Wireless Router Stories August 19, 2016

expiredSave $100 on Apple’s Time Capsule 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router and enjoy “effortless back ups” – 2TB $199 or 3TB $299

Staples is taking $100 off Apple’s AirPort Time Capsule with free shipping on both models. The 2TB capacity is on sale for $199 (Reg. $299) while the larger 3TB model is available for $299 (Reg. $399). Staples is providing one of the strongest discounts that we’ve tracked on this device. We’ve only seen it for less in refurbished condition. Today’s deal is the best price by $75 (B&H).

Apple’s AirPort Time Capsule combines a fast 802.11ac wireless router with “easy” Time Machine back up. For Mac users, it doesn’t get much simpler than this when it comes to protecting valuable documents and files. It also has a USB port for connecting a printer or another hard drive. Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides speeds “up to three times faster” than the previous generation. More details below.

Swing over to Best Buy’s 50th Anniversary Sale for more deals on Apple products.

Wireless Router Stories March 4, 2016

expiredThis TP-Link 802.11n Wireless Travel Router is a no-brainer at $8 shipped (Orig. $40)

Newegg Flash offers the TP-LINK TL-WR700N 802.11n Portable Wireless Router for $7.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is a savings of $32 off the original listing, $5 less than Amazon, down $2 from our previous mention and the lowest current price available.

Features include 802.11n wireless connectivity, a compact pocket-sized design, access point or bridge mode for extending your signal further, and includes WEP or WPA/2 encryption modes. Rated 3.8/5 stars by nearly 400 Amazon customers.

Need 802.11ac speeds? Check out the Buffalo AirStation AC433 Dual Band Wireless Travel Router for $46 shipped at Amazon.

Wireless Router Stories December 15, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box — TP-LINK networking up to 60% off: AC1900 Archer C9 Dual-Band Gigabit Router $100 (Reg. $125)

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 60% off select TP-LINK wireless routers, powerline kits, cable modems, and other networking gear. This is an excellent opportunity to shore up your home or office wireless connection. All items in today’s sale ship free for Prime members and on any order of at least $35.

Our top pick from the lot is the TP-LINK AC1900 Archer C9 Dual-Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router for $99.99 shipped. It carries a list price of $200, but you’ll usually find it for around $125 from most major retailers. Today’s price is the best we’ve ever seen. The 3 antennas on the top of this unit are detachable and allow for “for maximum wireless coverage and reliability.” Other features include 802.11ac support, 1.9Gbps of total available bandwidth, USB 3.0/2.0 ports, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,396 Amazon reviewers.

Other notable deals include:

Wireless Router Stories November 23, 2015

expiredApple AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Router (refurbished): $100 shipped (Orig. $199)

Best Buy offers the Certified Refurbished Apple AirPort Extreme Wireless Router for $99.99 with free shipping. Thats $99 below the retail price for one in new condition, $29 better than Apple’s refurbished listing (currently out of stock), and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. Here’s more info on Geek Squad refurbished products.

The Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station serves up 802.11ac Wi-Fi and includes USB connectivity to easily share printers and hard drives. It has beam-forming technology to pinpoint the location of your device and strengthen the signal for increased performance. This router will ensure that current generation MacBooks, iPads and iPhones will receive the fastest speeds possible.

Use your savings to buy a high-speed Cable Modem so you can stop throwing away money every month on a rental. This one from NETGEAR is down to its lowest price ever. Alternatively, the highly-rated ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is on sale for $89.99 shipped (Reg. $130).

Wireless Router Stories November 17, 2015

expiredBelkin offers free Roku stick ($50 value) with purchase of any networking product

If you’re in the market for networking products like a router, ethernet cable, adapter, or network switch, picking one of these options from Belkin will get you a free Roku streaming stick, normally $49.99, for a limited time.

Wireless Router Stories October 5, 2015

If your Wi-Fi constantly drops out or slows to a crawl when multiple devices connect to it, then it’s probably time for you to upgrade your network gear. We have a couple of deals that should help you boost your connection.

(Update 10/6 11:00am): Cable modem deal is available via Adorama

Amazon offers the TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (model TC-7610) for $49.99 with free shipping, which is $20 below its regular price and the lowest price we’ve seen by more than $5. With this cable modem you can stop paying your service provider a monthly rental fee, so you’ll save money in the long run. DOCSIS 3.0 technology enables it to push download/upload speeds of up to 343/143Mbps. It is compatible with Comcast, Time Warner, and Cablevision, although we recommend confirming with your service provider first. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 87 Amazon reviewers.

