Best Wireless Routers 2019:The Top Routers Available Today

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2019)

best wireless routersI hope you’ll agree with me when I say:

Life is not possible today without a good Wireless Wi-Fi Router. Or is it?

Well, there is only ONE problem. Finding a “Good” router isn’t an easy job.

That is why we have created a list of Best Wi-Fi Routers of 2019. After researching online and spending hours in testing these Wi-Fi routers, I have shortlisted the top 10 routers which you can buy right now.

Best Wireless Routers 2019

Several of these routers are not for everyone because some carry a hefty price-tag.

However, these wireless routers are good enough to make it to our list of the top 10 best WiFi Routers 2019.

Best Wireless Routers 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Life is not possible today without a good Wireless Router. Or is it?

Well, there is only ONE problem. Finding a “Good” router isn’t an easy job.

That is why we have created a list of Best Wireless Routers of 2019. After researching online and spending hours in testing these Wi-Fi routers, I have shortlisted the top 10 routers which you can buy right now.

Best Wireless Routers 2019

Several of these routers are not for everyone because some carry a hefty price-tag.

However, these wireless routers are good enough to make it to our list of the top 10 best WiFi Routers 2019.

Quick Summary: Our Top 5 Picks

1. TP-Link Talon AD7200 – Latest Technology

TP-Link Talon AD7200 ReviewThe TP-Link Talon AD7200 Wi-Fi Router holds the credential of being the first 802.11ad router in the market.

However, that is not the only trick up its sleeve. The router packs in many cutting-edge features to ensure ultimate performance.

Although it’s not inexpensive, this router offers a few impressive features for the price! In this review, we will go into every aspect of this router and find out whether it’s worth your money.

If you thought the Nighthawk X10 is large, wait till you see this one! The TP-Link Talon AD7200 dwarfs its competitor with dimensions of 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 inches. This gargantuan router is one of the biggest home routers available in the market today.

While its size may be imposing, the design is understated. The smart antenna design lets you fold down all nine antennas to provide for a flat top surface. Overall, the design philosophy follows function over form.

FeaturesInstallationPerformance

Like its direct competitor, the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10, the Talon AD7200 packs an impressive list of features.

  • The Talon AD7200 uses multi-Band technology to run three distinct Wi-Fi bands at once.
  • The router supports a combined Wi-Fi speed of 7.2 Gbps (Band 1: 800 Mbps @2.4GHz, Band 2: 1733 Mbps @5GHz, Band 3: 4600 Mbps @60GHz).
  • While a traditional router can only stream to one device at a time, the Wireless AC and Multi-User MIMO technologies of the Talon AD7200 facilitates simultaneous streaming.
  • The 1.4 GHz dual-core processor is powerful enough to support multiple users at once.
  • It has eight state-of-the-art external antennas which help in maximizing range and performance.
  • It has 1 WAN and four high-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • The two super speed USB 3.0 ports allow you to transfer files to an external HDD or USB drive directly.
  • TP-Link provides an easy-to-use one-app solution to setup, manage and update your router.

To enhance the Talon AD7200’s practicality, TP-Link says that it will update the firmware to let you set up all three bands as a single Wi-Fi network. That will be quite a useful feature indeed!

All in all, this is a brilliant router which keeps you future-proof while being highly practical in the present times. If you are looking for the ultimate Wi-Fi performance and don’t want to spend the extra cash on a NETGEAR Nighthawk X10, then this is the router for you.
Pros
  • The performance on all the Wi-Fi bands is impressive.
  • Installation and management of the router are easy due to the TP-Link Tether mobile application.
  • The price is reasonable, when you compare to the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10.
Cons
  • The AD frequency band is supported by a handful of devices currently and the signal cannot penetrate through walls.
  • The router has an enormous footprint.

2. Google WiFi – Best Range covering Wifi System

Google WiFi Review

The Google Wifi is unlike any router you may have seen before. In fact, it would be wrong to call it a router.

It’s a Wi-Fi system and possibly the best one in the market today.

In this comprehensive review, we will cover all the major features of this unique Wi-Fi system and provide an in-depth understanding of how the three Google Wifi units function together to provide superior wireless connectivity.

DesignFeaturesWi-Fi App BenefitsInstallationPerformance

While most routers can be an eye-sore, the Google Wifi with its understated design is ideally suited to any environment. All three units of the Google Wifi system are identical to each other. With a diameter of 4.1 inches and a height of 2.7 inches, it’s relatively tiny to that of traditional routers.The white body of the router is divided, by an unobtrusive LED light which lends a touch of elegance to the design. Overall, the design deserves high praise and will be well-suited to modern homes.

