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450mbps routers previewed: 14 of the fastest models

After the 300Mbps and 150Mbps versions, manufacturers are now promoting '450N' models which promise a theoretical throughput of 450Mbps. Obviously there is an element of marketing involved here, but even so it will be interesting to see how these products perform when compared to their elder 300N brethren. In order to get a good overview, we tried to get all currently available 450Mbps routers into our lab to put them through our usual rigorous tests.

Product demonstrations are often far ahead of the curve in the world of IT, and that is no different for 802.11ac. The final approval for this new standard is not expected until the end of 2013, after which it will take another few years before it has spread across the globe. In other words, further development of 802.11n definitely makes sense. There is still plenty of time to reap the benefits.

The future 802.11ac standard promises a theoretical transfer rate of 1Gbps, more than three times faster than current 300Mbps standards allow. The new 802.11n standard with a theoretical speed of 450Mbps takes things a bit easier. Still, a 50 per cent increase shouldn't go unnoticed - if it is actually achieved, at least.

Before we proceed to the different brands and models, it is worthwhile to explain the differences between a 300Mbps router and a 450Mbps router.

To understand what sets a 450Mbps router apart from a 300Mbps router, we need to take a closer look at the technology inside a router. The attentive reader will notice that the transition from 300 to 450Mbps again is 150Mbps, the same difference between 150 and 300Mbps.

This is not an arbitrary number that WLAN-chip manufacturers happen to like. It is a logical consequence of the way data is sent from one point in a network to another. You can read the rest of 450mbps routers previewed on