Ever since the internet was introduced nearly 2 decades ago, our shift from dial-ups, internet cards, to wireless networks has been quite swift. Leave it to a few geniuses, one of them being a very renowned actress, to create the wireless network, or more commonly known as Wi-Fi. It’s safe to say that at this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to find a home or establishment that does not have Wi-Fi, and in order to get Wi-Fi, we need a good wireless router.
In the event that you should find yourself looking for a good wireless router, or a wireless router to replace your old, malfunctioning one, you might want to check out this review of 15 best wireless routers that are being sold today. Read on to find out more about these routers, from the pros to the cons, and see which one suits your style.
- #1. NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 X6
- #2. NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000
- #3. Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual Band Open Source Wireless Router
- #4. TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
- #5. Asus RT-AC88U
- #6. TP-Link AC5400 Wireless Wi-Fi Tri-Band Gigabit Router
- #7. NETGEAR AC1750
- #8. Linksys AC1750
- #9. Asus Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router
- #10. NETGEAR Nighthawk X10-AD7200 802
- #11. Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station
- #12. Asus RT-AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router
- #13. D-Link DIR-880L Dual Band Wireless Router
- #14. D-Link DIR 890L Tri-Band Router
- #15. Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena MU-MIMO
List of Top 15 Best Wireless Routers of 2017:
The NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 X6 is known for being one of the best in the market because it doesn’t just promise the fastest internet speed possible, but it has other features to go with it. If you’re curious about the speed, this router promises to deliver 3.2 Gbps, which makes this great for when you’re streaming movies or shows. The tri-band Wi-Fi allows more devices to connect, with six top performing antennas and high-powered amplifiers.
It also has a 1 GHz dual core processor along with 3 offload processors to enhance the router’s performance. The NETGEAR Nighthawk also has a Smart Connect feature, that chooses the best Wi-Fi network for your device. The implicit and explicit beamforming + brings your Wi-Fi signals front and center while giving your mobile devices strong connections. A 3.0 USB port is also included for fast storage access.
That’s not all, as this router has a ReadySHARE Vault app that you can download for free. This app lets you back up your data into a Windows computer that’s directly connected storage devices like external hard drives. Along with the NETGEAR Nighthawk is the NETGEAR Genie, which serves as your dashboard, for you to monitor, control, and fix your home’s wireless internet. The NETGEAR Genie also comes with a remote and the router itself is compatible with Amazon Echo or Alexa.
A lot of users who have tried this router raved about many of its features, especially in the part of having faster internet speed. They’ve praised about how they were able to stream without any buffering as well as their games. However, some found issues when it came to the speed of the internet that this router offers over time. They found that while it worked really well on the first month of use, the succeeding months started to slow down. They also found issues when it comes to connectivity to wireless printers.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a router that caters to your gaming and your streaming, then the NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 X6 is a good option. While there may be an issue with the internet speed after some time, a good solution to that would be to reboot the router.
This wireless router is another version of the NETGEAR Nighthawk router that we previously mentioned. The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 wireless router has some similar features that many of the routers on this list have, but of course, we can’t help if compare this to the Nighthawk R8000. This wireless router is compatible with your Amazon Echo or Alexa, allowing you to monitor your wireless network with voice commands.
It has a 1 GHz dual core processor along with an AC1900 Wi-Fi, the speed going up to 600 + 1300 Mbps. For those of us who play games, this router caters to that too with its enhanced features. Streaming needs are fulfilled with this one because the Nighthawk R7000 puts a prioritized bandwidth to that.
There’s also the NETGEAR Up app for your mobile device, and Kwilt, which lets you take a look at your photos and videos on social media from the router and its USB storage attachment.
The Beamforming+ feature enhances the range as well as performance while the powerful antennas and amplifiers give your wireless network’s coverage a big boost up. If you want to connect to the internet via mobile device, there’s the OpenVPN Connect app so you can connect remotely.
If you want to backup your files and data, it has the ReadyShare Vault, which does the job for Windows users. Apart from the vault, there’s also the ReadyCloud USB and ReadyShare for you to access your USB disk anywhere. This also works for Time Machine for Mac users. Control your network while you’re away with the NETGEAR Genie.
Many raved about this router’s performance, especially when it comes to the speed and the coverage that it gives. Some also noted that the security and the interface of the router during set up was a breeze. However, the downside that others found with this router is its performance after prolonged use.
