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The Best Routers for home and office 2021

If you have been on the lookout for a new router for your home or office, and need to know where to begin? This blog will guide you through the bare essentials on knowing what you need your Router to pack.

Introducing the internet to someone today would seem quite awkward, especially when you mention about routers. Everyone would expect you to know about the pair, like it was a wedding of the century. We would be forgiven for thinking that way, as routers get mentioned every time you talk about the internet. Routers pave the way to ensuring your internet experience suits your needs and requirements, may it be gaming, office use, or even for your home.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and take a look and what advancements have occurred in the field of routers. With the widespread of modems, broadband, and routers booming in the 80’s and 90’s, the internet was accessible to almost everyone. The arrival of the new century triggered a series of continuous developments.

Where it all began

Let’s not dive too deep into history but go through what is considered significant development that you may have missed. With the arrival of IEEE 802.11ac standard in 2013, the capabilities seemed to bloom with the increased in data packets transferred 3 times than that of its predecessor. It breaks the gigabyte per second barrier. The 802.11ac is then the new Wi-Fi standard, operating on the 5Ghz band, and offering potential speeds of 1733 Mbps. That’s a lot of data transferred! The following year saw D-Link, a Taiwanese multinational company, release the very first portable 802.11ac router. The rest ensued with their own models.


The 15th year in and we witness a new release in the Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, cemented as standard. Capable of broadcasting a signal from a wide range of sources to multiple systems simultaneously. Google’s introduction of the Google WIFI, allowed mesh networking to become mainstream, given that its previous application foresaw the need for large investments, something which could not be accomplished in the 80’s and 90’s. With mesh networking, a new era beckoned, and soon requiring Wi-Fi extenders were the thing of the past.


What makes Mesh Networking special is that it sticks true to its wireless name, eradicating the need to install wires. This shows a good minimalizing cost in setting up the connection as well. Even though they do cost so much (nervous chuckle). Routers with Mesh technology do not necessarily require Wi-Fi extenders. They use software algorithms to allow multiple connections via mesh nodes that can cover a large area. These Mesh nodes can be added or removed from a network with ease, making it expandable and adaptable.

    Now what do we need to consider to be a good router?

    In order to choose the best routers from the rest, we have to be well aware about what we look for in routers .The data transfer speed, the maintenance and guarantees available, and so on. To put into perspective, here is a list of features that make up for a good router:

    01

    Wired or Wireless Routers

    02

    Bandwidth

    03

    Device allotment

    04

    Smartphone app connectivity and QoS

    05

    VPN, anti-virus, firewall, and other internet security features

    06

    Data transfer speed (MHz/GHz)

    07

    Single or Dual Band capability

    08

    Frequency of WLAN Ports

    09

    USB port (USB 3.0)

    10

    Customer Service Recognition

    The Routers that need to be in the limelight

    The routers that we have selected for your needs and requirements are as based as per the list above. But let’s categorize them on the basis of how much of a dent they would cause to your wallet.

    Top of the line

    Starting from the top and moving our way down, we have the priciest of the lot. These are no run-of-the-mill routers. I call them minicomputers, what with the processing power they house. Let’s run through the list of router powerhouses that not only delivers the top range in internet experience, but also burns a big hole in your pockets as well.

    Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Best of 2018

    Kicking off our list is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, dedicated for high gaming capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

    Pros:

    1. High performance quality dedicated to ensure gaming needs and internet continuity measures are met

    2. 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

    3. Built-in AiMesh for Mesh Networking capabilities

    4. Dedicated network security with AiProtection Pro

    5. Dedicated interface to assist gaming requirements

    6. MU-MIMO support

    Cons:

    1. Overwhelming design that would seem overkill for small homes

    2. Bulky and takes up space

    3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

    This futures Querouter is packed with features that would oust most of the competition out of the water. Along with it being a stalwart gaming router, what with its design and features, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 aims to be suitable for other machines as well.

    • Techie Details

    With a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core CPU at the router’s helm, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a 4×4 tri-band 802.11ac router. Able to attain maximum speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz bandwidth, and up to 2,167Mbps on each of the 5GHz bandwidth. Should the features stop there? The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

    • Verdict

    With noting what the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 has to offer – Gamers can freely chose this router to receive unparalleled gaming experience. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option if your budget is fairly simple.

