Here, we’ve covered the list of top budget WiFi routers that you can buy in India. The routers on our list provide high-speed wireless network connectivity at the place they’re installed. They cost in 500 to 1000, 2000 to 3000, 1500 and up to 5000 Rs range. The routers are suitable for gaming and high-speed network connectivity. You can use at the office or at home.
Routers are computer peripherals which establish a wireless network connection between 2 or more devices. You can use them to share your ADSL broadband connection with phones, tablets, and other handheld devices that support WiFi. If you have bought a PC Stick or any other wireless video streaming device, you need a router to share internet connection with the stick.
Network equipment companies like Dlink, TP-Link, Cisco manufacture routers. These organizations have launched various routers in India and the best among them are covered in the below paragraphs. The routers listed below have a good range. They operate at 150/300 Mbps network speeds and come with good security features.
Best WiFi routers In India
DSL 2740U requires 1A power and it operates at 2/5 to 2.484 GHz frequencies. It flaunts WPS, Factory hard reset, power on/off and wireless turn on/off buttons. This device has a maximum data transfer speed of 300 Mbps. It includes a modem that can send/receive data at a speed of up to 24 Mbps.
DSL 2750U has a built-in NAT firewall. It prevents denial of service attacks and supports stateful packet inspection technology. This router features parental control function, packet filters. It supports internet group message protocol .2750U is compatible with all major operating systems. It costs Rs 2000 in India.
A wireless WiFi router without a modem, TL WR740N from TP-Link supports all versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Netware operating systems. This device is fitted with an external antenna, 4 LAN, 1 WAN, RJ 45 WAN/LAN ports. It consumes 9V DC power. It operates at 150 Mbps speeds and supports 2.4 to 2.4835 frequency ranges.
WR-741N supports OpenWRT, DD-WRT, and many other router firmware. The compatibility of the firmware depends on the version of the router. WR740n lets you control network bandwidth and block ports/websites. It includes a firewall module. It has an option to change the DHCP, and DDNS settings. This device has a parental control system and many cool features. Its price is Rs 800.
A powerful Netgear WiFi router under 2000 Rs, WN614 supports Windows 2000+, Linux and Mac operating systems. This cheap router lacks a modem and it operates at 2.4 GHz frequency. It offers a maximum wireless data transfer speed of 300 Mbps. WN614 has two external antennas.
This Netgear router includes 4 LAN, 1 WAN, RJ 45 LAN/WAN ports. WN614 can survive denial of service attacks as it comes with a DDOS protection function. It also features an SPI enabled NAT firewall. This wireless device supports DMZ technology and WPE, WPA2, WPA encryption protocols. It costs between 1100 to 1200 Rs.
This budget Dlink router below 1500 Rupees requires 5 volts power supply to operate. It supports 150 Mbps network connection. It includes an external antenna, 4 LAN, 1 WAN, RJ 45 LAN, and WAN ports.
This budget Dlink WiFi wireless router comes with SPI featuring a NAT firewall. It enables you to link MAC address with an IP Address. It also lets you filter URLs (block websites). The router costs 1400 INR.
Cisco Linksys E900
When it comes to manufacturing of network hardware, Cisco is a big name. This company had launched Its Linksys E900 router for a budget price tag in India. Although it doesn’t include a modem, E900 is compatible with cable-based broadband connections.
The device comes with high-speed WiFi module that promises 300 Mbps speed. It has a LED indicator. To configure it, you will have to install a software that ships along with the router.
Cisco E900 boasts two antennas, four LAN, and a single WAN port. It supports SPI, NAT, MAC Address filtering, port forwarding, and many other useful features. As E900 offers various encryption modes, you can use it at the office. The Cisco router is priced between 2500 to 3000 INR.
D500 from Netgear is a wireless router that provides a modem. Compatible with Windows 2000+, Linux based and Mac operating systems, D500 operates at 2.4 GHz frequencies. It provides data transmission speed of up to 150 MBPS.
Netgear D500 flaunts an external antenna, 2 LAN, 1 WAN, RJ 45 LAN/WAN ports. For the safety of the user’s computing device, this budget Netgear WiFi router employs a smart Intrusion Detection System. It also offers protection from DDOS attacks. The router from NetGear carries a price tag of INR 1400.
Long range routers are not ideal for home or small office because they consume large power.
Power saving tips for home or small office: Most budget routers allow their users to control the transmit power. Make sure that you set the TP to a low/minimum if you are staying in a 1000 to 2000 sqft apartment. Set the transmit power to medium if you are living in a small or mid-size apartment.
Conclusion: Netgear WN614/D500, D-Link DIR-600L/DSL-2750U, Cisco Linksys E900, and TP-LINK TL-WR740N are the best routers you can buy in India for a budget under 2000 Rs.