Wireless routers are now indispensable for any connected household. If you are using an old or outdated router, not only are you jeopardizing the security of your home network, but you are also missing out on the new features that are available in wireless networks.
Here are ten of the best wireless routers that you can buy right now.
The 8 port wireless router from ASUS is the best option for large homes and offices. If you need a single device that will be available from all corners of your home, then this is the device you are looking for.
It also comes with MU-MIMO that makes wireless transmissions much faster, even with multiple users hooked on to the router.
One of the major advantages of buying an Asus router is the clear and intuitive web interface that almost anyone can use. The only thing that one can complain about is the support for USB devices.
The USB 3.0 port is not located at any convenient location and the NAS performance is also quite average.
Netgear Nighthawk R7000
With an exceptionally well performance in the 5GHz band, the Nighthawk R700 provides multiple security options that home users may find enticing.
It is the best option for wireless streaming, considering the exceptional performance and comes with a long list of features such as QoS, Parental Control, Automated Backups and easy file sharing, that are hard to find on a router with a similar price.
D-Link DIR 890L
When it comes to wireless speeds, the DIR 890L tops the list. The DIR-890L also looks better than most other routers. The range for this router is pretty average, although the speeds you get are unbeatable.
The setup is easy too. The only drawback for the router is the price and the non-detachable antennae.
Netgear Nighthawk R8000 X6
If you have a large number of wireless devices and you need a strong signal reception for all of them, then go for the Nighthawk R800 X6. This one, like the R7000, also comes with great 5GHz performance.
Moreover, the NAS performance is extremely good when you have an additional hard drive. However, it does not perform so well when you are using the 2.4GHz band.
If you are looking for a tri-band router, then the RT-AC3200 is the one that tops the list in terms of both feature and performance. The speed is more or less consistent in all the bands.
It also comes with an additional layer of security for high-end users. The tri-band router can also be used as an OpenVPN server, as well as a NAS Server – a feature that makes the product stand out by itself.
Amped Wireless RTA2600
The RTA2600 is for anyone looking for a low fuss high-powered router. The setup and configuration are as simple as 1-2-3 and provides decent speeds across all bands.
However, it will disappoint high-end users due to the lack of novelty features.
Linksys WRT1900 AC
For aesthetic-conscious buyers, the WRT1900 AC may be a great option. With a slightly different dual-tone design, this router provides good wireless performance has one of the best NAS performances in its class.
It’s not ideal for network enthusiasts but offers powerful hardware at a reasonable price.
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
The Archer C7 is the best wireless router for the money. It offers consistent performance, has a power switch for wireless and also NAS capability.
But the device, due to the low cost, exhibits a plastic built and has limited features.
A level below the DIR-890L, the 880L is a cheap and user-friendly router for those who need 802.11AC.
The speeds and range are both above average, but the cluttered web interface can be a letdown for some.
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station
Still one of the best wireless routers available, it comes with a great design, impressive performance, and easy setup. If you fancy Apple products, then this is the one you need to get.