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With the passing days, months and years, technology is advancing and with it, new inventions; cell phones, tablets, laptops, computers, iPods, televisions etc. are making their way to the list of basic necessities of life. Just like we need electricity to run these devices, we need an internet connection for them to function and for us to make use of them. It wouldn’t be wrong to say, the internet is the oxygen for the people of this century. One hour without it and we feel like savages living in the stone age on islands with nothing surrounding us but water. The times of wired internet connections are long gone because modern smart phones and laptops do not come with a port for the wire. We now need wifi connections to get the full internet coverage in our homes, offices, backyards, hospitals and everywhere else. The reason I’m writing this article is to help you choose the best wireless router for you with the features that you feel suit you the best.
Modern Best wireless routers come with many new features and faster internet coverage. In this article, I will also tell you about the variety of new features installed like single/ dual bands, number of LAN ports, parental controls, security, wireless protocols etc., the functions of each feature and how they’re important for a better internet coverage so that you can choose the best wireless router for you.
Best Wireless Routers Features:
Single/ Double/ Triple Bands:
A band is that function of the wireless router that operates on the different radio frequencies. A single band wireless routers use the most commonly used frequency, 2.4 GHz, that is also the frequency used by microwave ovens and some other household devices. Though these are the least expensive routers the internet speed they provide is quite low because the waves are disturbed by the waves of other radio frequency devices. These are best for using social media sites like twitter etc. But horrible for streaming videos. A double band uses two frequencies, one 2.4 GHz, and one 5 GHz. The 5GHz band is not so busy and interrupted hence the internet works faster here. If you’re a NetFlix person, this is for you. Fantastic for streaming. Triple band routers use one 2.4 GHz band and two 5GHz bands. These are best for houses or offices with multiple devices running.
Almost all wireless router comes with some or other security functions. The WPS option allows you to add devices to your router to use it. The WPA and WPA2 allow you to create a password that has to be entered from every device trying to use your router. The guest network setting allows you to create a different network for your guests that you can control and set your own way.
Most devices come with parental controls that allow the parents to control how many devices will be connected to the router and at what times. The priority Setting: allows you to choose which device or application is your priority and gets it receiving prior to other devices or apps.
Ethernet uses the protocols 802.11 for sending and receiving data. Devices using 802.11b and 802.11g can work up to 11mbps and 54mbps and only works on the 2,4GHz band. 802.11n operated on both 2.5GHz and 5GHz band and can work on up to 600mbps.The new 802.11ac can work on up to 600mbps on 2.4GHz and 13,000 Mbps on the 5GHz band.
(Multiple Input Multiple Output) This feature uses several antennas to send and receive signals and hence there is the lesser interruption and enhances connection speed to all the different devices. The number of LAN ports: It is important that your router has at least 2 to 4 LAN ports for connecting other devices via USB cable such as your printer, PC, and attached drives etc. Internet Protocol Version 4 and 6: The internet protocol versions are what assigns you your IP address. The current IPv4 is a 32-bit scheme and will soon run out of IP addresses. The new IPv6 is a 128-bit scheme which will allow a never ending number of IP addresses
The Best Wireless Routers of 2017:
Keeping all these features in mind, we have prepared a list of best wireless routers of 2017 describing all their features and pros and cons to help you choose the best device for you.
