Best Wireless Routers 2019/2020 (Latest Guide)

best wireless router 2019You’ll admit:

A good wireless router is on top of the list of gadgets that every 21st millennium person wants to be at their home.

Actually, let me edit this statement and add those hundreds of thousands of offices that cannot perform well without having one or more internet routers.

However:

As necessary as a wireless router is, the problems start with volume. There are simply too many of them and a layman does not know which one to choose, because even the good ones cannot be counted on all ten fingers.

This is exactly what I address in this guide; get ready to know about the best wireless routers of 2020.

I promise that once you are done reading this guide, you’ll be able to decide (based on your requirements and budget) as to which wireless router suits you the best.

Best Wireless Routers 2019/2020 (Top Rated)

Google WiFi  [Best for Long Range]  

Let’s hear from the giant first:

Google WiFi is a Wi-Fi system and not only a router. When you buy the system, you get 3 devices and not just a single router.

Google’s WiFi is so revolutionary a system that it cannot be compared with any other router on this list – so much so, that you might even consider it something above and beyond a simple router.

For starters:

It connects with your modem just like any other router, but it does so with its primary Wi-Fi point, which, you connect to the modem and the rest of the points only have to be connected with a power plug.

This is it; the job is done. Now all of your home or office will remain within the internet coverage zone, there will be no dead zones and you will be able to enjoy a Skype chat or YouTube streaming wherever you are in your home or office.

Let us have a look at its design, features, performance, and installation:

A Glance at the Google WiFi System

It is the most artistically designed router set with zero antennas approach and best known for larger area coverage. It eliminates dead zones and allows you to have a silky smooth internet experience.

What we liked
  • Covers a larger area – a big home up to 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Lower priced that other high quality routers
  • Smooth and sleek internet experience

What We didn't like

  • In case of using more than one units, it turns into a NAT network which hinders the performance of smart devices and data traffic
  • It is a complex router system and demands a more technically thinking brain

 

TP-Link AC5400  [Best for Streaming] 

You know TP-Link:

Every one of us who ever needed a router knows this name since TP-Link routers have made a good reputation to all corners of the world.

However:

AC5400 is not just any lowly TP-Link router; in its unique and stylish body with 8 antennas, it is packed and loaded with the latest innovation in wireless technology known as 802.11ad.

So whether you want to stream a 4K video or you are into high-resolution gaming, be sure that AC5400 has got your back with its energy-rich processor and bands.

Here, take a glance at its design, features, performance, and installation:

A Glance at Talon AC5400

This is one of the most advanced wireless routers out there and no wonder one of the best Wi-Fi routers of 2019. However, ‘ad’ speed gives up to obstruction of walls and ceilings; bear in mind.

What we liked
  • Most advanced and focused on the speed Wi-Fi router
  • The trusted brand makes everything trusted from installation to seamless streaming
  • 4 Stream technology and multi-band system
  • Easy to pack and move
What We didn't like
  • AD feature is useless unless you want to use this router in one big place without any walls or ceilings between router and devices
  • Isn’t really the fastest Wi-Fi router

 

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 –  [Budget Wireless Router] 

Netgear’s Nighthawk AC1900 is a router for those who do not want to compromise over functionality but also cannot afford an expensive wireless Wi-Fi router.

It is one of the best dual-band routers, equipped with three antennas that offer beamforming and better range and that are combined with high power amplifiers that extend the Wi-Fi coverage area.

Its compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes it a home-friendly device because with one voice command you can control its connectivity settings, look up for connected devices and perform many other functions.

The sleek and stylish design of this router makes it a better alternative to the AC5400 that I have reviewed above. It is not gigantic and it is not heavy. What’s more?

It is not only home friendly but kids-friendly too. Use the Nighthawk app to do a lot of things included limiting online content and screen time as well as controlling Circle with Disney Smart Parental Controls.

Let us have a look at its design, features, performance, and installation:

A Glance at Netgear Nighthawk AC1900

This is the router for you if you do not mind big and heavy routers, especially when they are packed and loaded with unprecedented internet speed.