Conclusion: The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 is a great option because of the features that it has. From the connection to the speed to the network security, this is an ideal wireless router. And even the Lifehacker also lists NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 router in their five best home wireless routers as well. You may have to reboot the router when the speed and connectivity start to diminish after some time, but overall, it gives a fast and reliable internet connection.
One of the first things to notice about the Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual Band Open Source router is the look. Most routers tend to have a sleek, black design. The WRT1900ACS Dual Band router has a black and blue color combination, with 4 antennas which are designed to enhance the dual-band internet connection. These four antennas in particular, are not just adjustable, but they also make sure that you get optimal Wi-Fi signal strength in a wide range.
The dual band speed this router gives can boost your connection up to 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz, the latter being great for streaming movies, shows, and games. This router is also powered by a dual core processor, allowing a lot of users to connect to the internet, stream movies, transfer files, and play games.
Its external storage device can allow you to share your content in incredibly fast speeds. As for the interface, it’s easy enough for you to manage and monitor your home network, access the parental controls, and prioritize devices as well as sites. You can even turn the Wi-Fi off from the interface as well.
Perhaps the most interesting feature that this router has is that, as the name implies, it is Open Source ready. This means that you can customize the router any way you want.
Although everything looks pretty good, in terms of features as well as its ability to be open source ready, some have found that there are issues other than the usual issue caused by the wear and tear of frequent use. Some found that there is an issue with the open source ability of the router itself. Perhaps the solution to this is to choose your firmware properly.
Conclusion: The Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual Band Open Source router is a great option overall. Although there may be an issue when it comes to its open source supportive feature, the rest of the features are pretty good. Even the PCMag also chooses Linksys WRT1900ACS router as a best wireless router as well.
Dubbed as the best router for a lot of people by the New York Times, the TP-Link Archer C7 wireless router has an available bandwidth of up to 1.75 Gbps. This also includes 1300 Mbps at 5 GHz as well as 450 Mbps at 2.4 GHz. This router supports 802.11ac and many other devices can connect to it.
There are also dual USB ports for you to share files and media from one device or computer to another as well as the printer either through a network or an FTP server. This router can also set up a guest network because of its Guest Network Access feature, and the bandwidth of each device can be controlled using the IP-based Bandwidth Control feature. Setting this router up is a breeze using the Easy Setup Assistant with multi-language support.
While the features are simple but good, there are naturally some downsides to this product according to people who use them. There may be some issues when it comes to prolonged use and thus rebooting may be the only way to fix it.
Conclusion: The Archer C7 wireless router is great in terms of set up, as well as speed and coverage, much like most wireless routers. Although there may be possible issues after using it for a period of time, a reboot of the router seems to fix the issue when it comes to speed and connection, as well as a firmware update.
#5. Asus RT-AC88U
Perhaps the wireless router that is considered to be the best, if not one of, among the wireless routers on this list. The Asus RT-AC88U wireless router is considered to be the best, and for many reasons. First of which is that it delivers a much faster, and we mean faster, internet connection of its 1024-QAM technology. This boosts the 5 GHz up to 80% with up to 2100 Mbps, and the 2.4 GHz up to 66% with a connection that goes up to 1000 Mbps.
The 2.4 GHz coverage is also boosted up by 33% because of its 4-transmit antennas, so the wireless network range is higher at up to 5000 square feet. This wireless router also has some Expansive Connectivity Options, with 8 x Gigabit LAN ports that can accommodate up to 8 devices that connect via ethernet cables.
This wireless router has a top notch 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and if you plan on copying and transferring files from one device or computer to another, this router can do that with a speed up to 100 Mbps. Downloading or uploading files or media? This router can boost the speed up to 1.8 Gbps.
Much like the other routers on this list, the RT-AC88U wireless router also has a Smart Connect feature, which chooses the best available connection for you. It’s also got the Asus AiProtection that’s powered by Trend MicroTM, so you know that your connection and your browsing are safe. The AiProtection scans for malware, detects vulnerable sites or connections, as well as parental controls. Of course, it doesn’t leave out gamers, as this router has a WTFast Game Accelerator and a 4X capacity Wi-Fi among other features.
While many users loved using this router, in terms of coverage as well as connection and download speed. The router does what it claims to do, however, some found issues with it after a period of use, much like a router we previously mentioned.
Conclusion: The Asus RT-AC88U is a pretty good option for a wireless router especially if you live in a wide space where coverage is important. It has great coverage while maintaining a good connection as well as download speed. As we mentioned earlier, the connection may change after a period of time, so a good solution to this would be to reboot the router.
