You have a handful of computers at home, but one printer. At the office, you’d like to move your laptop from office to conference room to break room without losing your Internet connection. Enter the WIRELESS ROUTER. Share a printer and an Internet connection — not to mention files — without a legion of cables stapled around doorways and snaking along baseboards.


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.
More info:www.linksys.com
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.
MORE INFO:www.netgear.com
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.
More info:www.dlink.com