When it comes to routers some perform better than others with more features.
For example some routers come with a built in VPN (Virtual Private Network) which allows communications to be encrypted while on the go.
A VPN can take a device such as a smartphone and create a secure tunnel were all data is encrypted over the internet through the router.
There are other ways to create a VPN such as paid services this is just an example of features a good router will have built in.
Lets look at some of the other things a good router will be capable of.
Dual Band Routers
Prior to 2013 all routers transmitted in the 2.4 GHz frequency.
After 2013 Dual Band was introduced which allows routers to also transmit in the 5 GHz frequency.
The 5 GHz frequency was introduced since the old 2.4 GHz band has become over crowded, with every router in a busy location fighting to get a signal through.
Not all router made are dual band and many are still built to only transmit in the 2.4 GHz range.
This may be fine if you don’t live in a city but in a overcrowded area a dual band router can help a signal get through.
The New 802.11ac protocol
Along with the new 5 GHz range a new protocol was also introduced called 802.11ac, often simply called “AC”.
This new protocol can transmit data up to three times faster than the older 802.11n or Wireless-N.
If you are a bandwidth hog than using this new protocol will greatly increase the transmission rate.
Keep in mind any device that is talking to the router must also be 802.11ac capable.
All router will have some good basic security that should be setup to block a possible WiFi hijacker.
Some router do have some added security features but most have some basic setting that will secure a WiFi connection.
Here is a post for the best security setting a router can have in 2015.
Our Picks for Good Routers To Use for Home or Business
TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Router, Up to 300Mbps (TL-WR841N)
The TP-LINK TL-WR841N is a basic home router that transmits only in the 2.4 GHz range and only uses the Wireless-N protocol.
If you are looking for a good basic router for home use than this may be the one for you. TP-LINK does have updated dual band routers available.
ASUS AC1750 Wireless Dual Band (5GHz + 2.4GHz) Gigabit Wi-Fi Router [RT-AC66U] 802.11ac 1750 Mbps Speed, 4x Gigabit LAN Ports, 256MB, AiProtection, AiCloud File Sharing, AiRadar Signal Optimization
The ASUS RT-AC66U is a dual band router that can also use the new 802.11ac protocol. This is a good router for a home that needs good speed and has a lot of connections. It would also be good for a small business that has 4-5 employees needing internet access.
Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Open Source WiFi Wireless Router (WRT1900ACS)
The Linksys WRT AC1900 is a dual band router and utilizes the new 802.11 ac protocol. It has a dual core processor that can quickly mage multiple connections. It also has four antennaes that make it easier for wireless device to connect to it.
This is a good router for a businesses or the serious home owner.
When shopping for a good router for your home or company keep in mind the new 5 GHz dual band routers and the new 802.11ac protocol. While you may not need these new options they are available and can greatly increase your router speed.