Best Wireless Routers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 12, 2017
It is impossible to imagine our present-day life without the Internet connection. And it is particularly comfortable to use a wireless connection. That is why you need a good wireless router. We have selected 5 best Wi-Fi routers so that you can choose the one for yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Range
Data Transfer Rate
Connection and Control
Ports and Sharing
 
PROS

This is the fastest WiFi router in our review. Unlike many of its rivals, this model has a powerful 1 GHz dual-core CPU that makes it so well-performing.

CONS

This wireless router is quite expensive and not everyone is ready to pay for it.

OUR VERDICT

This is one of the fastest wireless routers available online: combines the impressive connectivity opportunities and excellent range.

detailed parameters
Range
Large houses, Offices
Data Transfer Rate
1300 Mbps (5 GHz) and 600 (2.4 GHz)
Connection and Control
Beamforming+ technology, Netgear genie app
Ports and Sharing
1 USB 3.0, 4 LAN Gigabit ports
PROS

This TP-Link router ensures excellent WiFi speed. It is perfect for network file sharing and has all the necessary features such as IP binding.

CONS

Mixed WiFi modes only are supported.

OUR VERDICT

Powerful dual-band wireless router for gaming and HD video streaming. Also offers 4 Gigabit LAN ports.

detailed parameters
Range
Large houses, Offices
Data Transfer Rate
1300 Mbps (5 GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Connection and Control
IP-based QoS technology, Tether app
Ports and Sharing
2 USB 2.0, 4 LAN Gigabit ports
PROS

Netgear router is very easy to set up and configure. It boasts a compact and not bulky design. There is also an advanced QoS which is better for gaming.

CONS

Though this WiFi router provides a good range, don't expect your network will be available from afar.

OUR VERDICT

Attractive price and impressive set of features make this wireless router highest rated. It is great for small and medium homes for quite a reasonable money. Secure and reliable.

detailed parameters
Range
Medium houses, Large houses
Data Transfer Rate
400 Mbps (5 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Connection and Control
Advanced QoS, Netgear genie app
Ports and Sharing
1 USB 2.0, 4 LAN Gigabit ports
PROS

This Linksys router provides quite a fast Internet connection thanks to a dual-band signal. It has a good-looking design and takes little place.

CONS

Since the antennas are built into the housing, you can't change them for more powerful ones.

OUR VERDICT

Decent WiFi router for a good price. Has all necessary features for a common user.

detailed parameters
Range
Small houses, Medium houses
Data Transfer Rate
300 Mbps (5 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Connection and Control
QoS traffic prioritization technology
Ports and Sharing
1 USB 2.0, 4 LAN Ethernet ports
PROS

Affordable and simple TP-Link router is the only device in our review that uses a single band. Though the wireless router is simple, the configuration is really easy.

CONS

Though this money-saving wireless router is quite well-performing, it might be no durable enough and can break after around 1.5 years of use.

OUR VERDICT

Good and cheap model for those who don't need expensive high-tech wireless routers. Decent price/quality ratio.

detailed parameters
Range
Apartments, Small houses
Data Transfer Rate
300 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Connection and Control
IP-based QoS technology
Ports and Sharing
4 LAN Ethernet ports

What is a Wireless Router

In this WiFi router review, we will consider 5 best wireless routers that you can use both at home or in the office. With the help of a wireless router, you can connect all your devices (such as a laptop, a TV set, a tablet, a smartphone, a PC, a printer, etc.) into a single network without any wires. You will be able to transfer information, share files, and so on. However, Internet connection is the main purpose people get these devices. Most modern WiFi routers can serve as a wireless modem so you do not need to buy a separate device - just connect an Internet cable and the router will provide your home with the access to the web.

Also, if your device has no WiFi support (for example, you can connect a PC to a router) you can buy a special USB Wireless Adapters that will connect it to a wireless router.

What Features to Compare

To make our comparison highly informative, we have chosen 5 best routers 2016 - some of them are quite affordable whereas others are expensive. Now, we are going to tell you how exactly we analyzed the best routers.

