Best Wireless Routers 2019 (Latest Guide)

best wireless router 2019Nothing brings your online life to a screeching halt FASTER than a bad wireless router. isn’t it? 

Whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones, chatting with a hottie, or making your final lap in Mario Kart.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best wireless routers of 2019 on the market.

From Asus AC2900 to Google Wi-Fi router, we’ll rank the best of the best wireless routers so you can get on with your virtual life already.

Best Wireless Routers 2019 (Top Rated)

You’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 in 2019.

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.

Google WiFi – Best for Long Range

Google WiFi system, 3-Pack - Router replacement for whole home coverage (NLS-1304-25)

As with all good things, Google Wi-Fi comes with its pros and cons, too. But it remains the best wireless mesh router on the market.

Why? Because of its ease-of-use and small price tag. In fact, it only takes about 15 minutes to set up.

Google Wifi is more affordable than systems like the Orbi or Eero. (More on those later.)

Super Speed

But what about its performance? Google Wi-Fi proves super fast. For a dual-stream AC1200 router, it offers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 470 megabits per second.

Of course, this comes with a caveat. Every time you stretch the signal, it slows down. But you can correct it in one of two ways:

  1. By positioning the first wifi router unit at the center of the satellite units
  2. Using network cables to interconnect the units

Other benefits of the system include seamless signal swapping between units. That means no more lost connections or dropped calls.

Lacks customizable network settings

The unit also analyzes the airspace in an unending quest to find the best Wi-Fi band for connection, which means greater network stability. On so many levels, it passes the router test with flying colors.

So, what are the cons of Google Wi-Fi? For setup, you need a Google account. It also lacks customizable network settings and many advanced features that hardcore techies crave.

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 wifi 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 wifi 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:

  • 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

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.

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.

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 the 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 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.


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

NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 802.11ac/ad Quad-Stream WiFi Router, 1.7GHz Quad-core Processor, Plex Media Server, Compatible with Amazon Alexa (R9000)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.


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-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.


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 the 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

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.

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 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.


  • 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
  • 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 – Best Budget Wireless Router

Netgear (R7000-100PAS) Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon AlexaNetgear’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:

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.


Here are the salient features of the Nighthawk wireless router:

  • 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit offers the 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.

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.

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 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.


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

Asus RT-AC88U – Best for Gaming

ASUS Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router (AC3100) with MU-MIMO, supporting AiProtection network security by Trend Micro, AiMesh for Mesh WiFi system, and WTFast game Accelerator (RT-AC88U)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 wifi routers in the market.

The 4T4R (4 transmit 4 receive) antenna design ensures a 33% greater coverage areas as compared to other wireless 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:


In terms of design, this wireless 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 wifi 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.


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

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 band, 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.

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
  • It will take you to the Asus control panel, enter ‘admin’ as both admin and password.
  • Now you should see the Asus home screen.
  • Click on the Wireless tab on the 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 wireless router is the secure networking and speed that it offers.


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

Netgear Nighthawk X-10 – Best for Small Business

Netgear (R7800-100NAS) Nighthawk X4S AC2600 4x4 Dual Band Smart WiFi Router, Gigabit Ethernet, MU-MIMO, Compatible with Amazon Echo/AlexaNetgear Nighthawk X-10 is a powerful mammoth for a wireless internet router.

For starters, this thing 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:


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 wireless router, but its weight takes things to the next level with a 4.11lbs mass.
However, thanks to its smart design, it does not look as bulkier and heavier as it is.


Here are the most important features of Netgear Nighthawk X10:

  • First home wireless router with Plex Media server.
  • Network management just an app away – use the 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

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 450Mbps in close proximity.

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 and get access to set up wizard.
  • Configure the Network name and password settings.
  • Otherwise, use the 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.
ar 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.


  • 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
  • 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 Dual Band Router for Large Home

Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA, Smart Wi-Fi Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere (WRT1900AC)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:


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 size and weight.


Here are the most promising features of the 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 an 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

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

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 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 the account name and password and click next.
  • Tick the checkbox next to “Install further router updates ….” and click next.
  • Configure the 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.


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

Amped RTA2600 Athena – Best Router for Wall Penetration

Amped Wireless ATHENA, High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO (RTA2600)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.  That means this router has the strongest signals. Right?

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. Amped RTA2600 is one of the best routers to replace the airport extreme which is also best for running multiple devices without any problem.

