I get a lot of enquiries asking whether one product or brand is better than another and/or which one is the best. The problem is there isn’t a simple answer I can give in most cases because it all comes down to the features needed (or wanted) and how much you’d like to spend. A cheaper product may be everything one person will ever need or want and perform flawlessly for many years, while a more discerning buyer might need something more powerful and complex to adequately look after their needs. Other people might not have considered certain features but once made aware of them they decide that the extra dollars are worth spending.
One of the hottest categories at the moment are Routers with VoIP and/or 11n wireless and/or with 3G dongle support (or all of the above) so I put together a chart in XLS format (downloadable here)* comparing the more popular products at the moment and the features I think differentiate them the best. The product names can be clicked to go through to my reviews for more information and to check the latest price.
* Update: Added the ability to filter by feature using the pulldown arrows at the top of each column. Thanks to Rob for the tip. (Note to self, to add the filters, select the range including the header, then choose Data > Filter > Auto-filter.)
There are a few notable exceptions from this list which I left out because I think the technology is starting to date (like 11g wireless products like the Billion 7401VGPR3, 7404VGPX/7404VGOX) or they’re getting up into a higher end category, but if you’re in the market for something cheaper or dearer than the ones on my list then these are definitely still worth a look. Check out the Find-A-Router tool to find these and other products.