Originally Posted by jtb19nh
stay away from the "combo boxes" as the firmware is crap, not to mention you can't upgrade it. Go with a linux based router and install the tomato firmware.
I wouldn't suggest this for someone that just wants something that works. The linux firmwares in general won't benefit someone unless they want to do fancy stuff with the router, like VLANs or make it do more than just be a router.
Any of the below should work:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E&PageSize=100
Try to get one that is gigabit LAN if you can, avoid brands like TP-Link, Rosewill. I have always had very good luck with Linksys, Dlink, Buffalo and Netgear. 802.11n is what you are looking for, this is the fastest current wireless standard but make sure it is 802.11g compatible since not all laptops do 802.11n yet but 802.11g is years old.
So to summarize, get something that is at least 802.11n with dual-band and gigabit LAN being a bonus.