In the battle between wireless N-capable routers, offerings by Belkin and Linksys both make some strong advances. Before you part with your hard-earned networking budget money, you should compare the top offering by each company before making a decision. Your ultimate choice falls upon not only your budget, but also on your home networking needs and which router fulfills them best.
Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router
As of the time of publication, the N750 wireless router by Belkin is the company's top wireless N router. This router carries a suggested price of $129.99. It is compatible with Windows 7, Mac and Wi-Fi devices. The N750 operates at a bandwidth of 2.4 GHz, and can produce wireless networks using 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n standards. It supports a maximum of 16 wireless connections, and can transfer data at a rate of 450 Mbps. Available encryption methods are 128-bit WEP, 256-bit WPA, 64-bit WEP and WPA2. It also offers the WPS push-button feature to enhance security.
As of the time of publication, Linksys's top available wireless N router is the E4200. The suggested price for this device is $189.99. It offers dual-band support, able to operate at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Operating systems used with the device must be either Windows or Mac-based. Depending on network type, the router can transfer data up to 300 to 450 Mbps. It uses Linksys's SpeedBoost technology to create more even Wi-Fi signal strength. Encryption methods used by this router include WPA and WPA2.
Several noteworthy differences exist between the top wireless N routers offered by Belkin and Linksys. The N750 offers support for multiple Wi-Fi network types, where the E4200 appears to support only wireless N. The E4200 can operate at two different bandwidths, however, where the N750 operates only at 2.4 GHz. If you use multiple wireless access points in your home, using one band may result in interference. The Belkin unit offers the lower price point, coming in at $50 cheaper than its Linksys competition.
You should consider several things before committing to one product. If you are on a budget, maybe the Belkin unit is for you. If you have more than one wireless access point in your home, spending more for dual-band support with the Linksys might save you some headaches with your home networking. If you have a network covering a large area, the Linksys solution might be your solution. If simplicity is your thing, then Belkin's push-button WPS security will get you up and running more quickly and easily.
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