What we liked
  • AC1900 Dual Band speed
  • Tons of features and compatibility options
  • Awesome design
  • Comes ready with parental control
What We didn't like
  • Big and heavy – needs bigger space than other routers – not easier to move
  • Ethernet ports are likely to malfunction

 

Asus RT-AC88U –  [Best for Gaming] 

Are you into gaming?

It doesn’t matter whether you love Dota or PUBG, you need a high-speed internet router right next to your station to provide you a constant supply of internet without any omissions.

This is exactly why Asus RT-AC88U is known as one of the top routers in 2019. It comes packed and loaded with enough power and pace that can keep your gaming engines revving all night long.

At 5GHz band, it can go up to as high as 2100 Mbps which, as per their claim, 80% faster than any other 5GHz band routers in the market.

The 4T4R (4 transmit 4 receive) antenna design ensures a 33% greater coverage areas as compared to other routers since its reach goes up to 5,000 sq. ft. which makes it even better than the Google WiFi system, because all three units of that system still cover a maximum of 4,500 sq. ft.

Let us get to know about its design, features, performance, and installation:

A Glance at Asus RT-AC88U

Anybody will love Asus RT-AC88U for its sporty design and innovative antenna design. However, the best thing about this router is the secure networking and speed that it offers.

What we liked
  • Sporty design and stunning cuts and curves
  • 4T4R antenna design that ensures maximized coverage
  • The unparalleled speed at 5GHz band
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect maximum devices
What We didn't like
  • Firmware updates are likely to affect the functioning of 2.4GHz band
  • Poor customer service

 

Netgear Nighthawk X-10 –  [Best for Small Business] 

Netgear Nighthawk X-10 is a powerful mammoth for a wireless internet router. For starters, these things pack an 802.11ac Quad-Stream Wave2 coupled with 802.11ad Wi-Fi which makes it a somewhat super router.

If your internet usage is not limited to web surfing or using social media apps etc., and you are more like a 4K video streaming and PUBG VR person, this is the sort of wireless Wi-Fi router that you should look forward to.

While it is priced higher than most of the routers on this list, it supports not 1 or 2 Wi-Fi bands, but three of them. With a 2.4GHz + 5GHz + 60GHz bands and 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, it is the powerhouse that you need for your entire network at home or office.

For those who have a lot of mobile devices at their home or office, this device is a perfect match because it comes with special features like Multi-User Multiple Input and Multiple Output data streaming combined with a 160 MHz Wi-Fi technology.

Let us have a look at the design, features, performance and installation process of this router:

A Glance at Netgear Nighthawk X10

If you’re someone who is willing to pay the price for maximum possible speed, this router is exactly for you. With not less than 7 Ethernet Gigabit ports it is the solution for a big home or medium-sized office.

What we liked
  • High-speed performance router for those who can pay well
  • Unparalleled 60GHz band for a big home or medium-sized office requirements
  • MU-MIMO simultaneous streaming gives off better internet speed to mobile devices
  • NAS drive connectivity makes it easier to use Plex Media Server
What We didn't like
  • Much to the North of expensive side
  • Any Firmware updates or IP configuration issues are not protected once out of 90 Days Tech Support window

 

Linksys WRT1900 AC –  [Best Router for Large Home] 

Linksys WRT1900 AC is one of many dual-band routers that you will find on Amazon, but there is something that makes it special – its own competitive edge.

The competitive edge of this regular wireless router at a regular price is its WRT1900AC dual-band Gigabit functionality that is equipped with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software that lets you enjoy total control on your home or office’s networking experience.

More news – it is open source ready so if any of you are coding or programming experts, you can manipulate the firmware and make changes that you like, but at your own risk.

Apart from this competitive edge, there is so much more that this Linksys WRT1900 AC router has to offer. What makes it one of the best Wi-Fi wireless routers of 2019, is its 4 Ethernet Gigabit ports that provide faster wire speeds than many other routers.

With a 2.4GHz band and a 5GHz band, this wireless router is enough for a healthy and speedy internet experience in a considerably big home or small office; not to mention that provided if the router’s placement is done in accordance to the size of the place, it eliminates all dead zones and provides equal coverage to all nooks and corners.

