AirPort Extreme

by Apple


Trek PR2000 Travel Router and Range Extender

by Netgear

Netgear Trek travel router

TL-MR3040 Portable Battery Powered 3G/4G Wireless N Router

by TP-Link

TP-Link TL-MR3040 travel router

TL-WR710N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router

by TP-Link

TP-Link TL-WR710N travel router
  • Supremely easy to set up
  • Fast performance on its 5GHz network
  • Supports USB hard drives for Time Machine backups and other uses
  • High TCP throughput, especially at long range
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • Can also operate as a Wi-Fi range extender bridge
  • Very compact form factor
  • Can operate on battery power
  • Supports cellular USB modems
  • Versatile operational modes
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • USB port for file sharing, media streaming, or device charging
  • Very slow performance on its 2.4GHz network
  • Only one USB port to support either a printer or a hard drive
  • No FTP file server or DLNA media server
  • Limited to 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n
  • No support for cellular USB modems
  • No DLNA media server
  • Supports 3G modems
  • No support for sharing USB storage
  • Doesn’t support WPS, even in software
  • Much slower than the D-Link DIR-510L and Netgear Trek
  • Doesn’t support cellular USB modems
  • No WPS button
At A Glance

The AirPort Extreme is a natural fit for Mac users, but some competing routers deliver higher performance and more features.

The Netgear Trek is extremely versatile and it delivers great speed and range, but it operates only on the 2.4GHz frequency band.

This mighty-mite would be even more powerful if it supported just a couple more features, but it’s a compelling value nonetheless.

If you like fiddling with knobs (in software, that is), the TP-Link TL-WR710N gives you plenty to do. It has a solid feature set, but its performance lags the offerings from D-Link and Netgear. It's also very inexpensive.