Best Wireless Routers 2019 (Latest Buyer Guide)

You’ll admit:

A good wireless router is on top of the list of gadgets that Best Wireless Routers 2019
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 2019, and 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.

Oh and yes:

Do not forget to read our rating table at the end of this guide, since it will put everything into perspective and let you easily compare each router with others.

Google WiFi – Big Range Wi-Fi System

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 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:

Design

Design wise, Google WiFi System is the breeze of change when compared to other internet routers.
You won’t see alien-looking antenna(s), it is not a heavy and big black rectangle that will take space in your rack or on some table.
All you get looks like those sleek, stylish and unique Bluetooth speakers. These are three round devices with a 4.1 inches diameter and a height of only 2.7 inches, these white, and elegant Wi-Fi routers have a thin LED strip dividing each of them in half.
Google WiFi System is a perfect match for the modern living style.

Features

Here are the features that make Google WiFi a very unique internet coverage system:

• A single of these three points covers 1,500 sq. ft. thus all three of them cover 4,500 sq.ft.
• Network Assist Technology keeps you on faster and better connection, in case you more than one networks available.
• The WiFi app lets you enjoy full control with supervision on connected devices, prioritizing the devices and pausing internet on Kids’ devices, etc.
• Expandable Mesh Wi-Fi system lets you add one, two or more sets of three Google WiFi systems so you can cover an entire office building or a huge residence.
• Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) that supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards.
• 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports per point, while WAN and LAN on Wi-Fi point connect it with Modem. However, both points on secondary units act like LAN ports.
• 710 MHz quad-core processor
• 4 GB flash memory
• 512 MB RAM

Performance

I used a set of Google WiFi system connected with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about performance:

• Each Wi-Fi system unit holds one 2.4GHz band and one 5GHz band, and together they result in an output that varies from 400Mb/s to 800Mb/s. This only makes Google WiFi system a good router system, but not the best one.
• In my personal testing, it maxed at roughly 500+ MBs and that makes it better than many and inferior to a few.
• As far as coverage area is concerned, one unit covers only one floor, go to the second floor and you will notice average to poor signals.
• These observations depend a lot on the Wi-Fi receiving modem.

Installation

Well, it is a complex Wi-Fi system and that too for your own good so don’t expect a plug n play connectivity.

• Download a Google WiFi app (Android or Apple) and scan the code on the primary unit.
• The app will scan the code in a second or two and it will take you to configuration process so you can configure your network’s name and password.
• Now pair the secondary units by connecting them to a power socket and tapping Add WiFi point in your Google WiFi app.
Bingo! You are good to go!

 

A Glance at 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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 Talon AD7200 – Technology and Style at their Best

You know TP-Link:

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

However:

Talon AD7200 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 Talon AD7200 has got your back with its energy-rich processor and bands.

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

Design

Design-ly speaking, it is definitely not as impressive as Google WiFi that I have reviewed above, but as compared to traditional routers (the category that it falls in) it is one of the best-designed ones.

While is heavier and bigger than most of the routers with 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 inches dimensions and 4lbs weight, this mass is justified by the power packed and loaded in this router. All of its 8 antennas can be folded down to help you pack or move it easily.

Features
Here are the features that make it a beast for a wireless router:

• Multi-band technology that runs three distinct bands at once: 2.4GHz (800Mbps), 5GHz (1733Mbps) and 60GHz (4600Mbps).
• Supports an 802.11ad update works with the 60GHz band and offers you fastest video streaming and seamless HD gaming etc.
• Leading-edge antenna design
• Multi-band coupled with 4-stream technology delivers as much as 7200Mbps speed.
• MU-MIMO technology provides equally fast Wi-Fi for each connected device
• Free TP-Link Tether app to control Wi-Fi settings anywhere
• 2 rapid transfer USB 3.0 ports
• 4 high-speed Ethernet ports
• 1 WAN port
• 1.4GHz dual-core process
• 512 MB RAM
• 256 MB Flash memory

Performance

I used Talon AD7200 with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• Consistent signals throughout the house
• Average AD download speed of roughly 800Mbps
• AD Wi-Fi fails to work if any walls or ceilings come between the router and the device.
• I case of AC and N speeds, Talon maxed at roughly 400Mbps.

Installation

Here is the simple process of installing Talon AD7200:

• Plug the internet cable into the router.
• Connect the LAN cable to your computer.
• Log in on www.tplinklogin.net to start the installation.
• Alternatively, use the TP-Link Tether app to install the router.