Our 6th is the Archer C5400 that is known for it fast connection rate to three Wi-Fi Bands. The pride of the router is an increase in the throughput which in turn makes for no-lagging performance for game consoles. Even mobile games have astonishing speeds coming from powerful antennas specially designed to send signals at high-speed wireless quality and can cover up to 10,000 square feet.
There is a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports the will let you share photos, videos, music and files to your network connection. The 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and 3 co-processor gives you uninterruptible high-speed connection, while the Smart Connect looks for the best connection making the device run even faster.
Videos in 4K HD will load bump-free even while playing (speed-demanding) online games. Watch simultaneously from your Smart TV, Mobile and Smart Devices with no fluctuation from the connectivity. This is the multi user support present and functioning on the MU-MIMO technology. With 5400 Mpbs Wi-Fi speed, fast may be an understatement for this router.
Conclusion: If fast and smooth gaming is a route you always take, you will make no regrets with the Archer C5400. The combined Tri-Band Speeds will give you 5400 Mbps aside from the Smart Connect looking for the best and fasted connection will impress you. This is a router that’s been leading the industry with the fasted gaming speed with a very wide coverage.
#7. NETGEAR AC1750
With an infamous compatibility features to the Amazon Echo/Alexa, the NETGEAR AC1750 is a dual band Wi-Fi wireless gigabit router that’s boasts not only a powerful performance, but a futuristic console that responds to your voice commands.
Considered as the one of the first Next-Gen smart Wi-Fi routers in the market, the 3xfaster speed of the NETGEAR AC1750 comes from the Beamforming technology which not only accelerates the speed of the Wi-Fi connection, but also makes it more reliable. The 3.0 USB port gives you hard drive access at 10x speed faster. Two more USB ports are installed for added wireless access to the hard drive, printers and scanners.
A secure Cloud access is also made available through USB Storage wherever and whenever you may choose. Connectivity is compatible to all iPads and iPhone models. The high-power external antennas gives you 450+1300 Mbps of Wi-Fi speed. A dual-band systems is set in place to prevent signal interference and poor connection.
Download the App NETGEAR Up for more functions. 1080 HD video streaming is notably impressive thanks to the advanced QoS optimization. For parental control, web filtering features are present and easy to manage.
Conclusion: Sufficing to say, this is a beginner’s level wireless router. If you’re not quite fully decided yet to go all out with Home Wi-Fi, then picking this up might give you a good idea of the next level you should be going. All the features offered are simple and standard. System hiccups aside, this router is very user-friendly if not an impressive way to get your home internet started.
#8. Linksys AC1750
Coming in at number 8 is the dual-band smart wireless router with MU-MIMO, Linksys AC1750. Technically speaking, this is the speed upgrade many gamers have been waiting for. The household Wi-Fi spikes up to 1.7 Gbps when this router does its work. Lag-free even with multiple devices connected.
Multiple connected devices from tablets, phones and laptops receives dedicated Wi-Fi signal as it utilizes the built-in Multi-User MIMO. 4K video streaming, online gaming and other high-bandwidth activities are not a problem for this wireless router.
The new look is sleek and sophisticated making the device look like it was actually part of the interior design concept of the room. There is a Smart Wi-Fi App that gives you full parental control, access to passwords and ultimately the management part of home Wi-Fi, all done through your smart mobile device.
Each device connected to your network has access to the Wi-Fi through the Beamforming Technology.
Conclusion: If your home is now the home of kids going to college and paper works blasts off from all over the place, the Linksys AC1750 will be your most important investment for this chapter of your family’s life. Even with multiple devices connected, the internet speed does not suffer. In fact because of the MU-MIMO the Wi-Fi signal is always strong and stable. The coverage is good enough, while not the best in the best. However, connectivity may have issues if the console does not receive the occasional power-off time.
The ASUS Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router is a gamer’s den must-have. Not only does it look the part, but it gives gaming experience to a faster and farther heights. To date, this router is best known for unrivaled security features. AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro offers vulnerability detection to sensitive data protection. Speed, load and signal strength is responsible for the system to switch from 2.4 to 5 GHz of bandwidth, a feature present in the ASUS Smart Connect.
Gaming is at its best with a low and stable ping times because of route-optimization once you tap through the built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network. This means you can really play with no buffering and/or lagging. Disconnections will be very rare to almost impossible.
