With the advent of technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and home automation systems, it has become a necessity to own a router to connect you to your high speed Internet. With our society’s growing reliance on Internet-based services, a wireless router is not an optional purchase for many or most Americans. Whether you intend to Netflix your way through your days or remotely inspect your house and kids while at work, you need to be connected.
Below, we have compiled a list of the top 10 wireless routers for consumers based on parameters such as ease of use, functionality, durability and pricing.
The first router on our list of the top 10 wireless routers in 2019 is the Linksys EA8300 Max Stream.
For a router under $180, the Linksys EA8300 Max Stream does pack a punch as it is capable of churning out large amounts of data, at speeds of up to 626 Mbps. The router also has the tri-band feature and a parental guidance systems which ensures optimal control by whoever is the boss of the home.
For around $120, you can get this market dynamic changer from Google. The link above is for a 3 pack that costs around $255. The Google Wi-Fi NLS-1304-25 is a great option for those who have no interest in setting up routers and access points just so you can Netflix and chill in the upper living room as well. Unlike the traditional router, the Google Wi-Fi NLS-1304-25 allows users to expand its wireless range by simply scanning QR codes and mounting more Google Wi-Fi NLS-1304-25s. In truth, networking has never been easier.
With connectivity features ranging from 4 Gigabit LAN ports, to WTFast Gamers private network and adaptive Qos, it is safe to say that the Asus RT-AC86U was designed explicitly for the gamer in you. You can get the Asus RT-AC86U for a little above $150.
The name pretty much gives it away. It has a hefty price tag of $300 on Amazon, but in truth, there is not a single router in 2019 which serves the indoor-all-doors-locked gamer better than the Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500. Currently, this device is available in the US and UK markets only.
This router is where consumers and mid-enterprise needs are met. There’s always going to be a router with a standard design and efficient performance for the moderates among us, and that is exactly what the TP-Link Archer C5400 is on this list. In the simplest of terms, it is an affordable, highly functional, and very versatile router — perhaps the most versatile on this list.
Our first modular network router comes up at number 6. Designed as a mesh router for an enterprise environment, the Netgear Orbi Pro is an extremely efficient office router, backed with features such as efficient traffic separation, 4 Gigabit LAN ports and a Gigabit WAN.
The Netgear Orbi Pro is easy to install, understandably pricey, and extremely efficient for the modern day office environment.
Specially designed for smart home and home automation systems, the TP-Link Deco M9 boasts of speeds of up to 867Mbps at 5GHz and 400 Mbps at 2.4GHz. It also features options such as Qos, parental control, and even a built in antivirus.
While the TP-Link Deco M9 may be termed “pricey,” its price is probably justified as it efficiently satisfies smart home owners’ needs.
Another Netgear router, except this has been toned down for the more casual user. Similar to the TP-Link Archer C5400 v2 albeit not exactly suited for enterprise usage, the Netgear Orbi AC2200 RBK23 sports a download speed of 68.8Mbps and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also features the Disney Circle parental controls, giving you total control over what your kids have access to.
Think simplicity, and efficiency; think Netgear Orbi AC2200 RBK23.
Do you need an upgrade badly yet need to be on a strict budget? The D-Link Covr-C1203 is definitely for you. While the D-Link Covr-C1203 may not be the fastest router in this category, it definitely provides more than its money worth.
The D-Link Covr-C1203 represents a standard home router that should take care of your everyday network needs.
If you worry about security, then consider the Eero Home Wi-Fi System. It is backed with some of the latest AI technology around. From subscriptions with MalwareBytes and Encrypt.me VPN, the Eero Home Wi-Fi System justifies its premium price, especially as cyber security has become an issue over the past couple of years. It also includes 2 Gigabit WAN/LAN ports, a modern design, and dynamic rerouting.