Super-fast routing capability with excellent range. Built-in VPN enables secure remote access to the home network, and router includes DynamicDNS for added convenience.
Some reported issues with router dropping WiFi connectivity after recent firmware updates. Users may need to set channels manually to avoid interference from nearby routers.
Compact and light for travel. Relatively easy for experienced users to set up. Very good range, with stable operation over long periods. Easy firmware updates are a big plus. Travelers like its USB tethering capability with smartphones.
Instructions are somewhat lacking, which can confuse less experienced VPN users. Only 1 USB port. Can drop connection frequently for no clear reason.
Extremely fast router with a solid, secure firewall and a built-in VPN. Experienced users can quickly and easily set up VPN between multiple units and configure its security settings. Bandwidth management is a plus.
Router often needs manual updating, particularly when setting up VPN or DNS. Security certificate doesn’t always work with newer browsers. Disconnects frequently. Can get overburdened in multi-device, high-bandwidth environments.
Very easy to install on a home network. Handles dozens of port forwarding rules without an issue. Handles higher-speed connections well. Highly configurable through website interface.
Can only be configured through a web interface. May have trouble with gigabit speeds. VPN client software must be purchased separately. Load balancing is somewhat complicated, with few instructions available.
Plenty of functionality both as a router and VPN. WiFi signal is strong enough to go through most walls. Business-grade features are a nice plus. Works with iOS and Android clients.
Load balancing is so-so. VPN server name is limited to 12 characters. Most settings must be manually configured, making this a tough device for newer users to figure out.
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A virtual private network (VPN) is a more secure and reliable way to run your business’s computer network. A VPN router is a type of router that allows all workers access to the network from any device with greater security and reliability than a regular router. Each employee also doesn’t have to install software on his or her device to access the network. Some VPN routers are portable while others are too bulky for travel. Some come with multiple Ethernet ports to connect multiple devices. Installation and firmware updates should be simple. VPN routers can be configured to different degrees – a larger business will probably need more configuration options. The coverage range is important to consider as well as upload and download speeds.
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