Need to better network speed, security, reliability or Wi-Fi coverage? Here are the best wireless and small business routers.
If you work in a small office, or if you often find yourself working from home, it goes without saying that a decent internet connection is paramount. But if your internet router is giving you grief, speeds aren’t quite on par with what your internet provider promised or you suffer from frequent wireless connectivity issues, then you might need to buy a new router.
With more and more business apps relying on a constant connection to the cloud, it’s essential that your network is fast and reliable. Or perhaps you need the security of virtual private network. Either way, here are the five of the better routers available.
DrayTek Vigor 2860Ln
Let’s start with a strictly business-class router – the Vigor 2860Ln, which part of DrayTek’s excellent range of routers for small and mid-sized organisations.
The Vigor 2860Ln offers six Gigabit Ethernet ports and plenty of connectivity options, including the ADSL2+/VDSL2 port, an extra Gigabit WAN port, USB port that supports a 4G adapter and a 4G SIM slot. The router can be connected using a combination of these interfaces for load balancing and failover to maximise internet performance and reliability.
It also features a boatload of security features, including keyword-based web filtering, an SPI firewall and SSL virtual private networks.
As a wireless router it’s pretty average, only supporting the 2.4GHz, 802.11n wireless standard – although it does have some useful wireless features for business, such as four virtual SSIDs with different levels of security.
At over $800, it’s not cheap. But if you want a business router with rock-steady VPN support and a swathe of security and redundancy features, the DrayTek Vigor 2860Ln should be on your short list.
- Price: $836
- Specs: Single-band 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi; 6 x Gigabit Ethernet, ADSL2+/VDSL2 interface, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN and 1 x RJ11 ports; 4G SIM slot.
If your business needs virtual private networks on a budget, the Linksys LRT224 is well worth considering. With support for up to 50 client IPsec or site-to-site VPNs, in addition to OpenVPN, PPTP and other configurations, the LRT224 offers plenty of options at a very low price.
Note that this is not a wireless router. Also, we found that network performance over VPN wasn’t good, but Linksys makes up for this by providing thorough documentation and online help resources, ensuring that setup is as easy as possible. In addition, no other router offers this many VPN features at such a low cost.
- Price: $246
- Specs: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports; no Wi-Fi.
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