Next, Amazon has the TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router for $39.99 shipped. That’s $55 below list, $10 less than its regular price, and the best deal ever. This 802.11ac wireless router features 2 detachable antennas, full Gigabit wired connections, and guest network access. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars from 208 Amazon reviewers. Don’t need AC wireless? This TP-Link Wireless N Router is on sale for just $18.93 Prime shipped. expand full story

Wireless Router Stories September 15, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – TP-LINK Networking up to 30% off: Portable pocket router $10, Powerline starter kit $35, more

Today only, as its Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 30% off select TP-LINK networking gear including routers, modems, adapters, switches, and more. Prime members (free trial) receive free shipping on the lot, while everyone else will need to spend $35 or more to sidestep shipping charges. Aside from some great prices on individual products, today’s sale also includes a couple router/modem bundles that’ll help you upgrade your home or office network in one fell swoop.

Our top deals include:

Wireless Router Stories August 31, 2015

expiredApple AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router (refurbished): $50 shipped (Orig. $99)

Best Buy offers Apple’s AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router in refurbished condition for $49.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it’s regularly $99 brand new (but can be found as low as $89), $65 refurbished from Apple, and normally $70 refurbished from Best Buy.

The AirPort Express can be setup and managed from your iPhone or iPad with the AirPort iOS app and features a 3.5mm audio jack to add AirPlay streaming to your current speakers, a USB 2.0 port to take advantage of AirPrint, and can create a completely separate guest network. You can also use it to extend your current wireless network, improving overall signal strength and reliability. More information regarding Best Buy Geek Squad Refurbished items can be found here. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,100 Amazon reviewers.

If you need faster 802.11ac wireless then you’ll have to go with Apple’s AirPort Extreme, which is $119.99 refurbished from Best Buy, $129 refurbished from Apple, or $179.99 new from Amazon (Orig. $200).

expiredMotorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + TP-Link 802.11n Wireless Router: $90 shipped (~$109+ value), more

Update (9/1 2:15pm): The Motorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is down to $79.99 shipped (Reg. $100) at Amazon – one of the best deals we’ve seen for it in new condition.

Newegg offers the Motorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem in white for $89.99 shipped. Applying coupon code EMCAWNW48 automatically adds the TP-Link TL-WR841N 802.11n wireless router to your cart for free. This is a $108+ value as the modem generally goes for $89 at retailers like Amazon, while the add-on router fetches $19 or more.

This setup will erase those annoying cable modem rental fees and ensure that you’re getting the fastest residential speeds possible. The SB6141 has DOCSIS 3.0 compatibility and will work with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and other major ISPs (although we recommend checking first). Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 6,680 Amazon customers, it is also the best-selling product in the Computers & Accessories category as well.

The TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router features 802.11n speeds with support for speeds up to 300Mbps. It also has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, two external antennas and a one-year warranty. Nearly 7,500 Amazon customers rate it 4.2/5 stars, this is the best-selling wireless router at Amazon.

Looking to strengthen your wireless network? The NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender with four ethernet ports is currently $48.99 shipped (Reg. $68) at Amazon.

Wireless Router Stories August 12, 2015

expiredAukey Wireless Portable Travel Router/1800mAh power bank: $5 Prime shipped (add on)

Amazon offers the Aukey Wireless Travel Router, PortableSize, 3G Modem Supported, Router/AP /Repeater Modes, 150Mpbs w/ build in 1800mAh battery for $4.99 Prime shipped as an add on item at Amazon. That’s $55 off of retail and the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a portable router/battery. IT can act as a wifi router for a 3G USB hotspot or share an ethernet connection with a bunch of devices. It can also offer 1800mAh of charge, usually enough to fill a phone more than half way.

It gets 4.7/5 star rating from a limited number of reviews and features:

  • Travel Router: instantly convert wired network into Wi-Fi (AP,Router,Bridge), create your own personal network and hotspot
  • Power Supply: Internal 1800mAh rechargeable battery or 5VDC/1.0A external power adapter (Not Included)
  • Compact and portable, small enough to take on the road
  • Interface: 1x 150Mbps WAN/LAN Port, 1x USB 2.0 Port for 3G modem/Discharging, 1x Micro USB Port for power supply
  • Package Contents: 1* PB-W2 Portable Wireless Router, 1*USB Charging Cable, User manual and 18 months warranty.

As an add on item, you’ll need to purchase, something else at Amazon.  A best bet is this Anker 20W 2-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug and PowerIQ Technology will charge this Aukey plus another device for $7.99 Prime shipped

Wireless Router Stories July 9, 2015

expiredNetworking: TP-LINK AV500 Powerline Kit $30 (Orig. $60), more

Newegg has quite a few nice networking deals this morning, if you’re in the market to upgrade your wireless router or cable modem these sales are certainly worth checking out. Free shipping is available on all of these deals.

