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Routers

A router serves as a hub for networked devices by managing the flow of data packets among them. At home, it can connect TVs, smartphones, computers, gaming consoles and smart home appliances to one another and the internet. At work, it networks all the PCs, printers and other IP-enabled equipment in the office. This device serves as a wireless bridge and can also service established wired network connections. Staples carries a wide selection of these network devices from different brands.

Consider Speed and Range When Setting up Wireless Networks
Wireless speed and range are the most important features to look for in a router. For optimum network performance, consider the 802.11g and 802.11ac versions of these wireless devices. Models supporting 802.11n can deliver a top data transfer speed of 600Mbps while those packing the 802.11ac standard offer throughputs above 1Gbps. Choose an 802.11ac model to better handle bandwidth-intensive applications like online gaming and simultaneous streams of multiple HD and 4K contents. The wireless range of a data-routing hub depends on a number of factors including the number of radios and antennas in the unit, broadcast frequency and level of signal interference. Generally, wireless AC router models offer longer ranges than 802.11n units.

Choose Between Dual-Band and Tri-Band Routers
With many home appliances and office devices gaining wireless connectivity capability, it is easy to congest wireless networks and slow them down with too many of these networked devices. Single-band routing boxes are prone to network congestion since they only use the 2.4GHz frequency. Dual-band router models have two radios and direct data traffic over 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. This feature reduces congestion and interference by moving high-bandwidth devices to the higher frequency.

You should consider a tri-band router unit if you have multiple computers, smart TVs and IoT devices connecting to your home wireless network. This adds a second 5GHz band to further reduce the chances of congestion and deliver faster speeds to devices supporting that wireless frequency.

What Is the Difference Between a Router and a Modem?
A modem is a device that provides access to the internet while a router is a device that allows multiple devices to join the same network. A modem receives internet traffic while a data-routing hub distributes the received data packages among connected devices. A data-routing box can still establish a network without connecting to the internet. Both are essential network equipment and it is possible to have both of them in the same unit.

