ASUS RT-N66U (N900) is good, but it isn't $80... more like $140. The RT-N65U (N900) / RT-N56U (N600) is about $100 too.
The RT-N66U (N900) is a better bet because the RT-N65U (N750) supposedly has issues with its USB3.0 port interfering with the 2.4GHz radio.
WD has only been making routers since 2012. If you're willing to buy their routers, the N900 version might be a better bet.
The My Net N900 is not a bad first router effort from WD, with 20 MB/s + storage filecopy performance, decent feature set including free parental controls/web filtering for up to 15 devices, 700+ Mbps wired routing speeds and Ubicom-based automatic Qos.
Our initial review showed it also has some of the highest throughput I've ever seen from a three-stream "N900" router on its 2.4 GHz side. And with the properly-operating new sample, I can say the same for the 5 GHz side. But those high speeds are only running uplink and only with a very strong signal (same room or maybe next room).
When it comes to downlink performance or as signal levels drop, the My Net N900 looks less attractive than other choices in top-end "N900" routers.
We also could not write this review without mentioning the fact that during our testing of the Western Digital MyNet N900, we had initially encountered an issue that other users on the internet had also experienced. This issue was that the router would experience a memory leak and over the course of four or five days would eventually lock up and drop all wired network connectivity while maintaining wireless connectivity without any problems. Other times it would simple drop connection altogether and the only way to remedy this issue was by restarting the router manually or through the web interface. We spent countless weeks working with Western Digital on this issue and they released a fix two weeks ago which has been working stable for us for over a week and a half now.
Western Digital had been extremely accommodating and did everything they could to help us troubleshoot the issue including replacing the router. The latest firmware did resolve the issue and that is why we are publishing the review now, because our issues have been permanently resolved. However, we find it extremely hard to believe that none of the other reviewers encountered this issue or perhaps none of them had been using this router long enough to encounter it since it took four to five days to manifest itself.
$50 on Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833146005
** The N750 is $30+tax on Staples http://www.staples.com/WD-My-Net-N750-HD-Dual-Band-Router/product_990703
You just have to put up with the gamble.
edit: as far as cheap
routers go, you could take a look at the TP-LINK N750 router TL-WDR4300 which is $60 after rebate or the N600 TL-WDR3600 which is $62 ... just don't expect great speed at more than 30ft range.
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&u=http://www.purepc.pl/inne/test_tplink_tlwdr3600_router_na_kazda_okazjeEdited by AlphaC - 8/16/13 at 6:47pm