Next up, is the TP-LINK AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (TL-PA4010KIT) for $37.99, but using code EMCAVAX47 will drop your total to $29.99 shipped. That’s 50% below the original listing, $8 under Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best we can find. This is within $7 of the lowest we have seen, which was during the holiday season last year and at the very beginning of this year.

It runs on the Homeplug AV standard at up to 500Mbps and with a 300 meter range over your electrical outlets. It is the best selling option on Amazon and has a 4.3/5 star rating from over 2,280 customers.

If you’re looking for a whole home wireless makeover, be sure to checkout this deal on a Motorola SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + TP-LINK Archer C5 802.1ac wireless router for $119.99. This offer delivers an effective low price on both models, which garner high ratings at Amazon (Motorola/TP-Link). We also spotted the TRENDnet Dual Band 802.11n wireless router for $17.99 after coupon code EMCAVAX39 is applied in the cart. 

Wireless Router Stories July 7, 2015

expiredHooToo’s TripMate adds a portable router, hard drive and battery pack to your setup: $33 Prime Shipped (Reg. $45)

Sunvalleytek via Amazon offers the HooToo TripMate (HT-TM04) Wireless Router Hard Drive with 6,000mAh Battery Pack for $44.99. Applying coupon code BGITOUFO drops the final price down to $32.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. That’s good for over 25% off the regular price, $3 better than our previous mention and the best current price. Rated 4.5/5 stars.


  • Seamlessly stream your videos, photos, and music to your connected TVs, more
  • Travel Router: Instantly convert a wired network to wireless or bridge.
  • Backup your photos and videos from your iPhone, Android phones, or other devices
  • Power Bank: Built-in 6000mAh power bank (5V/1A) charges most smartphones 2 times
  • Dual USB Wall Charger: Two USB ports enable you to charge two of your mobile devices

Wireless Router Stories April 13, 2015

The AirPort Express is by far the best wireless router for anyone in the Apple ecosystem and is a great choice for nearly everyone else as well. It’s definitely priced higher than similarly spec’d wireless N routers, but this is a case where paying “Apple tax” is worth it.

Amazon has it on sale for $79 with free shipping, which is $20 below its regular price.

Use it to setup a wireless network from the easy-to-use AirPort iOS app, print wirelessly, or AirPlay music to wired speakers. I’ve had one for years now and can’t remember the last time I had to reboot it. I know this phrase is overused, but it really does “just work,” which can’t be said for many of the headache-inducing budget routers out there.

If you don’t mind going refurbished, Apple sells an AirPort Express for $65 shipped and has the best deals for AirPort Extreme ($129) and Time Capsules (from $199).

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Wireless Router Stories March 31, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – up to 50% off Hard Drives & Networking: 2-Bay NAS $149, 1TB Wi-Fi HDD $120, more

Today’s the day to upgrade your home (or small office) network and add storage to your Mac, iPhone, or PC.

As its Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 50% off select hard drives and networking products. This discount extends across more than a dozen products including NAS systems, hard drives, powerline kits, and more.

Prime members (free trial) will get free 2-day shipping on all of today’s items, while non-members will need to spend $35 or more to get free standard shipping.

Here are the deals you need to see from this sale:

Wireless Router Stories March 23, 2015

Right after Apple’s Spring Forward event we saw fresh price drops across its refurbished online store. The discounts included AirPort Express/Extreme, 2TB Time Capsule, and tons of Macs.

Now, Apple has reduced the refurbished 3 TB Time Capsule down to $299 with free shipping. It typically sells for $399 new and the previous refurbished price was $339. It acts as a full-featured 802.11ac wireless router and packs a built-in 3TB drive with wireless connectivity so you can effortlessly backup all of your devices.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products: – Quality products/great prices – Stringent refurbishment process prior to sale – Covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty – AppleCare Protection Plan can be purchased – Supplies are limited expand full story

Wireless Router Stories January 26, 2015

Amazon offers Apple’s baddest AirPort Time Capsule, the 3TB version, for just $349 shipped. That’s $50 below retail (or 13%) and the best deal we’ve seen. Apple’s high-end networking solutions aren’t discounted too often, so if you’ve been eyeing one now would be the time to strike. As a further pricing comparison, Apple sells a refurbished model for only $10 less. B&H and BuyDig are also currently running the same deal.

