If someone from your internet provider company has put you a router at home to connect to the network, be sure that the 8 that we are going to show here are better than any wireless router that you could have. Many times we wonder why the connection in our homes is slow, and the answer many times is that we need to buy a new router to take full advantage of the new high-speed connections that we are providing ISPs.
What should we look for in a good wireless router?
Things really change fast in this world and if routers with WIFI a / b / g / n were previously recommended, now we have switched to WIFI ac
The biggest advantages of WIFI ac are that it offers better reach and higher theoretical maximum speeds.
Wireless WiFi AC uses the band of the 5GHz for its transmissions, band that usually has less connected devices, experiences less interference than the one of 2.4GHz and therefore reaches greater speeds.
The other thing to consider is how much you are willing to spend. Almost all cost less than 200 euros, and you will be able to get some advanced features such as a router with a built-in VDSL2 modem: it would not be necessary to connect your new router to the one provided by your ISP (you would have an all in one).
Good coverage is especially important if you live in a house rather than a flat and want to ensure that all rooms have Wi-Fi signal. Thanks to the integration of USB ports, the best routers can now connect to printers and external hard drives.
The 8 best wireless routers of 2016 and early 2017
1.-Linksys EA6900-EJ router
- WIFI 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
- Turbo QAM
- 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
It is one of the best routers that you will be able to find. Able to support the standard AC1900, and give you a great speed. Its price has dropped considerably since it was put up for sale. It offers excellent performance at a very good price, with a good design. There are slightly faster routers, but this is more than enough. Wireless-AC: simultaneous bandwidth up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 1600Mbps (5GHz) for multimedia-intensive applications, 4 Gigabit ports and Linksys Smart Wifi APP mobile application for IOS and Android. Its configuration is very simple.
2.-D-Link DIR-880L router
- IFI 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
- 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Gigabit WAN
Excellent performance at a pretty good price. It also supports AC1900 and provides us with 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz. The configuration is easy again, its interface is good and the design is achieved. It may be a little long, but it is not something that should worry us much. It has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one Gigabit WAN port, one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. It also uses Turbo QAM technology to increase its speed. The application for mydlink lite smartphones does not have all the options and you should go to the payment option to get them.
3.-Asus DSL-AC68U Router
- WIFI 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Integrated VDSL2 modem
- 1x USB 3.0, 1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN
Asus put all the meat in the rotisserie with this router, which has an integrated VDSL2 modem capable of supporting speeds in excess of 100Mbps, and is not more expensive than its rivals. It is not the fastest router, but it performs well in all situations. It incorporates the application AiRadar that optimizes the intensity of the signal WIFI until increasing a 150% the coverage. We can also find the ASUS AiCloud application to connect to our network from any device.
4.-Linksys WRT1900AC Router
- WIFI 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet; 1x Gigabit WAN
- Smart Wi-Fi Remote Access Platform
It supports the AC1900 standard and has excellent performance. It achieves excellent speeds: simultaneous bandwidth of up to 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 1300 Mbps (5 GHz) for multimedia-intensive applications. The design is not the most successful in the world and its price is somewhat higher than other models. Its coverage is really good and the configuration interface is really intuitive.
5.-ASUS RT-AC87U router
- WIFI 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- AC2400 Support
- Great coverage
- 1 x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN
The older brother of the Asus DSL-AC68U. This wireless router supports the standard AC2400 (600 + 1734Mbps) with transfer rates up to 2334Mbit / s and has a coverage of up to almost 500 square meters. It incorporates a USB 3.0 port and a 2.0 port and has ASUS AiCloud to connect to any device. It achieves speeds up to 600 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band thanks to TurboQAM technology and up to 1734 Mbps simultaneously in the 5 GHz band. One of the best options to replace your current equipment provided by the operator.
6.-TP-LINK Archer C3200
- Gigabit wireless tri-band router AC3200 Mbps
- Dual band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
- 5x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
- Dual core processor at 1GHz
Having 6 antennas available on the Archer AC3200 you will be able to cover dozens of wireless equipment and devices wirelessly. It has two 5GHz bands that support 802.11ac. Everything works through TP-Link Smart WiFi technology that automatically selects the most appropriate frequency band. It offers a simple management interface along with advanced options.
7.-Netgear R7800-100PES Nighthawk X4S
- With WiFi AC2600 Dual Band technology
- 2 x USB 3.0, 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 eSATA
- Beamforming + and VDSL 2 modem
This router has 4 antennas and will provide you WIFI 802.11ac. It has 2 USB ports and an eSata connector and of course the VDSL 2 sun modem. The included software is very good and allows you a simple configuration of the router and later control all the devices that you have connected to your network.
8.-TP-LINK Archer C9
- Dual Band 1900Mbps Wireless AC Router
- 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps at 5 GHz
- 1x USB 3.0 ports, 1xUSB 2.0 5xGibabit Ethernet
A relatively inexpensive router with very good specifications. It supports 1300Mbps 802.11ac, has a good software and a very convenient design to not attract attention. The included modem only supports DSL and not VDSL 2.