We are already in 2017 and I can surely say:
Life is impossible in the current century without a good Wireless Router…Isn’t it?
But, there is one catch here. Finding a “Good” router isn’t any easy task.
This triggered me to create a list of Best Wireless Routers 2017. After lot of research about Wi-Fi routers I have come up with top 10 routers which you can buy right now.
Best Wireless Routers 2017
Though some of the routers on our list come with heavy price-tag but these wireless routers are good enough to qualify for the list of 10 best WIFI Routers 2017.
Device Name Weight LAN Ports Wireless Comm Asus RT-AC88U Dual-Band
(The Best Choice)
2.6 pounds 8 802.11 b/g/n NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000
3.5 pounds 4 802.11ac
D-Link DIR 890L Tri-Band
(The Best Choice)
2.5 pounds 4 802.11ac
NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000
4.7 pounds 5 802.11 b/g/n/ac
2.2 pounds 4 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Amped Wirelss RTA2600
2.6 pounds 4 802.11ac
1.8 pounds 4 802.11ac
TP-Link Archer C7
1.9 pounds 4 802.11ac
1.4 pounds 4 802.11ac
Apple AirPort Extreme
2.1 pounds 3 802.11ac
1. Asus RT-AC88U – Best wifi router to buy in 2017
Surely, most of the computer users are well aware of Asus due to their high quality gaming hardware.
In case you don’t know already, Asus is known for creating helm of several high ends, top of the list routers.
Today we are going to talk about RT-AC88U – the best router to buy in 2017 priced under $300 and it is one of the best wireless routers to buy right now.
The wireless router we are talking about is famous for stylish sleek look and if you have already used an Asus product in the past, this feature will look very familiar to you.
The complete black look with red accents along antennas makes it stand out in the gaming lineup by Asus.
I know you are not here to fall for looks only; rather you are surely more interested in something else which is router’s performance. So, without any further ado let’s have a look at how the router performs.
The RT-AC88U is an AC3100 router which is equipped with 8 Gigabit LAN ports; these ports are responsible for delivering ultra high-speed internet with facing any performance issues. Keep in mind this is a dual-band router which can also act as NAS as well.
This being said, Asus has taken extra care of each detail even when creating the web interface which is without doubt super instinctive and easy to use.
Installation, Configuration, and Performance
Due to its amazing we interface, the installation of RT-AC88U has become a piece of cake. Once you connect it with you PC for the first time, the Asus Web Interface will automatically launch and prompt you two options for router configuration: A) Continue with the wizard or B). Configure it manually.
Depending on your connection type selection, the rapid internet Setup wizard will check your internet connection and configure the router as a Dynamic IP, Static IP or PPPoE. Next it will allow you to set a name for each SSID and create a network encryption key for each band. That’s All, You are done now.
As I said earlier, the Asus RT-AC88U is remarkable in terms of its performance. Because it provides multi-client MU-MIMO data streaming, it works extremely fast on both bands (2.4 Gigahertz and 5 Gigahertz). Moreover, File reading/writing and transfers are simply great.
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 – AC1900 Dual-Band Router (Best Router under $200)
This is another dual-band router offered by the popular Netgear.
If you don’t know already, Netgear is known for creating a bunch of top of the list wireless routers and they have won the goodwill in the market over time.
This company has devoted itself towards creating the top of the line, supreme networking hardware including their remarkable wireless routers.
Today we are going to talk about the product called Netgear Nighthawk R7000, and as the name suggests the router looks much like a stealth fighter jet.
The Nighthawk R7000 is AC1900 having 1,300 Mbps speed on the 5 gigahertz band and a 600 Mbps speed on the 2.4 gigahertz band.
Due to ease of installation and economical price R7000 looks appears to be the best wireless routers as compared to R8000. Let’s me prove this!
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Review – Design, Performance and Features
Design: – When it comes to looks, the router simply is amazing; it looks like a smaller version of the company’s R8000. The router has overall black structure and has three fin like detachable antennas. These antennas use beam-forming technology to optimize the signal. They are designed to grab the strongest signal.
The only issue on the design is the weight and the size of the Nighthawk; the router is massive and requires quite some free space to be put with ease. But this doesn’t seem like an issue if you arrange space for the router once and won’t move it afterward.
Performance:- R7000 comes with a 1 Gigahertz processor, 256MB of RAM AND 128MB of storage space. The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 provides stellar performance and has become one of the fastest wireless routers ever.
The performance is just awesome on both 5 gigahertz and 2.4 gigahertz bands without facing any slowdowns.
When tested with ixChariot software and unobstructed transmissions, the router was found to move up to 444.8 Mbps of combined bandwidth at 5 feet. While In the Tom’s Guide test lab, the R7000 maintained a throughput of 252.4 Mbps from 140 feet.
