Wireless Router Rating Sources
Total of 23 Sources
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Best 5 Wireless Routers
by Dong Ngo
Our AssessmentCNET tests wireless routers and rates the five listed here as excellent. Users can submit their opinions and ratings, which sometimes vary considerably from the conclusions reached by CNET editors.
Best Budget Wireless Routers
by Dong Ngo
Our AssessmentDong Ngo rates his top five simple wireless-N routers, saying all of these offer a connection to the Internet. The Belkin N+ Wireless Router is the only one to receive a rating of excellent.
Best N900 Wireless Routers
by Dong Ngo
Our AssessmentCNET's reviewer lists the top five N900 wireless routers -- the premium models in the router world with true dual-band capability and a Wi-Fi cap speed of 900Mbps. All three of the top models receive 4 stars out of 5 and a rating of excellent.
Best N600 Wireless Routers
by Dong Ngo
Our AssessmentIn this review, Dong Ngo covers N600 wireless routers -- true dual band units with a simultaneous cap of 300 Mbps on each band. All three of the top models are rated as excellent, and Ngo says that novices will be especially comfortable with the Cisco Linksys E3200.
by Editors of SmallNetBuilder.com
Our AssessmentThe reviews here are the most comprehensive we found, and comparisons are frequent and relevant. On the other hand, they're so technical that a basic knowledge of wireless router technology is insufficient for understanding much of the material. Instead of conventional ratings, SmallNetBuilder.com has customizable but complicated benchmark comparison charts. This site is useful if you already have a model in mind, but it's not so helpful for browsing reviews.
The 10 Best Wireless Routers
by Samara Lynn
Our AssessmentSamara Lynn presents her choices for the best routers of 2012, dividing the field between dual- and single-band models. The dual-band category winners all receive Editors' Choice awards. Most routers get a full review, plus a summary of their features.
by Samara Lynn
Our AssessmentPCMag.com evaluates many of the major wireless routers on the market, and tests are competent and up-to-date. Each router gets a full review and a rating, and the best are labeled Editors' Choice award winners. Models from Cisco/Linksys and Netgear get the highest scores.
2013 Best Wireless Router Comparisons and Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe top three wireless routers in TopTenReviews.com's 2013 roundup are very close in scores in all evaluation categories -- attributes, security, ease of use, and help and customer support. In all three cases, it's the customer support score that pulls them down. Each router gets its own write-up explaining the scores but isn't tested for performance.
2013 Best Premium Wireless Router Comparisons and Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTen premium wireless-N routers are ranked in this companion review to the best routers roundup. The top three models all receive excellent scores for features, security, ease of use, help and support, and overall. Each gets its own write-up explaining the scores but isn't tested for performance.
Best Router: 9 Top Wireless Routers on Test
by Nick Odantzis
Our AssessmentThis UK site offers its best wireless routers, some of which are available in the United States. Not surprisingly, Asus routers are strongly featured, as this is a popular brand in Europe.
The Best of the Best - Wi-Fi Router
by Editors of MaximumPC.com
Our AssessmentThe Asus RT-N66U is the best wireless router pick from MaximumPC.com, a rare occurrence of a non-Netgear router winning. The RT-N66U wins for its extensive selection of features, its user interface and its consistent high speed.
Time for Faster Wireless? 12 Latest 802.11n Routers Reviewed
by Editors of PC & Tech Authority
Our AssessmentPC & Tech Authority tests 12 wireless-N routers from various manufacturers, concentrating on flagship models. Editors of this Australian magazine include both single- and dual-band models, explain how they performance-test them in the lab and factor in results from a reader survey. The DrayTek Vigor 2110n wins, and the Buffalo Nfiniti WZR-HP-G300NH is named the best value. These routers beat out popular models from Netgear, Belkin, D-Link and Cisco/Linksys that are highly rated by our U.S. sources.
Networking, Wireless & VoIP
by Editors of PC World (Australia)
Our AssessmentPC World (Australia) reviews more than the typical number of wireless routers for a computer magazine -- two dozen in the past year alone, including several popular U.S. models. Test results are presented in longer in-house reviews, but this source sometimes prints very short review synopses from the U.S. version of PC World. Few reviews are comparative, but all products get a star rating, and editors tag their favorites as Best Bets.
Wi-Fi Router Reviews
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine tests 40 wireless routers -- 11 in the past 15 months -- five of which are actually mobile hotspots. Each one gets a rating, and those with the highest scores are labeled as Editors' Choices. The magazine's best reviews are comparative and discuss setup, features and performance.
Browse Networking & Wireless Reviews
by Editors of Macworld
Our AssessmentMacworld reviews a few wireless routers, both Apple models and those from other manufacturers that work with Apple and Windows computers. The testing process is very good, and each product gets a rating of 1 to 5 mice.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentThe U.K.'s Which? magazine is similar to ConsumerReports.org. Editors test more than two dozen wireless routers for ease of use and performance in a typical home environment. Each model gets its own write-up. Both Best Buy picks are popular U.S. models.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Network Routers
Our AssessmentThe Readers' Choice awards rank the companies that make routers, rather than specific models of routers. Apple comes first in overall satisfaction, surprisingly closely followed by Asus, which didn't have enough respondents last year to make it into the list. Receiving honorable mentions are Cisco/Linksys and Netgear. Readers rate Apple routers the most reliable and best overall, and editors say they work with Macs, PCs and other Wi-Fi devices.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com is a retailer of tech products and is especially popular with computer builders. Several routers accumulate hundreds of ratings from Newegg.com customers, but the best-rated models are older wireless-G units that are easy to hack and customize. For example, the Linux-based Linksys WRT54GL earns a 5-egg average rating (out of 5) from more than 3,750 users and is a multiple winner in Newegg.com's monthly Customer Choice Awards.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners post reviews and ratings of their wireless routers here. As at Newegg.com, the older wireless-G models are popular. Users give the Apple AirPort Extreme high ratings among wireless-N routers.
No Signal: Homes Often Baffle Wi-Fi From Routers
by Geoffrey A. Fowler
Our AssessmentGeoffrey Fowler conducts "real-world torture tests" on four wireless routers to find one powerful enough to reach all the corners of his 100-year-old apartment building. The two models he recommends, however, have the potential to interfere with his neighbors' networks.
802.11n Router Buyer's Guide
by Bill O'Brien
Our AssessmentBill O'Brien explains in plain English how and why to choose a wireless-N router, and he recommends six models to consider at various prices. Each gets its own informative write-up. Although this site conducts performance tests on routers, O'Brien doesn't mention testing in this article.
Hot Spot Shortcut, in the Weeds
by David Pogue
Our AssessmentDavid Pogue reviews the Valet, the router that Cisco wanted to make as easy to set up and use as the Flip video camera. He says "it may be the simplest-to-set up router on the market," but Cisco could have made it even easier.
Feeling at Home with a Router
by Katherine Boehret
Our AssessmentIt takes Katherine Boehret 10 minutes to set up the Cisco Valet, an experience that she calls "unusually pleasant" for a router. She does, however, run into a "rare Mac bug" that Cisco said would be solved within a week of the review's publication.