Enough talking, let us have a look at the design, features, performance and installation process of this router:

A Glance at Linksys WRT 1900AC

This router is a workhorse and that too at a price lesser than many routers on this list. If you need a dual-band wireless router with great speed and functionality, it is for you.

What we liked
  • A workhorse for a router and that too at affordable price
  • Flexible antennas make it easy to channelize the internet coverage
  • Aesthetic design with a blend of two primary colors
  • Good Wi-Fi coverage range
What We didn't like
  • Likely to lose connection to a modem or Ethernet-connected devices
  • 5GHz band is likely to break after a few months

 

Amped Wireless RTA2600 –  [Best for Wall Penetration] 

If you are one of those guys who are always willing to sacrifice money over efficacy, Amped’s RTA2600 Athena is simply for you.

For starters:

This comes with an AC2600. What is an AC2600? Well, AC means that the router is based on the latest networking standard known as 802.11ac, which, as we have discovered, is the best networking standard so far, especially when it comes to penetrating through the walls and ceilings.

Now, what is 2600? 2600 is the value that represents the maximum theoretical bandwidth that a router can reach. In other words, 1200 would be 12000Mbps, 2000 will be 2000Mbps and thus 2600 is 2600Mbps.

To put it simply, this router is based on the most preferable networking standard and its maximum bandwidth is 2600Mbps.

If you’re a person who is interested in the home or office networks, this is exactly the kind of router that you would like to go for. It is a speed-horse and there is no denying in it considering that it does not only offer bigger bandwidth but it also comes with dual bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Let us have a detailed look at the design, features, performance and installation process of Athena:

A Glance at Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena

Amped Athena RTA2600 is definitely not the best router of 2019, and not when you see that they set a high price for the kind of a router that you can find at a lesser price, but it is nonetheless an 802.11ac router.

What we liked
  • Really good performance with 802.11ac networking
  • Dual-band router with good speed
  • Easier to set up than many others
  • Very easy setup
What We didn't like
  • Expensive for the specs
  • Unit is likely to require weekly resetting

 

D-Link DIR 890L –  [Best for Office and Large Home] 

Impressive, isn’t it?

From the looks of this router, you can tell that there is something big about it. Well, this router is the range machine in case the biggest complaint that you ever had with a router is the limited coverage area. D-Link claims that of all of its routers, this one has the ultimate coverage area.

And if you are bent on the looks of a router, although I personally rule out this being a reason for buying a Wi-Fi router, you cannot help but compare the cuts, curves and unorthodox design of this router with that of routers like Asus and Google ones on this list.

Apart from ultimate coverage and style, the specification ‘AC3200’ should be enough to let you know of the speed that you can expect from this spaceship for a router.

To know more, let us have a look at the design, features, performance and setup process:

A Glance at D-Link DIR 890L

Apart from its sporty design, this router is a beast for being a tri-band router, while most of them are dual-band. Also, what makes it really good is that it is the ultimate range router; so buy it if you worry about internet coverage at your big home or office.

What we liked
  • Tri-band router with the maximum speed that one may wish
  • Ultimate coverage router for a big house or medium-sized office
  • Sporty design and good looking antennas
  • Good for fully encrypted networking
What We didn't like
  • Overpriced for the value it offers
  • Compatibility issue with complex devices – the constant need for reboots

 

Apple Airport Extreme –  [Best Apple Router for 2020] 

I missed it:

I know, this is what you must be thinking the whole time; “How could he miss Apple Airport router in the list of top Wi-Fi routers of 2019?”

Well, I could not. This router makes so many records and one could not simply keep it out of such an important list. Speaking of records, it is important to mention that this is one of the most affordable wireless Wi-Fi routers on Amazon.

However:

Price is not the only feather in its cap; there are many others. For example, it is an 802.11ac router, which, you must know by now, is the most highly required router in the present day.

Take design for example; I am an admirer of both the design and the coverage of Google WiFi system, but this router’s design is even more simple and elegant with everything available in one place.

Let us discover more about its design, features, performance and installation process:

A Glance at Apply Airport Extreme Base Station

If you are one of those who always fail to decide as to whom to prefer: form or function, this router is absolutely for you. In a unique tower-like form, this is a powerful 802.11ac router that comes at an affordable price.

