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D-Link Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827, $169.99
D-Link’s 2000 DIR-827 offers some rare features in a reasonably price router.
Up front, there’s an SD memory card slot that makes it easy to pop in a camera’s card to share photos. On the back are four gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as a USB 3.0 connection, which offers better performance than the prevailing 2.0 ports found on other routers.
Installing the D-Link model is a little more complicated process than that of some other routers here, but by way of compensation it offers some attractive features. For example, it will automatically make QoS adjustments to prioritize streaming high-definition video, voice over IP calls, and gaming applications. That should make Netflix and Skype fans happy.
This model is also an example of a dual-band router that only supports 300 Mbps speeds, for a potential total rating of 600 Mbps (versus the 900 Mbps boasted by other models). However, a new D-Link 3000 model is expected to this summer, which will offer simultaneous dual-band 450 Mbps support.