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    Linksys WRTAC1200 Dual-Band WiFi Router Review

What is Wireless Router ?

A Wireless Router is the wireless form of the internet router. An Internet Router is a small external electronic device that splits the internet signals so that a number of different devices can be connected to the main internet line. “Wired Internet Routers” are now obsolete and wireless routers have taken their place because of ease of handling, use and ability to connect more number of devices than a wired router in which only a fixed numbers of devices can be connected depending upon LAN Ports.

A Wireless router is basically offers Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) in which all devices are connected wirelessly. Wireless router is responsible to receive internet connection from modemand  send data packets to all devices connected through wireless signals. These wireless routers are of 802.11 standard which is the frequency of radio waves over which the data is transmitted. Further advanced technologies includes 802.11/a/b/g/n etc. 802.11ac is the most recent technology with the super fast wireless connection speed.

What else can a Wireless router do?

Modern Wireless routers are not only used for connecting more devices to main network to share internet connection but they are also used for certain other purposes. This includes data sharing, file sharing, video streaming, Creating Local FTP Servers and for gaming purposes. With the wireless capability it allows you to use internet on mobile devices. You can make calls through VOIP applications such as Skype to save your phone bills without being sitted in front of a computer.  You can setup guest access allowing your guests to use Wifi. With only one internet connection multiple people can use internet on multiple devices just by purchasing and installing a wireless router at home.

Different Types of Wireless Routers
There are certain type of wireless routers. We can classify Wireless routers in following types

  1. Wireless Routers by Band Type
  2. Wireless Routers by Speed
  3. Wireless Routers by Security Level
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Wireless Routers by Band Type

There are two frequencies or bands on which wireless routers operates. These are 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz. A wireless router working on one of these frequencies is called Single Band Wireless Router. A Wireless router capable of working on both of these bands are called Dual Band Wireless Routers. These dual band wireless routers are more advanced and capable of connecting more devices. They are programmed in a way to prefer 5Ghz band for high bandwidth devices and allocate 2.4 Ghz for other devices.

Wireless Routers by Speed

the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has set standards in Wireless technology. In 1997 IEEE introduced 802.11. Here are brief details of each of the subsequent developments in 802.11 technology

802.11 :

Released in 1997 , 802.11 was the base for future wireless products. It works on 2.4 Ghz frequency and has maximum speed of 2MBps. This speed was less for many applications and large scale use, so further devices were needed with better speed

802.11b:

802.11b was released in 1999. It also works on 2.4Ghz frequency but has a maximum speed of 11 MBsps. It had a low cost and was suitable for home use.

802.11a :

This was also released alongwith 802.11b but it operates on 5.0Ghz frequency and had a data transfer rate of 54MBps. This was faster speed in 1999 and was costly so it was not released for public use but for industrial usage.

802.11g :

In 2003,wireless routers came in market using 802.11n technology combining best features of its predecessors. The wireless routers with 802.11g technology operates at 2.4 Ghz band and has maximum speed of 54 MBps. Though this speed was best at that time but it was also costly.

802.11n :

In 2009, wireless routers with 802.11n technology were introduced. The maximum speed in this set was upto 600MBps, double speed that of its last version. This was achieved by utilizing two bands. 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at the same time. The routers also utilized more antennas usually called MIMO technology.

802.11ac :

802.11ac routers are most advanced routers. They also work on dual band and capable of transmitting data at the minimum speed of 1300MBps. There are 802.11ac routers in market that work on 1900MBps such as ASUS RT-AC68U and Netgear Nighthawk R7000 and even at 3200 MBps such as Netgear Nighthawk X6. Since they offer more speed than 1024MBps it is also called as Wireless AC or Gigabit Router.

In upcoming years we will see further advancements in 802.11 family and wireless routers upto 100GBps are expected to release in market in 2020-2022 when the new standards will be adopted by IEEE.

Wireless Routers by Security Level

Open Wireless Network. This kind of wifi network has no encryption and when a user is connected to such connection, all the data transmission becomes plain and insecure. Hackers can easily get access to your email, IMs and even your computer hard drives without you knowing. These open networks always have risk of information stealing and hacking.

WEP Security :

In 1999, with the advent of 802.11 technology, Wired Equivalent Security WEP were introduced for Wifi networks. Since it was the first security algorithm to protect wireless networks, it proved to be very weak security algorithm. Hackers could break it in few minutes and get complete access to network. WEP used 64 and later 128 bit encryption which proved to be vulnerable over time. In 2003 and 2004, WEP was deprecated and Wifi Protected Access WPA were introduced.

Wifi Protected Access (WPA) :

In 2003, when WEP was suspended, Wifi Protected Access WPA was introduced. WPA is more stronger than WEP. It has two main features. Message Integrity check was introduced in order to check whether the data packets send by Access Point and client are same or are captured, altered or compromised by any attacker. Second Important Features was the introduction of Temporal Key Integrity Protocol which use is to encrypt data packets while sending from wireless network which was more secure than WEP. The TKIP was later replaced by Advanced Encryption System AES.