Apple’s Time Capsule is a jack of all trades. It acts as a 802.11ac wireless router, wireless backup solution, and can share USB peripherals like an external hard drive or printer. The 2TB is also on sale for $277.99 (Reg. $299).

Throw a 5TB Seagate USB 3 Hard Drive in your cart for $139.99 and you’ll have a total of 8TB of backup and server space or at least another 5TB backup. expand full story

Wireless Router Stories December 17, 2014

If you are looking to extend your wireless network to any part of your home including powered outstructures like barns, stables, pools, guesthouses, gates or even just easily improving your signal strength in your home far from your current router, we have a quick, easy and inexpensive solution:

Combining the TP-LINK  Nano Powerline Adapter Kit for $19.99 shipped (which we mentioned a few days ago) with the TP-Link Wireless N150 Portable Router: $14.99 shipped gives you up to 200Mbps of data speeds from your current router channelled through up to 300 meters of household/yard wiring to another outlet where you can connect to this Portable 150Mbps Wireless router.

Both of these are at lowest ever prices and get great (4.3+/5 star) reviews at Amazon.



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Wireless Router Stories December 13, 2014

expiredAmazon Gold Box – up to 50% off TP-LINK networking gear: WiFi extenders, AC Gigabit routers, Powerline kits, more

Today only, as its Bonus Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 50% off select TP-LINK networking gear. Prime members (free trial) will receive free 2-day shipping on all items, while non-members will have to spend at least $35 to get free standard shipping.

At the onset, there are 15 different networking products available, but we expect some of the most popular items to sell out as the day progresses.

All of our top picks are at their best prices ever:

Wireless Router Stories September 25, 2014

Update (9/26 8:40am): Newegg has the NETGEAR R6200-100PAS V1 Dual Band AC 1200 Gigabit Wireless Router for $129.99. Coupon code EMCPAHD44 drops it to $59.99 shipped (orig. $205). Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars.

Amazon offers the ZyXEL 3-in-1 wireless N (up to 150Mbps) pocket router (MWR102) for $14.99 Prime shipped. Non-Prime members will have to pad their orders to $35 or more to receive free shipping. Today’s price is 63% below list and the best deal we’ve ever seen. At just about the size of a credit card, it’s perfect for slipping in your briefcase or shirt pocket to quickly setup a wireless network while traveling. It can act as a router, access point, and client bridge. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 350 Amazon reviewers.

Also available, Tiger Direct has the Netis portable router (WF2416) for $9.99 + variable shipping costs (orig. $40).

Looking for a wireless LTE hotspot? Check out Karma’s new pay-as-you-go solution.

trendnet-TEW-810DR-routerNext, Newegg has the TRENDnet AC750 Dual-Band Wireless Router (model TEW-810DR) for $47.99. Coupon code EMCPAHE55 drops it down to $23.99 with free shipping. That’s 60% below list, $14 better than Amazon, and the best deal we have ever seen. It features 802.11ac wireless access (5GHz up to 433Mbps), four 10/100Mbps LAN ports, and WPS. expand full story

Wireless Router Stories September 16, 2014

expiredASUS RTN65U dual-band 802.11n wireless router $50 shipped (Reg. $100)

Newegg offers the ASUS RTN65U dual-band AC wireless router for $99.99 shipped. Coupon code EMCPAWD28 brings it down to $49.99. This is a savings of $50 off the regular list price, and beats Amazon by $58 were it is rated 4/5 stars.

The RTN65U features 802.11n connectivity, a gigabit WAN port, two USB 3.0 ports and four LAN ports. Dual-band capability allows this router to serve up to 750 mbps of continuous data to devices that are connected.

Wireless Router Stories September 12, 2014

expiredRouters AC1200: ASUS Dual-Band $80 shipped (orig. $180), D-Link Cloud $70 (orig. $190)

Newegg has the ASUS Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless Router (RT-AC56U) for $109.99. Using code EMCPAWH92 in the cart drops your total down to $79.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the original listing, $30 better than Amazon and the best price we’ve seen for this wireless 802.11ac router by $10.

It utilizes the latest gen WiFi and offers dual band (2.4GHz/5GHz) access at up to 1167Mbps. It also has USB 3/2 connectivity, and the AiCloud app to “access, share, and stream your files from home to any internet-connected smartphone, tablet, or PC.” Wirecutter ranks this AC router as its second favorite wireless option out there behind the $130 NETGEAR AC1600 router. It comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty and has received a 3.6/5 star rating from nearly 80 Amazon customers.

