Getting the maximum potential out of your internet connection is hard, you start with an often disappointing download speed, and are forced to choose between the few probably terrible services in your areas, then to top it off, everyone you know seems to have a much better service to rub it all in.
Thankfully there are a number of ways that you can improve your home’s or business’ internet connection, even it’s particularly crappy. One of those ways is to acquire some networking gear.
But finding the best networking gear for the solution that you require can be hard, so we have rounded up what we think are the best router and networking equipment options of 2017.
[alert type=white ]Note: Of course, it’s only just the start of 2017, and we expect many more routers over this year, we will update this article as new and interesting ones are released.[/alert]
Check out the list below.
Linksys WRT AC1900
The Linksys WRT AC1900 is somewhat of a legendary router and for good reason, it features a 1.2Ghz Dual-core ARM CPU, with simultaneous Dual 2.4GHz & 5GHz wireless bands, along with open source software and all of the great router features that you would expect. It’s also pretty affordable for what it offers.
Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200
Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 AC3200 is one of the most powerful routers that’s available from Netgear, featuring a six antenna setup, tri-band support, and other advanced and smart tech to boost your WiFi signal around your home.
If you want something that’s easy to setup yet full of features then the Securifi Almond+ might interest you, featuring a touchscreen on the side, Securifi say that most people find that it takes just 3 minutes to setup, nothing else required, on top of that it also supports various smart home tech including Philips Hue, Nest, and more.
Pepwave AP One 300Mbps Wireless Access Point
You probably haven’t heard about Pepwave before, however, if you have a need for a router in extreme or outdoor conditions then they make one of the best options, the AP One Wireless Access Point.
TP-LINK TL-WR810N travel router
if you need a router that you can travel with then the TP-LINK TL-WR810N is the one for you, featuring a pocket-sized body, it has been designed to be the perfect router to take on the go and plug in when you need it, offering router, repeater, client, bridge, and AP operation modes and 300Mbps speeds for when you need them.
If you want something extreme and designed for gaming then the Asus RT-AC5300 might be the one for you, featuring a combined tri-band data rate of 5,334Mbps for great low latency online gaming or 4K streaming. It also uses the Gamers Private Network from WTFast to auto perform route optimisation to get the most efficient route for game packets, resulting in lower ping times and minimal packet loss. However, for all of that, you do need to set some dosh aside.
Netgear Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi System
Netgear’s Orbi is what we think might be the future of WiFi, called a Whole Home Wi-Fi System, it has been designed to fit your home out with a mesh WiFi system to eliminate WiFi dead spots over a coverage of 4,000 square feet via a router and satellite combination.
The Synology RT1900AC is a particularly interesting wireless router option because it isn’t just a router, it’s a home NAS solution, featuring Wake-on-LAN over QuickConnect to remotely wake up a Synology NAS.
D-Link AC3200 wireless router
D-Link’s AC3200 wireless router is an exciting router, not only for it’s unique design but also for its specs, featuring a 1GHz Dual core processor, Tri-Band Wi-Fi and smart bandwidth tech.