Do You Need a Router With Gigabit Ethernet Ports?
Gigabit Ethernet describes a LAN or WAN port with a rated speed of 10/100/1000Mbps. It is faster than a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port. Choose a wireless data-routing box with this port if your internet connection speed exceeds 100Mbps. You also need this port if you have wired devices equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Does QoS Improve Network Performance?
QoS or Quality of Service is a feature that prioritizes certain types of data traffic in order to optimize network performance. For example, you can set your router to give higher priority to streaming media at night when you are likely to stream movies. QoS can control data traffic flow for specific applications and media file types.
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Linksys AC1200 Dual-Band Smart WiFi Router - WRT1200AC
Item : 1634344 / Model : WRT1200AC
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  • Wireless speeds up to 400 Mbps plus 867 Mbps for fast network access
  • Connects up to 10 devices in large homes
  • Ideal for video streaming, heavy browsing, and next-generation online gaming
$149.99
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Linksys AC1600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router - EA6400
Item : 280399 / Model : EA6400
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  • Delivers wireless speeds up to 300 Mbps + 1.3 Gbps
  • Connects up to 10 devices in large homes
  • Ample bandwidth for HD video streaming, online gaming, and heavy browsing
$119.99
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NETGEAR PowerLINE WiFi 1000 (PLW1000)
Item : 2103626 / Model : PLW1000-100NAS
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  • Deliver high-speed wired and wireless Internet to every room in your home using existing electrical wiring for all your gaming and streaming activities
  • Very fast speeds-up to 1000Mbps
  • Gigabit PowerLINE WiFi speed
$102.49
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Google Wifi System
Item : SS5779381
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  • Please select your color and size from the menus on the right
  • Product details available once you have made your selections
  • Don't see what you are looking for? Call our service team at 800-333-3330 for assistance
As low as $129.00
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NETGEAR AC1600 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Item : 2428174 / Model : C6250-100NAS
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  • Transfer rate: 1300 Mbps + 300 Mbps
  • Access: Wireless, Ports: Two 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology, one USB 2.0 port
  • Has 1.4 GHz combined internal processor for reliable performance
$139.99 $149.99
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NETGEAR Orbi™ Add-on Satellite – Expand your Orbi Tri-Band WiFi System (RBS50)
Item : 2478642 / Model : RBS50-100NAS
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  • Enjoy high-speed WiFi in every corner of your home.
  • Expands your Orbi WiFi System to cover up to an additional 2,500 square feet with strong WiFi signals.
  • Tri-Band WiFi enables max speed Internet.
$213.49
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NETGEAR POWERLINE1000 (PL1000)
Item : 2103627 / Model : PL1000-100PAS
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  • Deliver high-speed wired and wireless Internet to every room in your home using existing electrical wiring for all your gaming and streaming activities
  • Very fast speeds-up to 1000Mbps
  • Perfect for connecting smart TVs, streaming players & game consoles
$59.99
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TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router(TC-W7960)
Item : 2425717 / Model : TC-W7960
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  • 300Mbps wireless speeds provides a ultra-wireless experience.
  • Channel bonding of up to 8 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels provide data rates up to 343 Mbps for downstream, and 143 Mbps for upstream
  • CableLabs Certified. DOCSIS 3.0 technology delivers speeds 8x faster than DOCSIS 2.0
$79.99
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NETGEAR RangeMax WNR3500L Open Source Wireless-N Gigabit Router, 2.40GHz
Item : IM1BX8636 / Model : WNR3500L-100NAS
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  • WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security/4 x 10/100/1000 LAN ports/ 1 x 4 pin USB Type A
  • Gigabit for faster wired connections, faster downloads and Internet gaming
  • Connectivity technology: Wireless, wired, Number of antennas: 3, Omni-directional, internal integrated, 5.3 dbi
$49.99
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Linksys AC1900 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router - EA7500
Item : 2087617 / Model : EA7500
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  • Transfer rate: 600 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)/1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz)
  • Turn Wi-Fi access on or off for any connected device, one Gigabit WAN port, four RJ-45 Gigabit LAN ports
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz dual-core
$159.99
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Asus RT-N12 D1 Wireless-N300 3-in-1 Router
Item : IM1RY8686 / Model : RT-N12/D1
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  • WEP 128/64-bit, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-enterprise, WPA2-enterprise, WPS security/ 4 x 10/100 LAN-ports
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Antenna gain: 2 x 5 dBi external detachable
$39.99
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D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N™ Gigabit Router
Item : 365091 / Model : DIR-655
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  • Speeds up to 14x faster than Wireless G
  • Greater coverage for your entire home or office
  • Intelligent QoS technology for superior VoIP and online gaming
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NETGEAR ProSAFE Business Class WN203-100NAS Wireless-N Access Point
Item : 280400 / Model : WN203-100NAS
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  • Wireless access point lets you create a wireless hot spot
  • Delivers up to 15xthe speed of 802.11g networks
  • Delivers up to 10x the coverage of legacy 802.11g networks
$99.99
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TP-LINK AC1900-Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (Archer C9)
Item : IM1XR6469 / Model : ARCHER C9
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  • Good for small businesses and large homes
  • Supports up to 10 devices
  • Ideal for HD video streaming and online gaming
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Linksys AC1900 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router -EA7500
Item : 2103618 / Model : EA7500
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  • MU-MIMO Technology-Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time and same speed.
  • Smart Wi-Fi app for monitoring and managing your home Wi-Fi from anywhere
  • Monitor your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the mobile device
$159.99
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Cisco ™ RV130 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Router
Item : IM1VU6647 / Model : RV130-K9-NA
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  • VPN router is an easy-to-use, flexible, high-performance device that is perfect for small businesses
  • Suitable for use with PC
  • Ports: Four 10/100/1000 Mbps network (RJ-45) and one 10/100/1000 Mbps broadband WAN
$116.79
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D-Link® DIR-842 Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router, 1200 Mbps, 5 Port
Item : IM12Z9935 / Model : DIR-842
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  • Transfer rate: 1200 Mbps
  • Connectivity: Wired/wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, number of ports: 4 x network RJ45 LAN, 1 x broadband RJ-45
  • Dimensions: 1.5"H x 7.5"W x 5.2"D
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TP-LINK AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Router (Archer C50)
Item : IM11X4515 / Model : ARCHER C50
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  • Supports 802.11ac standard - the next generation of Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 867Mbps connections for 1.2Gbps of total available bandwidth
  • 2 dual band external antennas provide stable wireless connections and optimal coverage
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Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router (F9K1102)
Item : 927373 / Model : F9K1102
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  • Delivers wireless speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Supports WPA, WPA2, and WEP encryption protocols
  • Dual-band technology (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) for smoother browsing
$69.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router MU-MIMO Dual Band Gigabit (R7000P)
Item : 2581523 / Model : R7000P-100NAS
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  • AC2300 WiFi with up to 1625+600 Mbps wireless speed
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
$199.99
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NETGEAR N300 DOCSIS 3.0 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3000-100NAS)
Item : 822203 / Model : C3000-100NAS
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  • Eliminate monthly rental fees-Up to $120 per year
  • Works with all major cable Internet providers
  • Optimized for medium homes
$89.99
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NETGEAR N600 DOCSIS 3.0 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3700-100NAS)
Item : 822202 / Model : C3700-100NAS
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  • Eliminate monthly rental fees—Up to $120 per year
  • Works with all major cable internet proviers
  • Optimized for large homes
$99.99
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Netgear CM500-100NAS DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem Certified for Comcast XFINITY and Time Warner Cable
Item : 1622536 / Model : CM500-100NAS
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  • DOCSIS 3.0 high speed cable internet modem
  • Speeds up to 680Mbps for fast downloading and Internet access
  • Certified for use with Comcast Xfinity and Time Warner Cable
$99.99
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Linksys E2500-BLK N600 Dual-Band Wireless N Router
Item : 2509261 / Model : E2500-BLK
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  • Ideal for video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming
  • Simultaneous dual band
  • Easy 3 step setup
$69.99
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