The Google Wifi system provides an experience, unlike any other router. It’s elegant, simplistic and offers lots of versatility. If you have a large home and want superior connectivity in all parts, the Google Wifi system (3-Pack) is the one we recommend.

No router or Wi-Fi system can provide a seamless experience like this one.
Pros
  • The performance on all the Wi-Fi bands is impressive.
  • The subtle and compact design fits anywhere in your home.
  • Other than managing and setting up the network, the proprietary app provides nifty features like controlling your smart home.
  • It’s a lot lower priced than other Wi-Fi systems.
Cons
  • You need to stay logged into a Google account when using this Wi-Fi system.

3. Asus RT-AC88U – The Gamers Choice

Asus RT-AC88U ReviewMost of the computer enthusiasts or users know of the company Asus because of their top of the line gaming hardware. However, Asus is also at the helm for creating several high ends, top of the line routers. The device we are talking about is the RT-AC88U. This router costs under $300, and it happens to be one of the best wireless routers someone can buy right now.

The wireless router offers a stylish, sleek look. If someone has used an Asus product in the past, they will find this design familiar. The router is aesthetically pleasing with its complete black construction with red accents along the antennas; it looks straight out of a gaming lineup by Asus.

Be that as it may, most of you are not here for the looks and wish to know about performance. So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at how the router performs.

The RT-AC88U is an AC3100 router which comes with a total of 8 Gigabit LAN ports. Do keep in mind though that these ports are capable of delivering high-speed internet without suffering from any performance issues. Also, don’t forget that it is a dual-band router that can act as a NAS as well. With that said, Asus has paid a significant amount of attention to detail even when designing the web interface as it happens to be super intuitive and easy to use. The WiFi performance of the router on both 2.4 gigahertz and the five gigahertz bands stayed faster than ever without any performance decreases.

Installation, Configuration, and Performance

The installation process of RT-AC88U is a piece of cake, thanks to the fantastic web interface. When you connect it to the PC and the internet for the first time, the Asus Web Interface will automatically launch and give you two options to configure the router after you power up the PC. You can then continue with the wizard or set it manually.

The Quick Internet Setup wizard will check your internet connection and configure your router as a Dynamic IP, Static IP or PPPoE, depending on your connection type selection. After that, it allows you to set a name for each SSID, and then create a network encryption key for each band. With that complete, it’s setup.

When it comes to performance, the Asus RT-AC88U provides multi-client MU-MIMO data streaming, works extremely fast on both bands (2.4 Gigahertz and 5 Gigahertz) plus file reading/writing and transfers were great.

Asus AC3100 RT-AC88U (Distance from Router vs Speed Test onLenovo Yoga 14)2.4 GHz5 GHz5 GHz (#2)010020030040012 Feet (Within Sight)45 Feet (Within Sight)39 Feet (Out of Sight)14 Feet (Out of Sight)2nd StorySpeed in Mbps (LongerBars are better)

Bands 2.4 GHz 5 GHz 5 GHz (#2)
12 Feet (Within Sight) 95 314
45 Feet (Within Sight) 79 209
39 Feet (Out of Sight) 60 85
14 Feet (Out of Sight) 90 220
2nd Story 75 96
In short, the router is perfect if you are willing to spend money on it. The phrase, “you get what you pay for,” fits nicely.
Pros
  • The router comes with 8 Gigabit LAN ports that can easily handle the fastest possible internet
  • The Wi-Fi performance happens to be one of the best we have used in a long, long time.
  • Asus’ has given us one of the best web interfaces we have used on a wireless router. It’s simple, easy to use and highly intuitive.
Cons
  • The placing of the USB 3.0 isn’t the best we have seen.
  • Once coupled with an external hard drive and used as a NAS, the router manages to give the only mediocre performance for the price you are paying for it.

4. NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 – AC1900 Dual-Band Router (best inexpensive option)

NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 Review

The next up is another dual-band router. Although, the offer is from none other than the famous Netgear. For those who don’t know, the company is known for creating a plethora of top of the line wireless routers that have become increasingly famous over time. Netgear is a company that has dedicated itself towards providing top of the line, unparalleled networking hardware, including their brilliant wireless routers.

The product that we are bringing you today is called the Netgear Nighthawk R7000. As the name suggests, the router looks nothing less of a stealth fighter jet. The Nighthawk R7000 is AC1900, with 1,300 Mbps speed in the five gigahertz band and 600 Mbps speed on the 2.4 gigahertz band.