Wifi Protected Access II (WPA2):

WPA II is the next and current wireless Security Protocol. In this protocol, Advanced Encryption System made mandatory and the TKIP protocol was replaced by CCMP (Counter Cipher Mode with Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol) that makes our wireless encryption more stronger. As a result our wireless connection is not easy to be hacked or compromised. However WPA2 also have some vulnerabilities. If the attacker is already on same network, he may attack other devices on the same network with the help of certain keys. However enterprise networks are prone to get attacked because of WPA2 vulnerability and not in home networks.

How to Select a best Wifi Router ? – A Buyers Guide

There are a few things needed to keep in mind while choosing a Wireless Router. This includes need for speed, usage type, number of devices to be connected, coverage area and signal strength, bandwidth requirements, RAM size , Security Features, Support and Product Warranty by manufacturer.

First and foremost thing that is needed to keep in mind is the need for speed. Would you be using the wireless router for large data files sharing or video steaming or for gaming purpose. For the normal usage , if large data files sharing is not needed on regular basis and you have a normal sized home then any wireless router within 300-1200 MBps will be more than enough for you.

 

Read review of TP Link AC1200 Dual Band Wifi Router

 

If you have a bigger house than average, then you need a wifi router than can transmit wifi signals to entire area of your house. You obviously need to spend some extra dollars to purchase an advance wireless router that will be enough to propagate required signals. Also for large data file transfers you might need a router with capable of speed more than 1GBps Hence you need a gigabit router. There are many good gigabit routers available in market. See below list of our recommended routers to select one.

Considering future needs you should select a wireless router with RAM equal to or more than 1GB. This RAM will be enough for your future need upto 8-10 years. Such Wireless router will cost you some extra bucks but will ultimately offer better service and features. For normal to advance usage consider purchasing Asus AC1900 Wireless Router (RT-AC68U) or NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000). But for advanced use, you can select either TP-Link AC3150 Wireless Long Range Wi-Fi Gigabit Router or NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (R8000) (Recommended)

In modern wifi routers WEP, WPA and WPA2 all security protocols are given. While setting up wireless router you must use WPA/WPA2 encryption with a strong personalized passwords. You can setup a guest network access for your guests that will prevent them from affecting your speed. Advanced Wifi Routers that are above 1750 MBPS speeds offers more useful features such as Open Vpn, USB Data Transfer and Automatic Backup to External USB drive. Considering these features also review the customer service and Support of manufacturer.

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BEST WIRELESS/WIFI ROUTERS OF 2017

Although we have reviewed some of the most famous and most widely used wireless routers in the Market. But it might be confusing for someone to select a best wifi router among these as most of the people are generally unaware of the technology but obviously want to purchase the best product. Here is the list of Top 10 Best Wireless/Wifi routers compiled by our team. We are ranking these Wifi routers based on several factors including price, use of latest wireless technology standards, Wifi coverage/range, Type of usage and extra services offered by the manufacturer. This list is compiled after thorough research by our team.

Device NameWeightMaximum SpeedBest Suitable for External AntennasIEEE Wireless StandardCheck Price
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Router
Editor's Choice
2.43 Pounds3.2 GbpsHeavy Duty use
Gaming
HD Video
6802.11 A/C
Compatiable With 802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
TP-Link AC3150 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router3.6 Pounds3.1 GbpsHeavy Duty use
Gaming
4K HD Video
4802.11 A/C
Compatiable With 802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router2.6 Pounds3.1 GbpsGaming
HD Streaming
Excellent Range
4802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
ASUS AC1900 Wireless Router (RT-AC68U)
Editor's Choice
1.4 Pounds1900 MbpsBest for Normal Use
Gaming
HD Video Streaming
3802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Long range Wi-Fi (Archer C1900)2.75 Pounds1900 MbpsBest for High Range needs
Gaming
HD Video Streaming
3802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (R7000)3.5 Pounds1900 MbpsNormal homes
HD Video and Gaming
Good Wifi Range
3802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Router
Editor's Choice
1.9 Pounds1750 MbpsHome and Office use
Single and Multi Story Buildings
#1 Best Seller on Amazon
3802.11 A/C
Check Price
NETGEAR AC1750 R6400 Smart WiFi Router0.5 Pounds1750 MbpsBest for homes with 12+ wifi devices
Gaming
HD Video Streaming
3802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
Linksys WRT AC1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Router
Editor's Choice
2.1 Pounds1200 MbpsHome Use
Best for homes with 12+ wifi devices
Solid Body
For Single and Multi-Story Buildings
2802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price
TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi (Archer C5)1.9 Pounds1167 MbpsBest of Normal Use
Home and Office
Good Wifi Range
2802.11 A/C,
Compatiable With
802.11 a/b/g/n
Check Price

BEST WIRELESS ROUTER REVIEWS

Here we will review each of these Top 10 best Wireless routers 2017 so you know their complete features. These reviews are written carefully for users so that you can read these review and make a perfect decision for yourself while purchasing a new wifi router.

