Best Wireless Routers 2017

For most people, their first experience of routers comes with the one supplied as part of their broadband package.  There is usually nothing wrong with these routers and they are able to provide adequate coverage for the average household. They work well yet there comes a time when you might notice a change in its speed. Even if you are using the Best Wireless Routers 2017, you might need an upgrade.

There may come a point whether either due to an increase in demand created by more users or a general increase in household technology; or even such factors as starting a business or moving to a bigger home, that you may start to notice that things have started to slow down.  Arguments amongst your children become more frequent when one wants to play a game whilst the other wants to stream a film.  Your wife asks you to stop balancing your business accounts on internet banking, because there is a friend she wants to catch up with on Facebook and the whole thing is taking simply forever to load.  Family tensions run high until you realise that you have no choice.  It's time to upgrade your router.

But with so many wireless routers out there with important sounding names followed by rows of incomprehensible letters, you return from your computer store empty-handed and just as baffled as you were when you left.  So, what do you do?  Just which one do you buy?  The answer to these questions depends on a number of factors, but principally boils down to two questions:  what do you need the router for and how much are you willing to spend?  What follows is a list of the top ten best wireless routers on the market designed to fit every demand and price band.

Model Best FeaturePrice
Veeko TP-Link AC1750 Best Value Router Award
Veeko Linksys EA6350 Best Looking Wireless Router
Hoverboard Self Balance Scooter 2 Wheels UL2272 Certified Linksys AC1900 Best Router for a Growing Family
SWAGTRON T6 Off-Road Hoverboard Google Wi-Fi System Most Discrete Router
EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover ASUS RT-AC88U Best Priced Gaming Router
Razor Hovertrax Synology RT-2600 AC Best Wireless Router for the Small Office
Coocheer TP-Link Talon AD7200 Best Future-Proof Wireless Router
SURFUS2 ASUS RT-AC5300 Best Priced Gaming Router
TOMOLOO Hoveroard with Bluetooth Speaker D-Link AC5300 Best Designed Gaming Router
Official Halo Rover Hoverboard NETGEAR Nighthawk x10 Best Router for VR Gaming

The TP-Link AC1750 Archer C7 is the cheapest router in our selection, but here 'cheap' should not be mistaken to mean low quality.  Intended for the home user, this is one of the best value wireless routers on the market; demonstrating impressive speeds in test performance making it suitable for streaming, gaming as well as other standard device functions.

The TP-Link has balanced up the router by providing it with each and every detail. They have not missed any single thing to provide the best experience while using.

Weight 1.9lbs
Size 6.4 x 9.6 x 1.3 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
LAN ports 4 x wired (10,100,1000) 2 x USB 2.0
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise.

Keeping aside the specifics the router has been designed with the following feature.

  • Dual-bands of 2.4GHz and 5 GHz frequencies create an internet speed of 1750 Mbps ensuring standard task computer function, plus streaming/gaming without loss or slowing of device functioning.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
  • 3 x external detachable antenna and 3 x internal antenna ensuring expanded wireless coverage anywhere in your home.
  • Parental controls allowing you to set restrictions on internet usage.
  • Guest Networking Access: ensuring privacy and providing secure Wi-Fi access for guests.
  • NAS capability.
  • Two USB 2.0 ports allowing the storage of data via an external drive.
  • Four wired LAN ports allowing connection to the network enabled devices within the home.
Installation
Not technically minded? Don't worry. Installation of the Archer C7 couldn't be easier. It is simply a case of connecting the cables, as demonstrated in the installation guide, then configuring your web browser by typing http://tplinkwifi.net into the address bar and following the instructions on the screen. That's really all there is too it!.
Performance
The combination of dual-band frequency plus six antenna allow for impressive internet speeds. Tests carried out on the Archer C7 'within sight' (45 feet) recorded a speed of roughly 70 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 175 Mbps in the 5 GHz range. More impressive was its 'out of sight' performance which demonstrated speeds of roughly 40 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 170 Mbps in the 5GHz range. At the lower end of the price range, but with impressive internet speeds and specifications the Archer C7 provides excellent value for money and gets our vote for the best value wireless router.
Pros Cons
  • Dual band width ensuring impressive speeds for this price tag, making it excellent value for money.
  • Large size router creating a conspicuous presence in the room.
  • Good range of management settings.
  • Predominantly made of black plastic creating a 'tacky' and fragile appearance.
  • Eye-pleasing design.
  • Ease of installation.