Once done, you are ready for 4K streaming and everything internet.

A Glance at Talon AD7200

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.

Pros:

  • Most advanced and focused on speed Wi-Fi router
  • A trusted brand makes everything trusted from installation to seamless streaming
  • 4 Stream technology and multi-band system
  • Easy to pack and move

Cons:

  • 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 – Functional & Affordable

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 of the Talon AD7200 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:

Design
Considering the design of this internet wireless router, the only thing that sort of disappoints is the number of antennas.
Irrespective of technology and whatnot inside, antennas decide a lot in terms of coverage.
Yet, the smart and sleek (although big and heavy) body of this box deserves praise. This router is the epitome of minimalism.
I liked it how they did not turn it into another boring rectangular router will all sides with equal length. The diagonal lines of its body line look good.

Features
Here are the salient features of Nighthawk wireless router:

• 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit offers maximum speed required for gaming and 4K streaming – also better than 802.11ad routers.
• AC1900 Wi-Fi = dual band 600+1300 Mbps speed
• The 1GHz dual-core processor
• 256MB RAM
• 128MB flash memory
• Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth as per application and device.
• Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Disney Smart Parental Controls, MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.
• Nighthawk app offers control on internet settings, kids-exposure and a lot.

Performance
I used Nighthawk AC1900 with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• One can only get the promised speed if the actual Wi-Fi receiver is also AC1900.
• With obstructions like walls and ceilings, this router provided internet speed at 270Mbps to 600Mbps, which makes it one of the fastest wireless routers.

Installation
Here is the simple process of installation of Nighthawk AC1900:

• Use Netgear genie to set up the router.
• Connect the router to the power socket.
• Connect the router with Ethernet cable or connect it wirelessly.
• Turn the router on by pressing the power button.
• Launch an internet browser and it will take you to www.routerlogin.net and Netgear genie screen.
• Configure the login and password details.

This is it, you are ready to enjoy unlimited gaming and streaming.

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.

Pros:

  • AC1900 Dual Band speed
  • Tons of features and compatibility options
  • Awesome design
  • Comes ready with parental control

Cons:

  • Big and heavy – needs bigger space than other routers – not easier to move
  • Ethernet ports are likely to malfunction

Asus RT-AC88U – Gamers’ Amour

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 maximum 4,500 sq. ft.

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

Design
In terms of design, this router belongs to the group of routers with artistic and unique design e.g. Google WiFi system.
Its 4 antennas are not only done in an artistic and stylish way, but this design involves a 4T4R system that boosts the overall area of coverage.
However, while its weight is 2.6lbs which is roughly half of the weight of heaviest routers, it is bigger than most of them with a whopping 30, x 6.5 x 18.8 inches body.
Yet the router is far from being ugly, and it is praised for its cuts and curves.

Features
Here are the most distinguished features of Asus RT-AC88U:

• 1024-QAM technology which is faster on both bands: 5GHz and 2.4GHz.
• Easy firmware restoration
• 8 Gigabit LAN ports that give you 8 compatible devices to connect at the same time
• Smart connect helps you automatically use the best band as per your requirements and traffic.
• ASUS AiProtection protects you and your family with vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking, and parental controls etc.
• 1.4GHz dual-core processor
• 512 MB RAM
• 128 MB Flash memory

Performance
I used Nighthawk Asus RT-AC88U with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• It is not as speedy as promised by Asus on that 2.4GHz band. Instead of getting that promised 1000Mbps speed, I got roughly 720Mbps which is good but not what claimed.
• Likewise, on the 5GHz brand, the promised speed is 2100 Mbps is only an exaggerated claim. I tried the wireless router in different positions and settings, and the maximum that I received was 1435 Mbps.

Installation
Here is the simple process of installation of RT-AC88U:

• Connect your Asus wireless Wi-Fi router to the power socket.
• Now login to Asus router with any web browser and enter 192.168.0.1/
• It will take you to Asus control panel, enter ‘admin’ as both admin and password.
• Now you should see the Asus home screen.
• Click on the Wireless tab on left side of the panel and set the band to 2.4Ghz.
• Then set an S SID which will be your Network name.
• Open Control Channel on the same page and select 1, 6 or 11.
• Set Authentication Method to WPA2-Personal
• Set WPA Encryption to AES.
• Lastly set a WPA Pre-Shared Key as a password.

