Routers on the market
Now you should have a better idea if you want a consumer-level, off-the-shelf router from a store like Best Buy or Fry's, or a business-class router available from online retailers. Remember, consumer-level routers typically provide simple Wi-Fi access, as well as possibly guest access and USB printer and drive sharing. But business-class routers might also include VLAN and multiple SSID support, built-in VPN, malware and spam protection, support for two Internet connections, and an integrated RADIUS server.
For example, these two consumer-level routers are on the market now:
- D-Link Xtreme N450 Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-665): Dual-band wireless router with a wireless guest feature and a USB port for sharing a drive or printer.
- Netgear N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router: Dual-band wireless router with a wireless guest feature and a USB port for sharing a drive or printer.
Here are several business-class routers and APs to consider:
- Cisco Wireless Network Security Firewall Router (RV220W): Dual-band Wi-Fi and gigabit ethernet router providing several VPN options, VLANs, and multiple SSIDs.
- Netgear ProSecure UTM Firewall with Wireless N (UTM9S): A UTM gateway offering dual-band Wi-Fi and gigabit ethernet, offering anti-virus and anti-spam, content filtering, and intrusion protection. It also has dual WAN support, several VPN options, VLANs, and multiple SSIDs.
- 802.11a/b/g/n Business Access Point (NWA3160-N): An AP that can serve as a traditional AP, managed AP, and an AP controller to manage up to 24 APs. It supports VLANs, multiple SSIDs, and has an embedded RADIUS server.
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