The Range is one of the most important features for any wireless router. It means the distance the WiFi signal will reach. For example, if you live in an apartment you can use a low-performing wireless router whereas a more powerful device has to be chosen for a large house where there are lots of walls and rooms that are significant hurdles for a signal. The same kind of device has to be bought for use in the office. You can say how big the range is by looking at the number of antennas.


Also, you need to pay attention to the Data Transfer Rate of each device. Keep in mind that the rate a WiFi router supports must be higher than the speed your Internet provider allocated to you, but today any new router is fast enough. If you need to provide multiple devices with the Internet access - make sure to get the fastest WiFi router in our review. Also, there are different types of wireless protocol and they are different in terms of maximal speed, so pay attention to it as well. To help you realize the fair price of every router, we have counted how much money a typical rate of 300 Mbps costs (we call it Price to Speed ratio).

When you choose a WiFi router, you also need to check Connection and Control features that show how reliable the connection is, if your wireless router supports a special guest network, if you can control the number of devices connected to your network, etc. It is particularly important if you are buying a WiFi router for business.


Finally, Ports and Sharing is one more crucial feature which means what other devices you can connect to a wireless router. The best WiFi routers have 1 or even 2 USB ports. Also, most wireless routers include several LAN ports which allow you to connect several devices via a wired network (for example, you can connect a PC to a WiFi router).

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NETGEAR R7000

Range

This is a truly powerful Netgear wireless router that is designed for large houses and for offices. If you have a big house or need a source of Internet for your company’s office - that is an optimal choice. You will be able to connect multiple devices to your wireless network. No need to say, you can set up a guest network too.

Data Transfer Rate

Netgear WiFi router creates 2 separate bands: 1300 Mbps (at the frequency of 5 GHz) and 600 Mbps (a the frequency of 2.4 GHz). The faster band is perfect if you have an ultra-fast Internet connection. Such an immense speed is supported by a brand-new dual-core CPU. The dual-band signal can penetrate through multiple walls and if you live in a really large house - you will have the Internet everywhere. As of Price to Speed ratio, you pay $29.5 for 300 Mbps.

Connection and Control

Such a powerful wireless router can provide dozens of devices with the Internet access. The Wi-Fi router has powerful amplifiers and the signal is transferred via 3 antennas. Unique Beamforming+ technology increases speed and reliability of the signal. In general, this Netgear wireless router is perfect for HD video streaming and playing video games. Let’s also mention a special Netgear genie app that makes the use much easier.

Ports and Sharing

This is one of the best wireless routers in terms of sharing capabilities since it has an ultra-fast USB 3.0 which is almost 10x faster than a usual USB 2.0. And, of course, this wireless router includes 4 LAN Gigabit ports. No need to mention this wireless router is perfect for people who need use it to the maximum degree.


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TP-LINK AC1750

Range

This is a powerful wireless router that provides a great range, so this device is a good choice for large houses and offices. If you live in the apartment the range might be too big, though, so think twice before making a purchase. However, if you need the fastest wireless router for a big house or a large office - TP-Link Archer is a great choice.

Data Transfer Rate

TP-Link router Archer C7 supports a dual-band signal: 1300 Mbps at the frequency of 5 GHz and 450 Mbps at the frequency of 2.4 GHz. So, you can choose this WiFi router for Gigabit Internet connection. What’s peculiar about this TP-Link router, it has 6 antennas: 3 of them inside and 3 outside. They create an interference-free signal which always provides the connected devices with the best speed. The Price to Speed ratio for this TP-Link router is the best in our review - you pay $18.2 for 300 Mbps.

Connection and Control

This wireless router is designed to ensure a reliable connection of multiple devices. You can control the bandwidth of every gadget connected to your network via an IP-based QoS. Also, you can establish a separate guest network for your visitors. There is special free Tether app that will help you control the WiFi router.

Ports and Sharing

This is the best WiFi router for those who need amazing sharing capabilities - there are 4 LAN Gigabit ports for PCs or Smart TVs. Also, this is the only wireless router that has 2 USB ports to which you can connect a printer, an FTP server, or a storage device. It makes TP-Link Archer C7 a helpful appliance for the office.