Newegg also has the D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-860L) for $89.99. Using code EMCPAWH56 drops the total down to $69.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we can find on this AC router. Rated 3.6/5 stars on Amazon. Features:

  • Dual Band Performance – Up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 867Mbps (5GHz) to deliver fast wireless speeds and less interference for maximum throughput
  • Backward Compatibility – Compatible with a/b/g/n devices
  • my D-Link Cloud Management – Monitor and manage your network from anywhere

Wireless Router Stories July 9, 2014

expiredNetgear Nighthawk AC router $155 (orig. $250), more

Update (7/10 11:0am): Netgear R6250 router is back in stock, but $3 more than yesterday.

Update (7/9 5:35pm): The Netgear router is now sold out, but Tiger Direct has the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Gigabit Router (R7000) for $154.99 shipped with coupon code AMH134233 at checkout. That’s the best price we’ve ever seen for this powerful 4 star router.

Newegg via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Motorola SURFboard Cable Modem (model SB6141) for $69.99 shipped, that’s $15 better than Amazon and is the lowest price we’ve seen. It is rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars by over 2,400 customers at Amazon. Wirecutter has also given it their prestigious “best cable modem” status for over a year.

This modem is approved for use with Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House, and is a great way to cut the monthly modem rental fee from your service. Check with your internet service provider for compatibility.

Yes-embiz via eBay Daily Deals also has the manufacturer refurbished Netgear 802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Router (model: R6250) for $79.99 $82.99 shipped, which is $65 below the cost of the same model in new condition at Amazon and features a 90-day warranty.

Wirecutter has named this wireless router as its top pick for its “combination of speed, price, stability, and features of any router in its price range.” It has USB 3.0 built-in, which is great for sharing a printer or hard drive across your network. This wireless router features 80.11ac speeds, which is compatible with the latest version of the MacBook Air ($100 off here for students). Other features include:

  • Beamforming technology, which focuses your WiFi signal for stronger, faster, more reliable connections and re-adjusts as you move around your home or workspace.
  • Parental controls and the ability to setup separate guest network access for visitors.
  • 4-port gigabit ethernet LAN for wiring directly into devices.

Wireless Router Stories May 22, 2014

expiredNetgear Centria N900 Dual-Band Gigabit wireless router w/ 3.5-inch storage bay $55 shipped (Reg. $250)

Ebay via Newegg has the Netgear Centria N900 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router (model WNDR4700) for $54.99 shipped. That’s $195 off the original listing, $23 under Amazon’s current price, and the lowest price we have ever seen on this unit by $5. It features a 3.5-inch HD bay for storage expansion, mobile app control, USB 3.0 connectivity, and an SD card backup system. It has received a 3.8 out of 5 star rating from over 100 Amazon reviewers.

In its review, 9to5Mac felt that “things like faster USB 3 connections, SD Card access, easy hard drive upgrades, iOS app/printing, DLNA and Windows compatibility” make it a better choice than Apple’s Time Capsule for some users.

Wireless Router Stories April 28, 2014

Update: Newegg is now offering the Netgear N900 Wireless Router (model WNDR4700) for $10 less at $59.99 shipped with code EMCPEPW77.

Amazon offers the Netgear Centria N900 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router (model WNDR4700) for $69.99 with free shipping. That’s a savings of $180 off the original MSRP, about 30% below its typical street price, and the best deal we have ever seen. It has a robust feature-set including a 3.5-inch hard drive bay for easy storage expansion, iOS/Android apps to download and play media from any internet connection, USB 3.0, and a handy SD card backup tool. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars by Amazon reviewers.

9to5Mac reviewed it and concluded that it’s a probably a better purchase for most people than Apple’s pricey Time Capsule:

The Netgear Centria is a nice midrange wireless router/network attached-server option for Mac users and people in a mixed Mac/PC environment. The printing and setup complexity is easily outweighed by its much broader feature set. Things like faster USB 3 connections, SD Card access, easy hard drive upgrades, iOS app/printing, DLNA and Windows compatibility push it over the Time Capsule.

We recommend the Western Digital Red hard drives for all NAS setups.

Please note this router’s built-in software cannot properly format drives greater than 2TB. To use a larger drive you must format it before installing it in this router. expand full story

Wireless Router Stories April 17, 2014

expiredNETGEAR AC Dual-Band Wireless Routers at 30% off: $70 – $168 with free shipping

Newegg is running a NETGEAR router sale for the next 24 hours offering a number of AC dual band options at up to 30% off. NETGEAR AC routers generally get good ratings on Amazon and many of the prices in today’s sale are either the current low or the lowest we’ve seen.

To redeem today’s discounts use code EMCPFWC26 during checkout. There are a number of notable options available including: 

Head below for a complete list of routers available today:

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