    • Setting

    The application interface is radically designed and stitched together to bring the best out of your network and manage your router to allocate device management. Logging into http://router.asus.com allows you to setup and install your router, may it be from your mobile device or your desktop. The entire setup process would not amount to more than 5 minutes.

    Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000) – Tagline Futureproof

    Right after the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, we pave way for the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000). With features such as MU-MIMO, the Netgear Nighthawk secures itself to be a long contending top-end router. Let’s halt for a bit and note the pros and cons that the router consists of:

    Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200.
    Keeping you and your network Future proof.

    Pros:

    1. 5GHz bandwidth performance

    2. 6 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

    3. 60 GHz Thoroughput

    4. MU-MIMO, 802.11ad, and 160 MHz networking tech support

    5. Aesthetic design with light-up LED on the router’s antennas

    Cons:

    1. Expensive

    2. Few devices with 802.11ad technology would benefit from the speed and features that the router would offer

    3. Poor range – data speeds drop as you move further away from the router, with 802.11ad signals unable to penetrate walls

    This router rolled out in 2017, and instantly garnered attention from the seven seas. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 can incorporate quad-streams 802.11ac access points to Wi-Fi devices in range.

    • Techie Details

    Powering the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is a 1.7 GHz Quad-Core CPU. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is a the R9000 is a quad-stream, dual-band 802.11ac router that can hit 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz bandwidth and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz bandwidth. Should the features stop there? The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

    • Verdict

    With noting what the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 has to offer – It is a very good choice for office and home usage without much delay in data streaming. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option for router lookers on a budget.

    • Setting

    The application interface on your mobile is designed for your convenience and ease of access. Through the application, you can set-up your device within minutes, pause the internet connection between two devices, check your internet speeds and much more. The entire setup process would not amount to more than 5 minutes.

    Coming in hot at number 3 is the TP-Link Archer AX11000 router, dedicated for high gaming capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

    Pros:

    1. Designed to meet Gamers’ needs and expectations

    2. 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

    3. Multi-gig WAN – Link aggregation

    4. Lifetime malware protection

    5. Equipped with parental controls

    6. Wi-Fi 6 support

    7. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

    Cons:

    1. Overwhelming design that would seem overkill for small homes

    2. Bulky and takes up space

    3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

    A router packed with features galore is bound to turn heads around. Onlookers would be fixated on not just what the router has to offer, but also the way it presents itself as a gargantuan piece of technology.

    • Techie Details

    With a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core CPU at the router’s helm, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a 4×4 tri-band 802.11ac router. Able to attain maximum speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz bandwidth, and up to 2,167Mbps on each of the 5GHz bandwidth.
    Should the features stop there? TP-Link Archer AX11000 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

    • Verdict

    With noting what the TP-Link Archer AX11000 has to offer – Gamers can freely chose this router to receive unparalleled gaming experience. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option if your budget is fairly simple.

    The application interface is radically designed and stitched together to bring the best out of your network and manage your router to allocate device management. The entire setup process would not amount to more than 5 minutes.

    Asus RT-AX88U – Best High End Router 2019

    The Asus RT-AX88U router is next on our list, with multiple networking capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

    Pros:

    1. Router with Wi-Fi 6 support

    2. 4 Wi-Fi antennas and 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

    3. Secured with AiProtection Pro

    4. Mesh Networking compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system

    5. Smart home support allow the RT-AX88U to integrate with Amazon Alexa with simple voice commands

    6. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

    Cons:

    1. Expensive

    2. Bulky and takes up space

    3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

    The Asus RT-AX88U is a revolutionary packed router with features that ;ive up to its billing. The router endures a steady data stream what with the capabilities that it has to offer, so you would not need to miss a beat.