What we liked
  • Huge brand and big speed at an affordable rate
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • 11ac but compatible with devices using a, b, g, and n
  • Very easy installation
What We didn't like
  • Likely to break in certain circumstances
  • Likely power supply failure

 

TP-Link Archer C7 –  [Cheap & Effective] 

I am not talking of those who buy branded items because they want to get their class validated with Gucci $300+ sunglasses while A+ replica of the same can be acquired at as low as $20.

My addressees are the people who want a go-to device or product and that too at a rate that they can afford. TP-Link’s Archer C7 is not the top router of 2019, but it does the job.

Better yet, you do not have to break the bank to get your hands on a router that is dual-band, and that offers really good internet speed and coverage as well.

Not only this router is good for anyone who wants an affordable but effective Wi-Fi router for networking, it also looks really good. Instead of the stereotype matte finish, this one comes with glossy black colors and a curved LED signals panel in the front of it.

Neither by design nor by the performance this router lags behind any of its competitors, but to get a better understanding of whether it is a steal or not, let us have a look at its design, features, performance and installation process:

A Glance at TP-Link Archer C7

TP-Link’s Archer C7 is definitely not the best router of 2019, not even the best router of this list, but it surely is the cheapest router that I included in my list, and yet it is compatible with 802.11ac. Also, it lacks many latest functions or technologies, but it offers constant internet usage without any problems.

What we liked
  • The cheapest router on this list and yet effective
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi wireless router
  • Easy setup process
  • NAS capability – a pleasant surprise
What We didn't like
  • Lousy material
  • A little on the south of durability

 

Buying Guide for Best Wireless Routers

How to choose Best Wireless Wi-Fi Routers in 2020

Although:

We have declared D-Link’s DIR 890L the winner of this comparison, you might still not want to buy it because of the considerably higher price.

In case you want to do your own research, here are some basic qualities of the Wi-Fi wireless routers that you should always look for while buying wireless Wi-Fi routers:

Networking Standard

The first and foremost quality that you should look for is advanced and better networking standards. The shape or design of a router does not matter, but mostly it is its technology.

For example:

802.11ad is considered the most recent and latest networking standard and we know that one or two routers on our list try to sell it.

However:

Tests show that it is good and fastest only as long as there is no brick or ceiling between the device and the router. This means from one small room to a big giant hall, this technology will beat 802.11ac.

Yet:

In most of the cases, customers expect the router to work beyond doors, walls, and ceilings as well. This is where 802.11ad fails and 802.11ac comes to rescue.

Bands

You must have noticed that some of these routers are tri-band while most of them have dual-bands: 2.4GHz and 5Ghz.

Well:

Unless you are a geek and your entire home depends on devices that need to be connected to the internet for proper functioning, you do not need a ridiculous 60GHz.

Mostly:

It is a marketing gimmick and the routers with anything bigger than 5Ghz are trying to sell you the technology that you do not need.

As a matter of fact, for a small home or office, 2.4GHz is enough and if you have a bigger home or office, 5GHz working at a good speed and coverage is all that you need.

Range/Coverage

As you know that the purpose of a networking router is to provide the internet to all those devices (including mobile ones) that rely on the internet. For this purpose, you need a router, which might not provide the internet as speedy as F1car, but which spreads the internet signals throughout your home or office.

For this purpose you need to look for routers that have better coverage; for example, Google WiFi’s all three units can give you maximum coverage of 4,500 sq. ft. So if you have a big place, choose the router that can give you good coverage.

 

Our Verdict

Eager to know as to which internet router is the best as per our verdict? Well, here’s a table. Have a look at the score and you will learn as to which router is the best Wi-Fi router of 2019.

But before you do so, let me tell you the criteria that I set for review and numbering. It is the same that you have witnessed above: design, features, performance, and installation.

Since features and performance are the most important standards, I assigned 3 numbers to each, which makes a total of 6 numbers.

Design and installation or setup of these modems are less important standards so I allocated 2 numbers to each, which makes a total of 4.

In short, in the following rating table + score chart, we will see how each of these wireless Wi-Fi routers perform on a scale of 1 to 10.