Multi-player and Co-op missions and gameplay will get no bumps with the MU-MIMO technology in place. This allows for tapping into the maximum speed of your internet independently causing no troubles to others who are connected.
5 GHz at dual and 2.4 GHz in single, this Tri-Band Router is retrofitted with the latest 802.11ac 4×4 technology. This will give you a maximum throughput of 5334 Mbps and optimal coverage up to 5,000 sq. ft.
Conclusion: If you have a gaming room that looks futuristic in all sense, this router might just be in your ally. Sure, it looks like the enemy’s mothership, but the performance, speed and security is second to none. Every gaming experience feels crisp but smooth.
It is 10th on the 15 best because the NETGEAR Nighthawk X-10 is up there with the rest when it comes to media streaming thanks to the PLEX Media Server. Not just 4K Video streaming, but top class VR Gaming is very possible and an extremely pleasant experience. Because the Wi-Fi signal delivered to your device in through ultra-smooth connectivity, the Nighthawk X10 one of the prized wireless routers out in the market to date.
It has a powerful 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and a quad-stream architecture of 60 GHz 802.11ad. This will translate to whopping combined wireless speed of 7.2 Gbps. This Wi-Fi speed does not suffer from multiple device connections because MU-MIMO technology is built-in for simultaneous streaming and even online and VR gaming.
Wide and fast coverage comes from the High-Performance Active Antennas. Download movies, music, shows, photos, videos and files in an instant. The Nighthawk is also 100% Amazon Echo/Alexa compatible giving you high-end voice command technology as you control your home Wi-Fi.
The performance of the Nighthawk X-10 is all sorts Dual Band, but in paper it is a Tri-Band Router. It is a shame that the 4600 Mbps 60 GHZ band is left to the user’s ability and skill to utilize to his best possible option.
Conclusion: If the Nighthawk X-10 was a car, it’s more like a luxury car rather than a racer. It is a home Wi-Fi router that prides itself of strong, stable connections despite the multiple devices in the network. If what you’re looking for is a properly performing wireless router, this is a model you should consider taking for a spin drive.
It might not be surprising that an Apple router is on this list as one of the best wireless routers there is so far this year. The Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station is a great wireless router for a number of reasons, the first of which we can already see. The look of this wireless router is so sleek, and it also packs quite a punch when it comes to features and quality.
To start, the AirPort Extreme Base Station has a simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi Support. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi is incredibly fast, and can go up to 1.3 Gbps and this wireless router in particular, is compatible with devices whose specs are the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and of course the 802.11ac.
It also has a total of 6 antennas on top, which basically means you get incredibly fast internet connection. Naturally, it’s easy to set up on both OSX and iOS devices.
Many have nothing but praise for this wireless router, mostly because the set up is a breeze and is rather foolproof. The same could be said about the packaging, as it doesn’t take up space and has plenty of ports. However, one possible drawback would be setting this wireless router up using a Windows computer.
Conclusion: The Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station is incredibly reliable and can give you a steady yet enhanced internet connection, and therefore is a great option. It’s compact design doesn’t take up much space and the set up can be a breeze. If you’re a Windows PC user, you might think that setting up this wireless router could only be done on an Apple computer, but this can be solved by downloading Airport Utility for Windows.
#12. Asus RT-AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router
And onto another product from Asus, is the RT-AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band router. It has a Smart Connect feature that automatically chooses which bandwidth is the best for your device or computer. Data transfers, printing, and 3G/4G Dongle support are faster with this router as it has USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Much like the previous Asus router we mentioned, the router has a Trend Micro protection system for safe and secure browsing. The Asus AiCloud 2.0 allows you to access your files and data even when you’re away, on any device.
The RT-AC3200 also has a three-transmit three-antenna design, which boosts the wireless network’s range and signal, so you stay connected wherever you are in your home. The AiRadar beamforming+ directs the Wi-Fi signal to your devices so not only will you be connected on any device you have, but you also stay connected.
As for the interface, the RT-AC3200 has an ASUSWRT design, providing you with access to the 3-step installation on the web, as well as some more options in managing and monitoring your home network.
While the features all look great, most of them, according to some, like the Smart Connect feature, coverage, and interface work really well, others may have found an issue with the router’s WAN port. This issue with the WAN port is in terms of connectivity or, if we’re being technical, it disconnects and doesn’t want to get an IP using a DHCP. On the other hand, this could be solved by connecting your computer via modem.