It took long because Asus cares about your connectivity and security. Now enjoy seamless streaming.

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.

Pros:

  • The sporty design and stunning cuts and curves
  • 4T4R antenna design that ensures maximized coverage
  • The unparalleled speed at the 5GHz band
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect maximum devices

Cons:

  • Firmware updates are likely to affect the functioning of 2.4GHz band
  • Poor customer service

Netgear Nighthawk X-10 – A Mammoth

Netgear Nighthawk X-10 is a powerful mammoth for a wireless internet router. For starters, this things packs 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:

Design
This is yet another design rich router and joins the family of routers with smart looks and elegant cuts and curves.
Definitely 8.81 x 6.61 x 2.91 does not make it a small router, but its weight takes things to next level with a 4.11lbs mass.
However, thanks to its smart design, it does not look as bulkier and heavier as it is.

Features
Here are the most important features of Netgear Nighthawk X10:

• First home router with Plex Media server.
• Network management just an app away – use Nighthawk app and control your internet experience.
• 802.11ac and 802.11ad technology are on par with any internet experience that challenged you in past e.g. VR HD gaming, 4K video streaming etc.
• MU-MIMO doubled with 160 MHz boosts the internet speed for all mobile devices within the coverage area.
• 4 external active antennas maximize the range and throughput for very large homes and medium-sized offices.
• 802.11ad – although vulnerable to obstructions, works like a magic in open space and gives off as much as 4.6Gbps speed.
• 7 Ethernet Gigabit ports to let you connect more and more devices.
• 2 USB 3.0 ports with a very fast transfer rate.
• Dynamic QoS prioritizes your bandwidth as per the applications and devices for seamless VR gaming and 4K video streaming experience.
• 1.7GHz quad-core processor
• 1 GB RAM bigger than many routers on this list.
• 512 MB NAND Flash memory

Performance
I used Nighthawk Asus Netgear Nighthawk X10 with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• 802.11ad is sweet in case you use it in a big place. If there is one or two or more walls or ceilings between your router and the connected devices, signals will be poor.
• 802.11ad 60GHz did well in close proximity test. It gave off 900GMbps in the same room.
• 802.11ac with 2.4GHz had a throughput of roughly 300Mbps in close proximity.
• 802.11ac 5GHz had a throughput of roughly of roughly 450Mbps in close proximity.

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of Nighthawk X10:

• Connect the router to the power socket.
• Make a wired or wireless connection with Wi-Fi receiving device.
• Log on to www.routerlogin.net and get access to set up wizard.
• Configure the Network name and password settings.
• Otherwise, use Netgear Up app to set up your router easily.

Voila! You are all set to enjoy 4K video streaming or whatever you do with the internet.

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.

Pros:

  • High-speed performance router for those who can pay well
  • The 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

Cons:

  • 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 – The Regular Router at a Regular Price

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 than 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 with 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:

Design
When speaking of the design of this router, one cannot ignore the most prominent factor that makes it different from many other routers like Netgear, Google and TP-Link ones on this list; it presents a beautiful blend of blue and black, with a smart and sleek touch to it.
With a 9.8 x 7.7 x 2 inches size it cannot be called too big, but it is definitely not among the small ones.
Likewise, in terms of weight, with 3.45lbs it is only a few ounces shy of the Netgear and TP-Link routers’ weight.
Overall, it has a promising design that covers up for the size and weight.

Features
Here are the most promising features of Linksys WRT 1900AC router:

• Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz for strong signals and zilch dead zones
• One USB 3.0 port for faster transferring of files
• 4 high-performance antennas with antenna configuration option
• Beamforming to direct strong signals towards specific devices
• 4 Ethernet Gigabit ports for maximum wired connectivity
• Wireless AC – much faster than N technology, assures 600 Mbps (2.4GHz) and 1300 Mbps (5GHz)
• 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
• 256 MB DDR3 SD RAM
• 128 MB Flash Memory

Performance
I used Linksys WRT 1900AC with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• 5GHz with close proximity gave off a roughly 550Mbps speed
• 5GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off roughly 300Mbps speed
• 2.4GHz with close proximity gave off a roughly 150Mbps speed
• 2.4GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off roughly 85Mbps speed

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of Linksys WRT 1900AC:

• Connect your router to a power socket and make a connection with the Wi-Fi receiving unit.
• Locate wireless credentials on the bottom of the router or on the Quick Start Guide.
• Open any web browser after you connect your computer with your router via an Ethernet cable.
• Log on to http://linksyssmartwifi.com and it will take you to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi setup.
• Tick the checkbox next to “I’ve read and accepted ……”
• Then click Manual Configuration on the bottom left.
• Configure account name and password and click next.
• Tick the checkbox next to “Install further router updates ….” and click next.
• Configure network name and password.

