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What are some of the Best WiFi Routers available in the market? This buying guide will help you choose the best WiFi router for your personal or professional use.
In the modern world, technology can be found everywhere and we are constantly surrounded by technology, be it smartphones, tablets, televisions, or computers. Most of the time, all these gadgets are connected to the internet via one important device: A WiFi Router.
Best WiFi Routers 2020
WiFi is an important part of our lives, as we need it to connect with others on the internet, play games, watch videos online, and so on. However, an average WiFi router is simply not good enough. Having a good WiFi router would allow you to access the internet at blazing fast speeds and when participating in online activities such as playing games, you would then be able to achieve lower ping.
Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at out top 10 WiFi router picks, before we dive deeper into the tech specs.
|Router Name||Weight (pounds)||LAN Ports||Wireless Standard||Price|
|TP-LINK Talon AD7200||4||5||2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11ad, 5 GHz Radio Frequency|
|Google Wifi||0.74||2||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Netgear Nighthawk R7000||1.65||4||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200||4.11||5||802.11ad, 5 GHz Radio Frequency|
|Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena||2.60||5||801.11ac|
|Linksys WRT1900 AC||2.11||5||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750||1.15||4||802.11ac/n/a/b/g|
|Netgear Orbi RBK50-100INS (Editor's Choice)||3.2||3||802.11 bgn|
1. TP-Link Talon AD7200 – Best WiFi Router with the Latest Technology
The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is a WiFi router that was initially launched in 2016. It is the first 802.11ad router to be released in the world, which means that it has a ground-breaking 60GHz AD WiFi band, packing speeds of up to 4600Mbps! In comparison, traditional dual-band WiFi routers only have 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands.
- The TP-Link Talon AD7200 looks just like a normal router. It is covered in black and it sports a number of antennas for better WiFi connectivity.
- It is rather big, as its base area is 230mm x 230mm. The height of the router is 43mm, but flip the eight external antennae and the height can rise up to 123mm. You would probably need to dedicate a table in order for you to place the router.
- At the back, there are 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, as well as a couple of USB ports for shared storage via USB disks and printer sharing.
- Rather than the normal USB 2.0, all the ports are USB 3.0, which means that you are able to obtain higher transfer speeds.
- This router has WPS, so you would be able to seamlessly connect to the router without having to use a password. The light indicators are located at the front of the router. Unfortunately, this router does not have Smart Connect, which means that you have to connect to a single WiFi connection for one WiFi band.
- The TP-Link Talon AD7200 comes with an illustrative guide to help guide you in the setting up of the router. It is relatively easy to set up it up yourself; simply connect the internet line to the router, the Ethernet cable to your computer and head to your router’s web page (www.tplinklogin.net) to begin with the installation process. During this process, you would be required to select some settings for your router. If you are unsure, you can always contact your Internet Service Provider or TP-LINK support for assistance.
- The TP-Link Talon AD7200 has achieved a solid performance with the 5GHz band, getting up to 450mbps when close to the router and 250mbps within a 30 feet range from the router. However, when compared to the most similar router, the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10, the TP-Link Talon AD7200 is not as fast. If you were to take into account the price difference between these two, it actually does have a reasonable speed.
- For the 2.4GHz band, we got up to 100Mbps close to the router and 80Mbps from 30 feet away.
- The 60GHz AD band’s results stunned us. We managed to get 950Mbps close to the router! However, the 60GHz AD frequency band was not able to penetrate through walls, so you should not expect to receive a solid internet connection in a separate room.
- The internet speeds on all the TP-Link Talon AD7200 frequency bands are equally fast
- The installation process of the router is easy and swift
- Worth the price tag
- Extemely big in size
- The 60GHz band may not be supported on many devices and is not able to pass through walls
2. Google WiFi – Best WiFi Router for Long Range
You may have heard of Google WiFi, especially in recent years. It is one of the most popular routers in the market since it is manufactured by one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Google. Unlike other routers, Google WiFi is a unique WiFi system that you may want to get your hands on, as it has numerous amazing features.
- The Google WiFi consists of 3 identical units. The unit’s design is elegant and it is cylindrical and white, similar to a large marshmallow.
- There are no antennas but there is a single LED light on the router.
- This design is very simplistic in comparison to other routers and its design is built in such a way that it caters to the tastes of many. That being said, the Google WiFi is most suited for modern looking homes.