Asus RT-AC 5300: (Triple Band Router)
Another best performer we have from Asus, the RT-5300 triple band router comes with new and amazing features just like the RT-88U but a little different in specifications. It is tri-band technology is what makes it different from all the other routers in the race. The amazing speed and beamforming technology, it is another best pick from Asus. The newest and most unique feature just added is the 8 antennas that it comes with. These are detachable and have AiRadar universal beamforming for the best and longest wifi range on all sides. This feature makes it the best pick for houses and offices with a larger area that needs connectivity. The second new and amazing feature are its tri-band technology that offers a way higher speed than all the other devices in the race with no interruption in the smoothness. One band for the 2.4 GHz and two for the 5GHz that boosts up the speed to 1000 Mbps and 2167 Mbps respectively. By combining both, the wireless runs at a 5300 Mbps at any time which is the fastest offered by any device. But practically, not. Due to other contributing factors such as the performance and specs of the device, the performance ought to be a little poorer than expected but still almost the fastest. It comes with the normal 4 LAN ports despite its large size but if you don’t need to be connected with many wired devices, it’s the ideal number of ports.The router supports all wireless protocols including the 802.11b standard. It comes with two USB ports, a 2.0 and a 3.0, which comes with an additional feature of hosting a 3G/4G connection from any device connected with it. Installed with Trend Micro Air Protection for a very strong security system that protects your router from intruders and hackers and also offers all the parental controls you need.Built in game acceleration from WTFast lets your games run smoothly and support all the different heavy games online. The chipset is BCM4709+BCM4366 (2.4GHz) + 2 x BCM4366 (5GHz) Comes with a flash memory of 128MB and RAM (storage) memory of 256MB of DDR 3. The data rates are 802.11b: up to 11Mbps | 802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps | 802.11n: up to 600Mbps | Nitro QAM (2.4GHz): up to 1,000Mbps | 802.11ac (5GHz): up to 2,167Mbps. Additional features include ASUSWRT firmware, AiCloud, AiProtection, WTFast client, High-power mode, Download master application, Dual-WAN, Port Aggregation, VPN server, Guest network, DLNA server, Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE (MPPE support), PPTP, L2TP, IPv4, IPv6.
- The Tri-bands offering the amazing speed on different bands,
- The MU-MIMO technology is working superbly.
- The 8 detachable antennas are offering a wide range.
- Very large device.
- The average file is transferring speeds.
NetGear NightHawk R7000: ( Editors Choice):
This one is from NetGear and made especially for gaming and multitasking. It is on our list due to its reliability and amazing features that will never fail to impress you. Extremely beautiful in shape, thunderous in performance, the new Time Machine feature, Beamforming and all else makes it another wonderful pick for gaming and streaming. It’s small and handy, thin and sleek design is a major turn on. Easy to be carried around and installed anywhere in the house. It is powered with a dual core processor of 1GHz making it the fastest device from the company and the fastest in the market allowing all your online gaming and streaming to run perfectly smooth. It comes with a built in VPN server that is the first we have seen from NetGear and is very useful for business.The other brilliant new feature is that the NightHawk R7000 supports the Time Machine backup, something we haven’t seen in routers earlier. For backup, it also comes with the new software ReadyShare Vault. If any information or data is stored on the connected hardware, it can be streamed to connected devices. It scans the connected drive automatically and makes the information available. Digital content can also be shared to other connected devices from any device through the NetGear genie app for mobile. This app also lets you make and change settings to your network but can only be accessed if you are connected to the internet through this router. For any other means of the internet, it will not run. It has a long wifi range with its three antennas at an average of 15 feet but the range can be increased in a setting which will reduce the speed. On the 5GHz band, the speed of the router is 431 Mbps which is a very fast speed and beats many other devices in the competition. On the 2.4GHz band, it provides a maximum of 600 Mbps instead of 450 Mbps. It comes with two USB ports, a 2.0 port on the back and a 3.0 port in the front (which will give a little awkward look). The new Quality of Service feature brings the setting of managing your upstream and downstream although there are more options for the upstream management. The parental control features are free if you have an account of OpenDNS with which you can download the NetGear Parental Controls app. The OpenDNS also allows you to choose between the five different levels of Web Filtering for blocking traffic. It comes with four LAN ports, like the usual.It supports all wireless protocols 802.11a/b/g/n/a .Additional features include Apple Time Machine compatible, DoS attack prevention, firewall protection, parental control, FTP server, IPv6 support, NAT support, Quality of Service (QoS), ReadySHARE, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), VPN support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
- Amazing shape.
- Fast speed, unlike other competitors.
- Affordable to buy.
- Bulky to carry.
- The 3.0 port is in front.
- The speed on the 2.4GHz band isn’t much.