And now use the internet as usual.

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.

Pros:

  • A workhorse for a router and that too at an 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

Cons:

  • Likely to lose connection to modem or Ethernet connected devices
  • 5GHz band is likely to break after a few months

Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena – A Little Expensive but Effective

If you are one of those guys 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 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 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 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:

Design
In terms of design, this router might disappoint those who expect some spaceship or stealth aircraft type look from internet routers, but it is still a good looking router with curved ends and a metal mesh design on both ends.
While the size of this router (13 x 10.3 x 3.3) escalates it to the league of heavy and big routers, only 2.6lbs weight makes it a mixed bag.

Features
Here are the most prominent features of Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena:

• 16 powerful amplifiers and 4 high gain antennas
• AC2600 bandwidth
• 2.4GHz > 800Mbps
• 5GHz > 1733Mbps
• Multiuser MIMO to deliver data to multiple devices at better speed
• Security features e.g. coverage control, website blocking, and SPI Firewall
• 4 Ethernet Gigabit ports
• 2 USB ports – one 3.0 and one 2.0
• 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
• 512 MB DDR3 system memory
• 128 MB Flash Memory

Performance
I used Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• 5GHz with close proximity gave off 330Mbps
• 5GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 125Mbps
• 2.4GHz with close proximity gave off 150Mbps
• 2.4GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 80Mbps.
• The total throughput was 480Mbps while tested within close proximity to the router (same room).

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena:

• Connect your router to the Wi-Fi receiving modem via Ethernet.
• Connect your Athena router’s power adapter to the power socket.
• Open a web browser and log on to http://setup.ampedwireless.com
• In case of failure try http://192.168.3.1
• On set up wizard go through step by step process and checks.
• You would be able to perform functions such as changing names of the network, their passwords, and your Wi-Fi router password as well.

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.

Pros:

  • The really good performance with 802.11ac networking
  • Dual band router with good speed
  • Easier to set up than many others
  • Very easy setup

Cons:

  • Expensive for the specs
  • The unit is likely to require weekly resetting

D-Link DIR 890L – Ultimate Coverage Packed and Loaded in a Stealth Plane Body

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:

Design
Well, in terms of design, enough has already been said. Call it a spacecraft, Formula1 or a Stealth plane, the design is pretty unique, unmatched and unorthodox.
But do you know what’s much better? It is the size and weight of this router.
Being a dual-band 802.11ac router, it still weighs at 2.5lbs and its dimensions (9.8 x 15 x 4 inches) only make it look modest.

Features
Here are some of the best features of D-Link DIR 890L:

• 6 high-performance antennas that can be channelized for better coverage
• AC3200 Tri-Band speeds – 600Mbps in 2.4GHz and two 1300Mbps in 5GHz
• 3 x 3 data streams and antennas to offer maximized internet experience
• Advanced SmartConnect assigns the best band for best Wi-Fi experience at a time
• Covers a large home or medium-sized office building
• Advanced AC SmartBeam tracks the connected devices and provides better speed and range
• QoS traffic optimization
• WPA/WP2 encryption for safe networking
• 4 Ethernet Gigabit ports
• 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0
• 1GHz dual-core processor
• 256 MB RAM
• 128 MB Flash Memory

Performance
I used D-Link DIR 890L with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• Each 5GHz with close proximity gave off 450Mbps
• Each 5GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 300 Mbps
• 2.4GHz with close proximity gave off 65Mbps
• 2.4GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off only 20Mbps.

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of D-Link DIR 890L:

• Connect your router with the modem.
• Connect your router with a computer.
• Open a browser and enter http://dlinkrouter.local./ or http://192.168.0.1
• It will take you to the welcome screen.
• Click next and your router will automatically identify your internet type.
• Then go through a simple step by step process and configure everything that you want including admin and password details.

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 real good is that it is the ultimate range router; so buy it if you worry about internet coverage at your big home or office.

