A cheap upgrade to 802.11ac territory
Now might not be the best time to upgrade your home networking equipment to 802.11ac since a final standard has yet to be ratified, but if you're gung-ho to make the leap anyway, there are plenty of companies that will oblige. Count Netgear among them. Not only is Netgear offering an upgrade path to 802.11ac, it's new R6100 dual-band router is $100, a relatively cheap price tag considering it's a next-generation router.
The R6100 offers combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,200Mbps (300Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11n + 866Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac), though that's a bit misleading since you can't actually create a super connection out of the two. Even still, 867Mbps is pretty fast, provided your networking equipment is compatible with 802.11ac.
"In the last couple of years, there’s been an explosion in the number of Wi-Fi devices connected to the home network. If it doesn’t already, your house will soon have smart TVs, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and media servers in addition to smartphones, desktops, laptops and tablets," said Sandeep Harpalani , Netgear’s director of product marketing for core networking products. "To future-proof your network and keep it humming along at peak performance, you’re going to need to upgrade to AC wireless. The newest smartphones and Macs already have 802.11ac inside. It enables you to be more productive at home and to experience the world of entertainment available through the Internet in a seamless fashion."
Other features include DLNA support, guest network access, built-in parental controls, advanced QoS, ReadyShare USB access, and a few other odds and ends. For wired connections, be advised it's equipped with four 10/100 LAN ports rather than 10/100/1000.