LONG RANGE CONNECTIVITY.
WI-FI WOES ARE a truly awful first world problem, and while range extenders are an option, the TP-Link TL-WR841HP is a more feature packed solution to eliminating dead spots - and all for $55. The key difference is dual large 9dBi antennas (most routers use 5dBi) and independent high power amplifiers for each. While the unit has no modem, it can be used like a normal Wi-Fi router, or configured just as an access point or range extender alongside your existing network. The WR841HP is only 802.11n 300Mbps spec, but provides plenty of bandwidth for streaming YouTube videos in the backyard. Not surprisingly, it gave us the best long range reception of the routers tested.
The unit also has four 10/100 LAN ports, a WPS button, and can be plugged directly into FTTP NBN connections thanks to a WAN port. The interface and router OS is straightforward and makes configuration easy, but also has some more in depth features such as statistics monitoring and parental controls.