Conclusion: The Asus RT-AC3200 is a great option because of its features, like the Smart Connect feature, as well as the security system that it has. It also delivers optimal speed and coverage and it has the Asus AiCloud feature that gives you access to your files and data wherever you are.
#13. D-Link DIR-880L Dual Band Wireless Router
Next up on this list is the D-Link DIR-880L Dual Band Wireless Router. It promises a fast connection whether wireless or through an ethernet cable for up to 1.9 Gbps as well as a good USB performance. This router has an advanced AC beamforming which augments the Wi-Fi’s signal strength. It also has its Gigabit WAN and LAN ports, so your wired connections are fast and reliable. There are also two USB ports for you to connect your flash drives as well as printers, and it also has the Smart Connect technology which chooses the best available network for you and your mobile device or your laptop.
The D-Link DIR-880L makes sure the bandwidth is distributed equally with its band steering technology, and whether on mobile or on your computer, you can easily monitor your connection.
Those who use this router all raved about how it was easy to set up, and how it brings good coverage to their homes. They even mentioned that even while streaming, the bandwidth remained consistent and that there was no need for extenders in this one.
On the other hand, some found an issue with this router when it comes to the speed of the router after some time of use. They found that the speed diminished as well as the connection to other devices. The admin interface isn’t as user-friendly or fool-proof as they had found it to be as well.
Conclusion: The D-Link DIR-880L is easy to set up and delivers on the coverage as well as speed of the internet. As we’ve mentioned before, the issues with the speed after prolonged use might be solved with rebooting the router. As for the user-interface, it may take a little time to work around, but it shouldn’t be a big problem.
#14. D-Link DIR 890L Tri-Band Router
We have the D-Link DIR 890 Tri-Band router in our list, that may look like something to come from outer space because of its design. Although, don’t be fooled by its appearance as it has a lot of features packed in. The AC3200 tri-band speed delivers maximum speeds up to 1 x 600 Mbps for 2.4 GHz + 2 x 1300 Mbps for 5 GHz.
You can play games and stream all at once, with HD and 4K resolution without any buffering or lagging whatsoever due to the 6 antennas. The 1 GHz dual core processor ensures maximum speeds while the Advances AC SmartBeam makes sure your wireless network’s range is at its peak.
The enhanced SmartConnect feature is also in the router, making sure you have the best possible connection for your device or computer. Your applications will also perform at its best due to the router’s QoS traffic optimization feature.
As for the interface, it’s user-friendly and easy to install for you to manage and monitor your home network from your device.
The features make it a great option, but of course there are possible issues that you may encounter with this. Some noted that this router has issues when it comes to connectivity as well as the firmware. The Smart Connect may also pose an issue as well as some noted that it may cause other devices to disconnect.
Conclusion: The D-Link DIR 890L Tri-Band router is a good bet because of most of its features. As long as you don’t mind having to disable the Smart Connect feature that it has, you will be able to connect the rest of your devices without a hitch.
The RTA2600 Athena MU-MIMO router from Amped Wireless is another great bet as one of the best wireless routers in the market. To start off, it has 16 amplifiers with 4 antennas to deliver maximum coverage while the AC2600 Wi-Fi speeds can go up to 2.53 Gbps, 800 Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps for 5 GHz.
Its MU-MIMO feature ensures data transfer to many devices all at once at 3 times the speed. Gamers can enjoy uninterrupted game time, while stream movies and media, both HD and 4K resolution too.
At the center of it all is its 1.4 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor, and its 4 Wi-Fi streams can easily manage the traffic. For safe and secure browsing, this router includes features such as coverage control, and you can even block certain sites and make SPI firewalls. File sharing is a lot easier because of its USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, with 4 other Gigabit ports for other devices.
Although everything looks great with this router in terms of features alone, there are also some cons that some who use this, have found, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone else who love this say the same. They found issues in connectivity as well as the firmware as some have noted that every firmware update tends to be a bit buggy.
Conclusion: If you want a router that has good coverage for its price while being easy to manage, then this router may be a great bet.
The Advantages of Using a Wireless Router
Wireless routers are basically a necessity in homes today. However, in the event that you may have been left out of the times or in the know of the good things wireless routers bring, let us fill you in on several of its perks.
What Makes a Good Wireless Router?
Just like with everything we purchase, we have our preferences. We may value some qualities about a product more than others. In the case of routers, we have a few qualities we would like to see in a good wireless router.