Only slightly more expensive than the Archer C7, but with an overall lower dual-band internet speed (1200 Mbps compared to 1750 Mbps), what the Linksys EA6350 loses in terms of speed it makes up for in features.  Supporting Beamform technology, the EA6350 allows the wireless signal to be directly targeted towards a particular device, rather than the usual indiscriminate distribution of signal, ensuring reliable performance when you really need it.  The management settings of the EA6350 are also impressive containing status pages that make it possible to monitor all connected devices within your home; useful for catching those who should be studying rather than web-browsing, or for cutting down your electricity bill by detecting unattended devices.  The management settings also limit the guest settings of your Wi-fi, maintaining its connection at only the 2.4GHz range, although whether this would be considered an advantage would depend on the guest.

The router is a mix up of its features and numbers to complete the obligations of perfect performance. These come with the best possible features to enhance the experience usage.

Weight 962g
Size 1.1 x 8.9 x 7 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
LAN ports 4 x wired (10,100,1000) 1 x USB 3.0
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise.

While we have a look at its specifications we can reach to the decision that EA6350 is a good competitor in the router business. It cannot be overlooked while purchasing a wireless router.

  • Dual-bands of 2.4GHz and 5 GHz frequencies create an internet speed of 1200 Mbps ensuring standard task computer function plus streaming/gaming without loss or slowing of device functioning.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
  • Powered by a single-core 800MHz CPU
  • Smart Wi-Fi application allowing you to can control your Wi-Fi remotely
  • 2x external antenna
  • Parental controls allowing you to set restrictions on internet usage.
  • Guest Networking Access: ensuring privacy and providing secure Wi-Fi access.
  • 1 x USB 3.0 ports allowing the storage of data via an external drive.
  • Four wired Gigabit Ethernet ports allowing connection to network enabled devices within the home.
  • Beamforming technology.
Installation
As with the Archer C7, the Linksys EA6350 should be commended on its ease of installation. Connect the wires, configure your web browser, following the on-screen instructions and you're done!.
Performance
In tests the Linksys EA 6350 achieved an impressive 427 Mbps (30 feet) in the 5GHz range and 39.3 Mbps in the 2.4GHz, not outstanding, but not too shabby either. The Linksys EA6360, although not as fast as the Archer C7 more than compensates for it in terms of specifications and management controls. It is also by far the smartest looking router in this collection.
Pros Cons
  • Ease of installation.
  • 2.4 GHz limited guest settings.
  • Management settings.
  • Antenna are not detachable limiting performance.
  • Beamforming technology.
  • Not as fast as the cheaper Archer C7.
  • Smart, unobtrusive appearance.
  • Speed range.
  • Able to control network with Smart app.

A small, but not too drastic jump in price brings you into MU-MIMO territory.  For those of you who don't know what it is, MU-MIMO stands for Multi-User Multiple Input, Multi-Output, the practical upshot of which is that instead of being dealt with in sequence, the EA7500 is able to deal with clients simultaneously without threatening the bandwidth, maintaining speed and all-round performance.  The only drawback of MU-MIMO technology being, that in order for it to be effective, other users must have a network adapter that supports MU-MIMO to feel the benefit.

Linksys designed a complete package for its customers by keeping efficiency and speed needs.Let's look at the specifications of  AC1900.

Weight 2.05lbs.
Size 2.2 x 10.1 x 7.2 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11n (2.4 GHz x 5 GHz), 802.11b, 802.11g
LAN ports 4 x wired (10,100,1000) 1 x USB 2.0 1 x USB 3.0
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise.

Make the most of your most loved internet recreations and content without buffering or slack by means of double band accelerates to 1.9 GBPS.

