LINKSYS WIRELESS G BROADBAND ROUTER, $150
Assets: Linksys is a trademark of router king Cisco Systems, so experience is a given. New “G” standard offers blazing 54MB speed.
Liabilities: 54MB may be too much speed — unless you’re hooked on streaming video or another bandwidth-hog application.
Bottom Line: Just dipping into Wi-Fi? Want a network ready for future apps? This critically well-received router is worth a look.
NETGEAR MR814 WIRELESS ROUTER, $80
ASSETS: Safety, safety, safety — this model includes parental filters and a firewall. Web-based setup is a snap, but there’s free 24-hour customer support if you run into a glitch.
LIABILITIES: Not the fastest router around.
BOTTOM LINE: All-around features at a bargain price, plus a five-year warranty, make this box hard to beat.
D-LINK AIRXPERT ROUTER, $279
Assets: Works with all three wireless (aka Wi-Fi) standards — 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g — so you can hook your dinosaur hardware into the same network as last week’s laptop purchase.
Liabilities: Whoa! All-in-one choice comes at a price.
Bottom Line: It could still be cheaper than junking your older equipment.