TP-Link Archer C7: (Best of TP-Link)
The first on the list from TP-Link, the Archer C7 is in the race with the best routers of 2017 with its fast speed and smooth performance. Although it is quite cheap in price, the performance gets you overwhelmed. For that amount of money, it is probably the most speedy router you can find. It can quite well run your light games and load videos. It comes with 5 dBi antennas that are thicker and firmer than the normal antennas and hence stay firm in place to give out the best wifi range. The design is a sleek, shiny, black which is attractive. It comes with two USB 2.0 ports on the back (which is rare) and allows you to connect two devices for faster data transfer through your local network.Also four LAN ports, just the usual, but Gigabit and one Gigabit WAN port. Small LEDs on the front panel like you find in most routers makes the design look more attractive.It also comes with internal antennas besides the external antennas which is the reason it excels in speed and long range tests. It supports up to 450Mbps speed on the 2.4GHz band and 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band. Although there are devices that provide up to 1700 Mbps speed, they are usually twice the price C7. So for its price, you are getting a very speedy wireless router. 128 MB Winbond W9751G6JB DDR2 (x2) of a RAM memory. 16 MB of Flash memory. Additional controls are Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access
Schedule, Rule Management. The parental controls let you manage how many devices and what specific devices you connect to your router. It supports all wireless protocols 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Additional features include DHCP client, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), bandwidth control, dynamic IP mode, firewall protection, parental control, port triggering, print server, virtual server support, DHCP server, DMZ port, FTP server, IPv4 support, IPv6 support, MAC address filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support.
- Affordable to buy.
- Amazing coverage and range.
- Firm antennas.
- Not as speedy as the other 11ac routers.
- Just an okay throughout.
- Limited settings.attractive.
D-Link AC5300 Triband: (Gigabit Router)
Another phenomenal device, excellent for all the heavy jobs on the internet, the D-Link AC5300 has made it’s way to the front line with the extra amazing features. Speedy as a deer and one of the best performers, it is THE device for you if you’re a gamer or run heavy tasks over the internet. It is also awesome for multi tasking which is a bonus if you’re in a house with many users. Dual band working excellent with one 2.4GHz band that runs on a speed of 1000Mbps and two fast 5GHz bands running at a speed of 2166 Mbps which makes it a total 5322 Mbps. It is a 4×4 router meaning that it uses four different streams which is perfect for multitasking and makes it an awesome device for homes and offices.It’s amazing MU-MIMO technology makes it very easy to use multiple devices without any lagging issues.The device can be set and managed from the my link mobile app.The installation process is very easy and only requires running a wizard, It comes with 8 external antennas making it an ideal device for you if you need a long range data connection. The security type is WPA/WPA2. It comes with one USB 2.0 port and another USB 3.0 ports and 4 LAn ports. Its Smart BeamForming technology lets the connection get to every corner and edge of your house and makes all the surfing, streaming and gaming fast. The new internet interface technology protects your router from unwanted devices, monitors internet activity and makes guest networking easier. It comes in attractive colors of black and red with 1 year warranty assuring you it’s reliability. Additional features include Advanced AC SmartBeam technology, DLNA Media Server, SmartConnect Technology, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), URL filtering, VPN Server, VPN passthrough, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), Zero Configuration Technology, content filtering, firewall protection, print server, Green Ethernet, reset button, Guest Zone support, IPv6 support, MAC address filtering, MU-MIMO technology, NAT support, Quality of Service (QoS), SharePort Technology.
- Fast file transfer speed.
- Excellent MU-MIMO technology.
- Fast and smooth running 5GHz band.
- Attractive design.
- Size is bit Large.
Apple Airport Extreme Base: (The Most Classy Router)
This amazing router comes from our very favorite brand if iPhones, iPods and much more. Just like Apple has never disappointed us in any of its other devices, same is the case with the new wireless router that has made its way to the front line with it’ brilliant features. Beautiful in appearance and as pleasing with its performance, the Apple Airport has yet kept its trend of being in the front line. It comes in a beautifully compact shape that irresistibly lovable and justifies the price you’ll spend on it.I The shape is a rectangular tube standing 6.6 inches tall and 3.85 inches wide. Each of its ports has a corresponding beautiful, small LED bulb in the front that glows green when all is fine and a different color when there is a problem with the connection. It has three Gigabit LAN ports on the back which is lesser than the usual. Also one WAN port and a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port.The number of LAN ports determine how many devices you can connect simultaneously to your routers such as hard drives and printers. Setting up the device is another easy process which is easier if you have used an Apple device before.It is installed with the new 802.11ac technology that lets the wifi run 3 times faster and gives out a stronger and clearer signal.It is a dual band with one 2.4GHz band and one 5GHz band running at speeds of Compatible with all the wireless protocols of 802.11a/b//g/n/ac.Comes with six antennas connected on the top for wider wireless coverage.Very fast data transfer speeds through the ports in the back.The best thing about it is that it can be used by a maximum of 50 years at once.Additional features include DHCP support, IPSec passthrough, IPv6 support, L2TP passthrough, MAC address filtering, NAT support, PPTP pass-through, VPN passthrough.