  • A dual band router of 2.4GHz and 5 GHz frequencies creates and internet speed of 1900 Mbps ensuring high-speed throughput.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
  • MU-MIMO technology
  • Smart Wi-Fi application meaning you can control you Wi-Fi from anywhere.
  • 3x detachable external antenna
  • Parental controls allowing you to set restrictions on internet usage.
  • Guest Networking Access: ensuring privacy and providing secure Wi-Fi access for guests.
  • 1 x USB 3.0 and 1 x 2.0 port allowing the storage of data via an external drive.
  • Four wired Gigabit Ethernet ports allowing connection to network enabled devices within the home.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa.
Installation
As with most routers the installation is simple. Connect your cables, type linksyssmartwifi.com into your browser bar, and following the instructions on the screen.
Performance
As you would expect from a router of this specification, the EA7500 did very well in testing. Close proximity testing averaged the following speeds in accordance with range: 2.4GHz = 97.3 Mbps. 5 GHz = 495 Mbps. MU-MIMO = 176 Mbps. A reasonably priced router, the Linksys EA7500 is a good choice if your children are still quite young and have not yet reached the arguing stage. It grows with your family, ensuring that when the desire for gaming and streaming does arise they will be more than adequately met. For this reason, we consider the EA7500 to be the best router for a growing family.
Pros Cons
  • Stylish appearance.
  • Clients need to purchase an additional adapter to maximise performance.
  • MU-MIMO technology.
  • Excellent streaming for home use.
  • Good selection of management settings.

There will now, no doubt, follow an argument about whether the Google Wi-Fi System should appear on this list at all because, strictly speaking, it isn't a router but a home Wi-Fi system that happens to contain a router, but it is such an outstandingly clever idea and demonstrates such a high throughput performance, that it deserves to be on this list.  Router manufacturer's face numerous issues when designing and considering specifications.

The principle problem has always come down to how to maintain maximum megabits per second and even dual-band frequency adequately and consistently throughout a standard size house.  The EA6350 overcomes this problem by targeting wireless signals, whereas the Linksys EA6350 utilizes Beam form technology.  The people at Google, however, had a rather clever idea when they decided to create a dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) that is essentially portable.  Sold in packs of three units, one pack provides impressive coverage for the average 3000-4500 square foot home.  Have a signal-less corner in your house?  Simply place one of the three units there and it is signal-less no more.  Have a house requiring coverage of more than 3000-4500 square feet, then just buy another pack.

Google Wi-Fi System design surpasses others in terms of sheer subtlety, it does not clash with its surrounding like other larger routers, but is virtually undetectable, fitting well amongst the décor of any modern home.

It provides another sort of associated framework for consistent Wi-Fi scope all through your home.

Weight 0.74lbs.
Size 4.1 x 2.7 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
LAN ports 2 x wired (Lan/Wan)
Security Firewall WPA2

A straightforward application gets you set up rapidly and enables you to perceive what's associated, organize devices, and stop the Wi-Fi on children's gadgets

  • Simultaneous dual-band width.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
  • Expandable network.
  • 710 MHz Quad Core processor.
  • Two high-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • Controllable using Google Home and Alexa.
  • Device prioritization
  • Excellent management settings.
Installation
As you would expect from something a little bit different, the installation process is also a little bit different, but still incredible simple: 1. Download the free iOS or Android app. 2. Scan the QR code and follow the set-up instructions. 3. Set up a name and password. 4. Pair the secondary units. And that's it. You're done!
Performance
These deceptive small cylinders are big on power, achieving the following speeds during testing. Close proximity: 2.4 GHz = 100 Mbps 5 GHz = 450 Mbps+ Long range: 2.4 GHz = 70 Mbps 5 GHz = 200 Mbps (Based on a single unit). If you live with someone who's house proud and not in favour of having a large, black box of technology destroying their decorating scheme, this is definitely the router for you and as such is the most discreet router in this selection.
Pros Cons
  • No clumsy looking antenna.
  • Must stay logged into your Google account throughout.
  • Versatility.
  • Can be glitchy with Flex and Security Spy software.
  • Speed.
  • Upgradeable.
  • Free iOS and Android app.
  • Parental controls that monitor and set usage limits.

As you would expect, as the price rises amongst the routers featured in this list, so do the specifications and sheer through-put capability.  The ASUS RT-AC88U with its combined 3100 Mbps (1000 + 2167) places us very firmly in the presence of the gaming big boys.  Suitable for larger homes (5000 square feet) and incorporating MU-MIMO technology, with a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 4 x 4 range (4x transmit and 4x receive), 1.4 GHz dual core processor and Beamforming capability, this product guarantees a solid gaming experience without lessening the experience of other device users.  Slightly larger than the previous routers on this list, although the design is stylish, it is quite intrusive, but this seems quite a small price to pay for the sheer power of performance you will be getting.

Wide Connectivity Options: with solely has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet gadgets to associate at the same time.

Weight 2.6lbs
Size 3.3 x 11.8 x 7.4 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
LAN ports 8 1 x 2.0 USB port
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise, 802.1x Authentification Radius server.