    • Techie Details

    Boasting a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, and 256 MB Flash memory, the Asus RT-AX88U is a 4×4 AX6000 router. It is able to attain 1,148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4,804Mbps on the 5GHz band when connected to Wi-Fi 6 clients, comparatively better than most other routers with Wi-Fi 6 support.
    Additionally, the Asus RT-AX88U also supports Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming, allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Concurrently, The RT-AX88U consists of features like beamforming, 160 MHz channel bandwidth, and most significant – the Asus AiMesh technology that allows you to integrate your router along with other Asus routers, to create a Mesh Network.The Asus RT-AX88U is pretty feasible to manage through the dedicated mobile application, or the web console available through your web browser.

    In terms of securing your network, the Asus RT-AX88U uses Trend Micro’s AiProtection software. Sites with Malicious activity, Parental Controls, and virus detection are carried out by AiProtection.

    • Verdict

    The Asus RT-AX88U offers significant features that not only puts you ahead of the rest, but also future-proofs your network as there are devices that are yet to receive 802.11ax clients, which truly brings out the best in this router. The management software allows you to easily manage your network, and how data is allocated to your devices. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option if your budget is fairly simple.

    • Setting

    The application interface lets you configure how you would want the QoS to function. Feel free to enable, disable the QoStraighp feature, select its type as per your preference, and how you would like to set its bandwidth. Setting up the Asus RT-AX88U is pretty straightforward. Plug in the Ethernet cable and log onto http://router.asus.com to launch the setup wizard.

    The next router on our list is our first Mesh System router on our list. While the previous models that featured on our list does handle Mesh system capabilities, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is a semblance of aesthetic beauty and provides results in equal measure.

    Able to work as a dual purpose system, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus provides a good throughput and acts as an automation hub that would integrate with devices that function as part of your home. These devices include doorbells, security cameras, lights, and any smart device that works as a part of your home setup With the dual-purpose system and its provision of a wide area network coverage, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus delivers uninterrupted data streams ideal for homes and offices that span a wide area, without the need for a Wi-Fi extension. The pack that the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus comes with can be a dual, or single pack – with each pack containing a node. The two-pack combination comes with two identical nodes, covering an area of about 4,500 square feet.

    Pros:

    1. Easy installation

    2. Built in malware and virus protection

    3. Strong Parental control system

    Cons:

    1. Expensive

    2. Bulky and takes up space

    3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

    • Techie Details

    Inside each node consists of a quad-core CPU, 4GB of flash memory, and 512MB of RAM. In accordance with the above, it also consists of six antennas, a Zigbee antenna, a Bluetooth antenna, a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio, and two 5GHz radios. The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is an AC2200 system, and can reach maximum data link speeds of 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on each of the 5GHz bands. MU-MIMO is also supported, granting uninterrupted data streams to compatible clients in a simultaneous order – even when there are multiple clients connected. Beamforming is also supported in this router set.

    • Verdict

    The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is a top contender for Mesh-System network routers. With its integration with multiple household devices and wide area range without the need of Wi-Fi extenders, the router serves as the perfect network setup for homes and offices alike.

    • Setting

    As with most Wi-Fi systems, the Deco M9 Plus is easy to install. Start by downloading the mobile app and creating an account. Once you’ve verified your email address, open the app and click Let’s Begin. Select the M9 Plus from the list and follow the on-screen instructions to power off your modem before plugging in the Deco. When the LED begins pulsing blue, tap the Next button to connect the Deco to your network. In my tests, this took about 3 seconds.

    • Household connectivity

    The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus uses wireless radios to connect to and control home automation devices such as smart door locks, smart lights, smart switches, and numerous sensors – including motion sensors, door/window sensors, and water leak detectors.

    Much similar to the AiProtection service seen in Asus routers, the Trend Micro-powered HomeCare protection service comes staple with the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus. Filter out Malicious Content, Quarantine infected devices, and more security features are at your fingertips.

    • Trend Micro-powered HomeCare

    An application designed with the User in mind, the Trend Micro-powered HomeCare app is available for both Android and iOS, with a very clean and easy-to-use interface. The Filter Levels allow you to switch between user profiles suited to whomever is using the devices. Each level offers a different degree of protection, for instance the Child profile blocks sites that would seem.