Here you go:

Lo and behold:

As per our testing criteria, D-Link’s DIR 890L is the winner with 9 points. So we can say that it is the best Wi-Fi Wireless router of 2019

 

Conclusion:

So, that was our best wireless routers guide for 2019/2020. I must clear one thing here. I did the comparison between all those wireless routers to make it easy for everybody to choose their desired router.

Personally, I have played with all those different routers. For me, all performed well. So, i can say that all those devices are best. If you are on a tight budget, go for an affordable one. There’s nothing to worry about!

So,

  • Which wireless router are you currently using?
  • What’s the problem with that?
  • Which router do you want/wish to buy?

Let me know via comments. I would love to reply.

Have an amazing day

Sam

24 thoughts on “Best Wireless Routers 2019/2020 (Latest Guide)”

  1. I was a fan on Google Wifi. But now i think i should buy D-Link’s DIR 890L (as per your suggestion and recommendation)

  2. i’m facing Signal drops from my current wireless router. Can you please help me fix it? Or recommend a new one which shouldn’t drop signals after some time?

    We have been using the current router for a long time. It was good! But, from the last few weeks, i’m facing this problem!! Not just me, but everybody at home 🙁

    Please guide!

    Thank you

    Kandis!

  3. Normally i don’t leave comments on the websites. But, your well-researched router guide helped me and friends in many ways!! So, we wanted to say THANK YOU!! <3

  4. Your ratings helped me buying the best wifi router for my home! Indeed D-Link’s DIR 890L was the BEST among other routers! I agree with you on this!!

    Dorris!

  5. Glad to visit your blog as it helps me a lot to choose the best wireless router among all. As we know that every router has its own pros and cons but after reading your blog i get understand which one is best to use.

  6. Hi Sam, thanks for this comprehensive router guide. Keep it up!! 🙂

    What’s the best wireless router you would recommend for an office?

  7. You made some good points about wireless routers. I looked on the internet for additional information about different routers and found most people will go along with your views. Good job OneCrack.

  8. Hi There,

    We have a fairly small home but it includes a modem at the back of the house and several brick walls which makes it tricky to extend a signal to the front of the house where we stream video. I noticed that you measured the Mbps with distance and through 2 brick walls on several of your reviews and it seems like the Apple Extreme came out with best there. We were told to buy the Eero routers. Any idea how those compare in terms of distance and brick?

  9. Hi, mostly I liked your reviews but have a question or two as you only mentioned it regarding the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station.
    1. Are any of these other devices still giving compatibility with devices using a, b, g, and n? I ask this mostly because at times I find a need for some of those types of devices needing to be connected to my internal network or wifi for various reasons. I know in the past there have been a few devices that did not support some of the older protocols and I have had to return or retire the devices as they drove me nuts when that time came.
    2. Although that the newer ad technology is starting to take off or soon will be and I understand that even with the ac and even previous technology that certain metals and such in the walls and ceilings can interfere with signals and bounce the away or warp them so to speak. I am more confused as to why the ad devices you state almost emphatically no brick or ceiling between the device and the router. The 802.11ad fails and 802.11ac comes to rescue. Do any of the ad devices have any auto fall back to the ac standards when needed? Considering most wifi needs line of site so to speak.
    3. I know that often when routers such as you briefly mentioned regarding Netgear, “Any Firmware updates or IP configuration issues are not protected once out of 90 Days Tech Support window”, although that in itself is mostly normal for most hardware mfg’s today, how many of the MFG’s will still keep up the last firmware updates on their support site and accessible to those who are out of warranty but still have the devices and may need to update a piece of equipment? I know Dlink tends to take off from most of their support any device firmware that is not current in their current push for trying to sell the newer devices which not everyone can always afford.
    4. This may be another issue for another topic but, considering that the FCC has removed the older TV Frequencies forcing the consumers to of course buy new TV’s and cable and satellite connections and they are now allowing the Cell companies and ISP Providers to start using those frequencies for both 5G and other wifi connections, how is this or will it also be another addition in the future to any of the above mentioned routers if that makes sense?
    Thanks for your time and hope you continue your great reports.

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