Newbie questions about router


i need some opinions :

1. what the basic things to know before buying a router ?
2. the best brand. netgear ? or tp-link ? or cisco ? or something else?
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  1. IMO Netgear and Cisco-Linksys are currently the "best" consumer brands, but most recent routers are quite good.

    The only real question is whether you should pay extra for dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz). 5GHz is only useful if your adapters also work at 5GHz and are reasonably close, the range of 5GHz is shorter than 2.4GHz. Any router with N wireless and gigabit wired should work quite well for you.
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