In the UK and around the world you really only have two choices when it comes to WiFi, stick with that crappy router that your ISP provided you with or go all out and pick up something new.
If you are looking to upgrade the WiFi around you home, while adding some new features to your network, then you should check out this list, which contains what we consider to be the best wireless routers of 2017, from the easiest options to set up all the way up to beastly machines that will not only expand your WiFi connection but also improve your network as a whole.
Check them out below.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD Mesh System
There’s no question, the Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD Mesh System is one of the best wireless router systems that we have seen to date, and as of August 9th, 2017 it is finally available across the pond. This system is so exciting because it is an elegant solution to a huge problem.
WiFi dead spots.
Ubiquiti solves these with the AmpliFi HD with their own mesh technology, which combines a truly compact base router with as many MeshPoints (which are basically antennas that you can plug in any room around your house) to create a WiFi network that truly moves with you around your home. And it features Ubiquiti’s to automatically switch you between these points as you do, along with a application that makes it extremly easy to set up and manage.
The Asus BRT-AC828 not only looks pretty cool but it also features some pretty cool specifications that make it one of the best routers that you can buy.
These include 4×4 MU-MIMO for theoretical speeds of up to 2.6Gbps and individual wireless 802.11ac speeds of 1,734Mbps, 802.11n speeds of 800Mbps, 8 x Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, and 1 M.2 SATA port for speedy storage expansion, and to top that off, it also features in-built hardware security, dual WAN ports, support for RADIUS, and a 1.7GHz Dual Core Processor and 512MB RAM.
That said, it is very expensive.
TP-Link Deco M5
The Deco M5 is TP-Link’s brand new whole home mesh router system that provides you with Dual Band AC1300 Wi-Fi over 4500 sq feet, along with built in anti-virus and malware protection from Trend Micro.
Google recieved a lot of attention this year with their new Google WiFi routers and for good reason as it offers a mesh network over multiple routers for whole home andd expandable WiFi with an easy setup and 802.11ac 5GHz down: 101.41 Mbps, 2.4GHz down: 47.53 Mbps speeds.
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Netgear also have their own whole-home WiFi solution, called the Orbi, it can cover up to 4,000 square feet with tri-band WiFi and a dedicated wireless connection between the Orbi router and its satellites, delivering 4K video streaming and gaming that you want, without lag across your home.
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Netgear Nighthawk X10
If you have deep pockets and are looking for a WiFi router like no other then you might not have to look much further than the Netgear Nighthawk X10, a truely beastly router with 802.11ac/Ad Quad-Stream MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router with 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Plex Media Server in-built and even support for the Amazon Echo.
It features Quad Stream Wave2 Wifi alongside 802.11ad WiFi for up to 4,600 + 1,733 + 800 Mbps over various channels, including the new 60Hz 802.11ad spec, all pushed over Netgear’s Active Antennas. Inside there’s also a 1.7GHz Quad Core processor that keeps this fast and allowing you to take advantage of better 4K streaming, VR gaming, and pretty much anything else.
And if that’s not enough, you can control it with Amazon Echo and it even has a Plex Media Server built right in, but it is expensive.
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The Synology RT2600ac is a pretty extreme router with a pretty unique purpose, that’s because this isn’t simply just a router, it also works as a NAS, featuring 4GB of storage built-in for the software which allows you to expand your NAS with more storage via an external drive or cloud service.
And we aren’t done with mesh routers just yet, we have one more from Linksys. Called Velop, it is a tri-band WiFi system that is designed to mesh Wi-Fi across your home over a single network, while featuring a fully modular system.
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Linksys WRT3200ACM open-source router
We couldn’t talk about wireless routers without talking about this particular option. Called the Linksys WRT3200ACM, it is the follow up from what was already a legendary router, so legendary that you might recognise it from design alone, which interesting for a router.
The reason that this router was so well regarded and is still is because it features completely open-source capacilities with OpenWrt and DD-WRT to allow you to completely customise your router setup.
The router also comes with some impressive technology, including Linksys Tri-Stream 160 tech, MU-MIMO, 256MB of flash storage, 512MB RAM memory, and an ARM-based 1.8GHz dual-core processor.
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The ASUS RT-AC5300 is a router that has focused itself at the gaming market, with features like Tri-Band 4 x 4 Gigabit Wireless, AiProtection, Trend Micro, Free WTFast Game Accelerator, Link Aggregation, Adaptive QoS, Router App Support, Dual-WAN 3G/4G Support, and much more, it is sure to help you get your game on and much more.
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The Securifi Almond+ is a different kind of router, it aims to be the future of consumer routers with features like a touchscreen for easy setup and management, as well as smart home controls that allows it to connect with your home.
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TP Link Archer AC3200
The TP Link Archer AC3200 is another awesome router, featuring Tri-Band Gigabit wireless, it comes with great features like a 1 GHz Dual-Core CPU, 3 Co-Processors, USB 3.0, 2.0 Ports, Beamforming Technology, while stilling being good for a budget.
BUY FROM AMAZON – FROM £134