If you’re a person who is interested in a 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:


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, the only 2.6lbs weight makes it a mixed bag.


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 a 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

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).

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
  • In case of failure try
  • 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.


  • The really good performance with 802.11ac networking
  • Dual band router with good speed
  • Easier to set up than many others
  • Very easy setup
  • Expensive for the specs
  • The unit is likely to require weekly resetting

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

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High Performance Beamforming Antennas (DIR-890L/B)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:


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.


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

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.

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
  • 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 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.


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

Apple Airport Extreme – Best Apple Router for 2019

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station ME918LL/A (Refurbished)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.


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:


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


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.


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.

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.


  • 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
  • Likely to break in certain circumstances
  • Likely power supply failure

TP-Link Archer C7 – Cheap & Effective

TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - 5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7)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:


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.


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

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.

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 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.


  • The cheapest router on this list and yet effective
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi wireless router
  • Easy setup process
  • NAS capability – a pleasant surprise
  • Lousy material
  • A little on the south of durability

Asus RT-AC86U (AC2900)

ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 1.8GHz Dual-core Processor and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home WiFi System Compatible (RT-AC86U)ASUS2900 isn’t your cheapest option, yet it remains the best fiber router. If customization ranks at the top of your priorities, this device will impress.

Nearly every setting proves customizable, and it’s the best router for NAS (network attached storage) devices.

How does it rank in terms of speed? It boasts 5GHz speeds, which translate into zero lag time. And it features USB 3.1 Gen 1 for rapid printing and storage.

It boasts many irresistible gaming-focused features and comes with built-in security for all of your devices. So, despite the heftier price tag, it remains among our top picks for gigabit router.

So, what’s the downside? The design lacks flexibility because it must sit upright but can’t be mounted to the wall. What’s more, it lacks an extra 5GHz band, which makes it vulnerable to network congestion.

Motorola AC 1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router and Modem

MOTOROLA MG7550 16x4 Cable Modem Plus AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Power Boost, 686 Mbps Maximum DOCSIS 3.0 - Approved by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Charter Spectrum, More (Black)When it comes to the best modem router, we vote for the Motorola AC 1900. It proves highly reliable and remains one of the few modem/router combos that doesn’t require lots of restarts.

Yes, it comes in at $$$. But how much are you willing to pay to avoid interruptions?

The bottom line remains it provides major value. And who wouldn’t pay a little more money for reliable internet? It also comes with:

  • Speeds up to 686 Mbps
  • Wireless power boost
  • Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports

From Charter to XFINITY, nearly every major internet provider proves compatible with the AC1900. That makes it the perfect device to replace the default modem/router accompanying your ISP plan.

Netgear Orbi AC2200 RBK23

NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - WiFi router and 2 satellite extenders with speeds up to 2.2 Gbps over 6,000 sq. feet, AC2200 (RBK23)The original Netgear Orbi literally rocked the tech world when it first introduced.

The Orbi AC2200 RBK23 represents its more affordable cousin ($$$ for three units, one router, and two satellites), and a great alternative for casual users.

For $$$, you can also get a two-unit set boasting a coverage area of 4,000 square feet.

It boasts fewer ethernet ports and antennae than the original. But you still get great network coverage for most homes.

Its smaller size also means it remains less conspicuous in your home. But you won’t mind if friends notice it because, quite frankly, its streamlined, minimalist design looks pretty cool.

That said, it remains a big investment, especially for a mesh Wi-Fi system. With competitors working on similar systems, it may prove hard to justify the price in the long run.

Amplifi HD Wifi Router

AmpliFi HD WiFi System by Ubiquiti Labs, Seamless Whole Home Wireless Internet Coverage, HD WiFi Router, 2 Mesh Points, 4 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 WAN Port, Ethernet Cable, Replaces Router & WiFi ExtendersWhile more expensive than Google Wi-Fi, you can expect great performance from the Amplifi HD. What’s more, it features an uber-cool appearance like the Netgear Orbi only better.

Yeah, that might sound a little superficial. But if aesthetics happen to be your thing, then get a load of this device.

Besides, the Amplifi HD wins when it comes to solid performance. It represents the perfect marriage between function and style.

It also proves easy to use and provides strong signal performance. Its extenders work effectively, too, which means you can rest assured your house will get full coverage.

That said, if the price remains an issue, then opt for Google Wi-Fi instead. You’ll get the same basic functionality and performance, just in a less awesome package. Also, note that the MeshPointHD design has its detractors.

