Friday, 26 July 2013

Buyer‘s guide: Wi-Fi router within Rs 2,500

I want to buy a Wi-Fi modem routerwithin a budget of Rs 2,500 to use with myMTNL connection. Please suggest a few models. 
—Sameer Sahu, Shubham Aggarwal, Kunal Rane 

If your broadband connection is from BSNL or MTNL, you will need an ADSL router which allows the line to be used for internet browsing and voice calls at the same time. These routers come with an RJ11 port into which you can connect your phone cable. For use within the confines of a single room you will be well-served by the ADSL modem routers that come from the service provider at a nominal fee and a fixed monthly rental.

If you want to buy your own, you could opt for any of the following ADSL models: TP-LINK TDW 8951ND (Rs 1,700), Buffalo Wireless N150 (Rs 2,100), Asus DSL-N 10E (Rs 2,200) and D-Link DSL-2750 U (Rs 2,300). All these modem routers come with a 3-year warranty; operate in the 2.4GHz range; support wireless speeds of up to 150Mbps; DSL modem speeds of 24Mbps; come with 4 LAN (RJ-45 ) ports and one for WAN (RJ-11 ) - and sport external antenna. The D-Link model is also equipped with a USB2.0 port to which you can connect external storage or even a printer.