This WiFi router offers excellent performance on various ranges which is far better than the performance provided by a common Ethernet connection.
Features: – When it comes to features, the Nighthawk R700 has plethora of them. The router comes with the support for DD-WRT, making it fully capable of running Linux based third-party firmware.
The router comes with a feature called Quality of Service (QoS), which lets you manage the upstream and downstream of your internet connection. Pretty amazing feature…isn’t it?
Next the router is also equipped with support for OpenVPN and there is built-in complete parental control package.
3. D-Link DIR 890L – Best Range Wireless Router
The next in top ten lists is one to the excellent wireless routers by D-Link, a company with a long history of providing top-tier networking products.
The AC3200 Ultra Wi-FiDIR-890 here to continue this marvelous history. In fact, this is one of the best looking wireless routers in the market today.
As I already said we are not merely going for looks but we care about things that actually matter for a user. So, let’s have a look at other qualities of DIR-890L.
When it comes to speed and functionality the DIR-890 looks amazing. Various testing suggest that the router is fast easy to set up and use. Also has a very good speed and range while using for Wi-Fi purpose.
One more thing that makes the router stand out is its ability to be doubled up as NAS by adding an external hard drive.
Remember, the DIR-890 is a tri-band router and it can be overkill for you if you happen to be a normal user.
Design, Range and LAN Ports
Design: -As I already said the router is one of the best routers in the market when it comes to looks. The has red construction with black accents making it unique in terms of looks.
The red and black color scheme makes the router easily stand out if you have a computer with same color scheme.
Performance: – Enough about looks and design lets talks about router’s performance. The router under discussion could be your best choice if you have a number of Wi-Fi devices that consistently need to be connected to internet. But one you may not like about DIR-890l is its six antennas (built for proper range) are not detachable.
During the testing, the range seemed promising enough.
LAN Ports:- The DIR-890 comes with 4 LAN ports and you may not like it if you are looking for more LAN ports. But if you can compromise over ports limitation then the DIR-890 is a stellar router.
4. Netgear Nighthawk R8000 X6– Best for Gaming, Video Streaming
If you found the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 likeable and still want something better (you can afford an expensive one), then the Nighthawk AC3200 is your best choice.
Though Nighthawk R8000 X6 is quite expensive but when we see its all amazing features then the price looks justifiable, as the R8000 is a compliant, tri-band router.
Design: The Nighthawk AC3200 comes with same color scheme as R7000 but it is slightly larger than the R7000 while also taking the shape of a flying object (as the name Blackhawk suggests).
However it happens to be more compact due to its six collapsible antennas. You will like the fact that you can fold them down completely out-of-the-way; however, to get maximum range you will need to open them up.
Performance: When it comes to performance, the Nighthawk AC3200 is capable of giving the same stellar performance as does the R700. Thought it is wireless router but it functions as robust NAS when coupled with and external hard drive.
Most important thing is unlike many other routers, the NAS performance on R800 is reasonably good at the price you are paying for it. The router manages to give excellent speeds with 5 gigahertz band, but the speeds on the lesser 2.4 gigahertz band are not good enough to write about.
5. Asus RT-AC3200– Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router
Though this tri-band router has a hefty price tag but the numbers of awesome features packed into this router alone can justify its heavy price tag.
The extremely good performance and plethora of features make this a dream wireless router for a networking fan like you.
Let’s check out in details about the RT-AC3200 by Asus.
Design Features Open VPN and NAS
The RT-3200 looks almost the same, though slightly larger, to the RT-AC87U and shares the same set of features, as well as the interface.
The most prominent difference between the two is the RT-AC3200 is a three-stream, tri-band router while the RT-AC87U is a quad-stream, dual-band one.
The router comes six detachable antennas which you can easily replace with more capable ones. The overall outlook and construction is great as you can expect from Asus.
Though this can’t be a selling point but the design alone can make this router stand alone, in spite being a bit bulky one.
The RT-AC3200 is a router made for the network lovers who enjoy the top of the list hardware. It is fully capable of giving superbly fast speeds and also has pretty good performance over Wi-Fi with surprisingly good range.
Last but not the least, another great thing about this router is that it can double up as an OpenVPN server or act as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and you should be glad to know that it does a really good job at both.
Another amazing thing about this router is that it can double up a OpenVPN server or functions as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and it does well at both.
The next router in our top 10 list is Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena router. You may find it quite similar to Greek goddess Athena but it will not disappoint you at all if you don’t confuse with the later one (Greek goddess Athena).
The router is also quite affordable and it is something a networking enthusiast will love it.
Though the router might not have the same plethora of features as the above reviewed top routers come with, but it still have plenty of useful features that should be more than enough for an average user and advance user as well.
When it comes to performance the Amped Wireless RTA2600 manages to deliver pretty well.
