In this post, we will briefly review the top 20 routers for 2017. There are several characteristics to look out for when trying to compare routers. The following run through will let you in these characteristics.
1. AFOUNDRY Wireless Router Fast High-Speed Wifi Router
This router boasts a highly durable metal body as well as six high-gain 7dBi antennas. The end result? Superior dual band wireless signal (2.4Ghz) which easily passes through walls (radius of 40 feet) and provides enough bandwidth (maximum 750 Mbps) to stream HD content or transfer large data. A single USB port allows for the sharing of data and media across your home/work network, whilst the inbuilt WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK sufficiently protects your network.
2. ASUS RT-ACRH13 Dual-Band 2×2 AC1300 Wifi 4-port Gigabit Router with USB 3.0
The dual-band AC1300 sports novel 2×2 MU-MIMO technology which provides maximum speeds of 1267 Mbps – perfect for all your high-speed downloads. This is further enhanced by the four 5dBi antennas which provide increased Wi-Fi range as well as multi-device (android, iOS) performance. Ease of setup, network management via your smart device as well as an USB 3.0 port to easily share files over your network.
3. TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Wireless Wi-Fi Router
1200 Mbps bandwidth translates into ultra-smooth online gaming as well as fast streaming of HD media and large files. The three external antennae sufficiently boost the signal for added convenience whilst the four Gigabit Ethernet ports provide lightning fast wired connections. Two integrated USB ports allow for the easy storage and transfer of all your files/media. Setup and manipulation of your signal is easy when utilising the Tether App. Plus, the two-year warranty is a great pro.
4. TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Dual band, 450 Mbps transmitted at 2.4GHz and 1300 Mbps transmitted at 5.0GHz, provides a total bandwidth of 1750Mbps – perfect for gaming and HD file streaming. It’s been designed with 802.11ac support and dual USB ports for the connection of smart devices and transfer of files over your network. Individual IP control means that specific limitation of bandwidth for each connected device. Privacy, guest network access and one-touch WPA wireless security encryption at the touch of a button.
5. TP-Link N450 Wireless Wi-Fi Router
This router is not compatible with phone line internet but with speeds of up to 450 Mbps it’s perfect for HD video streaming and online gaming. Sporting 802.11n technology and three external antennae, the router is fifteen times faster and five times the range of 802.11g technology. IP based bandwidth control, single button WPS signal encryption and parental control are some of the great integrated features of this router.
6. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
The Nighthawk router combines a 1GHz dual-core processor with AC1900 Wi-Fi resulting in a lag-free gaming and media streaming experience. Set up is quick and easy using the NETGEAR UP app and integrated USB functionality makes sharing files from social media and attached USB storage devices effortless. Beamforming+ technology and three antennae allow for superior range whilst a whole range of apps allows you manage your network, share files and backup your PC.
7. Google Wi-Fi system
A novel replacement Wi-Fi system for the modern home, this Wi-Fi system provides seamless wireless coverage throughout your entire homes – no more dead spots (4500 square feet using three devices)! Network Assist technology optimises the connection per individual device by choosing the best channel with the fastest bandwidth per device. App control facilitates easy setup, observation of network usage and the ability to pause Wi-Fi on specific devices.
8. NETGEAR AC1750 Smart WiFi Router Dual Core 800MHz Processor
This router has been designed with AC1750 Wi-Fi, dual-core processor and Beamforming+ technology which provides bandwidth (1750 Mbps) to up to twelve connected devices. Dual USB ports (2.0 and 3.0 ports) allow for the easy transfer of files and media over the network using ReadyCLOUD USB Access. The NETGEAR genie app allows for the easy setup and parental control of your network.
9. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band WiFi Router
Three high-powered external antennae allow for a 1750 Mbps bandwidth which is ideal for homes or businesses with twelve or more connected devices. Beamforming+ technology allows for better signal transmission to connected devices as well as increased range over both 2.4GHz and GHz signal bands. The NETGEAR genie app allows for easy setup and remote access to your wifi network. This router also has a single integrate USB 3.0 port for simple file sharing.
10. Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen WiFi Wireless Router
Introducing the world’s first touchscreen router which can be set up in three minutes! The colour screen makes setting up this router a breeze, plus, it requires no computer for setup or management. It can be used as your main wifi router or simply used as a range extender which is compatible with any existing router, access point or can be used as a wireless bridge! Plus, it’s compatible with PC, Mac, Linux and all your favourite smart devices.
11. TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Router
The TP-Link has been designed with 802.11ac support for next-gen Wi-Fi. The clear 5.0GHz band means that the streaming, downloading or gaming online is a breeze whilst the 2.4GHz band is great for everyday tasks (Bandwidth 1900 Mbps). The tree external antenna in conjunction with beamforming technology translates to enhanced wireless coverage and performance to connected devices. The single 1GHz dual-core processor efficiently manages all connections for a fluid experience whilst the integrated USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports allow for the easy sharing of media.
12. Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR
Forget Wi-Fi boosters – a pair of Orbi can cover an area of up to 4000 square feet providing high speed Wi-Fi. Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi facilitates a constant connection between the Orbi and Satellite which delivers lightning fast internet. Quick set up, secure connections, guest access as well as app control are some of the great features of this home Wi-Fi system.
This dual-band router can reach a combined bandwidth of up to 3100 Mbps whilst its four antennae design can transmit a signal up to 5000 square feet making it perfect for gaming and streaming HD media. Eight Gigabit ethernet ports, USB 3.0, 1.4GHz dual-core processor allows for faster data transfer (1.8Gbps) whilst the Smart Connect functionality and ASUS AiProtection ensures your connection is fast as well as private.
14. TP-Link AC3150 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
The AC3150 boasts NitroQam as well as 4-stream technology to provide WiFi speeds of up to 3150 MBps over dual bands. Smart connect functionality and Beamforming technology (is under the control of its powerful 1.4GHz dual-core processor and two co-processors) ensures that each individual device is designated to the best connection for a faster experience. Four Gigabit ethernet ports ensure lighting fast wired data transfer.
15. NETGEAR Wireless Router
Set up and management of your home network is easy with the NETGEAR Genie Home network manager from your smartphone or tablet. Parental control and Push ‘N Connect secure connection (WPA/WPA2) for your devices makes this a nifty router for the small to medium sized home. Scheduled use times can be utilised to save power and automate Wi-Fi usage.
16. ASUS AC1900 Wireless Dual Band (5GHz + 2.4GHz) Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
This dual-band router boasts the latest 802.11ac 3×3 technology which facilitates a combined speed of up to 1900 Mbps. The 1GHz dual-core processor allows for efficient multitasking of both USB and Wi-Fi data for a fast lag-free experience. The web based setup is simple and your network can be manipulated/monitored with ease simply by using the ASUS Router app. AiProtection technology ensures that your connection remains private and protected.
17. TP-Link N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8×4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router
This is a cable modem router which is compatible with internet plans of up to 150 Mbps. It allows for the efficient streaming of online media was well as online gaming with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Four-gigabit ethernet ports facilitate lightning fast wired connections.
18. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (24×8) Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router
This 2 in 1 cable modem plus Wi-Fi router is a great home solution which offers speeds of up to 960 Mbps due to 24×8 channel bonding capabilities. This modem allows for the elimination of costly monthly cable fees thus saving you approximately $120 per annum!
19. Apple AirPort Express Base Station
The AirPort can be easily set up using any wireless apple device in a few simple taps. The Airport boasts dual-band 802.11n technology for optimal band designation per device. AirPlay will take your music from your smart device and play to any wirelessly connected music device you can also print wireless by connecting the AirPort to your printer. AirPort is compatible with almost all wireless devices.
20. TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band Fast Ethernet Router
This router will upgrade your home or work network to the powerful 802.11ac Wi-fi technology to provide great HD streaming and online gaming over its dual-bands (combined bandwidth of 1167Mbps). It’s two external antennae facilitate great Wi-Fi coverage and its integrated USB port allows for the easy sharing of media across your network. Settings are easily adjustable from the mobile app (TP-LINK Tether).