If you find yourself moving closer and closer to your router, or breaking out the aluminum foil to get a speed boost, it’s time to upgrade. The router is the nerve center of your Wi-Fi, and, like any other piece of gear, it needs to be replaced occasionally. These four refurbished models will help you overhaul your speed for less.
Using dual-band wireless, on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, this uses a quick online setup tool to get rolling. And it comes with both guest access and multiple SSIDs to create different networks with different permissions on the same network, perfect for families who want to keep work and home internet separate. Plus, with a stand and a slim profile, it’s easy to set up anywhere you need it. It’s usually $99, but you can pick a refurbished model for $34.99.
If you need speed for remote work or gaming, this is the router for you. Dual “system-on-a-chip” architecture and USB 3.0 ports, paired with hardware acceleration, gives you the best speed possible for gaming, streaming in 4K, and transferring large files for work. Normally $119, it’s available in a refurbished model for $29.99.
Keeping a router in your pocket may seem a little nerdy, but it can make the difference between no signal and plenty of speed. By keeping one around, you can more easily draw in signal in situations where it may be difficult to pick it up, and more easily route signal where you need it. This comes with a flexible USB cord for easy adjustment to get a maximum signal. At $49, it’s a handy tool, but you can get one refurbished for $24.99.
When you’ve got a lot of people at home all wanting to stream, game, and chat at the same time, you need a router that can handle everything they throw at it. The RT-AC66R is able to deliver speeds of up to 1.75Gbps, so you’ll never have to argue over who gets to watch what where. Commonly $149.99, it’s available as a refurbished model for $54.99.
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