A wireless router
is an important device that links your local wireless
network or phone connection to your Internet connection (WAN
). Once you have it working, you can connect any wireless device like IP Phones
or even computers to it through Wi-Fi
connections. The routers in this list have been chose based on their popularity, performance, ease of use, features and scalability.
The Linksys WRT54G wireless router is one of the most popular routers. It is based on the 802.11g Wi-Fi protocol. It is a three-in-one device: it has a WAP (wireless access point), that allows you to connect Wi-Fi (802.11b and g) devices to the wireless network; it has a built-in full-duplex (simultaneous 2-way) 4-port switch that makes you connect to your wired Ethernet devices; it is a hub that can connect 4 computers directly, or cascade other routers, hubs or switches for great scalability.
The Belkin Wireless Pre-N router works with Pre-802.11n Wi-Fi networks, which is the new and faster version of wireless technology; it has backward compatibility with the older 802.11g and b networks, so you can use it with already existing Wi-Fi phones. It works with Windows and Mac. It also has VPN option and MIMO technology for extended range. It supports WPA security and also parental control filtering; besides protecting against pop-ups, adware and spyware (on a 6-month trial).
The Buffalo Smart Router WHR G54-S is quite cheap Router but quite sophisticated. It works with both 802.11b and g, and has a speed of 125 Mbps. It has 4 network ports that automatically sense whether you have a cable modem or a DSL modem and does the Internet access configuration automatically. I chose it for this list due to its great ease of use, cheap price and high speed. It also has some good security features.
The Netgear WGR826V wireless router works with 802.11g at 54 Mbps and has a firewall embedded, with WPA encryption support. It comes with a 3-port switch to connect other network devices. It also has 2 RJ-11 ports to connect phones. This router prioritizes VoIP connection, in that other data traffic through does not affect VoIP quality.
As is the case with D-Link, the DI-624M Super G has outstanding performance with short to medium range. The performance suffers a little bit over extended distances. This can be fixed if you have the right driver. It also has WPA protection and works on Wi-Fi 802.11g.