- Each unit has 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, which would be able to provide speedy internet connections. However, for the primary unit, one of the ports is for Wide Area Network (WAN).
- The Google WiFi has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands which supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards. The 3 units can be placed in a manner such that you are able to receive WiFi coverage regardless of wherever you are situated in a large house. The coverage can also be expanded if you purchase more Google WiFi units.
- The network performance is insured with a 710 MHz quad-core processor with another 512Mb of memory on each unit to ensure that smooth internet is provided without fail.
- Setting up the Google WiFi as a first time user is akin to using any of Google’s products – in other words, very simple. All you are required to do is to simply download the Google WiFi app for free on either your iOS or Android device and scan the QR code on the primary unit after you have finished connecting it to the modem. You would be asked to configure your network’s SSID and set a security password afterwards. The Google WiFi app will then request for you to pair with the other 2 units. After that, you are able to begin using your new Google WiFi router!
- Even though the Google WiFi system may look basic, its performance is comparable to other pricier and better routers such as the TP-Link Talon AD7200.
- At the 5GHz band, you would be able to receive speeds of up to 450Mbps at close proximity, which is also approximately the highest speed that the TP-Link Talon AD7200 had achieved.
- Thanks to its multi router setup and coverage, you would be able to receive speeds of up to 200Mbps even when farther away from the Google WiFi.
- For the 2.4GHz band, speeds of up to 100Mbps are achieved at close proximity and 70Mbps when tested from a distance. This is an acceptable result, considering that high-end routers have also achieved similar speeds.
- It has excellent WiFi coverage despite not having antennas on any of the units
- For a mid-range router, it has remarkably high internet speeds
- It is much more affordable when compared to similar WiFi systems having the same performance.
- Google WiFi can also be used to control smart devices at home, especially those compatible with Google Assistant
- A Google Account is required to be logged in at all times in order for you to use the WiFi system
3. ASUS RT-AC88U – Best WiFi Router for Gaming
ASUS is well known for building the best laptops and PCs for gaming, especially in their Republic Of Gamers (ASUS ROG) series. However, ASUS also makes high-end routers that are gradually gaining popularity in the market. Here, we will focus on one of the most famous gaming routers, which is the ASUS RT-AC88U. With MU-MIMO and beamforming technology, the router costs under $300, and depending on your budget and needs, might be a good choice for you.
- The design of the ASUS RT-AC88U is pretty similar in comparison to many of its other routers. Its black elegant construction, along with the small red tones along the antennas, gives it a sleek futuristic look that goes along well in a gaming environment.
- It has dimensions of 11.8 x 7.4 x 3.3 inch when all the 4 antennas are up and it should not be a problem when placing it in your home. However, ASUS is better known for its features and performance rather than its design.
- The ASUS RT-AC88U is an AC3100 router with 8 Gigabit LAN ports. Using these ports would provide you with internet at lightning-fast speeds and so you would not have to worry about issues such as latency, ping and so on.
- The ASUS RT-AC88U can also act as a network attached storage (NAS), which mean that you would be able to connect to the router to access your shared files on the router. Similar to most routers, it sports a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band which are separate (not the same SSID).
- The web interface for the ASUS router settings are also designed for easy usage, something that you would not commonly see in other routers.
- The impressive user interface makes it easy to understand everything that has to do with the router. This makes setting up the ASUS RT-AC88U a simple process. After physically setting the router up, all you need to do is to simply connect your PC to the router and the ASUS router webpage will automatically open. From there, you would be required to select a couple of specific options, such as having a Dynamic or Static IP, as well as changing the SSID of your router. Setting up the ASUS RT-AC88U is definitely a child’s play and should be a breeze.
- If you are within 12 feet away from the router, the ASUS RT-AC88U can manage speeds of over 300 Mbps and 90 Mbps for the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands respectively.
- Even when you are further away at around 45 feet, the router still can obtain speeds of more than 200 Mbps and 80 Mbps for the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands respectively.
- Considering that the Google WiFi has scored a similar internet speed with 3 units, the ASUS RT-AC88U definitely does not fail to bring fast internet even if you are at a further distance from the router.
- Having 8 Gigabit LAN ports can provide many people with speedy internet, yet the performance would not be impacted.
- If you do not know much about technology, the intuitive web interface can assist you in setting up your router. It is as simple as the clicking of a few buttons.
- When an external hard drive is connected to the ASUS RT-AC88U and used as a NAS, the overall performance of the router slows down.
4. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 – The Budget Friendly Option
At this point, you may or may not have heard of Netgear. Netgear is a company that is getting increasingly famous for producing a few of the best WiFi routers. They are dedicated to connecting people to the internet with their exceptional technology. Here, we are reviewing the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, which is known to be the most affordable option out of all the routers that we have reviewed here while retaining an impressive performance.
- The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is consistently black on all sides. Its shape is unique, giving a minimal and stealthy vibe to it. It is no wonder as to why this WiFi router is named Nighthawk. In fact, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 looks more like a stealth fighter jet.
- However, its classy design comes at the cost of its weight. It is absolutely bulky, which may put many people off if they intend to purchase this product. Well, at least one would not have to carry the WiFi router around.
- There are many features in this router, despite it being cheaper as compared to the others. First up, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 supports a firmware called DD-WRT. Originally developed for Linksys, having DD-WRT on the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 would mean that this router can run a third-party Linux firmware. So far, none of the routers that we’ve mentioned above have this feature!
- This router also comes with OpenVPN support, something that many people would like to have these days. It also comes with OpenDNS as well, hence the security of your router and devices would be enhanced, with the control package built into the router.
- The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 has Quality of Service or QoS, which means that you would be able to tweak the quality of your internet connection to suit your preference! This router is also able to serve as a NAS without its performance being impacted.
- The Netgear Nighthawk R7000’s installation process is rather similar to the Google WiFi. You would be required to download the Nighthawk app for free from the Google Play Store or App Store on your mobile device. From there, open the app and reboot your Netgear Nighthawk R7000 with the modem cable connected, before following separate instructions on the Nighthawk app. Under most circumstances, you would be asked to connect to the router and change the Wi-Fi’s SSID and password. With that, voilà, you are done!
- The results of the speed test for the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is surprising if you are taking the price into account. It has packed speeds of up to 320 Mbps for the 5 GHz band and 80 Mbps for the 2.4 GHz band when close to the router.
- It is said that the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 can even achieve speeds of 1300 Mbps for the 5 GHz band though. Even if you are standing at a further distance from the router, you would still be impressed with the high speeds from the 5 GHz band. However, the 2.4 GHz band is another story.
- Its 5 GHz band is able to achieve really high internet speeds
- Despite its price and compared to other routers, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 packs in so many more unique features
- It feels and looks great, and modern
- It is extremely bulky
- The 2.4 GHz band cannot deliver reliable Internet as a whole. It seems that the connection is more reserved for the 5 GHz band
- The software features look incomplete and not ready for consumer use yet
5. D-Link DIR 890L – Best Range WiFi Router
The previous router which we discussed that has a rather good wireless range was the Google WiFi. However, the Google WiFi had ‘cheated’ with 3 units. The D-Link DIR 890L is another WiFi Router with the best wireless range, but it does not have 3 units! It is made by another company well-known for making reliable and fast routers and the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L is no exception.
- Similar to the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L is a very stylish and simplistic router. While the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 looks like a stealth jet, the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L resembles a race car built by enthusiasts.
- Instead of having black as the main build, black takes its place on the sides of the router and on the antennas, while the overall build of the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L is red.
- This router can stand out easily in a normal home. If you happen to have a computer set up having a red / black colour scheme, you might want to pick this for its design.
- Unlike other routers in the same pricing, the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L only has 4 LAN ports built into it. However, D-Link will not let you down with its impressive internet speeds and wireless range.
- This router comes with 6 antennas and thus guarantees a large wireless range. You are not able to detach them even if you encounter a problem with the router. This router also supports NAS by adding a hard drive to the router.
- Being a D-Link Product, you would be able to link the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L to other D-Link products such as security cameras, or vice versa. This will create a central station for you to control all D-Link gadgets. You can monitor the condition and status of your WiFi network by using the mydlink Lite app on your mobile device.
- The D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L has an easy and fluid set up process which is similar to most routers. All you have to do is to simply connect the router to the modem as usual and go through the setup process with a web browser setup wizard on a computer, or use the Quick Router Setup (QRS) app on a phone or tablet to get your home network connected effortlessly.
- Within close range from the router, the speed test achieved a maximum internet speed of about 330 Mbps for the 5 GHz band, while the 2.4 GHz band got an internet speed of about 90 Mbps.
