We tested ten routers from five manufacturers. We asked them to provide one more entry-level model, and one that is positioned as a high-end product. Considering how affordable routers are becoming, we chose to only include dual-band routers.
We decided to leave out the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac, as it's not yet relevant for the majority of consumers. 802.11n routers are the most popular at the moment, and very few network adapter are even compatible with 802.11ac.
We tested products from D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Sitecom and TP-Link. D-Link sent us the DIR-826L and the DIR-857, Linksys the EA2700 and EA4500, Netgear the WNDR3700 and WNDR4500, Sitecom the X5 and the X6, and TP-Link the TL-WDR3600 and TL-WDR4900. We'll cover each one in alphabetical order.
You can view all of their specs side-by-side here.