The best routers, the ones that provide the best connection, are still very much the domain of a very small number of consumers, a new report has found.
In the past few years, the best routers have become more widely available and are getting cheaper, according to the latest study by research firm iRobot.
That has led to a growing number of people choosing to buy the devices that they can afford to buy and that will provide the most stable network for them.
The report, by iRobots research group, found that about 90 percent of all broadband users have bought at least one router, while another 30 percent have bought a router that is just as good as the best-selling model.
The top routers are the $350 router and the $499 router, both from Intel.
In addition, some manufacturers offer devices that are better than the average router, such as the $699 router, which costs $600.
The iRobotics research found that the average price for a home Internet connection is $250 a month, while the average monthly bill for the top-rated router is $1,400.
“The best routers are still expensive,” said Tim Faucher, chief operating officer at iRobotic.
“But that is the case because they are not the end-all-be-all of home Internet.”
In the study, which was conducted last year and was based on consumer responses, iRoboto asked consumers to rate their routers on a scale of 1 to 5.
The devices that were the most popular were the $150, $250, $350 and $499 routers, which cost $550, $700 and $1.2 million respectively.
“We want to give people confidence that they are getting a good router at the best price,” said Fauber.
He added that the top routers had the ability to support more than 1,000 simultaneous connections.
“They offer a huge amount of connectivity,” he said.
iRobOTS also found that over time, the number of customers who had purchased a router in the past five years had declined, from about 4.6 million to 2.9 million.
That is a decrease of about 30 percent from the previous quarter.
But while that may not be a big impact, Fauchers said that there were still many more people buying and upgrading their home Internet devices than buying and installing new ones.
“There is still a lot of inventory and there is a lot more people who are buying new devices,” he added.
iBuyBack is a program that lets people buy back the older devices they want, but Faucers noted that those who have purchased the older models are still able to get discounts.
“It does not appear that people are buying them for the discounts they receive,” he noted.
iShares ETF and iShares Core ETF are both in a rally, with the iShares S&P 500 up nearly 5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 1.4 percent, while Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 2.6 percent.
In a separate report, iShares called on investors to keep their investments in the S&p 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials and Russell 2000 indexes, which are both up over 5 percent and 7 percent respectively.
For the first time, iSights Analytics, a market research firm, also found a decline in the number, percentage and value of investments in tech companies in 2017.
“While technology stocks have rebounded somewhat from the depths of 2016, we see a marked decline in 2017, with only 2 of the top 5 companies having regained all of their 2017 positions,” iShares said.
“In the last quarter of 2017, tech stocks lost nearly 10 percent of their market value, and tech stocks in 2017 have lost nearly 16 percent of that value since the beginning of the year,” iSight said.
The latest report comes as the Federal Communications Commission is weighing whether to approve Comcast’s $45.5 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, which would give Comcast the majority of the nation’s broadband.
The FCC has not yet made a decision on whether the merger should go through.
Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable has raised concerns about the FCC’s oversight of the internet and its impact on competition.
In response, the FCC is considering new rules that would make it more difficult for broadband providers to charge extra for faster connections.