- When located farther away from the router, the internet speeds does not vary much, decreasing only by about 10 – 20 Mbps for both frequency bands, hence proving that the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L has, indeed, a large WiFi range.
- The D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L has a large Wireless range and the internet speed is also unaffected by the long range
- Its design is uniquely modern and pleasing to the eyes
- The setup process is seamless and fast
- The antennas can’t be detached, so it will be harder for you to troubleshoot a hardware problem the D-Link AC3200 Ultra WiFi DIR 890L could have in the future
- The price is also hefty due to the hardware to improve the range
6. Netgear Nighthawk X10 – Expensive But Powerful
The next router we are reviewing is probably the most expensive in this list. It is made by Netgear (again!) and it costs a whopping $400! The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is a router released in 2016. At that time, it was dubbed ‘the industry’s first, and fastest router for media streaming and instant backup’. At the first glance, it might seem like a waste to let Netgear swallow your money for this router. However, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 provides many features packed in it, so the price that you pay for this router may actually be worth your money!
- The Netgear Nighthawk X10 has dimensions of 8.81 x 6.61 x 2.91 inches. Its size is the reason why the router is very heavy! Its weight is similar to a 15-inch MacBook Pro.
- The design of the router is very simplistic, similar to all the other routers. Its build is mostly black and its light indicators are blue. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 does not force you to stare at its design, but it sits quietly in a corner, doing its job. Having this router can probably increase your coolness factor.
- This is another router besides the TP-Link Talon AD7200 that has all 3 frequency bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 60GHz. Not only that, it also provides 7 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (6 LAN and 1 WAN port!) as well as a 10 Gigabit SPF + LAN Port! You cannot see this ultra-high-speed port in many routers every day.
- That is not the end to the list! The Netgear Nighthawk X10 also includes a Multi-User Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming, which can provide strong internet to multiple devices concurrently.
- The Netgear Nighthawk X10 has 160MHz WiFi technology that doubles the WiFi strength that improves the internet on a mobile phone. Its 1.7 GHz quad-core processor serves as an assistant in constantly streaming 4K videos to your device and providing you an immersive internet VR gaming experience without buffering.
- Having 2 super speedy USB 3.0 ports on the Netgear Nighthawk X10 allows you to share files quickly from the router to other devices as well.
- Despite being a very advanced and ‘techy’ router, the setup process is still relatively simple. Just like the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, you would be able to set up the Netgear Nighthawk X10 by simply connecting the router to the modem and using the Netgear mobile app to complete the set up. You are also able to connect your router to your computer and visit www.routerlogin.net for you to access the Netgear Setup wizard in order to complete the installation.
- With such an exorbitant price, you would obviously expect high internet speeds. Fortunately for you, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 would not disappoint you. It has got up to 550Mbps for the 5GHz test in close proximity. This is so much higher as compared to the frequent 300+ Mbps speeds that we’ve got earlier.
- Even when you are further away from the router, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 still scores a high internet speed of an approximate 400 Mbps.
- The 2.4 GHz test results were also remarkable, with 100Mbps in internet speed when close to the router and about 75Mbps when standing around 30 feet away.
- We took this opportunity to test the 60GHz frequency band on the Netgear Nighthawk X10, which it quickly passed the test with speeds of over 950Mbps! This was for the close-proximity test. When testing in between different rooms, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 could not pass the test since 60GHz frequencies were unable to penetrate through walls.
- All the WiFi bands have remarkable internet speeds other than the 60GHz long-range tests
- The 10 Gigabit SPF + LAN Port would be useful for your online activities, such as low-latency gaming and file storage
- Netgear’s software makes it easy for you to set up the wireless router without having much issues
- It might not be worth the price as the 60GHz AD frequency band is not supported by many devices. Also, you are not able to use this band if you were to sit in another room
- It is really expensive. Full stop
The next router we are reviewing is not very much known, but is still worthy enough to be on this list. This is the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena. Firstly, you have to know that this router is not expensive and is a good choice if you prefer saving money rather than splurging on hardware. This router is most suited for WiFi enthusiasts. It may not be as popular as other routers, but it nevertheless show great performances with its available features, making it suitable for the average WiFi user.
- The design is not really special for the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena, but it is still well crafted. It has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
- There is a USB 3.0 port on the right side and a USB 2.0 port on the back. These two ports can be used to host storage devices as NAS.
- There are 5 Gigabit LAN ports and a Gigabit WAN port behind the router. The 4 antennas are also placed there instead of at the sides. This may make the back of the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena appear crowded.
