Top N600 (802.11n) Wi-Fi Broadband Routers for Home Networks

These mid-range 802.11n routers utilize dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, supporting 300 Mbps rated connections on each for a total of 600 Mbps maximum network bandwidth. The addition of 5 GHz radios differentiates these routers from low-end 300 Mbps models that only support 2.4 GHz.

Standard features for all routers in this category include:

  • 100 Mbps Ethernet switches (five ports unless otherwise noted)
  • At least one USB port (USB 2.0 unless otherwise stated) for connecting shared storage
  • Wi-Fi security support options including WPA2 encryption
  • Parental controls (Web content filtering)
  • WPS push button setup
  • QoS features to give more control over video and gaming streams

See also: Top N300 Wi-Fi Routers for Home Networks

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TP-LINK TL-WDR3500

TPLINK TL-WDR3500 Wireless N Broadband Router
TPLINK TL-WDR3500 Wireless N Broadband Router.

In addition to its basic features, the WDR3500 also incorporates guest network support plus an on/off physical switch for Wi-Fi (a convenient security feature). TP-LINK supplies an app called Tether allowing the router to be managed from Android or iOS phones.

TP-LINK also manufactures the TL-WDR3600, an upgraded version of the WDR3500 that adds Gigabit Ethernet, and a second USB (3.0) port.

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Asus RT-N56U

ASUS RT-N56U Wireless N Broadband Router
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless N Broadband Router. asus.com

With their unique industrial design, Asus routers have emerged to be one of the market leaders in recent years. The RT-N56U features two USB 2.0 ports while most other products on this list support only one. It contains more antennas (5) than other products in this category. It also offers Gigabit Ethernet rather than 100 Mbps Ethernet wired connection support.

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Belkin N600 F9K1102

Belkin F9K1102 Wireless N Broadband Router
Belkin F9K1102 Wireless N Broadband Router. amazon.com

The F9K1102 incorporates several features designed to increase this router’s range and speed compared to competitors: It contains 4 internal antennas (compared to 2 or 3 for some other products in this category), which support Belkin's MultiBeam signaling technology. The F9K1102 Ethernet switch has four ports rather than five. Belkin supplies its 2-year limited warranty for this product.

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Linksys E2500

Linksys E2500 Wireless N Broadband Router
Linksys E2500 Wireless N Broadband Router. amazon.com

Since the acquisition of Linksys by Belkin in 2013, the company continues to produce routers under these two separate brands. E2500 is one of the models released prior to the acquisition when Linksys was owned by Cisco. This router doesn't offer much unique compared to other products in this category, but it has received generally solid reviews and will appeal to those loyal to the Linksys brand.

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Netgear N600 WNDR3400

Netgear WNDR3400 Wireless N Broadband Router
Netgear WNDR3400 Wireless N Broadband Router. amazon.com

The WNDR3400 is a relatively large unit by home router standards, length, and width measuring 11 in. x 10 in. (approximately 28 cm. x 25 cm.). Like other Netgear routers, the WND3400 uses the genie application interface designed to make routers easier to administer. Netgear supplies its limited lifetime warranty for this product.

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Netgear also produces the WNDR3700, an N600 model that adds Gigabit Ethernet switch and USB 3.0 support. Buy from Amazon »