As with most consumer electronics, the array of routers available for your home is staggering. It may be tempting to just buy whatever the sales staff recommends, but what they want to sell may not be the best one for your situation. That means you need to take some time to research the various products available and find the one that works best for your category.
If you are looking for a brand that is on the cutting edge and has a long history of making solid products, Netgear is your choice. Linksys held this position until they were purchased by Cisco several years ago. Time will tell if Cisco will invest the resources to bring the Linksys line back on top. Until then, if you want the latest and greatest features, look for the newest product from Netgear.
If you need a solid router on a budget, buy Trendnet. While not as feature-rich and lacking the real world speed (as opposed to what is on the box), Trendnet still makes routers that are some of the best value for money. Since most modern routers can handle speeds much faster than your internet connection, you are unlikely to notice a major difference between a Trendnet and a flashier model.
If you are an Apple user than you should consider the Apple AirPort. While an Apple computer can connect to any router and a PC can certainly connect to an AirPort, setting up and maintaining your AirPort will be much simpler if you are connecting from an Apple product. Apple has worked hard to create an ecosystem with their products so you can access your AirPort directly from your iMac or MacBook rather than having to go online and logging into the router.
If you are looking for range rather than speed, it may be worth looking at Amped Wireless. A new player to the router game, they have traditionally been a bit behind in the speed department. What they do offer is the largest range in the business. While most routers now keep the antennas inside the case, Amped keeps them outside. While it is a bit less stylish, there is a good reason for this. Internal antennas have to be small, and thus have a shorter range. In addition, having external antennas allows you to upgrade them to even more powerful options, further increasing the router’s range. If you have to cover a large house or medium business with wifi, then these routers are likely the way to go.
Finally, the best all around routers are currently made Asus. Not only do they have the best product on the market at most speeds, they offer the features that even a tech nut wants. They are even no slouch on price, meeting or beating many of their competitors. While the title is always up for grabs, for the past few years, Asus has had the routers that are a solid product for any situation.
As you can see, there are lots of good routers on the market, depending on your needs. However, if you just need something that will work, the best overall routers for 2014 are made by Asus.