- This router also has the new Qualcomm multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology, which means that this router would be able to handle the WiFi bandwidth more effectively and thus would be able to deliver internet without any hiccups.
- There are many LED lights at the top of the router to show different statuses.
- Despite having these many features, the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena is rather compact; it is smaller in size when compared to most routers.
- As with most WiFi routers, the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena is relatively easy to set up. A network cable is already provided and connected to the WAN port, in which all you have to do is to connect it to your modem. You are then able to sign in to the router and enter its web interface to modify various settings, such as the SSID and password. The interface is responsive and easy to understand, so you do not need to be a master in technology in order to understand the various options of the internet portal. After applying the settings, you would need to let it reboot for a minute before it is fully functional.
- When you are close to the router, the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena is able to achieve up to 378Mbps of internet speed on the 5GHz band.
- If, however, you are standing away from the router, it would result in a lower speed of 250Mbps. It is generally better due to the MU-MIMO technology installed in the router.
- However, the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena fared much worse than its competitors when tested on the 2.4GHz band. It only managed to achieve up to 98Mbps and 45Mbps of internet speed when standing in close proximity and further away respectively.
- The internet speed for the 5 GHz band of the router is amazing
- The performance of the internet would not be affected by the number of devices connected to it
- The set up process is relatively simple
- Its price is quite high for a router with basic features
- Some basic features are lacking in this router, whereas they are available for other routers at the same price
8. Linksys WRT1900 AC – Best DD-WRT WiFi Router
The next on the list of the best WiFi routers is the Linksys WRT1900 AC. Just like the name suggests, this router is able to support the standard AC1900 feature. Having this feature would mean that both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands are able to support fast and swift WiFi speeds. But, is it really fast and would it be able to stand out among its competitors? Read on.
- First off and most importantly, the Linksys WRT1900 AC is rather big in size. You would have to dedicate a stand for it. Upon closer observation of Linksys’s WiFi router products, it can be seen that the Linksys WRT1900 AC follows its predecessors in terms of shape and colour.
- The shade of blue covers the first half of the router, while antennas accompany the back of the router with a black body. It feels very old-fashioned and classy for some, as it resembles very much like the earlier Linksys WRT54G. On top of the router are many indicator lights, which can be turned off manually.
- The Linksys WRT1900 AC contains a powerful 1.2GHz ARM-based dual-core processor, including 256MB of DDR3 RAM.
- It is also one of the few routers that are able to fully support third-party hardware, with OpenWRT, DD-WRT and Tomato aiming to release firmware for this WiFi router.
- Despite having 4 antennas, the Linksys WRT1900 AC is a three-stream router. It comes with 4 Gigabit LAN Ports and 1 Gigabit WAN port.
- It also has a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0/eSATA port, which can be used for NAS. You can set up features like Media Prioritisation to select devices that have a higher priority to access the internet smoothly.
- The instructions to installing this router is clear and easy to digest. The default router settings (SSIDs, passwords) are already printed on the underside of the router, which you would be able to use for connecting and configuring through the Linksys router web interface. You are also able to use the Linksys Smart WiFi app, which is free on the Google Play Store and App Store, for you to configure your router.
To enter the interface, you would be required to connect to your router’s WiFi network and go to your router’s address (typically 192.168.1.1) before entering the credentials to gain access. Although, it is easy to understand what each setting of the router means, first-timers might find it the layout of the Linksys WRT1900 AC’s web interface hard to grasp. Some router options may be mixed with others in the wrong category.
You are also able to access the router’s settings without the need to be connected to it by going on to linksyssmartwifi.com. You would be required to register a Linksys Smart WiFi account before doing so.
- Under the “Auto” settings for the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, the Linksys WRT1900 AC performed well for a router at this price. For the 5GHz band, the Linksys WRT1900 AC achieved a top internet speed of 520Mbps at close range and 340Mbps at a long-range (30 feet). This result is one of the highest internet speeds among the other routers in this list.
- This is not the most satisfactory results, but at least it is higher than most of its competitors. Taking into account the range for the long-distance test, this router would be useful if you have a larger house.
- However, the Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena fared much worse than its competitors when tested on the 2.4GHz band. It only managed to achieve up to 98Mbps and 45Mbps of internet speed when standing in close proximity and further away respectively.