As I mentioned earlier the router doesn’t have a bunch of feature like other top wireless router but one it come with are pretty well polished and require you a few hours to fully figure out all the details about it.
The router is very easy to set up and easy to use due to its extremely responsive control panel.
When talking about hardware portion, this router has a powerful hardware which enables it to deliver consistently well performance. You will love its very packed compact design.
In addition to good looks, the performance is also very reasonable without any disconnections whatsoever. You can use establish multiple connection via Wi-Fi without having any performance issues, this can be the major selling point for Amped Wireless RTA2600
7. Linksys WRT1900 AC – Best DD-WRT WiFi Router
The next up on our list is WRT1900 AC, a dual-band wireless router from Linksys.
This router has the support for the AC1900 standard support; what this means is, the 5 gigahertz band has a speed of 1,300 megahertz and the 2.5 gigahertz band has a speed of 600 megahertz.
Let’s find out is this router has the same capabilities as do the above reviewed routers.
When you will have first look on this router, you will notice the classy design and color scheme that has been the grace of the routers from Linksys from a long time.
This router perhaps the more bulky than the all other routers in our list and you need to clear some space if you are planning to put this router on a work desk.
The Linksys WRT1900 AC comes with four antennas and its firmware can complete replace with a custom firmware if the user needs so. Thought the router is bulky one but you will notice this happens to be one of the fastest wifi routers available in the market.
More importantly it is very easy to set up and has a wide range of useful features.
With that said, Linksys has proved its awesomeness by making this router capable of doubling up as a NAS. The most incredible thing about this router is that the NAS performance is definitely unparalleled when compared to all other wireless router tested so far.
One more thing to keep in mind is it also supports UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and DLNA. Last but not the least, the performance on both bands is remarkable, and the router performs without any slowdowns.
Still thinking, you can read the article by Samara Lynn on PCMag who rated it as Excellent and given 4.5 Rating.
8. TP-Link Archer C7 – Best Budget Wireless Router 2017 (Under 100 Bucks)
The next up in our list is TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 which is undoubtedly the best budget wifi router in the market (Under $100).
The router has a surprising speed of up to 1.75 Gbps which makes it the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy online gaming and video streaming.
The router has a great combination of style and performance. If you are looking for the best price and performance ration then the TP-LINK Archer C7 is for you.
However, being an entry lever router, the build quality is not the best as the router appears to be fragile. With that said, you need extra care while handling this because it may get damaged if dropped.
Despite of having an average build quality, the router comes with a huge footprint and you need to spare extra space for it.
Enugh talking about design, let’s have a look at thing that matter. TP-LINK Archer C7 is dual-band router and it has a total of 6 antennas, 3 of them are internal and the remaining three are external ones.
The sufficient no of antennas is aimed at giving you enhance wifi range and also to deliver the best possible performance as well. Though the router has capability of NAS, but it just average ones.
9. D-Link DIR-880L – Dual-band AC1900 Gigabit Router
D-Link DIR-880Lis perhaps the most efficient sibling of the DIR-890 (already reviewed above).
Being said this, it comes with no of changes when compared to DIR-890, such as, the D-Link DIR-880Lis a dual band router. But the more important to thing to consider is its performance which is surprisingly better than the very expensive DIR-890 and it also has a lot of polished features.
Let’s find out the other things about thing router.
When it comes to design it is the same a network enthusiast can expect from a D-Link router. Its detachable antennas will make you relaxed. These antennas can easily be detached and you can replace them with ones with higher Wi-Fi range.
In addition to its compact design (thanks to detachable antennas) it comes with another great feature, which is you can remotely manage it through cloud service. This can be very valuable feature for those who keep router in the different room.
As far as performance is concerned the router has the very superb parts built for delivery maximum possible performance. We can surely call it a good router as it manages to give amazing performance on both bands and Wi-Fi range is also very amazing.
Most importantly the transfer rates near to perfect and there are not disconnections or slowdowns whatsoever.
The only downside of this router is that the web interface is a bit of a surprise for both the newcomers and people who have been using D-Link routers for a long time.
The only thing that goes against D-Link DIR-880Lits web interface is not so amazing for both the newbie and the advance user have experience with D-Link routers
10. Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station– stylish and Unique in Looks
You might be thinking that Jack has accidentally listed the router here, but this is not the case. Apple has developed this wireless router and it is undoubtedly pretty good one.
To be very frank the router is strangely named AirPort Extreme Base Station. Let’s find out more about this router.
I’ll start with router’s design first. As we know this is something coming all the way from Apple’s very own helm, that is why the router has the same stunning looks as one can expect from Apple.
Apart from looks the router is fully capable and performs really well.
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station is a dual band router and supports the today’s Wi-Fi standards as well.
The router managed to perform really well in all the tests and one thing really great about this routers is it has great Wi-Fi speed and stability.
