Many technology and business websites list the ratings of wireless N routers, including CNET, PC Magazine and The Wirecutter. Most of these sites also offer in-depth articles describing the features, pros and cons of the most popular units.
Each website uses a different rating system to describe the quality and reliability of the various wireless N routers. For example, CNET rates each router on its design, performance, features and the manufacturer’s aftermarket service and support. These categories are then added up to come up with an overall rating, which is represented by a number ranging from one through 10. CNET also offers video reviews on the most popular models, which highlight the unit’s design, size and portability.
PC Magazine focuses on the router’s pros, cons and overall value to the consumer. It ranks its routers on a one through five-star rating. The Wirecutter takes a more technical approach, testing each model on a variety of short and long-range configurations on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. This site also looks at Amazon.com reviews and examines common user complaints to test their validity. It then comes up with a top pick model, a runner-up model and the best model for consumers with a low budget.