1.  NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Router Review – Best for Gaming and Heavy Duty use

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Neatgear has set new standards in wireless router technology by introducing NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (R8000). It is the first “Tri-band router” in the market. You will find wireless routers from other companies like TP Link and Asus, that have more or less similar properties when compared with this AC3200 wireless router but Netgear Nighthawk X6 has some extra features. 

Although its a costly product and that most of features its features can be found in router devices by other manufacturer’s too but there are few things that make Netgear Nighthawk X6 Ac3200 Wireless router unique. First and foremost thing is its 6 external antennas that makes it best range wireless router fro large houses. This device is not for everyone but for large offices and homes where there are many computers, laptops, tablets, smartphone, printers, game consoles, music streamers etc and other wifi devices are used on single network.

Designed with Matte-Black finish and with solid looks , it is also solid in performance. It has a 1Ghz dual core processor. Its a tri band wireless router that uses one band of 2,4 Ghz frequency and two bands of 5Ghz (600+1300+1300). With Smart connect feature it automatically selects best wifi for every device.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wireless Router has some great features and is our best router for 2017. With 6 external antennas, it provides best coverage throughout large homes. Thanks to 1Ghz Dual processor, which makes router works really fast. It has dynamic Qos, which means each device is assigned to the wifi band according to its need where it can get maximum speed.  Other features include DDos attack protection, Personal FTP server, OpenVpn Support, two USB slots, Standard Wireless Security WPA/WPA2, Guess network access and remote access via Netgear Genie App

   Pros    Cons
  • Excellent range. Netgear Nighthawk X6 has 6 external antennas that provides best coverage in case of large houses
  • Excellent hardware – best for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming, Smart Qos, DDos attack protection, OpenVpn and Network Genie Support and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  •  With Readyshare Vault save Images, Pictures, Videos etc and take PC backups directly in USB connected to Wireless Router
  • Its Expensive. Although it has some great features but sill price looks really high as plenty of its features can be found in competitors at slightly lower price.
  • 2.4 Ghz band efficiency and range not promising but excellent range and speed at the two 5Ghz Bands
  • 13 LED lights might be disturbing for someone at night. In that case make sure to turn them off

In a Nutshell, this is best router for gamers with high connection speed needs and for large homes and offices where so many devices are connected to single Network. Its expensive so don’t purchase if you don’t have any of above needs. Being the best Triband router in market, thousands of people have recommended it on Amazon after using this wireless router. Netgear Nighthawk X6 Ac3200 Wifi router tops our list of Top 10 Wireless routers because it posses some of most advanced features and is one of the best wifi routers in 2017 
Read Full Review of review of Netgear Nighthawk X6 Tri-band Wifi Router

 

TP Link AC3150 Wireless router

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TP Link AC3150 Wireless Wifi Gigabit router is second on our list of best wifi routers 2017. TP Link has designed it to compete it with their rivals Dlink, Linksys, Netgear and Asus’s AC3200 category routers. It is obvious that it will share some common features as we find in competitor’s products.

Unlike their Competitor’s Netgear’s AC3200 wifi router, TP link  has  introduced this router as dual band router. It supports wifi on two radios at 2.4 Ghz and 5.0 Ghz. It has a sleek and stylish design. It is equipped with two USB Ports and 4 Lan ports. It has a powerful 1.4 Ghz processor (better than our first choice Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 wirless router) that lets smooth operation. With Broadcom® NitroQAM™ technology it delivers data at 25% faster rate than other standard AC routers through 4 Data streams.

You can enjoy HD video steaming and lag free gaming connections through this router. It has good signal range and you can use it for large homes. Like our first choice it has Smart Connect technology that choose and connect device to the best band according to its connectivity needs. In Addition TP Link Ac 3150 wifi router is equipped with MU-MIMO (Multiple User Multiple Input, Multiple Output technology) that lets you connect multiple devices each capable of achieving 4x faster speed.