Intense 1.4 GHz double center processor, Faster USB information exchanges manage up to more than 100 MB/s speed and the switch download/transfer speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.

  • Dual-bands of 2.4GHz x 4 and 5 GHz x 4 frequencies create an internet speed of 3100 Mbps, ensuring full computer function plus high-speed streaming/gaming potential without loss or slowing of device functioning.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
  • Parental controls allowing you to set restrictions on internet usage.
  • 4 x removable antennas.
  • 1 x USB 2.0 ports allowing the storage of data via an external drive.
  • 8 x Gigabit wired LAN ports allowing connection to the network enabled devices within the home.
  • MU-MIMO technology.
  • Additional security with AiProtection.
Installation
There are two options here. The technically minded amongst us can connect the cable and then have the option of setting the router up manually, or for the less inclined, the ASUS Intuitive Set-Up Wizard can take care of the whole thing for you. Just following the instructions, enter the required information and you're done!
Performance
As would be expected for a router with this range the ASUS RT-AC88U did very well in testing, proving consistently high-test speeds: 45 feet 2.4 GHz = 70 Mbps (within sight) 5 GHz = 206 Mbps 39 feet 2.4 GHz = 60 Mbps (out of sight) 5 GHz = 215 Mbps With its high capability through-put, the ASUS RT-AC88U is the perfect gaming router for those who's pockets can't quite stretch to the higher prices demanded for higher specification gaming routers.
Pros Cons
  • MU-MIMO Technology.
  • The price.
  • Stylish appearance.
  • The need to purchase an additional adapter to support MU-MIMO.
  • Overall power.
  • Parental Controls.

On average costing $30.00 less than the ASUS RT-AC88U, the Synology RT-2600 AC is still capable of providing the same quality of speed and power as its competitor.  Utilizing MU-MIMO and Beamforming technologies, accompanied by 4 x 4 (2.4 GHz/5GHz) directional antenna, the Synology RT-2600 AC is capable of ensuring a high-quality internet experience.

It provides efficient connectivity  for consistent transfer between most extreme speed or range

Weight 1.54lbs
Size 11.02 x 3.03 x 6.65 inches.
Wireless Specification 801.11 ac, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A, 802.11 A/B
LAN ports 4x (RJ-45) Gigabit 3x (RJ-45) Gigabit (Dual WAN)
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise.

Double WAN competent for stack adjusting and failover.

  • 7 GHz Dual Core Processor.
  • 4 x 4 Mimo Omni-Directional High Gain Dipole (2.4 GHz/5Ghz) Antenna.
  • The suitable transition from home to small office computing.
  • Combined 2.53 Gbps.
  • Excellent management settings.
  • Parental controls.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
Installation
Connect the cables. Enter the address into the bar. Follow the on-screen instructions. You're done.
Performance
In testing the Synology RT-2600 AC provided average speeds of 800 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band and 1.73 Gbps in the 5GHz range. With all this additional through-put power for just an extra $30.00 the Synology RT-2600, gets our vote for the Best Wireless Router for the Small Office.
Pros Cons
  • Ease of installation.
  • MU-MIMO provided average file transfer speeds during file transference.
  • Comprehensive management settings.
  • The cost of the additional router.
  • An inclusion of battery pack to the board.
  • MU-MIMO and Beamforming technology.

The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is something of an enigma.  Big, heavy and about as stylised as a concrete slab, even with its folding antenna, purchase this product and what you will essentially have in front of you is the future of router-supported gaming.  With three bands ensuring swift through-put, you can game until your heart's content with no reduction in signal strength in any other area.  As long, that is, that you're in the same room as your router.

The third band of this Tri-band range (60 GHz) does not possess the capability to pass through walls, so is slightly limiting in this respect.  The Talon AD2700 is also the first router to have the 802.11 ad wireless specification, whilst being able to create a speed three times faster than the current 802.11 ac specification, it is only effective with other 'ad' devices which are, as yet, few and far between.  These 'glitches' in performance are what have prompted critics to express the opinion that the Talon AD7200 router was rushed through production and is ready for a world that just isn't yet ready for it.  We don't think that this is necessarily a bad thing and have voted to name it as the best future-proof router.

