Wireless Internet connections have made it significantly quicker and easier to access the Internet on a variety of devices ranging from computers to cell phones and tablets. Let’s compare two of the most common brands of routers, Netgear and Linksys, based on factors such as speed, range and features.

Speed and Cost
You don’t necessarily need the fastest router available at the store. Routers are limited in speeds based on the Internet connection from your broadband provider. The standard speed for most home routers now reaches 450Mbps or more. Both NetGear and Linksys offer routers that are very similar in price with comparable features, which can be managed by typing 192.168.l.l into an address bar on your browser.

The antenna on the router determines how far the signal reaches, but obstructions and interference are possible regardless of brand. The newer 802.11ac standard reaches further than the 802.11n/g/b.

Configuration and Security
Most routers come pre-configured to make it easy for novice and advanced users alike to set up. All you need to do if you want to change the settings is to type 192.168.l.l into your address bar and start configuring.

Both Linksys and Netgear offer routers that can easily fulfill any home users’ needs. The bottom line is which brand you want to try or prefer over the other, but whichever one you choose, you’ll be able to modify it with the basic IP 192.168.l.l.