TP Link Ac3200 Wireless Gigabit routers has some amazing features. It has a sleek design similar to TP Link AC2600 Wireless router. It has faster 1.4Ghz processor and can attain maximum speed of 100o Mbps at 2.4Ghz band and 2167MBps at 5.0 Ghz band. You can also get blazing fast wired ethernet connection through 4 available LAN ports. It weighs only 3.6 lbs and has a price considerably less than AC3200 Wireless routers from Netgear and Asus.
   Pros    Cons
  • Excellent range. TP Link Ac3150 wireless router has 4 external antennas that provides best coverage in case of large houses
  • Excellent hardware – best for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • 25% Faster Speed through 4 data streams with Broadcom Nitrocam technology.
  • Multiple connections each capable of achieving fastest possible speed with MU-MIMO technology.
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • Targetted Wifi Signal with connected devices with Beamforming
  • Lower price as compared to competitor’s product of same category
  • It has slightly lower speed as compared to Asus RT-Ac88U and Netgear nighthawk X6 and X4 Wireless router when reading and writing data on USB
  • 2.4 Ghz band efficiancy and range not promising but excellent range and speed at 5Ghz Bands
  • 13 LED lights might be disturbing for someone at night. In that case make sure to turn them off
  • Only 4 LAN ports are available in TP Link AC 3200 router. Some might need more LAN ports to connect more Ethernet devices, Atleast 5 LAN Ports would have been best. Still, better than many others

TP Link AC 3200 Wireless gigabit router is the simplest of high end routers. It has a sleek design, Dual band, some extra features to enhance connection with client and ability to connect multiple devices without affecting speed of others.  It has 4.2 star ratings on Amazon and its better if not best. You can save some dollars by purchasing this wifi router because its rivals have higher prices for more or less same functions. TP link has set its standards in wireless networking and you can try this very affordable yet cutting edge wireless router and we hope you will not regret your decision
Read Full Review of review of TP Link AC3150 Long Range Wireless Router

 

3. ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router Review – Excellent Hardware Best Range

ASUS RT-88U Wireless Router AC3100

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Here is the Best from Asus and number No. 3 Best Wireless router in our list of Top 10 wireless routers 2017. This is ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless AC3100 Router, a powerful router that is not in anyway less than our Top two Wireless Routers. Asus is the most famous brand in US in Wireless Routers and has highest customer satisfaction rate. Most of people in other places know ASUS because of other products but ASUS is a well know Wireless routers brand in US.

ASUS AC88U Wireless AC3100 Router is a Dual band router just like TP Link AC3150 Wireless Router. It Supports Wireless Devices on 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz bands.It also have 1024-QAM technology that means data is transferred at even faster rates. Its supports 1000 Mbps Data transfer at 2.4Ghz and 2100MBps at 5.0 Ghz band. Other features of this router are also amazing Such as it allows extended connectivity for Ethernet connections with 8 LAN ports. It has 4 external antennas that provides best signal coverage even for a home of 5000 square feet. It has 1 USB 2.0 and One USB 3.0 ports to connect USB device to save data in external storage.

ASUS AC88U Wireless AC3100 Router is a Dual band router is equipped with a powerful 1.4 Ghz Dual core Processor. The faster processor makes its function faster even if more number of devices are connected.  We can transfer the data in the external USB storage device at a rate of around 100 MBps that is reasonably good. Like the other two Top routers, it too have Smart Connect feature that means clients are connected to the best band.

ASUS AC88U Wireless AC3100 Router have solid hardware and software features. Its uniqueness is AiProtection Trend MicroTM that makes your connection and network secure. Features like automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental protection, it allows you add extra security  to your wireless network. 8 LAN Ports provides better connectivity options with wireless range upto 5000 square feet makes it perfect choice for large office building and houses. It has a built in VPN server and MU-MIMO options that lets clients to connect at their maximum speeds.
   Pros    Cons
  • Excellent range. ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless AC3100 Router has 4 detachable external antennas that provides best coverage in case of large houses upto 5000 Square feet
  • Excellent hardware capabilities – 1.4Ghz dual core processor best for high bandwidth TV Streaming, gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming to send targetted signal to connected device, AIProtection to make your connection secure and many other great features
  • Easy and Simple to Set up with web interface
  • Excellent Standard Security WPA, WPA2
  • Better Ethernet connectivity , upto 8 LAN ports with Ethernet connection speed upto 1.8 GBps
  • Its Expensive. More of less same features are in TP Link AC3150 Wireless router which is $80  cheaper than this router
  • The placement of USB 2.0 is ok at back side of the router  but USB 3.0 port is located at side of the router which is not good position to connect USB
  • Some Users report USB 3.0 doesn’t work up the mark. Speed Issues !

Since this router is priced at around $280, 80 bucks more than TP Link AC3150 Wireless router, this is at No. 3 at our list only because of price. Otherwise it has some features similar to TP Link AC3150 Wireless and some features are new. Nevertheless, it is a solid and strong wireless router that is enough to propagate wifi signals in any large house.  It comes with 2 years of manufacturer’s  warranty that means you remain safe and in case of any issue you can get technical support or even repair your device from manufacturer. 
Read Full Review of ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless AC3100 Dual Band Router

4. ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router Review – Best among 1900 MBps Routers

ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

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If you are looking for a Wireless Router at a speed of 1.9 Ghz than here is another good wireless router from ASUS. Its at No. 4 in our list of best wifi router 2017. 2 This is ASUS ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router. This Dual band wifi router from ASUS ahve excellent speed and range. It is one of the most widely sold and used wireless routers in the market. 

ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router is powered by 1Ghz Dual core processor. Like other 802.11ac Dual band routers, ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900 Wireless router also works on 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz frequency bands. It has many features similar to its advanced version ASUS  RT-AC88U AC3100 Wireless Router. It provides excellent speed and meet the needs for advanced home networking. Above all, it is very affordable. 

It has three detachable antennas that provides excellent signals in a normal house. Whether you need to play online games or want to watch online video streaming, this router will not disappoint.  To compete with the beamforming technology of its rivals, ASUS (RT-AC68U) has AirRadar beamforming technology . It makes signals targeted towards effectively. It is designed in a way to place it on table top hence have one drawback, it can’t be mounted on a wall. Moreover its three detachable antennas have 45 degree angle. It stand on its 3 inch wide base and hence doesn’t take much space.

 ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router have excellent features. Like ASUS AC3100 router it also supports AiProtection that means your connection’s security is doubled. With Standard WPA,WPA2 security,  it also blocks malicious sites and alerts for network vulnerabilities. Other Features include Powerful processor, AiCloud support to create private cloud network, Easy setup with ASUSWRT web interface and USB ports for connecting external USB device. It has 5 LAN ports for Ethernet connections. It is designed in a way that even if more number ethernet connections are active, its wireless connections won’t be disturbed

   Pros    Cons
  • Good Wifi range. Netgear Nighthawk X6 has 3 external detachable antennas that provides good coverage in case of average to large house
  • Excellent hardware – Good Processing Speed, Good wired and wireless connectivity features Can be used for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming with AiRadar feature, extended coverage and enhanced signal stability.
  • Easy to Set up with ASUSWRT web interface
  • Excellent Standard Security + enhanced security with AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro
  • Its design is okay, but there should have been an option for mounting it on wall
  • Its expensive for given features

ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router have excellent, speed, hardware, converge and software support. It is easy to setup. It provides good connectivity options. However it is costly. You can add $100 and can get a wireless router with a speed doubled. ASUS is a well known and trusted brand. If you need an AC router with 1.8 Ghz Speed but you don’t want to dip your head in the ocean of technicalities you can simply chose this router 
Read Full Review of review of ASUS RT-AC68U Dual Band AC1900 Gigabit Wifi Router

 

TP-Link AC1900 High Power Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C1900)

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TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Long Range Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C9) is the most affordable wireless in Ac1900 category with 1900 Mbps Speed. It is TP Links one of the most sold wireless routers. It is the cheapest of all good Ac1900 Wireless routers available in the market. It has a simple and sleek design with excellent hardware and a unique design.

TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 wireless router’s design is different form all the routers we have reviewed here. It have an angular stand that provide support from back. This thing we not see normally in other routers. Like ASUS RT-AC68U Ac1900 Wrireless router, this router also cannot be mounted on a wall. yet it has some good hardware features. This includes powerful 1Ghz Dual core processor. It is a dual band router that works on 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz frequency bands. You can enjoy online games and HD video streaming with its total available speed of 1900 Mbps

To propagate the wifi signals, TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 wireless router have three external antennas. You can points thee antennas straight or at certain angle or direction to direct the wifi signals towards the location of particular wifi client. It has 4 LAN ports for wired connections at the back and one USB port at back and one USB port at right side of the router to connect external storage devices.

TP-LINK – Archer C9 AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router have all the features that we need in a standard router. Its is Dual band wifi router with maximum speed of 1.9 Gbp over two bands. It is equipped with beamforming technology, to send targeted signal to clients to achieve maximum signals strength. It has powerful processor and 4 LAN ports for ethernet connectivity and 2 USB ports for external USB storage. It is safe and secure with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA/WPA2-PSK, SPI Firewall and DoS protection. You can setup guest access network an set parental controls. It can be organized via Tether app for Ios and Android. Most of all its affordable
   Pros    Cons
  • Good range. TP-LINK – Archer C9 AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router has 3 external detachable antennas that provides good wifi coverrage. You can adjust antennas in direction of client.
  • Good hardware capabilities – fast Processor, 1,9ghz speed over dual bands, Good for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming,  DDos attack protection, OpenVpn and Network Genie Support and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • Affordable as compared to rivals having same features and less price
  • Few advance features are not present
  • Its design doesn’t allow you to mount it on a wall
  • No MU-MIMO technology support
  • The device sometimes gets heatup, some users reported , while uploading and downloading stuff simultaneously over Ethernet and wireless connections

TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 wireless router is the cheapest yet good option for AC1900 Wireless connectivity. TP Link blends several good features with the cutting edge technology to create a router that delivers best speed, good coverage and connection stability. However as it is cheapest available option in best wireless routers, it lacks some advance features such as VPNServer. Such advanced features are generally not needed by everyone. For the price under $130 with such amazing features, TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 wireless routeris our best choice in AC1900 Wireless Category.  
Read Full Review of review of TP Link Archer C9 Ac1900 Wireless Router

 

6. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (R7000) Review – APowerful AC1900 Wireless Gaming Router

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router

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At No. 6 on our list of best Wifi Routers 2017 We have Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wifi router. This is best wifi router we have on AC1900 category and is used by thousands of people with highest customer  satisfaction.

