Broadband Router Comparisons

Stephen Satchell list at
Sun Dec 27 15:56:57 UTC 2015

On 12/26/2015 11:37 PM, Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
> If someone like Consumer Reports or similar agency started testing and
> rating devices on these things like long-time support, automatic
> updates, software quality etc, and not just testing wifi speed as a
> factor of distance, we might get somewhere.

Just how would a reviewer rate "long-time support" and "software 
quality"?  As for "automatic updates", that's at the whim of the 
manufacturer down the road, so any evaluation of updates would be dated 
the second it's printed.

Testing WiFi speed as a factor of distance is a repeatable test, so that 
the chance of a lawsuit over the result is slimmer.

Consumer Reports, for example, sends out a survey to its readers to 
collect information on long-term ownership experience of cars.  It's a 
large enough investment that people are willing to fill out the survey. 
  Not so broadband routers.

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