I like R7000 more than R8000 because it’s affordable and much easier to install.
During our testing, it became apparent that the R7000 may be the best Netgear wireless router we have used till date. Curious yet? Let’s find out.

DesignPerformanceFeatures

From the looks of it, the router looks amazing. It has a minimal and stealthy vibe to it. The router has an all-black construction and comes with three detachable antennas. Our only issue on the design front was the weight and the size of the Nighthawk. In all seriousness, the router is an absolute mammoth and needs some free space to be put down. Not to mention, the added but this device comes with as well.However, we found that issue to be subjective as it happens that you will only need to make space for the router once, and won’t be moving it a lot afterward.

Netgear R7000 (Distance from Router vs Speed Test on LenovoYoga 14)2.4 GHz5 GHz5 GHz (#2)010020030040012 Feet (Within Sight)45 Feet (Within Sight)39 Feet (Out of Sight)15 Feet (Out of Sight)2nd StorySpeed in Mbps (LongerBars are better)
Bands 2.4 GHz 5 GHz 5 GHz (#2)
12 Feet (Within Sight) 85 320
45 Feet (Within Sight) 80 190
39 Feet (Out of Sight) 42 39
15 Feet (Out of Sight) 80 185
2nd Story 40 62
Overall, the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 is an impressive router that offers a lot for the price you are paying for it. Sure, it’s bulky and has some performance issues on the 2.4 gigahertz band. But considering the price to performance ratio, the Nighthawk AC1900 may be one of the best routers you can buy in the market right now.
Pros
  • The Nighthawk gives an incredible, unparalleled performance on the five gigahertz band.
  • It has a slew of features that you usually won’t expect from an affordable router.
  • The router looks and feels amazing. It also has a great build quality.
Cons
  • The amazing build quality comes at a cost of added bulkiness that might not allure everyone.
  • Although the performance is good, the 2.4 gigahertz band suffers to deliver as good as the competition.
  • The software features are a nice addition, though they need proper finishing.

5. D-Link DIR 890L – Best Range Wireless Router

D-Link DIR-890l Review

The next up on our list is one of the top tier wireless routers from D-Link. For those who don’t know, the company has a long history of providing some of the best networking products and the AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi DIR-890 isn’t here to tell a different story. It’s perhaps one of the most stylish looking wireless routers we have encountered. Where the Nighthawk resembled a stealth jet, the DIR-890 looks like race car enthusiasts built it. But looks aren’t everything, right? Let’s find out how this router fairs in things that matter.

The DIR-890 is a fantastic router regarding speed and functionality.

Testing revealed that the router is fast, easy to setup and use. It also has a good speed/range when using this device for Wi-Fi. Another great thing about this router is that it comes with the ability to be doubled up as a NAS by adding an external hard drive.

DesignRangeLAN Ports
We have already discussed how the design of this router ends up making a statement of its own, and that’s quite right. The router has an overall red build with black accents. The router easily manages to stand out, and if you have a computer that follows the red/black color scheme, this is something you must have. Enough about the looks, let’s talk about the things that matter.
D-Link DIR 890L (Distance from Router vs Speed Test on LenovoYoga 14)2.4 GHz5 GHz5 GHz (#2)010020030040012 Feet (Within Sight)45 Feet (Within Sight)39 Feet (Out of Sight)14 Feet (Out of Sight)2nd StorySpeed in Mbps (LongerBars are better)
Bands 2.4 GHz 5 GHz 5 GHz (#2)
12 Feet (Within Sight) 90 297 324
45 Feet (Within Sight) 80 270 300
39 Feet (Out of Sight) 76 130 220
14 Feet (Out of Sight) 87 272 289
2nd Story 70 112 218
Whether you love the unique and sharp design of the router or some features it comes with; the DIR-890 by D-Link is perhaps one of the best routers on the market that prefer style over substance but manages to give you a respectable performance.
Pros
  • Incredibly fast and problem free Wi-Fi with decent range.
  • Stellar build quality and amazing aesthetics.
  • The router is easy to setup and use.

Final Words – Wrapping it up

Considerably, the market of wireless routers has a lot of saturation, and finding the perfect wireless router is not easy. That’s when lists like these come into play. This top 10 list of routers kept in mind things such as the needs of a customer and how much they are willing to spend on a wireless router.

We hope the list helps you pick the best wireless router according to your budget. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as a “perfect” component, which is why each router is built for the needs of different consumers. Within the list, there are routers for budget oriented consumers and for networking elites. In case you think we missed a good router, let us know.


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