    D-Link’s AC2600 Wi-Fi Router is powered by McAfee and comes in our list with the promise of a strong delivery and performance satisfaction. With features worth investing your money in, the AC2600 packs a lot and delivers exponentially. Despite its size, the AC2600 looks bold and clean, putting a good display along with delivering performance in equal measure.

    AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee DIR-2680.

    Pros:

    1. Designed to ensure that you and your devices are protected with McAfee

    2. McAfee Secure Home Platform (SHP) 

    3. Protects all connected devices, including IoT devices

    4. Powered by Intel GRX350 processor

    5. Equipped with parental controls

    6. Alexa Voice control

    7. Beamforming support

    8. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

    Cons:

    1. 3 LAN ports compared to 4 ports found minimum on other routers

    2. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

    A router packed with features galore is bound to turn heads around. Onlookers would be fixated on not just what the router has to offer, but also the way it presents itself as a gargantuan piece of technology.

    • Techie Details

    The AC2600 Wi-Fi supports MU-MIMO and gets it work done with the 1.6 GHz Intel® GRX350 processor to handle all the Wi-Fi and network security needs with no compromise in performance. A dual-band router, the AC2600 is capable of speeds of up to 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,753Mbps on the 5GHz band. It’s Intel chipset is also accompanied with 256MB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM.

    You would be wondering why on earth is the router constructed as a cube? Well, lets put your mind at ease and explain how the AC2600 is structurally set up. The AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee places 4 internal antennas perpendicular to each other to take your reception to the max.


    Should the features stop there? TP-Link Archer AX11000 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

    • Verdict

    With noting what the TP-Link Archer AX11000 has to offer – Gamers can freely chose this router to receive unparalleled gaming experience. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option if your budget is fairly simple.

    Installing the DIR-2680 is easy. I already had the app from a previous review, but if this is your first D-Link Wi-Fi device, you’ll have to download the mobile app and create an account. I tapped Install New Device and followed the instructions to scan the QR code found on the Quick Install Card. With timely alerts, you can get notified on any new devices that may have joined the network without your knowledge.

    To manage the McAfee security tools, you’ll have to download the D-Link D-Fend mobile app. Once downloaded, it will be accessible from the D-Link Wi-Fi dashboard and will also appear as a standalone app. Upon launch, the D-Fend app does a security check and displays any new devices that have connected to your network. At the top of the screen is a Notifications button that takes you to a screen which displays new notifications about virus updates and unprotected clients. There’s also a color-coded button in the middle of the screen with security tips: red means there is security threat, yellow means your network could be more secure, and green means your network is secure and parental controls are enabled ~ pcmag.com. You can also enable or disable site based on the categories they fall under.

    Google Nest Wifi

    Introduced int 2016, the Google Nest Wi-Fi was Google’s answer to affordable (Hah!) Mesh Network systems. Despite the years that have gone by which would seem that the Google Nest Wifi is done and dusted, it has stood the test of time and now keeps running on as it did in 2016.

    But what makes this router a bit more special that it stayed on for so long? Factors which contribute to the device’s long standing run is, and isn’t limited by, the features with which it delivers supreme throughput, its minimalistic design, and its Google Assistant capabilities.

    Let’s take a deeper dive and note what a little device puts up against the rest.

    Pros:

    1. Minimalistic Design

    2. Google Assistant integration

    3. Good Thoroughput

    Cons:

    1. No Anti-Malware tools available

    2. Expensive

    2. Advanced Settings require a separate app

    3. Lack of USB ports

    Despite the Cons overweighing the Pros, lets look at how the router still holds significance and sought after by consumers worldwide.

    The Router comes as a two-piece system, costing at $269.00. The router itself and the Wifi Point, which adds additional features. It covers homes of up to 3,800 square feet (2,200 for the router, 1,600 for the point). There is also a three-piece set (one router and two points) for $349 that covers 5,400 square feet, and you can buy additional points for $149 each.

    The Google Nest Wifi consists of a WAN port, a gigabit LAN port, and a power jack embedded in the base. As with the original Google Wifi router, USB connectivity is lacking.