Netgear Nghthawk AC1900 R7000 Router is one of the most successful routers in market and is real competitor of TP Link’s wireless routers. This is on top in AC1900 wireless category and No. 6 on overall rankings of our best wireless routers 2017. It is equipped with the powerful 1Ghz Dual core processor. It is a dual band router that works on 2.4Ghz (600 Mbps maximum) and 5.0 Ghz (1300 Mbps maximum speed) bands. However there are few concerns over its range.

Although AC1200, AC1750 and AC1900 routers are considered for normal usage. you can still use it for gaming , HD video streaming, large data file sharing. It has some features that you will also find in other Netgear routers. Such as Kwilt app. You can use Kwilt app to save photos and videos from social media sites directly to the USB device attached to the router. You can also take backup of Windows in the USB device connected to router. It has 2 USB ports, USB 3.0 port is connected at front while USB 2.0 port is connected at back side of the router.

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Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wireless router (R7000) have good connectivity options. It has 4 LAN ports for ethernet connections. It has three detachable external antennas like most wireless routers. The beamforming features allows router to send targeted signal to the client device to achieve better signal strength and less interference. You can also use netgear Genie App to control wifi through your smartphone.

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wireless router has some good features that are essential for today’s life. Like Guest Network Access, we can setup a guest network which will allow wifi access for guests and prevent guests to suck our bandwdith. Parental control feature can be set through  web interface or Netgear Genie app. Thanks to powerful processing speed and high power amplifier and external antennas, its range is good in normal condition. It can be use as a multipurpose router, from gaming to office usage, it stands firm when it comes to performance. It offers simple setup with web interface and you won’t find any difficulty setting up this router for first time.
   Pros    Cons
  • Excellent range over 5.0 Ghz band that provides best coverage in case of normal homes.
  • Good hardware – 1 Ghz Processor, 256 MB RAM, Good for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming, Smart Qos, DDos attack protection, OpenVpn and Network Genie Support and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up with web interface
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • With Readyshare Vault save Images, Pictures, Videos etc and take PC backups directly in USB connected to Wireless Router
  • It lacks in range when connected to the 2.4 Ghz band.
  • There are several LED status lights. Unlike Nighthawk X6 R8000 there is no button to turn off these lights but can be done through software
  • Charging adapter size is big which is sometimes difficult to handle
  • Its Expensive as compared to wireless routers from competitors with similar features

Overall Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wireless Router (R7000) has some great features. If you are looking for a powerful router with good speed and signal range , with Netgear’s extra value added services try this out. It has manufacturer’s one year warranty. if you have more budget in hand, and your networking needs are extreme you should go for some high speed routers. However with the limited budget this is the best option you will find for your wireless networking needs. Its fast, reliabale, secure, and have solid performance.
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TP Link Archer C7-01 1750Ac Wireless Router

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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is very affordable and durable wifi router. It is No. 1 Best selling wireless router on Amazon and hundreds of thousands of people have used this router till date. It has excellent design, made with black finish. It is a Dual band router that works on two frequency bands like most of the modern Wifi routers. It has a maximum speed of 1750 Mbps (450 Mbps Maximum on 2.4 Ghz while 1300 Mbps maximum on 5.0 Ghz.

TP Link Archer C7 AC170 Wireless router has many state of the art features that make it perfect wireless router for your home. It is made on best modern wifi technology 802.11ac with support to wireless devices having 802.11/a/b/g/n technology. The dual band wireless router has many great features you will find in any expensive router.

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you don’t always have to speed 3x more price on an expensive wifi router unless you really need to. If you have normal house and needs good wifi router with good speed, range, then you can choose wifi routers having 1200 to 1900 Mbps maximum speed. Other wireless routers with speed more than this are for advanced connectivity purposes or for increase number of users and greater need of wifi range

TP Link Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless router has a fast single core processor. It has 3 internal antennas and 3 antennas to propagate the wifi signals. TP Link AC1750 router has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port for connectivity external USB storage devices. These external USB devices are used to save media files directly connected into USB storage and to take automatic backup of PC. Other than that there are 4 LAN ports for ethernet connections.

IP based bandwidth control feature in TP Link Archer C7 Ac1750 Wireless router allow users to control bandwith on a device by control data transfer rate on its IP. The router allows IPV6 features alongwith add on like Guest Network access and Parental control feature. It also uses Beamforming technology to generate a beam of signal towards connect client to avoid noise and interference. You can surf use it for HD video streaming or online gaming purpose and  it will provide best lag free speedand excellent signal stability.  

