A good wireless router makes all the difference between a good day and a bad day for me.
If you aren’t looking forward to ripping out your hair in search for something that works then this guide is for you.
Today, we are going to discuss the best wireless routers for you to use them at your home.
Here’s the list of our top 5 picks.
ASUS RT AC88U
ASUS not only makes top of the line gaming PCs and computer hardware but they are also in the business of making internet connectivity hassle free.
This powerful device supports speeds up to 2100 Mbps.
Manufactured by a well-known player in the market you can rest assured of its quality.
The device features 8 GIGA bit LAN ports for better connectivity.
It runs on a powerful dual core CPU that is powered with a fast 1.4 GHz processor.
The installation process for ASUS RT AC 88U
To install the software, you need to connect the this to a PC and as soon as the PC identifies the connection it will open up ASUS RT 88U’s web interface and give you options to configure it to your liking.
After that you can set the name of the connection and the password for making it secure from others.
The ASUS RT excelled in all the tests I gave it.
It has a long range and offers very stable connections over a long period of use
Asus includes a VPN server that can be easily accessed with this.
Compared to older models, this one has almost the same size but comes with double the number of LAN ports which is excellent.
Bad placement for USB 3.0, making it difficult to use
Configuration with external hard drive doesn’t result in the smoothest of operations
Netgear NightHawk 7000
Weighing a bit more than others at 3.5 kg this product supports many additional features not commonly found in similar devices.
The performance at the 5.5 Ghz range is pretty good.
For one you can stream music with this. The product comes with OpenVPN support which makes downloading software a breeze.
You can also run third party Linux software on the device.
What it comes with?
The router supports two USB ports, among which one is USB 3.0 which offers blazing fast connectivity and other is USB 2.0. Along with that there are five LAN and 1 WAN ports with all the bells and whistles like Gigabit Ethernet ports. USB 3.0 provides faster data transfer.
Other features of note is that the device is dual band with support for all existing wi-fi clients and protocols. dual-band router that supports all existing Wi-Fi clients on the market, regardless of their Wi-Fi standard. The older model, the R6000 offered 450Mbps on 2.4Ghz bandwidth, this one takes it a notch higher at 600Mbps.
Fairly few other devices can beat it at the 5Gz bandwidth. The performance will blow your mind off.
The design and form factor is pleasant to the eye and touch.
While the 5Gz performance is over the top, the same cannot be said about the 2.4 Ghz performance compared to others.
It’s a bit bulky.
It can’t be mounted on a wall.
D-LINK DIR 890L Wireless Router
DIR 890L doesn’t come short of the glory that the manufacturer’s other electronic products share.
One of the outstanding physical features that sets the DIR 890L apart is the design. It looks like an alien spaceship draped in red.
It supports six antennas and can take on with ease the heaviest gaming setups.
The carefully thought of design also carries over to the quality of the product.
It’s full of all the features that you may look for in a good wireless router along with the great ergonomics.
It supports both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bandwidths. Although, the product is very big, and occupies good space it only supports 4 LAN ports.
Configuration and Installation
The Setup wizard guides you through the installation process and it’s a breeze. Different connection types are available, namely — DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, DS-Lite etc. You can also configure IPv6 DNS server settings. You can then configure the different settings and set your passwords.
On the UX side, once you login to the web portal it’s very easy to navigate your way around. You get to see basic information like the router’s IP address and connection speeds and status.
Great ergonomics. Extremely fast and stable connections.
Easy to set up everything with the Setup wizard
The router is bulky and big
Only 4 LAN ports
Pricing is a tad higher.
Amped Wireless RTA Antenna
The Amped Wireless RTA router is one such product that’s not very hard on the pocket but yet offers a very good networking and connectivity experience.
Though it doesn’t offer some of the features found in the more expensive counterparts we already discussed, it needs to be said that the product is robust.
It offers basic features and good connectivity with an intuitive easy to understand interface that makes using it a breeze.
One of the remarkable features of the Amped Wireless RTA Antenna is that it’s pretty compact.
It supports 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bandwidths and the Led lights flash to indicate the statuses like connection to USB, internet connectivity and so on.
It comes with a software called Athena which is highly customizable.
Compact but yet very powerful.
Easy to configure
Lacks some features easily seen in others.
Asus RT-AC3200 – Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router
We have already seen one Asus product earlier.
It’s needless to say that Asus offers some of the best quality electronic products in the market today.
Let’s see what the RT-AC3200 has to offer.
As it is with triband routers, ASUS RT AC3200 is an expensive one. That being said, the product has a bunch of cool features that justify the pricing.
The design is wonderful and the product has a form factor that’s really smooth to touch.
However, with only 4 LAN ports it isn’t for someone who has a lot of devices to connect to.
But that could be the only thing lacking in this behemoth.
It supports 6 antennas that can be attached or de-attached with much ease.
6 antennas, 5 LAN ports and very powerful hardware.
Comes with OpenVPN.
Can be used as NAS server but gives mediocre performance like its predecessors.
The router is bulky and big.
So there you have it. The list of the best 5 wireless routers to meet your net cravings. Some of these can connect with multiple devices without a hitch, some others are very lightweight. While still others look like alien spacecrafts. The design and ergonomics on most of these routers are simply outstanding. Lastly, he installation process for all these routers is pretty straightforward. Take your pick.