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Group test: what's the best modem router?

The best wireless modem routers you can buy

PC Advisor reviews and ranks the best modem routers you can buy in the UK today. (Also see: Group test: what's the best wireless router?)

5. TP-Link W8961ND

TP-Link W8961ND
  • Reviewed on: 2 September 11
  • RRP: £30 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

A no-frills router with surprisingly good wireless performance.

4. Netgear N600 DGND3700

Netgear N600 DGND3700
  • Reviewed on: 7 September 11
  • RRP: £120 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

A high-end dual-band router for both cable and ADSL2+ connections that delivers excellent wireless speeds

3. Belkin N750 DB

Belkin N750 DB
  • Reviewed on: 3 November 11
  • RRP: £118
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

If you already have a working 802.11n router, you probably don't need to jump on Belkin's N750 DB just because it's new. However, if you're struggling with dead zones for one or more of your wireless devices, then there's more than enough justification for the upgrade.

 

 

2. AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390

AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390
  • Reviewed on: 20 September 11
  • RRP: £210 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Admittedly, the AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390 is a very expensive router, and the multitude of extras isn't necessary for basic home networking. However there's little else to fault AVM on in their design of the 7390, as it is clear plenty of thought has gone into every aspect of this router.

1. D-Link DIR-857 Dualband HD Media Router

D-Link DIR-857 Dualband HD Media Router
  • Reviewed on: 25 June 12
  • RRP: £150 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Although the DIR 857 is an excellent device, we question whether it's worth spending so much on an 802.11n router right now, when the newer and potentially faster 802.11ac standard is just around the corner. But if you're after excellent performance today from a known standard, the DIR-857 is a good choice.

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