Without a good wireless router, it is very difficult to live nowadays and I am sure you will also agree with me that finding a good router is one of the most difficult task. Keeping in mind this issue people are facing we have created a list of Best Wireless Routers 2018.
Here at Niche Beasts out team of experts have tested almost all the Wi-Fi routers available in the market and included in our list the Top 10 routers so you can easily make buying decision without going through any inconvenience.
Best Wireless Routers 2018
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- Best Wireless Routers 2018
Some of the routers included in our list comes with a heavy price tag but we have also included routers that most people will be able to afford.
Although most of these routers comes with heavy price tag but still they are worth it as they comprise of features and functionality enough to make it to our list of Top 10 Best Wifi Routers 2018. We will discuss both Pro’s and Con’s of each wireless router we have included in our list.
|Device Name||Weight||LAN Ports||Wireless Comm|
|Google Wifi||0.74 pounds||2 per point||802.11||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|TP-Link Talon AD7200||4 pounds||4||802.11ad||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|ASUS RT-AC88U||2.6 pounds||8||802.11 b/g/n||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|NetGear Nighthawk R7000||3.5 pounds||4||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|D-Link DIR 890L||2.5 pounds||4||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|NetGear Nighthawk X10||4.11 pounds||6||802.11ac/ad||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena||2.6 pounds||4||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|Linksys WRT1900 AC||1.8 pounds||4||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|TP-Link AC1200||1.9 pounds||3||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
|Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station||2.1 pounds||3||802.11ac||Check Current Price On Amazon|
1) Google Wifi
It is basically a Wi-Fi system and the best one so it would be wrong to call it just a simple router.
Google Wifi comes with all the three units being identical and having the width 4.1 and Height 2.7 inches. It is a relatively small router as compared to other routers available in market at the moment.
This Wifi system comes with a white body being divided by un noticeable LED light. Google Wifi is made keeping in mind the modern homes.
Google Wifi comes with many unique features and characteristics and some of them are as follows:
- One of the most important feature of Google Wifi is that user can easily expand the network by simply including more Wi-Fi units.
- Google Wifi comes with a simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) that easily supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards.
- It comes with a 710 MHz quad-core processor having 512 megabytes of RAM.
- Antenna-Less Design.
- It includes Two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- On Primary unit the two ports function as WAN and LAN
- On Secondary units both ports can function as LAN
- The system is easily controllable using Alexa or by using the Google Home voice commands.
Due to all these features it is included in our Best Wireless Router 2018 list. If you got a big home and you are interested in getting a Wi-Fi network that can easily provide you superior connectivity in all the parts then, Google Wifi system (3-Pack) should definitely be your choice.
TP-Link Talon AD7200 Wi-Fi Router comes with many latest cutting edge features and characteristics that ensures the best performance.
This router is not an inexpensive one but still offers many impressive features when it comes to it’s price as this router is the first 802.11ad in market.
When it comes to the size of TP-Link Talon AD7200 wireless router, it comes with dimensions of 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 inches and is one of the biggest home router that you will find in the market. This router comes with a smart design that allows to fold down all it’s nine antennas in order to get flat surface. The biggest competitor of this router is the NetGear NightHawk X10
TP-Link Talon AD7200 Wireless Router comes with many different features that are as follows:
- This router have the ability to run three Wi-Fi bands at once.
- This router have the ability to support a combines speed of around 7.3 gbps.
- This router can easily support more than one users at the same time due to 1.4 GHz dual-core processor.
- This router comes with 8 external antennas that even helps in maximizing the performance and the range.
- This wireless router has 4 High-Speed Ethernet Port.
- It contains 1 WAN port.
- Talon AD7200 due to it’s wireless AC and the Multi-User MIMO technology easily enables simultaneous streaming.
- It allows to transfer files into an external USB or HHD using two high speed USB 3.0 ports.
- TP-Link also provides one-app solution using which you can easily Manage, Setup and Update the router.
