selecting a router

What Router Should I Buy?

Just about any router brand will work on our network. The only routers that will NOT work on our network is a "modem-router combination" (like from AT&T U-Verse, Comcast or satellite Internet, or from a cell phone service provider).

Our service does NOT use a modem and is NOT satellite Internet. It is known as "fixed-point wireless Internet".

IMPORTANT: We NO LONGER recommend Cisco-Linksys Smart Routers ("EA"-series routers). There have been too many complaints about dropped connections.

     

Primary Usage

Recommendations

Price Range

BASIC ROUTERS

Web surfing, email, some YouTube

No. of devices: 4
computer, laptop, tablet, phone

Belkin
Linksys E1200
D-Link

$30-60

Replace every 4-5 years

STANDARD ROUTERS

Web surfing, email, YouTube, Internet telephone (VoIP)

No. of devices: 10
computers, laptops, tablets, phones

Apple AirPort Express
Belkin
Linksys E2500
D-Link
Securifi Almond

$80-100

Replace every 4 years

HIGH-END ROUTERS

Web surfing, email, YouTube, Internet telephone (VoIP), online gaming, movie streaming (Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon, IPTV)

No. of devices: 10+
computers, laptops, tablets, phones, game consoles, tv/movie streaming

Apple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC66U
Belkin
Linksys WRT1900AC
D-Link
Securifi Almond*

$200-250

Replace every 3-4 years

ROUTER/BOOSTER

*Have a big or odd-shaped home? Need to boost your wifi signal?

Wireless Option

Securifi Almond

~$100 (buy 1 as a router and then as many more as you need as boosters). Or just buy as boosters to your existing router.

Wired Option

HomePlug Ethernet adapter

$100-200

*No. of devices: a device is defined as a computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, voip phone, gaming console, telephone, network printer, AppleTV/Roku, security cameras, home automation devices, etc. A router has to keep track of every connected device, so the more devices you connect, the better quality the router has to be. Don't buy a refurbished router or a discount router and expect it to perform like a high-end router.

The routers above are just our recommendations. You might find the routers listed above at a cheaper price from other web or walk-in stores.

IMPORTANT: We NO LONGER recommend Cisco-Linksys Smart Routers ("EA"-series routers). There have been too many complaints about dropped connections.