Choosing the best wireless routers is necessary because it is the device that links your gadgets together as well as providing an Internet connection. There are a lot of these devices out there, but this list will give you an overview of what’s the best out there right now.
Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
This router is ideal for those who want a simple easy to use router. Once you set the Asus RT-AC66U up, it will run automatically and you don’t have to do anything.
The router runs well on the 5GHz band and comes with 2 USB ports, and when used with a storage device it is very fast. It also runs on the 2.4GHz band and in terms of appearance it is very similar to the RT-N56U, looking more like a jewelry box than a router. There are antennas on the device but they can be detached. At the back are ports for WAN and LAN.
Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
This Linksys EA4500 has some similarities with the E4200 v2 and it has 450Mbps Wi-Fi speed on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and sports a nice design as well. When used with a USB external storage device, you will be able to make use of its processor. Even better is the fact that it can host up to fifty clients.
The router is designed for home users who want to set up a network easily and without any hassle. In terms of design the Linksys EA4500 looks sharp, and it has 1-gigabit WAN port at the rear as well as EA4500 4-gigabit LAN ports. The WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) can be configured with a push button.
NetGear R6300 WiFi Router
The R6300 utilizes 5G Wi-Fi chip and is compatible with the three-stream standard. The router is capable of speeds of up to 1.3Gbps at the 5GHz band. The device also works on the 2.GHz band plus there is support for the 802.11n (3 stream type) and can go up to 450Mbps. The device has a couple of USB ports you can use to link up to external storage devices or printers.
It also has Netgear Genie, a management program that is available in different versions including web, desktop and mobile. The R6300 is also pretty good in terms of storage performance. The R6300 also has support for the 802.11ac and most Wi-Fi devices available today.
D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000
The DIR-857 has support for the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, and both bands are capable of speeds reaching 450Mbps Wi-Fi. This is also among the few routers that offer support for USB 3.0. In addition, the router has an SD card slot that you can use for storage purposes.
It also has the HD Fuel, which ensures priority is given to streaming media, perfect for those who watch a lot of HD videos. When it comes to design, it is similar to the DIR-827 with its tapered look. The unit has antennas, but they are hidden and not as obtrusive as those on other devices.
Now that you know what the wireless routers are, you will have an easier time deciding what to buy. A lot of times, people just buy the first router they see, but understanding the specs will make a huge difference.
Neil is a free lancer writer for the web. He works at computer hardware store at NY and currently he is doing online research of best wireless routers available in the market.