- The Linksys WRT1900 AC is amazingly powerful thanks to its processor
- The WiFi range is fantastic and is able to deliver smooth internet even from 30 feet away
- The design is old-fashioned and may appeal to nostalgic people
- The price of the Linksys WRT1900 AC might be a little high for many people
- The web interface of the router may be hard to understand for first timers
9. TP-Link Archer C7 – Best Budget WiFi Router in the Market
The TP-Link Archer A7 is the most affordable router on this list and it is suitable for those who need good internet but do not want to spend too much money on routers. At $99.99, you may be skeptical about this router in terms of its performance and features. You will be amazed, though, with regards to how well this router performs.
- The TP-Link Archer A7 uses the same glossy-black enclosure on the top, which looks satisfying and appealing to most. The design is much similar to its predecessors. Considering the fact that this is a budget-friendly router, you would be expecting a standard and flimsy build quality.
- It measures 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches in size, so you will have to reserve a space for this router. The front of the router are the indicator lights. At the back of the router, there are 3 detachable antennas which you would be able to adjust.
- There are 4 Gigabit LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port and 2 USB 2.0 ports as well.
In terms of hardware, the TP-Link Archer A7 sports a dual-band AC1750 technology. It has a rather standard 720MHz CPU.
- According to TP-Link, the TP-Link Archer A7 is able to reach up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band.
- The TP-Link Archer A7 has a faultless method in the setting up and installation of the router. All you are required to do is to just connect the router to the modem and computer and enter http://tplinkwifi.net in your internet browser to access the control panel. Throughout the entire process, the router would be guiding you through the installation, so you do not need to do anything for most of the time.
However, the way the TP-Link Archer A7 is being set up may be a hindrance to some. The TP-Link Archer A7 uses the older text-like version of the web console, rather than a more graphical design on newer TP-Link routers. This may confuse amateurs when they are setting up the router. Furthermore, the process of modifying the router’s settings can take a very long time and in some cases, up to 30 seconds.
Though its interface might seem annoying, it does pack many features into its hardware, such as the abundant range of settings that you are able to modify in order to suit your needs.
- For the test of the TP-Link Archer A7’s internet speeds, we compared it to other routers around the same price for fairness.
- The TP-Link Archer A7 scored a maximum internet speed of 91.3Mbps in close proximity and 62.8Mbps at 30 feet away. These two results were much higher than other budget routers of the same price.
- As for the 5GHz band, the results were outstanding! The TP-Link Archer A7 got a maximum speed of 509Mbps when close to the router. This is also much higher than some mid-range routers. At long range, the router scored a maximum of 250Mbps, which was again higher than many other routers!
- The performance of the TP-Link Archer A7 outweighs the price, making it a very worth router
- The quality of the internet on this router is sufficient for stable streaming and online gaming
- There are not many special features in the TP-Link Archer A7
- This router is mostly made from plastic, giving it a flimsy feeling
10. Netgear Orbi – Best WiFi Router for a Large Home
Netgear, a manufacturer that has made a name for itself in the networking field and has excelled several times, now aims to simplify the internet communication process through Orbi. Netgear Orbi is a great device to consider when looking for the best long-range WiFi router.
- If you want to fill your large home with large-speed Wifi, Netgear Orbi does an excellent job.
- The Orbi has a dedicated channel for router-to-extension data traffic that helps in generating the maximum throughput for your multiple devices.
- Orbi transmitts data in three radio-frequency bands. A primary 2.4GHz, 5GHz and a dedicated second 5GHz that is used to transmit data from the router Orbi to the Sattelite Orbi.
- You get a good amout of ports at the back of the device.
- Installation of the Netgear Orbi is a breeze. Just connect your PC or Mac to the router via ethernet or use your Smartphone or Tablet to connect via WiFi. You can then navigtae to orbilogin via a web browser or just use the Orbi app which is available for Android and iOS.
- We tested the Orbi in a three story building. Even though the devices were 120 Ft away from the router, the connection was fantastic.
- In a 3500 sq ft. house, the router was placed in the basement and an extender on the ground floor. The reception was very good on the first floor. Speedtest showed us a result between 50 and 90 Mbps of download speed on a 100 Mbps connection.
- We played videos on multiple devices and with its MU-MIMO technology, Orbi served the videos flawlessly on each of them.
- Easy setup process
- Smart and compact design
- Separate connection with satellite and router that enhances long range wifi connectivity throughout the home
- Poor customer support