For many people, WiFi is a constant source of headaches. Even though we now have self-driving cars and computer software that learns on its own, having a strong, reliable WiFi signal at home is still something many people only dream about. But things don’t have to be this way. In this article, we present you top 5 best wireless routers to easily connect you to WiFi at home without any dead zones or connection drops.
Best Wireless Routers
|Google Wi-Fi Wireless Router||116.99|
|NETGEAR||NETGEAR Smart WiFi Router AC1750||94.99|
|TP-Link||TP-Link Archer C7 (AC1750)||89.99|
Netgear sells some of the most feature-packed premium routers on the market, and the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 offers many of the same high-end features that you find in routers that cost twice or three times as much. Inside this router is a powerful dual-core processor capable of providing up to 450 + 1300 Mbps speeds to support high-definition video streaming as well as other online activities. Thanks to three independently amplified antennas, the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 delivers reliable WiFi coverage throughout very large homes, and Beamforming+ technology ensures that the signal is directed to where it’s needed the most. Netgear has recently updated this router to support Google Assistant, allowing you to control your home network using voice commands.
Like the Netgear Nighthawk AC17, the TP-Link Archer C7 supports up to 450 + 1300 Mbps speeds over the 802.11ac standard, which is 3 times faster than the older 802.11n standard. Having the ability to essentially create two dedicated networks with a single router gives you the flexibility to separate work from play. One network could be used exclusively for email, web, and communication, and the other network could handle bandwidth-intensive tasks like online gaming or HD video streaming. On the back side of the TP-Link Archer C7 are three connectors for antennas, two multi-functional USB 2.0 ports for storage devices or printers, one Gigabit WAN port, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, and a power connector.
According to a WiFi download speed test performed by Linksys, the Linksys EA7300 is more than twice as fast as both the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 and the TP-Link Archer C7. In the text, the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 managed up to 54 Mbps, and the TP-Link Archer C7 only got up to 53 Mbps. Compare this to the Linksys EA7300 and its maximum WiFi download speed of 135 Mbps, and it’s immediately obvious which router is the fastest. And thanks to the excellent Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app, the Linksys EA7300 is also the easiest to set up. You can use the app to create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for up to 50 guests, ensure a safe Internet experience for your kids with parental controls, and prioritize devices that need the most speed.
The Google Wi-Fi Wireless Router system is a plug-and-use router replacement designed to provide a reliable WiFi coverage throughout your home and help you eliminate dead zones and buffering. A single Google Wi-Fi access point can cover up to 1,500 sq. ft, and Google sells a pack of three for $299, which covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. The Google Wi-Fi Wireless Router system is accompanied by a configuration application that lets you share your password with guests, prioritize devices on your network, see what’s connected, and more. Besides wireless connectivity, every Google Wi-Fi access point has two Gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast connection of a computer or a TV.
Our last pick is for those who have a positive experience with D-Link routers and are looking for a reasonably priced upgrade. Thanks to the latest AC technology for high-speed wireless connections, the D-Link AC1900 can deliver WiFi speeds of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps on 2.4Ghz + 1300Mbps on 5GHz), and the router even automatically enhances your wireless signal strength and range using Beamforming technology. You can connect up to four wired devices to Gigabit LAN ports and comfortably share your media with friends and family by plugging a USB flash drive or a portable hard drive to the USB 3.0 port on the left side. The D-Link AC1900 router gives you the option to either use a responsive graphical user interface or the DD-WRT OpenSource, Linux-based operating system, which offers additional customization and features.