Pros:

  • Tri-band router with maximum speed that one may wish
  • Ultimate coverage router for a big house or medium-sized office
  • The sporty design and good looking antennas
  • Good for fully encrypted networking

Cons:

  • Overpriced for the value it offers
  • Compatibility issue with complex devices – the constant need for reboots

Apple Airport Extreme Base Station – Fast performance in a unique design

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:

Design
I am unable to fathom the reason why Apple named it Airport; perhaps because it looks a little like the air traffic control tower. To me it looks more like an elegant, big and white skyscraper. In short, the design is impressive – just like it has always been in case of Apple products.
However, it is not all about its shape. Take dimensions for example; with a 3.85 x 3.85 x 6.6 inches body and only 2.08lbs weight, this is one of the sleekest and stylish Wi-Fi routers

Features
Here are some of the best features of Apple Airport Extreme Base Station:

• Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi
• 1.3Gbps maximum reach with compatible devices
• Simultaneous dual-band support
• 2.4GHz and 5GHz
• 6 antennas at the top allow more coverage and faster internet
• Easy to set with iOS and Macs
• NAT, DHCP, PPPoE, VPN Passthrough, DNS Proxy, and IPv6 etc.
• 1 USB port
• 3 Ethernet Gigabit ports
• Broadcom CPU
• 512 MB RAM
• 128 MB Flash
* Details about CPU and memory are based on a close examination of the hardware installed inside it. They might not be 100% accurate. Apple has not made mention of any of these details.

Performance
I used Apple Airport Extreme Base Station with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• 2.4GHz with close proximity gave off 200Mbps.
• 2.4GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 150Mbps.
• 5GHz with close proximity gave off 180Mbps.
• 5GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 80Mbps.

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of Apple Airport Extreme Base Station:

• Connect your Airport Extreme with the modem via WAN port.
• Connect your router to the power socket.
• Open Airport utility from Utilities Folder.
• Click continue to proceed.
• Select the option – Create a New Wireless Network and click to continue.
• Follow on-screen instructions and step by step configure all details.

A Glance at Apply Airport Extreme Base Station

If you are one of those who always fails 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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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 addresses 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:

Design
With 3 antennas, this budget router is definitely not in the competition to beat the Asus one or its competitors, but it does the job.
The glossy black finish makes it look prominent among the rest of them and the curve of the panel with green LEDs is just icing on the cake.
However, where it beats other routers 6 days to Sunday is in terms of weight. While its size is pretty standard at 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches, its weight is only 1.9lbs.

Features
Here are the most important features of TP-Link Archer C7:

• Supports 802.11ac standard
• Simultaneous 2.4GHz (450Mbps) and 5GHz bands (1300Mbps) 1.75Gbps total throughput
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• Guest Network feature to provide safe internet experience to guests
• Higher quality antenna technology with 3 flexible external antennas
• 720MHz Qualcomm Atheros Processor
• 128 MB RAM
• 16 MB Flash

Performance
I used TP-Link Archer C7 with a standard Wi-Fi receiver and here are my observations about its performance:

• 5GHz with close proximity gave off 350Mbps.
• 5GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 200Mbps
• 2.4GHz with close proximity gave off 120Mbps
• 2.4GHz with distance and two brick walls gave off 65Mbps.

Installation
Here is the simple process of the installation of TP-Link Archer C7:

• Plug the internet cable into the router.
• Connect the LAN cable to your computer.
• Log in on www.tplinklogin.net to start the installation.
• Alternatively, use the TP-Link Tether app to install the router.

Nicely done! You’re good to enjoy a good paced internet right now.

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.

Pros:

  • A cheapest router on this list and yet effective
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi wireless router
  • Easy setup process
  • NAS capability – a pleasant surprise

Cons:

  • Lousy material
  • A little on the south of durability

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:

Router Names Design Installation Features Performance Total Rating
Google WiFi 2 1 3 2 8
TP-Link Talon AD7200 1 2 3 1 7
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 2 1 2 2 7
Asus RT-AC88U 2 1 3 2 8
Netgear Nighthawk X-10 1 2 3 2 8
Linksys WRT1900 AC 1 1 2 2 6
Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena 1 1 2 2 6
D-Link DIR 890L 2 1 3 3 9
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station 2 1 2 2 7
TP-Link Archer C7 1 2 1 1 5

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

What to Look For While Buying Wireless Wi-Fi Routers in 2019

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

First and foremost quality that you should look for is advanced and better networking standard. 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. Which 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 good speed and coverage is all that you need.

Range or 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 you 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 a maximum coverage of 4,500 sq. ft. So if you have a big place, choose the router that can give you good coverage.

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