- The firmware of Talon AD7200 according to TP-Link will be updated and will let the user easily setup all three bands as single Wireless network.
Due to all these features it is included in our list of Best Wireless Routers 2018.
So, in short TP-Link Talon AD7200 Wireless Router is one of the best routers available in market at the moment and if you don’t want to spend more money on NetGear Nighthawk X10 (the top competitor of this wireless router) then this router should be your best choice.
Almost all the Gamers and Computer enthusiast know about ASUS as they produce one of the best gaming hardware. But, at the same time what many people don’t know is that ASUS also produces some of the best routers. If you are looking for affordable yet one of the best router then ASUS RT-AC88U should be your choice.
ASUS RT-AC88U is basically a AC3100 router that comes with 8 Gigabit LAN ports having a dual-band router which can act as a NAS too. 8 Gigabit LAN ports are easily capable of delivering the high-speed internet without having to face any performance issues.
If someone have used any ASUS product in the past, then they will definitely find RT-AC88U Wifi router very familiar. This router comes with a very stylish look having black color with red accents along antennas.
It can easily be seen that Asus have paid significant amount of attention to each and every details that makes this router super easy to use. Due to these features ASUS RT-AC88U is included in our list of Best Wireless Router 2018.
You might have probably heard about NetGear before?
Today the router model about which we are going to talk about is NetGear Nighthawk R7000. This router design is inspired by a Jet. At the Moment NetGear Nighthawk R8000 have also been released but still we have included R7000 in our list due to the fact that while testing and comparing R7000 with R8000 we found Nighthawk R7000 being better in many ways as compared to the Nighthawk R8000. Features including but not limited to being affordable, easier to install, it’s design etc.
The Nighthawk R7000 is AC1900 having around 1,300 Mbps speed on 5 GHZ band and around 600 Mbps speed on 2.4 GHz. This router comes with 3 detachable antennas. During entire testing process either on 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz bands our team didn’t report any performance issue or slowdowns.
Due to these features NetGear Nighthawk R7000 is included in our list of Best WiFi Routers 2018.
This router also support DD-WRT i.e. this router supports 3rd party firmware based on Linux including OpenVPN and due to OpenDNS, there’s a complete parental control system built into the router.
Next router that have made it to our top picks list is the D-Link DIR 890L. Those of you who don’t know about D-Link, this company from past many years is providing some of the best wireless routers and this model DIR 890L is not any less.
When it comes to style this router was one of the most stylish router that we come across after NetGear Nighthawk R7000 Router that resembles a jet, this router looks just like it is inspired by the Formula 1 racing cars having red build with black accents. But, still looks aren’t everything? Let’s dig deep into the functionality and features of this router.
Following are the features of D-Link DIR 890L
- Tri-Band router having six antennas.
- 4 LAN ports that provides Wi-Fi in decent range.
- This router is fast.
- Easy to use & setup.
- Good range & speed.
If you are just looking for a router for normal use then this router is more than enough and you will not face any difficulty as D-Link DIR 890L is one of the most amazing routers when we talk about ease of use and speed.
Another great feature about DIR 890L router is by adding an external hard drive we can easily doubled up as a NAS.
The only downside of this antenna is that it is little expensive and the antennas of this router are not detachable. But, still overall it is one of the best router that money can buy.
If you are looking for seamless 4k video and VR Gaming experience, then this router should be your best choice. This is an expensive choice but still the features this router provides are worth each and every penny.
When it comes to design, it’s dimensions are 8.81 x 6.61 x 2.91 inches so you know this is not a small router and at the same time it weights a lot too.
This router supports three Wi-Fi bands 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz, and 60 GHz) and the four external antennas that features an interesting pattern of blue LEDs.
Following are other features that comes with NetGear Nighthawk X10
- It contains 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports (6 LAN, 1 WAN)
- 10 Gigabit SPF+ LAN port
- Multi-User Multiple Input
- 7 GHz quad-core processor
- Includes Multiple Output data streaming
- Includes 160 MHz Wi-Fi technology
- It includes 802.11ac Quad-Stream Wave2 Wi-Fi that is useful for delivering high-speed internet to multiple devices at the same time.
