In the gadget food chain, routers rank right next to bottom feeders like printers in terms of consumer buzz. It’s just hard to get jittery over a small block of plastic and metal that passively blinks its way through life. Technophiles who really understand the router’s role as the pit boss of the digital home will be jazzed about Cisco’s new Linksys E4200V2 Dual-Band N900 Wireless Router , since it’s one of, if not the fastest consumer routers money can buy.

Specifically, this second generation of the E4200V line boasts simultaneous Dual-Band N speeds of 450Mbps for buttery smooth HD streaming to your home theater and quick downloads of the legal and illegal variety. A 1.2GHz processor also offers much improved data transfer speeds for attached USB storage and a built-in UPnP AV media server for digital content hoarders. Lastly, managing the speed demon on multiple devices is easier thanks to a free Cisco Connect Express app for both iOS and Android. Sure $200 is a little steep for a router, but if you view time as money, consider this the best home investment around.

Buy Now: $200