The third band of this Tri-band range (60 GHz) does not possess the capability to pass through walls, so is slightly limiting in this respect.  The Talon AD2700 is also the first router to have the 802.11 ad wireless specification, whilst being able to create a speed three times faster than the current 802.11 ac specification, it is only effective with other 'ad' devices which are, as yet, few and far between.  These 'glitches' in performance are what have prompted critics to express the opinion that the Talon AD7200 router was rushed through production and is ready for a world that just isn't yet ready for it.  We don't think that this is necessarily a bad thing and have voted to name it as the best future-proof router.

Interface each gadget on a perfectly smooth system with ultra-quick in-room scope utilizing 802.11ad, it is the most recent, most capable development in the router technology.

Weight 4 lbs.
Size 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 inches
Wireless Specification 801.11 ac, 802.11 ad
LAN ports 4 2 x 3.0 USB ports
Security Standard security settings: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2 Enterprise.

It is a quicker Wi-Fi for each gadget with multi-client support from MU-MIMO innovation.

  • 4 GHz dual core processor.
  • First AD router.
  • X8 folding antennas.
  • Three band function.
  • Combined Wi-fi speed of 7.2 Gbps (Band 1: 800 Mbps at 2.4GHz. Band 2: 1733 Mbps at 5GHz.  Band 3: 4600 Mbps at 60 GHz).
  • MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming
  • x2 3.0 USB ports allow for fast external file transferring.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
Installation
Plugging in the cables. Go to the address bar. Type in the address. Follow the set-up instructions and you'll be on-line in no time. It really is that simple.
Performance
The 5GHz range provided average speeds of 450 Mbps in 'same room' testing and 250 Mbps at 30 feet.
Pros Cons
  • Future-proof.
  • Size makes it a bit of a central feature.
  • Fast streaming. General impressive performance.
  • At the time of writing the 60 GHZ signal is unable to pass through walls.
  • Has LED lights, battery indicators installed.
  • Comprehensive management settings.
  • AD band generally not yet supportable.
  • The price – you'll be paying for specifications that you can fully use yet.

At the bottom of the price bracket comes the ASUS RT-AC5300.  A Tri-band router, it has proved itself in testing to be one of the fastest routers around.  Although it doesn't have 'ad' web connectivity yet, which would give it the same x3 web connectivity speed of the NETGEAR Nighthawk x10, this feature is still relatively new and needs to be supported by other devices, so if you're not overly worried about future-proofing your Wi-Fi router, then save your dollars and buy this one.

ASUS Smart Connect conveys reliable data transmission by powerfully exchanging gadgets in the vicinity of 2.4 and 5 GHz.

Weight 3.2 lbs
Size 6.5 x 24.5 x 24.5 inches
Wireless Specification 801.11 ac, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A, 802.11 A/B
LAN ports 4x Ethernet ports 1x 3.0 USB port 1x 2.0 USB port
Security 64-bit WEP. 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK WPA2 Enterprise. AiProtection.

With Highest Customer Satisfaction ASUS RT-AC5300 has the following features:

  • 4 x 4 antenna with Ai radar beamforming.
  • Broadcom NitroQam Technology giving x5GHz rates of 4334 Mbps and 2.4 GHz to 1000 Mbps, creating an average of 5300Mbps worth of power.
  • Tri-band – three band widths giving further throughput capability.
  • 4 GHz Dual-core processor.
  • Gaming prioritization.
  • Parental controls.
  • MU-MIMO compatible.
  • Fast file sharing.
  • Guest Wi-Fi operation can be kept separate from the home/office network.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
Installation
As with the ASUS RT- AC88U there are two set-up options. The technically-minded amongst us can connect the cables and set up the router manually, whilst the less inclined, can let the ASUS Intuitive Set-Up Wizard take care of the whole thing for them. Just following the instructions, enter the required information and you're done!
Performance
Tests carried out of the AC5300 recorded speeds of 151.1 Mbps in 'same room' testing, and an out of sight range of 134.2 Mbps on the 5HZ range. Compared to higher priced gaming routers, the ASUS RT-AC5300 is able to provide an equally high standard of gaming performance, so gets our vote for the best priced gaming router.
Pros Cons
  • Overall speed.
  • The price – although not as expensive as some with these specifications.
  • Value for money.
  • Flimsy aerials
  • Lighter than its counterparts.
  • Appearance; although the aerials can be removed and placed on the underside, from an aesthetic point of view, this router is rather ugly.
  • Technology and support that comes with being an ASUS machine.