 

   Pros    Cons
  • Good range. TP Link Archer C7 Ac1750 has 3 external antennas that provides best coverage
  • Good hardware – Faster Processor, Dual Band Wireless capability, 2 USB and 4 LAN Ports for ethernet connections.
  • Beamforming, DDos attack protection, guest network access, parental control and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • One touch WPS protection. Secure network connection with button present at the back
  • Some users report it has less upstream and downstream speeds.
  • There is no option to stop the LED lights either from hardware or software. Competetors have this feature.
  • Missing some features like Quality of Service, VPN  support etc

In a Nutshell, this is best router for home users who don’t need any extra fast speed expensive router. TP Link has combined many advanced features to form this wireless router. They kept its price reasonable for the given features. TP Link Archer C7 1750 Wireless Router comes with two years of manufacturer’s warranty. You can contact TP Link Support if you find any issues in setup. It is the No. 1 Best selling wireless router on Amazon for a reason 
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8. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 R6700 Smart Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router Review – Really a Smart Wifi Router

Netgear Nighthawk R6700 AC1750 Wireless Router Photo

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This is the 2nd best wireless router in AC1750 category and overall 8th best wifi router on our list. It has many features similar to Netgear’s Flagship products Netgear nighthawk Ac3200 and higher. NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Smart Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router is the advanced version of Netgear AC1700 Dual Core Wireless Router that comes with lesser processing speed i.e. 800 Mhz. This comes with a processing speed of 1Ghz and can handle increase load in better way.

NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Wireless router uses two wireless frequency bands to transmits wifi signals. It has a maximum speed of 1750 Mbps distributed over two bands. On 2.4Ghz It has a maximum speed of 450 Mbps and on 5.0 Ghz it has a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps. Both bands can function cocurrently to connect different devices according to theor needs. Its a modern router with all features that you need. However it is also expensive if we compare it to other AC1900 routers in the market. Thats why we placed it at 2nd place in AC1900 wireless routers category. Otherwise its features are unmatched among competitors.
NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Wireless router has three external detachable antennas that propagates wifi signals througout the house. It has a black shaped solid body with excellent deisgn. The router has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port to connect external storage devices. It has 4 LAN ports for wired ethernet connections in case you need wired connectivity alongwith wireless connections. It is a powerful router that has excellent covergae. You can enjoy 4K HD Video streaming, Online Games with lag free speed and can share photos, videos and images over the wireless network with faster speed.

NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Wireless router comes with some advanced features like parental control and Guest network acess. It can be access remotely using netgear Genie Mobile app. Using Kwilt app, you can save images, audio and video directly from Social Media Sites to the external USB storage device connected with router. It is best for playing games on gaming consoles, connecting smart tv for streaming etc because it has Quality of Service Feature that maintains speed when you play games or Video streaming without letting other users to suck up your speed. With the Beamforming feature it creates wifi signals beam directed towards the client device to make better, stringer, noise free connection, the features that is present in almost all modern routers today
   Pros    Cons
  • Excellent range. Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 has 3 external antennas that provides best coverage in case of large houses
  • Excellent hardware – 1Ghz Dual Core Processor, best for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming, Smart Qos, DDos attack protection, OpenVpn and Network Genie Support and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  •  With Readyshare Vault save Images, Pictures, Videos etc and take PC backups directly in USB connected to Wireless Router
  • Its Expensive. Although it has some great features but sill price looks really high as plenty of its features can be found in competitors at far lower price.

NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Wireless router is best choice for people who are looking for a fast wifi router upto the speed of 1.7 Gbps but don’t mind spending few extra dollars to purchase the best thing.  It is fast, have excellent range and comes with a lot of great features. It won’t disappoint you for the extra dollars spent with its great features and performance.  
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9. Linksys WRTAC1200 WiFi  Gigabit Wireless Router Review – Best Wifi Router Under $100

Linksys Dual band Ac1200 Wireless Gigabit Wifi router

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Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router is actually the transition from WIreless N technology to Wireless AC Technology. It is a dual band router that works for 2.4 Ghz band on N technology delivering 400 Mhz Speed and for Ghz band, it works on 801.11AC technology to deliver a maximum speed of 867 Mbps. Thus a combined speed of 1200 Mbps.

 

Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router has a good classic retor design. This stackable deisgn is similar to WRT1900AC Model, the only difference is that it uses two external antennas and WRT1900AC has 3 external antennas. Other design is very much similar. It is a poweerful machine that has all the required features we need from a good Wireless router. It has excellent hardware capabailities. It is powered by ARM based 1.3 Ghz Dual Processor (most of the AC1750 routers have less processing speed only 1Ghz). It has a flash memory of 128 Mb and 256 Mb of RAM. Despite its stronger hardware configuration it uses dual stream 2X2 wifi signals hence limiting its speed to 867 Mbpz on 5 Ghz band. (3×3 configuration will provide 1300 Mbps speed on 5Ghz band).

Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router has good standard connectivity options. It has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. You can connect an external hard drive and it gives best of all read and write speed. You can utilize this configuration as a Network Storage Server. These USB ports are located at the back of router. On the front, you will find an array of fancy looking LED lights. These are status lights which shows the connectivity status. In case you need to turn them off, you can do so by web interface.

Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router offers parental control features as well as Guest Netwrok access. With the web interface you can turn on the guest network with a single click and allow your guests to use WIFI without affecting speed of your main network. With Media Prioritization you can prioritize your clients bandwidth in high and low priority mode.

Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router comes with 4 LAN ports for gigabit ethernet conenctions. It is accessible through internet. You need to create an account on linksyssmartwifi.com. After creating account you can access and control your wifi network form anywhere in the world. This is amazing feature we don’t found in rivals. It has better performance on short range and long range wifi tests on 5Ghz. For 2.4 Ghz the router failed to perform well.

 

   Pros    Cons
  • Good  range. LinkSys WRTAc1900 Wireless Gigabit Wifi Router has 2 external antennas that provides best coverage in case of normal to large houses
  • Excellent hardware – 1.3 Ghz Processor and 256 MB RAM best for gaming, HD video Streaming and large data files sharing
  • Beamforming, Guest Network Access, Parental Controls and many other great features
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • Good features that makes it best wireless router under $100
  • 2.4 Ghz band efficiancy and range not promising but excellent range and speed at the two 5Ghz Bands
  • One more external antenna would have increased its range. It posses strong hardware, 2 antennas sometimes feel less

Overall we find Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router a solid machine for home connectivity purpose. It has a solid design and good hardware and software features. It was on Top of all wifi routers for Network Storage Testing, at No. 2 one point lower than Linksys WRTAC1900 router. If you need a better yet cheap wifi router with fast speed, good range and best network storage feature, then this is best choice for you.  
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TP Link AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Wifi Router Archer C5

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Our Number 9th choice for best wireless router was a solid machine Linksys WRTAC1200 Wireless router. If you are looking for cheap solution with the same benifits then here is the best thing for you TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C5). This is among TP Link’s range of wireless router. It is a Dual band Gigabit router with maximum speed (theoretical) of 1167 Mbps
TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Router has nice shape and black color deisgn. On the front of the router you will see a number of LEDs that shows status of different connected ports etc. On the back of router you will find a power on/off switch alongwith 1 WAN and four LAN ports for ethernet connections. There are two slots for connecting the external USB storage devices in case you need to save backup of anything in the external storage. The router comes with a simple and sleek design with easy operation.

TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C5) has some amazing features that you will find in any other expensive router. It has a Maximum speed of 1167 Mbps that is devided over two frequency bands. 300 Mbps Speed at 2.4 Ghz band and 867 Mbps at 5.0 Ghz band. It has two external antennas for sending wifi signals in different directions to give maximum coverage. There are 4 LAN ports that provides excellent speed on Ethernet connections. In case you are only using wired connection, you can turn off the wireless radio with a WIFI On/Off button located at the back side of this router. These features alongwith others makes it sufficient for a normal user.

TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C5) is build on a faster 802.11ac technology. But you can also connect wifi devices that use 802.11a/b/g or n technology. The router settings can be changed via Tether app (available for Ios and Android). You can set up guest network access to limit the speed and bandwaidth for guests. You can also use the parental control features to limit the content for your kids and in office environment. It can be used for online gaming or multiplayer gaming network. You can use IP based Bandwidth control feature to limit the bandwidth for a device connected with acertain IP. Its easy to install and offers great benefits at lower cost.
   Pros    Cons
  • Good Working range. TP Link AC1200 Wifi Router Archer C5has 2 external antennas that provides good coveragefor your home
  • Good hardware – Dual band, Fast Speed, Good for gaming and HD video Streaming
  • Parental control, IP based bandwidth control and Guest network access
  • Easy to Set up
  • Excellent Standard Security
  • Cheapest yet bring good value
  • Not suitable for large homes due to medium range and coverage

The best thing about TP Link Archer C5 AC1200 Wireless Router is that we can get many good features of some of the most expensive wireless routers at very less price. In a small home where you only have to run a few smartphones (that only have 2X2 wifi radios) or laptops over wifi, why should spend 4x more price. TP Link Archer C5 AC1200 Wireless Router is best for such situations.It is reliable, fast and offers good performance 
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So here is the complete list and reviews of best wireless routers for 2017. With this detailed Wireless Routers Buyer’s guide you will be able to make a good decision that which wireless router matches your needs and is best wifi router for you. You can also read detailed review of each of these wireless routers below and in comment section you can ask question and give feedback that What you like and dislike in a certain wireless router. There are some new kind of wifi devices available in market thee days with multiple acces points, we will review them later..

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