- By combining two of the Gigabit Ethernet ports we can provide speeds up to 2 Gbps.
- Includes USB 3.0 ports
- NETGEAR genie app support is available to easily manage, repair and control home network.
- It supports Alexa commands and features Amazon drive backup
After putting this router through all the tests and comparing it with all the available routers at the moment our team decided to include NetGear Nighthawk X10 in our list of best wireless router 2018 as this is one of the best wireless router you can purchase at the moment. We can say this router is the future just like electric cars and artificial intelligence.
We won’t directly compare it with another router as this router is good for those looking for an average consumption. This router don’t have a lot of features like the one we reviewed above but is a good product for limited budget.
The control panel of this router is very user friendly so you won’t need to spend countless hours trying to figure out how to use this device.
One of the major selling point of RTA2600 Athena is that we can make multiple connections on this device but still the performance will remain the same.
Linksys WRT1900 AC is one of the best DD-WRT Wi-Fi router and this router comes with the support for AC1900 standard. The 5 gigahertz band have 1300 megahertz speed and the 2.5 gigahertz band have 600 megahertz speed.
While testing this router and comparing it with others, this router was able to compete with others on the list due to it’s features and functionality.
When it comes to the design of this router, this router comes with the normal classic design and the color scheme that most of the Linksys routers have.
Keep in mind that that this router is not small in size and you are going to need a good space to put this router in order to use it.
This router comes with 4 antennas and it’s on user’s choice if they want to replace it’s pre-built firmware with a custom one. This router is very easy to setup.
The best thing about this router is that NAS performance of this router is better than almost all the routers we have tested and at the same time it also supports the Universal Plug and Play & DLNA. Due to all these features Linksys WRT1900 AC is included in our list of Best WiFi Router 2018.
So, in short if you are looking to spend some money in mid range then this router is a good choice.
It would be not wrong to say that this is an entry level router. The build quality of this router is not too good and if you are going to purchase this then, you will need to make sure to put it at a good place so that it won’t be dropped as it might break due to average build quality (All Plastic).
Some of the features of this router are as follows:
- Tri-band router
- This router have in total 3 antennas
- Wi-Fi range of this router is good enough for medium size house.
- Includes NAS capability
So, if you are looking for budgeted routers TP-Link AC1200 should be your choice. Features that comes with this router compared with it’s price are good enough.
It’s true Apple is well known for it’s iPhones and MacBook’s but we have tasted this router and due to it’s features, after comparing it with other routers we have included it in our Top Routers 2018 list.
Let’s talk about the design of this router. Since this router is designed by Apple so of course after looking at it you come to know that this router looks exactly like something that might be made by Apple. The router is actually very effective when compared to other wireless routers and performs really well too.
Following are the features of AirPort Extreme Base Station Router
- Dual band router.
- Supports latest Wi-Fi standards.
- Wi-Fi stability
- Incredible speed & Performance.
To be honest, Apple did a great job making this router and it is a good choice if you need something to be used on daily basis.
There isn’t any downside to this router that will keep you from buying it as you will get quite fast and seamless experience using this router.
Wireless Router Buyer’s Guide
For those of you who don’t know that wireless routers come with many features etc. that buyer’s needs to keep in mind before they spend their hard earned money. Different wireless routers have different speeds, range at the same time different WiFi standards etc.
We have put together for you a list of well tested wireless routers that our team have purchased and used before recommending them to you and at the same time linking out to the product we have purchased so you might not get something different than us as there are different routers that keep rolling out in the market on almost daily basis.
This list was very carefully crafted, while keeping in mind the needs and requirements of a customer and how much they are willing to spend on wireless router. You can checkout information related to each router above and get the one that suits your needs and requirements.
We will keep updating this article related to best wireless routers 2018 in order to bring to you the best and latest routers available in market.