The Best Wireless Routers for 2020

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

These days your wi-fi router not only connects to the internet but often your job too here's what you need to build your best home network along with reviews of the best routers we've tested for a range of needs and budgets the asus rog rapture gt ac 5300 is overkill for most home users but if you take your gaming seriously or want to ensure that your network is providing maximum throughput for all of your play and streaming needs this router is as good as it gets it delivered the fastest 5 gigahertz

Close proximity throughput performance of any router we've tested and it's 2.4 gigahertz and moomimo performance numbers were also solid it offers a heap of gigabit lan ports with built-in acceleration for gaming applications robust protection against malware and viruses a powerful quad-core processor and a wealth of other gamer-friendly optimization features all of which are controlled using a well-designed interface this router doesn't come cheap and its

File transfer performance could be a smidge better but neither gripe prevents it from earning our editor's choice for high-end routers designed for large homes the netgear nighthawk x10 ad7200 is an expensive high-end feature-packed router that delivers some of the fastest throughput performance we've seen while there are other routers that have moomin mode data streaming 160 megahertz wi-fi technology or 60 gigahertz 802.11 ad wi-fi capabilities the r9000 is the only

One we've seen so far with all three it's loaded with six gigabit lan ports an spf plus lan port for 10 gigabit connectivity via fiber a feature we haven't seen in a consumer level router until now and automatic amazon drive backup and plex media server capabilities granted there aren't many clients around to take advantage of the 802 11 ad and 160 megahertz wi-fi features but if you want to get ahead of the curve with a router that is ready for the future

This netgear is our latest editor's choice for high-end routers if you're looking to replace your outdated router but have limited funds check out the asus rt ac 66u b1 a dual band router the rtac 66u b1 is equipped with four lan ports and offers built-in trend micro malware protection and user-friendly quality of service and parental control settings it outperformed similarly budget price routers in most of our throughput tests and was

Very easy to install and configure using the intuitive asus wrt web console its solid performance robust feature set and affordable price earn it our editor's choice for budget priced routers there's a lot to like about the d-link ac 2600 its embedded secure home platform brings strong whole network protection against viruses and other malware it will also scan for iot anomalies that may indicate hacking attempts on smart home devices such as thermostats and security cameras

It also offers rich customizable parental controls that allow you to monitor your child's internet activity set time limits and block access to inappropriate content moreover its throughput performance is wonderful granted it's a bit bulky and its file transfer performance could be better but it's still worthy of our editor's choice for mid-range routers with the d-link ac-1200 you don't have to spend a lot to cover your home with effective dual-band wireless networking

The router is a snap to install and delivers fast throughput for the money especially on the 5 gigahertz band but it lacks usb connectivity granted it's not as affordable as the tenda f3 n300 wireless router but for an extra 30 dollars you get the 802.11 ac technology an extra lan port and speedy 5 gigahertz performance as such the dir-842 is our editor's choice for budget wireless routers the linksys ea 6350 ac 1200 plus is an excellent choice if

You don't require an advanced router ideal for smaller homes and apartments is delivered very fast five gigahertz throughput in our tests and while its 2.4 gigahertz performance didn't set any records it was more than adequate for a router in this price range as with most linksys routers the ea6350 is very easy to install and manage thanks to linksys smart wi-fi web console and mobile app you'll pay around thirty dollars more for this router than you would for the

D-link ac 1200 but the extra money gets you much faster throughput and a usb 3 port tp-link's archer c7 ac1750 is an affordable router that performs more like an expensive one it scores in our 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz throughput tests were significantly faster than similarly priced budget models including the 90 linksys ea6350 it offers a nice feature set four gigabit lan ports and a pair of usb 2 ports management settings were plentiful but

The web console is slow to respond and lacks user friendly icons to help you navigate the menu system that said it's the fastest dual band router in its class and neither gripe prevents it from earning our editor's choice for budget routers with the trend net ac 2600 stream boost moomimo wifi router you get all of the latest 802.11 ac technologies including stream boost moomimo data streaming and beamforming as well as outstanding performance across the board in fact it delivered one of the fastest

2.4 gigahertz scores we've seen and its 5 gigahertz and mumimo throughput speeds rival that of the more expensive high-end routers we've recently tested its file transfer write speeds aren't particularly fast though however our biggest gripe with this router has to do with its user interface while easy to navigate it takes a long time to save changes and requires a complete reboot and you have to remember to save then apply any changes before they take effect

That said its excellent performance puts it at the top of its class and earns it our editor's choice for mid-range routers one of the first wi-fi six routers to hit our labs back in april of 2019 the asus rtax88u is still one of the best we've tested to date armed with 802.11 ax circuitry this pricey router delivers speedy 160 megahertz throughput and fast file transfer speeds in our tests and its standard 802.11 ac performance is also very good those numbers coupled

With an excellent router operating system and robust third-party software security are what clinch the editor's choice win if it's within your budget the rtax88u is the best choice if you're ready for wi-fi 6 right now and you want to future-proof your wireless network sold exclusively at walmart the jetstream ac3000 is a mid-range model that uses three wi-fi bands two five gigahertz and one 2.4 gigahertz to help balance network traffic in homes where online gaming and 4k video

Streaming vie for network bandwidth it's very easy to install and turned in respectable scores on our close range throughput performance tests but its long range and file transfer performances could be better it also lacks some of the features that we've come to expect that the current crop of home wi-fi routers such as parental controls qos settings that allow you to assign bandwidth priority to specific clients and applications and protection against viruses and other

Malware threats although the jet stream ac3000 has an affordable price and a second five gigahertz band that will help distribute wi-fi traffic it's worth paying ninety dollars more for the editor's choice asus rt ac 86u if you need a gaming router with advanced features like device prioritation and parental controls

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