With that said, there isn’t any such downside which will make you rethink while buying this router. The only very subjective problem is there are no other improvements over the previous generation.
Finally comes our wireless buyer’s guide, so you can easily head on the online store and buy a wireless router, right.
In case if you don’t know already, routers come with many things you need to keep in mind before you actually buy one of them (just to safeguard you hard-earned money). Some of the key features to consider include available speed, WiFi standards and support for multiple bands.
The technology Aspect of a wireless Router?
Basically every wireless router has the three main components, the router itself, a wireless access point and a networks switch.
The router: is responsible for managing and directing traffic to the various devices connected to you network. Simply speaking it serves the purpose of sending data from your network to other networks out there.
The network switch: it serves the purpose of connecting your devices that are running WiFi to other wired devices via Ethernet cables.
Wireless access point: It is responsible for transmitting and receiving wireless signals with the help of antennas.
To make things even easier to understand for you, we have a list of wireless routers type with a brief description.
Dual Band Routers: These are perhaps the most prevailing type of routers in the market today. The name dual band routers given keeping in mind the fact that these routers work on 2 different frequencies; 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz (also called bands). They happen to be most economical wireless routers as well.
Tri-Band Routers: These routers are newer ones in the market and function on three different frequencies (bands); two 5 gigahertz bands and one happen to be a 2.4 gigahertz band. Though these are comparative newer in the market, however, they are regularly releasing latest technologies as the time goes on.
N600 Routers: If you don’t know already, the N600 routers are the ones that come with a combined speed of 600 Mbps. And this speed is then evenly divided among the 2.4 gigahertz and the 5 gigahertz band. Though they are a bit old but still known to deliver good performance. However, they aren’t fit for the modern high-speed internet.
N900 Routers: They are actually upgraded generation of the N600 routers and these routers have combined speed of 900 Mbps, evenly split among the 2.4 and the 5 gigahertz bands.
AC1750 Routers: These routers have a combined speed of 1750 Mbps but not evenly divided over the bands. The 5 gigahertz band gets the 1,300 Mbps speed and the 2.4 gigahertz band gets the remaining speed of 450 Mbps.
AC1900 Routers: These are quite identical to the AC1750 routers, however, they support a higher speed of 600 Mbps over the 2.4 gigahertz, and the same 1,300 Mbps speed on the 5 gigahertz band.
AC3200 Routers: You can call them a drift towards the tri-band terrain. They offer a combined speed of 3,200 Mbps, 2,600 Mbps is evenly split between the two 5 gigahertz bands, and the remaining 600 Mbps is dedicated to the 2.4 gigahertz band.
AC5300 Routers: The AC5300 routers are perhaps the newest ones in the market. These routers have a combined speed of 5,300 Mbps or 5.3 Gbps. This makes them the fastest and the most expensive routers available in the market. However, there are no such Clients (PCs, Laptops, and Mobile Devices) yet available in the market which can support that much speed.
So we can say that AC5300 is offering a speed which is of no use for at present.
DD-WRT Routers: These routers are relatively different from previously mentioned routers. The DD-WRT compliant routers use a Linux-based third-party firmware and come with a set of latest features that other ordinary routers are lacking.
With that said, you have a lot of options when searching for a good wireless router. The market is quite saturated as every manufacturer is putting his all energies to bring the top-notch router for network enthusiasts like you.
Some Key Feature of Good Wireless Routers
Unique IP Address: Most high-end wireless routers come with the ability to offer you with a unique IP address for all the devices you connect to the internet. As this IP is unique and not publically available, your network will be safe from hackers.
Easy To Set Up: Being easy to set up and having easy to understand features both for new users and advanced users is another main feature of a good wireless router. A minimum use of connectivity cables is yet another indication of a good wireless router.
NAS Support: A Good wireless router comes with extended support for NAS (Network Attached Storage). Nowadays, Most of the wireless routers have support for NAS, what this mean is you can simply plug-in your external hard drive to the port that is available on the wireless router.
DLNA Support: Most of the modern wireless routers are equipped with the support of If you don’t know already, DLNA is essentially a technology enable you to have control over how audio, video, and media are handled over your network.
Advance Features: Last but not the least, most top of the line routers also come with some extra advantages like the prioritization of networks, the ability of shared printing over the USB, parental control and backup servers for you important data.
Wrapping it up – Final Thought
Finding a perfect wireless is not an easy task at all, especially when the market for wireless routers has become quite saturated one. This is why I have crafted this list of best wireless routers 2017 for network enthusiasts, considering some very crucial factors like the needs of a customer and amount of money they are willing to spend on a wireless router.
I am sure by reading information above; you will easily pick a best wireless router according to your needs and budget. With that said, each router is made targeting needs of different consumers, so there is nothing like “perfect” one. All the routers in our list are for both the budget oriented consumers and the advanced users looking for more extensive features.