- Easy to use.
- Solid, speedy performance.
- Compact and beautiful.
- Supports 802.11ac technology.
- No Time Machine backup.
- No media streaming via USB connection.
Linksys EA6350: (Very Affordable Router)
Not everyone has large homes with many rooms and a great area where the internet coverage is needed. For such people who have small homes and don’t want to waste tons of money on buying routers with too many additional features or luxurious looks, this is the one for you. Really cheap and the best thing for you if you’re on a low budget and don’t require a very speedy network connection. The price is very much lower than all the other devices in competition making it the best choice for people with average needs. It is a beautiful black device with a good shape for average use. It comes with two un detachable antennas which might be bit of a problem since you can’t exchange it with a higher range antenna but is ideal for regular use. Although the wifi antennas are not detachable, they are adjustable and you can set them the best way that suits you and your users. When tested for speed and performance, the Linksys EA6350 could play and run heavy video games online and stream heavy sized videos. It has a single LED light that blinks during setup and is solid green while running. It is said to perform three times faster from the standard outperforms. It is installed with dual bands, a 2.4GHz band that speeds up to 300Mbps and a 5GHz band that speeds up to 867 Mbps on a wide range. It comes with the Beam Forming technology which sends signals directly to the user rather than everywhere around. It comes with four Gigabit LAN ports, a single WAN port also Gigabit and one USB 3.0 port on the back with a WPS and a Reset button. Installed with the most advanced parental controls that let you limit and specify access to other users. Create a guest network with a unique password for convenient and secure guest access using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.Monitor and control your home network from anywhere through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi website or mobile app. Other features include IPv6 support, RADIUS support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), firmware upgradable, parental control, reset button.
So at this price, it is the BEST and most amazing device you can get with a speedy performance and a very blazing 5GHz connection with no lag issues or interruption. It is the best pick if you are an average user with not too many devices or multiple tasks running.
- Affordable to buy.
- Easy to install.
- Easy to manage.
- High speed at 5GHz band.
- Antennas are not detachable.
- The file transfer speed is just average.
NetGear AC1200: (Smart Wi-Fi Router)
Another excellently speedy and best performer from the NetGear that also gave us NightHawk R7000 and R8000. The good things again are that it is very cheap making it your best pick if you’re on a low budget and don’t need the extra fast performance. The functions, though, are amazing and you can load all your routine tasks with zero trouble. It comes with two non-detachable antennas which are a slight flaw but looking at the price, pretty much okay. Plus, the antennas are longer and made to perform better. The design is a pretty, sleek, glossy black which is a slight bit bigger than the other low budget routers we have reviewed but is still pretty awesome. It has a LED lights showing status and activity for each of these separately: power, Internet, Wi-Fi, wired ports, USB, and WPS.It comes installed with an 880 MHz MediaTek processor for fast performance.It is a solid dual band with one band for the 2.4GHz that speeds up to 300 Mbps and a 5Ghz band that speeds up to 867 Mbps theoretically. In the back are installed Gigabit LAN ports four in number, a single WAN port, a Reset button, a WPS button, and a Power button. With these is one USB port but compatible with the USB 2.0.There is a number of different configuration and management settings for setting up the network, securing it, limiting the access etc.The installation process is very simple and similar to all other device installations involving connecting to your PC and making settings.It comes with a two-year warranty which is very assuredly of its reliability. File transfer speeds are nothing extraordinary but you can’t expect everything in a device so cheap. Other features include DLNA Media Server, FastLane Technology, Push N Connect button, ReadySHARE, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), auto-sensing per device, on/off switches.
Although, this device doesn’t offer many features required for busy homes and offices like the MU-MIMO technology and the BeamForming technology or the Time Machine backup technology nor the detachable antennas nor the long range connectivity but putting everything aside, it is the best device in this price for people with little work and small homes because it can not let you multitask or use a lot of devices at once with a good speed connection and performance but if you’re on a low budget, this is for you.
