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Product Review: The best routers you can buy

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Product Review: The best routers you can buy
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Do ever walk around your house trying to find a strong Internet connection? Of course you do. We all do.

With so many digital devices hogging your Wi-Fi connection, your Internet can slow to a crawl. Think about all those gadgets that are going at once. You're on Facebook, your kids are on Snapchat or Instagram. You're all streaming movies and music, plus checking emails and catching up on news.

That's a lot. Fortunately, there are really powerful Wi-Fi routers that can boost speeds, so you're not that person who's holding your smartphone or tablet in the air, trying to find a strong connection.

Check out these great routers that fit most budgets.

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1. ASUS Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router


This sleek ASUS is a dual-band router that can run a 2.4GHz 802.11n and a 5GHz 802.11ac network at the same time.

This means your newer gadgets can connect to the faster 802.11ac network while keeping your older gadgets around. The router can deliver 1,300 megabits-per-second of bandwidth over 5GHz and 600 megabits-per-second over 2.4GHz. That's more than enough for multiple gadgets to be streaming high-definition video.

Where the ASUS really shines is something called AiRadar. This "beam-forming" technology directs Wi-Fi coverage to where your gadgets are. This cuts down on dead spots in your house.

Plus, its ASUSWRT management system is a bit easier to use than the standard router software. It works on tablets, smartphones or PC for easier setup and control.

Click here to learn more and save $18 right now on ASUS RT-AC68U Amazon.


2. Google OnHub


How cute is this? With the OnHub router, Google is redesigning routers from the ground up, starting with its cute cylinder design.

The OnHub routers have 13 antennas, six for 5GHz, six for 2.4GHz and one that keeps track of the network and makes adjustments to keep it as strong as possible. Unlike other dual-band routers, you just connect your gadget to the network and the router decides which frequency is going to give you the best signal.

For bandwidth, the OnHub matches the ASUS above at 1,300Mbps for 5GHz and 600Mbps for 2.4GHz.

The TP-LINK OnHub also has a built-in reflector that makes the 2.4GHz network stronger in one direction, which is good for really covering the entire house. There's also a more expensive ASUS OnHub model that does away with the reflector, but lets you assign more bandwidth to specific gadgets with a wave of the hand.

The OnHub also has technology and standards built in that will connect to upcoming smart gadgets, including 802.15.4, Weave, Zigbee and others.

Google has revamped the router's software as well. It's controlled with the GoogleOn app, which is available for both Android and Apple gadgets.

Plus, get this. Setup is easy. Just hold the gadget with the GoogleOn app near the router and they sync up using audio tones. No fumbling with IP addresses or passwords to get started.

Click here to save $50 on the OnHub right now on Amazon.


3. D-Link Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router


Both of the previous routers were dual-band AC1900 routers. That means the combined bandwidth of the bands equaled 1,900Mbps. Are you ready for this? This D-Link is an AC3200 tri-band.

It has the typical 600Mbps 2.4GHz, but it has TWO 1,300Mbps 5GHz networks. Using Smart Connect Technology, the D-Link can assign every gadget to the network that makes the most sense, similar to the OnHub.

So, slower 802.11n gadgets will always connect to the 2.4GHz network, while two 802.11ac gadgets trying to stream high-definition video will each get their own network so they don't interfere. The more gadgets you have, the more intelligently it balances the load so no network is overwhelmed.

In addition, the D-Link has Smart Beam Forming technology that sends Wi-Fi in your gadget's direction to reduce dead spots. However, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and six antennas to the ASUS' three, it can handle more gadgets.

Of course, that's just the kind of thing you'd expect with a price tag of $250 on Amazon. Yep, this router is actually more expensive than some computers. Then again, if you have a household filled with media-guzzling gadgets, it could be just what you need.

This is the router that I have and it works great!

Click here to get the D-Link AC3200 right now on Amazon.


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