    • Techie Details

    Opening the bonnet of the Google Nest Wifi, we inspect and find a 4×4 AC2200 dual-band router that can reach maximum data rates of 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of flash memory. The original router also uses a quad-core CPU, but it is a 2×2 AC1200 router with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. The Nest Wifi router supports MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, beamforming, and the latest WPA3 encryption, and it uses automatic band-steering to select the optimal radio band based on network traffic and signal strength. The Wifi point comes with a choice of three colors (Sand, Mist, Snow) and at 4 inches high and 3.4 inches wide, it’s just a tad smaller than the router. It’s a 2×2 dual-band AC1200 extender capable of 400Mbps data rates on the 2.4GHz band and 866Mbps on the 5GHz band and contains a Bluetooth radio and Google Assistant voice circuitry that allows it to do everything the Nest Mini smart speaker does, such as tell you the news, weather, and sports scores, stream music, set timers, and place hands-free phone calls. It can also control connected smart devices such as lights and thermostats.

    The Nest Wifi system uses the same Google Home app that is used to control Google Assistant smart speakers, Chromecast devices, and other Google Home products. To access network settings, tap the Wi-Fi button on the opening screen, which also offers controls for any connected smart devices such as lights, smart plugs, and thermostats. The Wifi screen displays your internet status, the number of installed Wifi points, and the number of connected devices.

    • Verdict

    The Google Nest Wifi is a user-friendly 802.11ac mesh system that uses sleek components to deliver Wi-Fi to all corners of your home.

    • Setting

    Just simply download the Google Home App and you’re good to Go!

    The Google Nest Wifi provides an easy way to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones while bringing Google Assistant to any room in your house. It’s very easy to install and delivers solid throughput performance, and it offers parental controls that will block access to malicious websites and allow you to create access schedules and pause internet access with the touch of a button. You can manage your network using the same mobile app that you use to control other Google Home devices, but it lacks protection against viruses and other malware. Moreover, you’ll need a separate app to tweak advanced settings.

    • Household connectivity

    The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus uses wireless radios to connect to and control home automation devices such as smart door locks, smart lights, smart switches, and numerous sensors – including motion sensors, door/window sensors, and water leak detectors.

    Much similar to the AiProtection service seen in Asus routers, the Trend Micro-powered HomeCare protection service comes staple with the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus. Filter out Malicious Content, Quarantine infected devices, and more security features are at your fingertips.

    • Trend Micro-powered HomeCare

    An application designed with the User in mind, the Trend Micro-powered HomeCare app is available for both Android and iOS, with a very clean and easy-to-use interface.
    The Filter Levels allow you to switch between user profiles suited to whomever is using the devices. Each level offers a different degree of protection, for instance the Child profile blocks sites that would seem.

    Netgear XRM570 – Best Mesh Wi-Fi System 2019

    Winner of the Best Wi-Fi Mesh System 2019, awarded by pcmag.com, the Netgear XRM570 is a router that delivers a top notch performance. The mesh Wi-Fi system kit consists of two devices, combining the latest Wi-Fi 6 and mesh networking technologies to eradicate wireless dead zones throughout your home and office.

    However, that’s not what we have come to see of the Netgear XRM570. Below is a series of points on what the router offers in terms of performance and style.

    Pros:

    1. Designed for Gamers

    2. Good UI for management

    3. Good Coverage

    Cons:

    1. Expensive

    2. Less Anti-malware tools as compared to other routers and mesh systems

    The Netgear XRM570 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router and Mesh WiFi System ($399.99) uses the latest 802.11ac circuitry and mesh technology to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and allow for seamless roaming throughout your home.
    The system pairs together the XRM500 router with the EX7700 range extender and provides very fast throughput speeds with outstanding range performance.

    The Tri-Band Router comes in a kit of two, amounting to $450. The router uses the 802.11ax technology as a Wi-Fi 6 system. Concurrently, it supports WPA3 encryption, 1024 QAM, Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) data transmissions, 20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth, MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, and direct to client signal beamforming. Let’s now see what does the XT8 pack under its hood!

