TOP 8 Best Wireless Router

TOP 8 Best Wireless Router

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Are you looking for the best wireless router? In this blog post, I will break down the top wireless routers on the market.

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The TP-Link Archer C2300 has a deceptively mild mannered design. But don’t be fooled, as it’s one of the most powerful routers you can buy. It’s the reigning performance champ, pumping out nearly a gigabit per second of data in our standard performance tests, and blasting through walls and ceilings with ease. Not only is the Archer C2300 the fastest router I’ve seen, but it’s also small, unobtrusive, and full of high-end features.

The Archer C2300 comes with built-in optimization tools, like antivirus, QoS, and parental controls that are normally found on more expensive competitors. Its price point is typically less than half of what similarly performing competitors cost, and it’s backed by a 2-year warranty. The TP-Link Archer C2300 is simply the best WiFi router you can buy today.

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There are plenty of mesh routers on the market to blanket your home with WiFi, but our hands-down favorite is the NETGEAR Orbi. A single Orbi unit alone provides some of the best performance I’ve seen in a router. And with additional satellite units, you can cover a 5,000-square-foot home with seamless connectivity and phenomenal performance.

The speedy Orbi delivers one of the easiest setup processes I’ve seen, and the combination of smartphone and desktop tools make it easy to manage your network from anywhere, including curfew times and content controls for parents. And newer add-ons lets you expand in more ways than one with weatherproof outdoor satellite units and an Alexa-equipped unit that doubles as a smart speaker. If you’ve got a big home, the Orbi is the best WiFi router for you.

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The TP-Link Archer A7 is the best WiFi router for those on a budget, delivering very good 802.11ac performance and a surprising number of features for less than $60. The Archer A7 has great performance for the price, pushing through more data than most of the comparably priced routers I’ve tested, and features 4 Gigabit LAN ports and the USB 2.0 port for connecting devices. In addition to solid performance and features, the Archer A7 also has a very easy setup process and useful parental controls with an app that lets you monitor and control network use from anywhere. It’s the best value WiFi router I’ve tested this year.

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It might be priced like a high-performance or gaming router, but the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 delivers in a different area: cybersecurity. The RS400 may deliver solid performance and enough range to cover most homes, but the real value is protection, with a fistful of security features from NETGEAR and Bitdefender, including three years of protection from Bitdefender Total Security software.

The RS400 is built to safeguard your entire connected home, from your laptops and phones to a whole range of smart devices, from TVs to ovens, thermostats, and doorbell cameras. With so many devices on today’s home network, you have to be more vigilant as a single poorly secured gadget can open you up to hackers and malware. The RS400 keeps your whole home safe and is easy to set up and manage to, making it our favorite cybersecurity router.

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The first router I’ve tested that features the new WiFi 6 specification, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is a gamer’s delight, with speed that improves over longer range, low latency, and all the features that gamers expect. Add it all up and most other gaming routers are now second best. The GT-AX11000 is large with a gargantuan base, 8 swiveling antennas, and massive 10.8-gigabyte-per-second maximum throughput. The router has connectivity in droves, thanks to its tri-band design and four downstream Gigabit LAN ports, a single 2.5G Base T Ethernet connection, and two USB 3.0 ports. Built-in customization and gaming-oriented optimizations provide plenty of control, and you can even pair it with other Asus routers for mesh networking to cover a larger home. At $450, it is expensive. But this is the best WiFi router for gamers wanting an edge online.

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The TP-Link Archer C5400X is the gaming router to beat, with some of the best performance you’ll see in any home networking device. It offers best-in-class tri-band performance with impressive coverage, delivering 1 gigabyte per second over its 2.4 gigahertz band and 2.167 gigabytes per second over each of its two 5 gigahertz channels. The 8-antenna design and red-on-black color scheme are sure to turn heads, but the real selling point is the collection of optimization and security features that will satisfy any power user. With bandwidth allocation controls to let you use the massive throughput as you wish, this router puts incredible performance into the user’s hands for gaming or anything else.

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For a truly customizable router, I recommend the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream, which is not only a great tri-band router. It’s also loaded with tools to tweak and customize your router for optimal performance. The small black EA8300 Max-Stream can move a lot of data, though it will do best in smaller homes. But even with a shorter range, it offers impressive performance for a router that sells for less than $200.

Whether you’re allocating bandwidth to prioritize gaming or media streaming or just setting up parental controls, you can automate many features and make manual adjustments on the fly and monitor it, all from your desktop or smartphone. With so many ways to customize your router’s performance, the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream is an easy pick for the power user.

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Ubiquiti’s UniFi line of access points bridge the gap between consumer products and professional enterprise solutions. This type of product is for the enthusiast that isn’t happy with what traditional home WiFi solutions offer. If you’re serious about providing a high-quality network that is robust, the UniFi line is currently the best option on the market. Although each unit sells for around $130, you’ll need some extra hardware to get up and running. Traditional home WiFi solutions are actually three products combined into one box.

They consist of a router, a switch, and an access point. Since the UniFi is just an access point, you’ll need to provide your own router and switch. This can be as simple as a $20 commodity switch and a $60 router. But you’ll need to take this into account when designing your system. If you’re the type of customer even looking for a product in this category, though, you should be fine with the network configuration.

Another thing you’ll need is a PoE injector since enterprise APs don’t have dedicated power inputs. Depending on what package you purchase, an injector may be included with your AP, but they come cheap either way.

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So that sums up our top wireless routers. I hope you enjoyed. If you did, please leave a comment on the blog post. Until next time. Have a great day.