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Is buying an expensive wireless router worth the cost?

Information Technology

CA

June 24, 2009

I'm in the market for a wireless router. It seems the prices range from abtou $50 - $150. Are the more expensive models worth the cost and what is the difference? I'm looking for a router that will work for a 2,500 sq ft home.

Thanks in advance.

Real Estate Educator

Reston, VA

June 25, 2009

Don't know what you deem "expensive," but my $40 routher, working in concert w/my virus protection software, etc ., does the job just fine....

However, I'm no "techie." I know how to USE the technology to run my business, but I rely on Techie Jeff for the tech decisions. I just told him I wanted to work on my notebook at home (on the balcony overlooking the lake), and left it to him. He bought it, installed it, and I'm a happy camper.

It's a beautiful day here on the lake in Reston....hope it's a great day wherever you are, too!

Information Technology

CA

June 26, 2009

Thanks for the responses. By an expensive router I mean over $100.
I've had inexpensive ones in the past that have worked just fine but I never needed coverage for a very large area. I'll be sure to check out the pcmag link.

Web/Info Design

Pagosa Springs, CO

June 26, 2009

Great point Allen, you are not a techie, yet you are succesful, and you have a life LOL. Smart guy.

Israel Rothman, http://socialmediasystems.com

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Rosemead, CA

January 01, 2010

Brian, having set up wireless networks at my home and other businesses for years, most wireless routers would be able to cover your home. If you feel signals are week then you can get a "repeater" that could strengten your signal for about $100.

As for the cost, usually the cheap wireless routers (<$50) are sometimes hard to configure or have less features and I found them to get more interferance. I been getting really good results from Belkins N+ Wireless routers, which have 4 ports for wired networks at about $70.

I would say wireless routers for <$125 would be sufficient for most home. Unless you want the other features for home office like VPN, Gigabit ports, NAS functionality, etc. then you would buy the more expensive wireless routers.

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