    • Techie Details

    A tri-band AX6600 system, the XT8 can reach data rates of up to 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 1201Mbps on one of the 5GHz bands, and 4804Mbps on the second 5GHz band at the maximum. Each of the two nodes is equipped with six internal antennas, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 256MB of flash memory. Talk about a heavy hood! The Netgear XRM570 Gaming Router and Mesh System is a two-piece configuration consisting of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router and a Nighthawk Mesh Extender EX7700. The matte black router has a chiseled design and measures 2.2 by 12.7 by 9.6 inches (HWD).

    The XR500 is a dual-band 4×4 router powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 256MB of flash memory, and 512MB of RAM. It has four removable, adjustable antennas and is capable of speeds of up 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band. It uses Wave 2 802.11ac circuitry which supports MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, direct-to-client signal beamforming, Smart Connect (automatic band steering), and 160MHz Wi-Fi, which doubles the 80MHz channel width on the 5GHz band to achieve faster throughput speeds.

    The EX7700 is a tri-band AC2200 mesh device that can reach maximum speeds of 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 866Mbps on each of the two 5GHz bands (one of the 5GHz bands is dedicated to wireless backhaul). It uses four internal antennas, and when paired with the XR500 router gives you a total of up to 5,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage with seamless roaming using the same SSID and password as the router. If that’s still not enough coverage, you can add additional extenders (each EX7700 provides up to 2,500 square feet of coverage), but at $159.99 each they are quite expensive.

    • Verdict

    The Netgear XRM570 is a good router x mesh network system combo for people who want the latest in internet performance, which balances gaming requirements and house use. This however, is a bit disappointing that the system lacks anti-malware tools that would make it on par with its competitors.

    • Setting

    Pre-paired mesh system kit automatically syncs the gaming router network setting with the mesh extender.

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    The Best Routers for home and office 2022

    If you have been on the lookout for a new router for your home or office, and need to know where to begin? This blog will guide you through the bare essentials on knowing what you need your Router to pack.

    Introducing the internet to someone today would seem quite awkward, especially when you mention about routers. Everyone would expect you to know about the pair, like it was a wedding of the century. We would be forgiven for thinking that way, as routers get mentioned every time you talk about the internet. Routers pave the way to ensuring your internet experience suits your needs and requirements, may it be gaming, office use, or even for your home.

    But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and take a look and what advancements have occurred in the field of routers. With the widespread of modems, broadband, and routers booming in the 80’s and 90’s, the internet was accessible to almost everyone. The arrival of the new century triggered a series of continuous developments.

    Where it all began

    Let’s not dive too deep into history but go through what is considered significant development that you may have missed. With the arrival of IEEE 802.11ac standard in 2013, the capabilities seemed to bloom with the increased in data packets transferred 3 times than that of its predecessor. It breaks the gigabyte per second barrier. The 802.11ac is then the new Wi-Fi standard, operating on the 5Ghz band, and offering potential speeds of 1733 Mbps. That’s a lot of data transferred! The following year saw D-Link, a Taiwanese multinational company, release the very first portable 802.11ac router. The rest ensued with their own models.


    The 15th year in and we witness a new release in the Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, cemented as standard. Capable of broadcasting a signal from a wide range of sources to multiple systems simultaneously. Google’s introduction of the Google WIFI, allowed mesh networking to become mainstream, given that its previous application foresaw the need for large investments, something which could not be accomplished in the 80’s and 90’s. With mesh networking, a new era beckoned, and soon requiring Wi-Fi extenders were the thing of the past.


    What makes Mesh Networking special is that it sticks true to its wireless name, eradicating the need to install wires. This shows a good minimalizing cost in setting up the connection as well. Even though they do cost so much (nervous chuckle). Routers with Mesh technology do not necessarily require Wi-Fi extenders. They use software algorithms to allow multiple connections via mesh nodes that can cover a large area. These Mesh nodes can be added or removed from a network with ease, making it expandable and adaptable.

      Now what do we need to consider to be a good router?