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TP-LINK AC1750
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NETGEAR WNDR4300

Range

This wireless router is great for medium and large homes most people live in. However, some models in our review are more powerful, so if you have a really big home with dozens of bedrooms - you’d better take a look at them. Also, if you want to use a router in your own store or small office - this is one of routers best buy.

Data Transfer Rate

This model of Netgear router creates a dual-band signal - 300 Mbps and 450 Mbps. One band has the frequency of 5 GHz while another one is 2.4 GHz. The antennas are hidden inside a housing, so you can’t see them. Such a design is advantageous in terms of durability - since the antennas are inside, you (or your pets like cats and dogs) are unlikely to break them by accident. Speaking of Price to Speed ration, buying this wireless router you pay around $32 for the speed of 300 Mbps.

Connection and Control

No need to say you can connect multiple devices to your wireless network. The dual band makes the connection more reliable. Also, there is an advanced QoS which is optimized for gaming and video streaming. But that isn’t all - you can install a Netgear genie app on your smartphone and control the network any time you need.

Ports and Sharing

You can easily connect a hard drive to this Netgear router since it has a USB 2.0 port. For example, you can connect an external hard drive (and watch movies on your smart TV afterward) or a printer. Netgear WiFi router has 4 LAN Gigabit ports (they are faster than usual Ethernet ports), so you can connect up to 4 devices to it.


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NETGEAR WNDR4300
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Linksys E2500 Dual-Band

Range

This wireless router boasts an optimal range thanks to a cutting-edge MIMO antenna array. You can use Linksys in small and medium houses and in the apartment. If you own a small office - this is a great choice too. However, the range this Linksys router provides might be insufficient for large buildings.

Data Transfer Rate

Linksys E2500 is a dual-band WiFi router that offers quite a good speed: each band can provide a speed of 300 Mbps. One band has a frequency of 5 GHz and the second has 2.4 GHz. The WiFi router supports 802.11N WiFi signal. Of course, most devices in our wireless router review provide better transfer rates, but this model is much cheaper and if you need an Internet access for home use - this model is a great choice. The Price to Speed ration for E2500 shows you pay $30 for 300 Mbps - not the best result in our review, but this router is surely a worthy purchase and it provides a reliable connection within the area it's designed for.

Connection and Control

You can add many devices to this wireless router and even set up a special guest network which will use a certain transfer rate allocated personally by you. Besides, this device boasts a QoS technology that prioritizes traffic and ensures stable transfer of music, videos, etc. Also, this technology ensures an interference-free signal for gaming.

Ports and Sharing

Linksys router E2500 has a USB 2.0 port that makes sharing files easy. For instance, you can connect an external hard drive or a printer. Also, there are 4 LAN Ethernet ports to which you can connect a PC and other devices (a fax, etc.). However, Ethernet ports are slower than the last-generation Gigabit ports.


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Linksys E2500 Dual-Band
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TP-LINK N300

Range

This is a simple and a quite affordable wireless router that is a great choice for small houses or apartments. Though it boasts 2 good-looking antennas, the real range is rather moderate since the router supports a single band. This is not the best WiFi router for large houses - some parts will be out of reach of the wireless network. However, N300 is great for small areas - it works well.

Data Transfer Rate

The maximal speed this router with wireless supports is 300 Mbps. It has a single band signal and 2 antennas. However, the data transfer rate of this wireless router is insufficient for office use. Connecting too many devices to this TP-Link router will quickly lead to a slower transfer speed, so take it into account when choosing a router. As of Price to Speed ration, this TP-Link router is quite beneficial - you pay just $19.2 for 300 Mbps.

Connection and Control

Though this is a basic WiFi router, it supports a guest network - you can create it for your guests so that they don’t overuse the speed. If you own a small store or some kind of a workshop - this TP-Link router os great. Moreover, you can control how many devices are connected and what bandwidth is given to each of them thanks to an IP-based QoS.

 

Ports and Sharing

Unlike the rest devices in our WiFi router review, TP-Link doesn’t have a USB port which substantially limits its sharing capabilities. For example, it is impossible to connect anything else. However, you can easily connect devices (such as a PC or a fax, for example) via 4 LAN Ethernet ports.

Additional Info

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