernet port for your wired pc. Prices range from $50-80 at PC Connection, Circuit City, and TigerDirect
  • WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router
    Touted as three devices in one: a wireless access point that works with both Wireless G and the previous Wireless B devices; a built-in 4 port full duplex 100/10 switch for your ethernet devices; and the router function which ties it all together and allows all computers on the system to share your dsl or cable connection, communicate with each other, and share a wireless printer. Price ranges for this router run from $50-$60 at TigerDirect, PC Connection and Circuit City.

D-Link Wireless Routers

  • WBR-2310 RangeBooster G Router
    Available for $50 to $65 at Amazon.com, Target, Office Depot, and TigerDirect. Delivers a fast wireless signal and has better than average coverage. features parental control to keep family members from viewing inappropriate web sites, firewall and filters for secure Internet surfing. It's also backwards-compatible with 802.11b technology, so no need to get new wireless adapter for your pc's. Installation is quick and easy, too.
  • WBR-1310 Router
    If you are looking for a basic wireless router so that all computers on your network can access the Internet, and your pocketbook is a consideration,this one may interest you. Doesn't pretend to be speedy, but does come with firewall and filter securities, and a parental filter too. Backwards-compatible with wireless B technology. Priced at right around $40 from Amazon.com and Comp-u-Plus.

Beldin Wireless Routers

  • Wireless G Router DSL/Cable gateway
    This router has a range of up to 400 feet, and provides you with speeds up to 5 times faster than wireless B technology. Backwards compatible with wireless B as well, so no need to buy wireless G network adapters for your pc. Comes with 4-port ethernet switch as well. You can buy this router at Amazon.com, Dell, or Super Warehouse for $35-40.

Final Comments

Wireless G technology, as present in the above-mentioned wireless routers, will eventually be replaced by Wireless N technology, but at the time of this writing, it was still in draft status. See the article in this same category on Wireless N routers.

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