      In order to choose the best routers from the rest, we have to be well aware about what we look for in routers .The data transfer speed, the maintenance and guarantees available, and so on. To put into perspective, here is a list of features that make up for a good router:

      01

      Wired or Wireless Routers

      03

      Bandwidth

      05

      Device allotment

      07

      Smartphone app connectivity and QoS

      09

      VPN, anti-virus, firewall, and other internet security features

      02

      Data transfer speed (MHz/GHz)

      04

      Single or Dual Band capability

      06

      Frequency of WLAN Ports

      08

      USB port (USB 3.0)

      10

      Customer Service Recognition

      The Routers that need to be in the limelight

      The routers that we have selected for your needs and requirements are as based as per the list above. But let’s categorize them on the basis of how much of a dent they would cause to your wallet.

      Top of the line

      Starting from the top and moving our way down, we have the priciest of the lot. These are no run-of-the-mill routers. I call them minicomputers, what with the processing power they house. Let’s run through the list of router powerhouses that not only delivers the top range in internet experience, but also burns a big hole in your pockets as well.

      Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

      Kicking off our list is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, dedicated for high gaming capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

      Pros:

      1. High performance quality dedicated to ensure gaming needs and internet continuity measures are met

      2. 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

      3. Built-in AiMesh for Mesh Networking capabilities

      4. Dedicated network security with AiProtection Pro

      5. Dedicated interface to assist gaming requirements

      6. MU-MIMO support

      Cons:

      1. Overwhelming design that would seem overkill for small homes

      2. Bulky and takes up space

      3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

      This futures Querouter is packed with features that would oust most of the competition out of the water. Along with it being a stalwart gaming router, what with its design and features, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 aims to be suitable for other machines as well.

      Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000)

      Right after the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, we pave way for the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000). With features such as MU-MIMO, the Netgear Nighthawk secures itself to be a long contending top-end router. Let’s halt for a bit and note the pros and cons that the router consists of:

      Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200.
      Keeping you and your network Future proof

      Pros:

      1. 5GHz bandwidth performance

      2. 6 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

      3. 60 GHz Thoroughput

      4. MU-MIMO, 802.11ad, and 160 MHz networking tech support

      5. Aesthetic design with light-up LED on the router’s antennas

      Cons:

      1. Expensive

      2. Few devices with 802.11ad technology would benefit from the speed and features that the router would offer

      3. Poor range – data speeds drop as you move further away from the router, with 802.11ad signals unable to penetrate walls

      This router rolled out in 2017, and instantly garnered attention from the seven seas. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 can incorporate quad-streams 802.11ac access points to Wi-Fi devices in range. Receive simultaneous

      Coming in hot at number 3 is the TP-Link Archer AX11000 router, dedicated for high gaming capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

      TP-Link Archer AX11000

      Pros:

      1. Designed to meet Gamers’ needs and expectations

      2. 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

      3. Multi-gig WAN – Link aggregation

      4. Lifetime malware protection

      5. Equipped with parental controls

      6. Wi-Fi 6 support

      7. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

      Cons:

      1. Overwhelming design that would seem overkill for small homes

      2. Bulky and takes up space

      3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

      A router packed with features galore is bound to turn heads around. Onlookers would be fixated on not just what the router has to offer, but also the way it presents itself as a gargantuan piece of technology.

      Asus RT-AX88U Router

      The Asus RT-AX88U router is next on our list, with multiple networking capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

      Asus RT-AX88U

      Pros:

      1. Router with Wi-Fi 6 support

      2. 4 Wi-Fi antennas and 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices

      3. Secured with AiProtection Pro

      4. Mesh Networking compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system

      5. Smart home support allow the RT-AX88U to integrate with Amazon Alexa with simple voice commands

      6. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

      Cons:

      1. Expensive

      2. Bulky and takes up space

      3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

      The Asus RT-AX88U is a revolutionary packed router with features that ;ive up to its billing. The router endures a steady data stream what with the capabilities that it has to offer, so you would not need to miss a beat.

