Check out the top 5 routers in India!

Are you encountering an issue with your wifi?

Probably your WiFi router is not serving your purpose.  Well, that’s true. Mostly one opts for a DSL connection wherein companies like Airtel, BSNL and MTNL along with others set up a landline along with an ADSL modem. Since the router is provided by them, many don’t dwell into the specifications of the router set up.

However once it begins to encounter problems in terms of internet speed, connection or range, we pay heed to the specifications of the router and crib about the same.

One needs to understand that router comes in numerous variants. Therefore, before installing it, they need to conduct a thorough research about the specifications of the router.

For a layman, it’s difficult to understand the technical aspects of the router. Therefore the research should be plainly based on these pointers that should be sufficient to ensure that the router is an apt one.

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: 802.11 ‘b’ and ‘g’ are the older models. However 802.11 ‘n’ is the new version that enables a transfer rate of 600mbps on papers. However, the actual rate is somewhere around 300 mbps.

Router’s Wireless frequency: This defines the effectiveness of the network. The range is from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz. Frequency relates to the interference in the network.  As we move higher on the scale, the interference reduces, giving an uninterrupted service.

Speed:  Speed is the most important thing that one needs to check in a router. Usually routers with speed upto 300 mbps are sufficient for residential purposes. 

They can easily download 1080p content. However, if one wishes to stream content above 4000p, then one need to upgrade to speed 600 mbps.

Router’s antenna range: Although for small set up, 2.4dBi is sufficient, however, the greater the range, the better it is. Since this is concerned with the environment in which the wifi is kept, therefore, if there are a lot of hindrance, one should opt for a greater antenna range.

Router ports and security: The newer routers have multiple ports. Thus, you can connect more than one line on it.

As far as security is concerned, it should enable 128 bit encryption and WPA 2 standard. Though it’s relatively a new concept and old routers do not provide this information.

To make your life easier, here is the list of some of the routers that can be installed at homes to enjoy an uninterrupted internet experience:  

TP-LINK TL-WR740N 150Mbps Wireless N Router

Priced between Rs700 – 1000, it has the following features:

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b

Router’s  Wireless frequency: 2.4-2.4835GHz

Speed:  150 mbps

Router’s antenna range: 5dBi Fixed Omni Directional

Router ports and security: 4 port switch

 Netgear JNR1010 N150 Wireless Router

Priced between Rs800 – 1000, it has the following features:

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Router’s  Wireless frequency:  2.4 ghz

Speed:  150 mbps

Router’s antenna range:  -

Router ports and security: 4 port switch

D-Link Dir-600M Broadband Wireless Router 

Priced between Rs700 – 1100, it has the following features:

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11, 802.3

Router’s  Wireless frequency:  2.48 ghz

Speed:  150 mbps

Router’s antenna range:  -

Router ports and security: 4 port switch

Tenda N4 Wireless N150 Easy Setup Router (White)

Priced between Rs700 – 1000, it has the following features:

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b; IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u;

Router’s  Wireless frequency:  2.40 ghz

Speed:  150 mbps

Router’s antenna range:  1x 5 dBi omni-directional antenna

Router ports and security: -

Asus RT-N10E Wireless N150 Router (Black)

Priced between Rs700 – 1000, it has the following features:

Router's Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.3;

Router’s  Wireless frequency:  2.40 ghz

Speed:  150 mbps

Router’s antenna range:  -

Router ports and security: 4 ports

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