Recently, I upgraded my broadband connection. Bits now flow into my house at 120 mbps. Well, almost. The cable modem provides that speed, but as it turns out, my router doesn’t quite route that fast. It maxes out at around 20 mbps. And this is an expensive SOHO router. Whenever routers are reviewed, the focus is usually on features and wireless performance, but there’s another metric that’s getting more important as home internet connections are speeding up.
If mentioned at all, the maximum routing speed is usually called “WAN to LAN speed” in reviews. This number should be higher than your subscription’s download speed. Preferably with a little headroom, to accommodate future upgrades your ISP may roll out. You’d be surprised how many currently available router models max out at 50 or so mbps. It’s really worth looking into this if you plan on upgrading your connection.
I’ll probably get Linksys’s new top of the line E4200, which routes 244 or 687 mbps, depending on which review you read. Both is ample for my current situation, and the E4200 also manages the best wireless performance of any consumer router on the market. Plus it looks absolutely stunning. Another (even pricier) option is Draytek’s 3120n, which apparently manages a whopping 800 mbps.