The D-Link AC5300 is most certainly the best-looking gaming router in this price range.  It would seem as though the people at D-Link, as well as those at Google, are actually aware of the conflict an ugly looking router can cause in a house-proud home and have come up with a design that is actually architectural and sure to be a talking point in itself.  Cherry red in colour it doesn't try to hide the fact that it is a router, but almost says 'Here I am.  Aren't I pretty?'  This of the best wireless router for the serious gamer who needs to appease his spouse.

State of the art SmartConnect apportions the best accessible band for ideal Wi-Fi execution

Weight 6.4 lbs
Size 5.8 x 16.4 x 10.3 inches
Wireless Specification 801.11 ac
LAN ports 1x 3.0 USB port 1x 2.0 USB port
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS

Propelled AC SmartBeam tracks your associated gadgets for upgraded Wi-Fi speed and range all through your home.

  • 4k streaming enabling on-line gaming for 20+ devices.
  • NitroQAM Technology
  • MU-MIMO Technology
  • 4 x 4 Data Streaming – Uses four individual streams to deliver data.
  • 4 GHz Dual-Core Processor.
  • Tri-band width (2.4 GHz at 1000 Mbps, 5 GHz at 2166 Mbps, 5GHz at 2166 Mbps giving an average total of 5300 Mbps.
  • X8 detachable aerials.
  • Beamforming technology.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
Installation
Aimed at simplicity; connect your wires, type the address in the bar and follow the instructions on the screen. Done.
Performance
In 'same room' tests the 5GHz range achieved 515 Mbps. At 30 feet is achieved 324 Mbps. In the 2.4 GHz range 'same room' testing produced a score of 98.4 Mbps and a of 71 Mbps at 30 feet. In choosing to focus on the appearance of the D-Link AC5300, we do not in any way wish to devalue its capabilities - this router is very seriously one of the best wireless routers for gaming available. But it's just nice to see a company that focuses on aesthetics as well as technological specification and as such we consider this to be the best-looking gaming router in this price range.
Pros Cons
  • Design. The people at D-Link very obviously put some thought into this and the overall design and cherry-red colouring make this router stand out.
  • The price – but you most definitely do get what you pay for.
  • Speed

The NETGEAR Nighthawk x10 is simply the most powerful gaming router on this list and, as you would expect, has a price to match its specification.  Tri-banded (2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 60GHz) it is capable of providing 7.2 Gbps of Wi-Fi speed, couple this with its 'ad' web specification you have three times the connectivity of other routers.  And that’s not all.  MU-MIMO technology makes it capable of simultaneous streaming to over twenty devices at any one time as well as doubling the speed of mobile devices with 160 GHz Wi-Fi.

Effective 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor – Fastest processor for the home switch for better 4K spilling, VR gaming, surfing, or anything you toss at it

Weight 4.11 lbs
Size 8.8 x 6.61 x 2.91 inches
Wireless Specification 802.11 ac, 802.11 ad
LAN ports 2x 3.0 USB ports
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS.

NETGEAR Nighthawk has elite active antennas, better WiFi scope and speedier paces.

  • 7.2 Gbps Wi-Fi speed.
  • 802.11 ad – x3 faster connectivity than its 'ac' predecessor.
  • Able to support 20+ devices.
  • 1.7GHx Quad Core processor.
  • Plex Media Server.
  • Amazon Cloud Backup
  • Delivers 4k streaming
  • MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming
  • 160 MHz Wi-Fi doubles speeds to mobile devices
  • Tri-band (Band 1: 800 Mbps at 2.4Ghz, Band 2: 1733 Mbps at 5GHz, Band 3: 4600 Mbps at 60GHz.
  • IPv6 compatibility, future-proofing your home-internet experience.
Installation
Good old set up wizard.
Performance
As you would expect this device proved itself worth its price tag in testing, but the old problem of wall penetration at 60GHz still persists. In the 'close proximity range the 50 GHz scored 550 Mbps, the 2.4 GHz 100 scored Mbps and the 60 GHz range performed at a breath-taking 950-960 Mbps. At 30 feet, the 5GHz proved a consistently high performance at 400 Mbps, the 2.4 GHz dropped to 75 Mbps and the 60GHz, well, it really does need to get over the whole wall thing! The specifications, overall performance and sheer quality of gaming performance the NETGEAR Nighthawk x10 is able to provide, not only has us bowing our heads in reverence, but also causes us to appoint it the best VR gaming router on the market.
Pros Cons
  • Very stylish design.
  • As always – the price. Serious gamers only need apply.
  • Excellent for VR gaming.