      The next router on our list is our first Mesh System router on our list. While the previous models that featured on our list does handle Mesh system capabilities, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is a semblance of aesthetic beauty and provides results in equal measure

      Able to work as a dual purpose system, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus provides a good throughput and acts as an automation hub that would integrate with devices that function as part of your home. These devices include doorbells, security cameras, lights, and any smart device that works as a part of your home setup With the dual-purpose system and its provision of a wide area network coverage, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus delivers uninterrupted data streams ideal for homes and offices that span a wide area, without the need for a Wi-Fi extension. The pack that the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus comes with can be a dual, or single pack – with each pack containing a node. The two-pack combination comes with two identical nodes, covering an area of about 4,500 square feet

      Pros:

      1. Easy installation

      2. Built in malware and virus protection

      3. Strong Parental control system

      Cons:

      1. Expensive

      2. Bulky and takes up space

      3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

      D-Link’s AC2600 Wi-Fi Router is powered by McAfee and comes in our list with the promise of a strong delivery and performance satisfaction. With features worth investing your money in, the AC2600 packs a lot and delivers exponentially. Despite its size, the AC2600 looks bold and clean, putting a good display along with delivering performance in equal measure.

      AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee DIR-2680

      Pros:

      1. Designed to ensure that you and your devices are protected with McAfee

      2. McAfee Secure Home Platform (SHP) 

      3. Protects all connected devices, including IoT devices

      4. Powered by Intel GRX350 processor

      5. Equipped with parental controls

      6. Alexa Voice control

      7. Beamforming support

      8. MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channel support

      Cons:

      1. 3 LAN ports compared to 4 ports found minimum on other routers

      2. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

      A router packed with features galore is bound to turn heads around. Onlookers would be fixated on not just what the router has to offer, but also the way it presents itself as a gargantuan piece of technology.

      Google Nest Wifi

      Introduced int 2016, the Google Nest Wi-Fi was Google’s answer to affordable (Hah!) Mesh Network systems. Despite the years that have gone by which would seem that the Google Nest Wifi is done and dusted, it has stood the test of time and now keeps running on as it did in 2016.

      But what makes this router a bit more special that it stayed on for so long? Factors which contribute to the device’s long standing run is, and isn’t limited by, the features with which it delivers supreme throughput, its minimalistic design, and its Google Assistant capabilities.

      Let’s take a deeper dive and note what a little device puts up against the rest.

      Pros:

      1. Minimalistic Design

      2. Google Assistant integration

      3. Good Thoroughput

      Cons:

      1. No Anti-Malware tools available

      2. Expensive

      2. Advanced Settings require a separate app

      3. Lack of USB ports

      Despite the Cons overweighing the Pros, lets look at how the router still holds significance and sought after by consumers worldwide.

      The Router comes as a two-piece system, costing at $269.00. The router itself and the Wifi Point, which adds additional features. It covers homes of up to 3,800 square feet (2,200 for the router, 1,600 for the point). There is also a three-piece set (one router and two points) for $349 that covers 5,400 square feet, and you can buy additional points for $149 each.

      The Google Nest Wifi consists of a WAN port, a gigabit LAN port, and a power jack embedded in the base. As with the original Google Wifi router, USB connectivity is lacking.

      Netgear XRM570 – Mesh Wi-Fi System

      Winner of the Best Wi-Fi Mesh System 2019, awarded by pcmag.com, the Netgear XRM570 is a router that delivers a top notch performance. The mesh Wi-Fi system kit consists of two devices, combining the latest Wi-Fi 6 and mesh networking technologies to eradicate wireless dead zones throughout your home and office.

      However, that’s not what we have come to see of the Netgear XRM570. Below is a series of points on what the router offers in terms of performance and style.

      Pros:

      1. Designed for Gamers

      2. Good UI for management

      3. Good Coverage

      Cons:

      1. Expensive

      2. Less Anti-malware tools as compared to other routers and mesh systems

      The Netgear XRM570 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router and Mesh WiFi System ($399.99) uses the latest 802.11ac circuitry and mesh technology to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and allow for seamless roaming throughout your home.
      The system pairs together the XRM500 router with the EX7700 range extender and provides very fast throughput speeds with outstanding range performance.

      The Tri-Band Router comes in a kit of two, amounting to $450. The router uses the 802.11ax technology as a Wi-Fi 6 system. Concurrently, it supports WPA3 encryption, 1024 QAM, Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) data transmissions, 20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth, MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, and direct to client signal beamforming. Let’s now see what does the XT8 pack under its hood!

      Netgear XRM570

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