1. TP-LINK Archer C5400

TP-LINK Archer C5400

TP-LINK Archer C5400

Features and Design. If you’ve a feeling this design looks familiar, it is. It’s the same that TP-Link uses for its AD7200 router, reviewed. TP-Link fashioned the Archer C5400 with a dual-core 1.4GHz Broadcom ARM processor and no fewer than three co-processors to funnel data around its internal data pathways. The market for AC5300-class products was still evolving then, and there were only a handful of SOHO products with this level of hardware available. There aren’t many more now, to be fair. We’ve chosen to review this router now partly because this device has recently become more affordable, but also because TP-Link revamped it to V2 status, adding a couple of features that some people will adore. This excellent performance shows that the Archer C5400 v2 is a brilliant router for people with large houses, and if you have a compatible 802.11ac device you’ll find that you should be able to get fast and reliable Wi-Fi over a large distance. It also means that gamers, or people streaming 4K videos, can use the wireless network without worrying about it impacting performance, instead of having to rely on Ethernet cables.

2. NETGEAR Orbi Pro SRK60

NETGEAR Orbi Pro SRK60

NETGEAR Orbi Pro SRK60

The Netgear Orbi mesh-router system is an incredible option to fill spaces ranging from small homes to medium-sized offices with fast, reliable Wi-Fi. … The Orbi Pro is very similar to the Orb system, with an AC3000-class router, a 4×4 dedicated backhaul link, and one 2×2 5GHz and one 2×2 2.4 GHz radio at each node. The Netgear Orbi mesh-router system is an incredible option to fill spaces ranging from small homes to medium-sized offices with fast, reliable Wi-Fi. The Orbi is intended for residential applications, while the Orbi Pro offers an excellent option for small businesses that don’t have a dedicated IT team. The Orbi Pro is rated to have up to 40 devices connected at once, which is much more impressive than the regular Orbi. With the ability to have 40 simultaneous users, all with their own dedicated bandwidth, it’s much better suited for a small office environment. User testing has even shown that it’s possible to exceed those 40 connections, but at this point the load balancing software doesn’t work quite as well. As soon as you exceed 40 connections, it’s likely that users 41 and up will start to see a laggy connection.

3. D-Link Covr-C1203

D-Link COVR Dual-Band

D-Link COVR Dual-Band

The design of the nodes is attractive and the setup process is pretty painless, when it works. Some will find the LED lighting intrusive, however that can be disabled making it a moot point. Meanwhile, performance on the 5GHz band is excellent, allowing seamless movement while maintaining internets speeds close to or on a par with a wired connection. A web based interface adds more advanced controls beyond those provided by the user-friendly smartphone app. Each node has a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports, one of which is used on the primary node to connect to your existing broadband modem or router. Alongside that is a USB Type-C port to provide power. The nodes also have WPS buttons to aid with connecting smart devices like printers and cameras.

4. Google Wi-Fi

Google Wifi

Google Wifi

The Good Google Wi-Fi is easy to use and a breeze to set up. It has strong Wi-Fi coverage and fast speed. It costs a lot less than other mesh Wi-Fi systems. The Bad A Google account and a mobile device are required for setup and management. Google internet news. The Google Wi-Fi definitely works out in Google’s favor. Not only is this router the best mesh wireless router out there right now, but it may just be the best router, period. This is thanks to its ability to offer more mesh units at a lower price than its competition. s for their security, David Gewirtz recommended them in December 2016. And, there are two security issues with Google Wi-Fi routers.

5. ASUS RT-AC86U

ASUS RT-AC86U

ASUS RT-AC86U

Asus AC2900 dual-band Wi-Fi router (RT-AC86U) The Asus RT-AC86U is one of the best all-around routers. It has all the latest features, including extra security. This router should maximize your bandwidth and keep your home network running smoothly. The Bad You can only use the app while you’re connected to your home network, and the physical router has to stand upright with no wall mount option. It’s only dual-band, so it lacks an extra 5GHz band to alleviate network congestion. The Bottom Line at $200, the Asus RT-AC86U is one of the best all-around routers.