- Very affordable.
- A very speedy and no nagging performance at both bands.
- Pretty much a lot of management settings.
- Only a USB 2.0 port.
- Non Detachable antennas
Linksys EA9500 Triband: (Wireless Router)
Another amazing and brilliant performing router from the Linksys with many additional features for large homes and offices. Although it is a little bulky in size, the performance is overwhelming and the speed in transferring and streaming is mind blowing. It is also very good for gaming. A little bit pricey but worth the money. Starting with the look, it is a decent looking router which is larger than most routers at this price and probably one of the largest devices we have seen which is a bit of a turn-off. It comes with 8 adjustable but not removable antennas, three on one side, three on the other and two on the left). Also in the front are eight LED lights each for a different function that blinks when the device is setting up or booting and stable when the device is working okay.There is a large number of ports on the back which is a turn on. We have eleven ports, eight Gigabit LAN ports, one WAN port, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. This makes it an ideal and perfect device for a home with multiple users and devices that need to be connected to the router. The USB 3.0 is a fast and speedy connection. Another major feature that we don’t usually find is the TRI band technology with one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands running at excellent speeds of 1000 Mbps and 2166 Mbps respectively. It supports the MU-MIMO technology that lets many devices use different streams for working rather than one as a whole. The MU-MIMO data streaming transmits data directly to the client rather than everywhere around. The BeamForming technology sends signals directly to the client rather than making a set of signals around the house. The Linksys EA 9500 has passed the non-lagging connectivity test with no interruption for 48 hours straight.Additional features include 4T4R MIMO technology, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), beamforming technology, reset button. It also supports Seamless Roaming technology when paired with a Linksys Max-Stream Range Extender that lets the router and the extender work together to get you the strongest signals as you move around the area.
- The Parental Controls are extremely good with an option to block HTTP sites.
- 9 Gigabit LAN ports for connecting more devices.
- Speedy and fast wifi performance.
- Seamless roaming, a technology useful for extending network.
- Too many specs.
TP-LINK ARCHER C9 AC1900 (Fast Performance Router):
Another attractive and pretty designed router from the TP-Link making it is way to the top few best of 2017, the Archer C9 comes installed with many amazing new features that are mentioned below, It is again a cheaper device than the best performers of today, the new technologies installed to make it a very demanded router especially for those who don’t want to waste a lot of money on routers.Very different and unlike the other routers, the Archer C9 is small, pretty, compact and very decent looking. It hardly looks like a router and more like a small, pretty toy. Because of the luxurious and stylish design, it doesn’t look like a small budget device at all.It comes with three detachable antennas with maximum Omni-directional wireless coverage and reliability.You will not be able to put it up on a wall because it’s a desk duty device.It comes with a series of status lights for power, line sync, Internet connectivity, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, WPS and USB activity and a single light for LAN activity. Inside the package comes a small CD with the Easy Setup Assistant that helps you setup your device and understand its functions. It contains four Gigabit LAN ports, a USB 3.0 port on the rear and a USB 2.0 port on the side and separate buttons for power and Wi-Fi on/off.The parental control is very restricted and may not even work.Provides the easiest tether that lets you manage the device from your iPhone or mobiles.Beamforming technology spreads highly speedy wireless connection to each client.1GHz dual-core processor ensuring no interruption while processing multiple wireless or wired tasks at the same time.Comes with a 2.4Ghz guest network support. It is a dual band router with the 2.4GHz band and a 5GHz band.
802.11n (2.4GHz) Wireless Performance is 100 to 150 Mbps.
802.11n (5GHz) Wireless Performance 116 Mbps to 342 Mbps.
802.11ac Wireless Performance 220 Mbps to 646 Mbps.
- Fast performance for large file transfers in particular.
- Nice and swift interface.
- Reliable over many weeks of testing.
- Combines ADSL2+ and VDSL modem together.
- Little trouble with small file transfers.
That was it about the best wireless routers of 2017. We hope this article was helpful to you in choosing the right and appropriate device for you. Just remember that most of the expensive ones come with numerous functions that we don’t quite require to spend so much money on for our regular use in small houses and apartments. But for a big house with basements etc. and a good number of users, the expensive and one with high speed and long range are suitable. Choose wisely!