Samsung AC1300 Connect Home Router

Samsung ET-WV520K Smart Wi-Fi System Mimo (3 Pack), 100, White

The Samsung AC1300 Connect Home rocks when trying to kit out your smart home.

It includes a SmartThings hub allowing you to cut down on the clutter of wireless routers, modems, and hubs associated with smart home technology.

While it doesn’t offer a million other features, if controlling your everyday appliances and devices from one location matters to you, then check it out. It also proves affordable at around $$$.

That said, when compared to the competition, it lacks Wi-Fi features and controls. But considering it allows you to control your entire home from an app, it may prove the best fit in terms of convenience and de-cluttering your living space.

D-Link Covr-C1203 Router

D-Link COVR Dual-Band Whole Home WiFi Mesh System, 3-Pack (Coverage up to 5000 sq. ft), Router Replacement for Best Wireless Internet Coverage (COVR-C1203-US)Want a great wireless mesh networking kit but don’t have much room in your budget? Then, check out the D-Link Covr-C1203.

Three units cover 5,000 square feet and include parental controls for around $$$.

It proves easy to use and doesn’t include all of the “extra tech stuff” that either gets underutilized or gets in the way for casual users.

It provides the same basic coverage as Google Wi-Fi. But at a cheaper price. So, if money’s your number one issue, here’s an affordable solution.

That said, it does prove somewhat slower than Google Wi-Fi although we would definitely rate its 5GHz performance as good.

If speed isn’t a huge issue for you, then you may not feel bothered by this. But if you need rapid download times, then opt for another device. It offers easy setup using a smartphone app and proves easy on the eyes.

The bottom line remains. If you’re looking for a user-friendly mesh networking kit at a reasonable price and you don’t mind losing some performance and advanced features, then give the D-Link Covr-C1203 a try.

That said, there’s no other way to rank its 2.4 GHz performance than poor. The same goes for the design of its power adapter.

Eero Home Wi-Fi System Wifi Router

eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacon) – Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi System to Replace Traditional Routers and WiFi Ranger Extenders – Coverage: 2 to 4 Bedroom HomeAre you a total control freak? For the tech nut who wants to be the master of their own Wi-Fi universe, there’s the Eero wireless mesh system.

It allows you total control over your network in terms of security and performance.

That said, make sure you know what you’re getting into before you opt for this kind of control. Unlike other systems, it employs a tri-band network and beacons which receive the router signal.

The system allows for full utilization of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. This means better throughput for your devices.

But you definitely pay for this level of performance and deep control ($$$). That said, it comes with lots of in-app network control and features a simple, modern design.

Does performance matter more to you than having cash in your pocket? If so, you’ve found a winner here.

Of course, the price will turn many potential customers away. What’s more, you could bite off more than you can chew with this system.

So, make sure you understand the responsibilities that come with total control. We also find its coverage area small and its satellites lacking in versatility.

TP-Link Archer C5400 v2

TP-Link AC5400 Wireless Wi-Fi MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router - Powerful Wi-Fi for Gaming and 4K Streaming, Comprehensive Antivirus andIf you don’t mind a router that looks like a mix between a miniature wrestling ring and an 80s music video set, then give the TP-Link Archer a look-see.

It combines excellent performance with an affordable price tag.

Its 5GHz speeds perform great and support IFTTT and Alexa if you’re into the smart home craze.

That means you can use it with Hue lightbulbs, Amazon Echo, and other smart devices.

Its high-end performance makes it a great fit for gamers, techies, small business owners, and enthusiasts.

But it seriously looks strange. If you’re a fan of sleek little devices that leave a minimal footprint in your home, look elsewhere.

Unlike Google Wi-Fi and most of the routers we’ve discussed above, the TP-Link Archer also represents a more traditional device. It has a single unit and no satellite devices for optimal coverage.

Of course, it’s funky eight antennae can be positioned around the device to ensure maximum coverage. But you may end up feeling like a Druid assembling a small plastic homage to Stonehenge.

Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router

Linksys WRT Gaming WiFi Router Optimized for Xbox, Killer Prioritization Engine to Reduce Peak Ping and Latency, Dual Band, 4 Gigabit Ports, AC3200 (WRT32XB)The Linksys WRT32X represents your ultimate gaming router. But, again, you’ll have to pay for all that gaming goodness ($$$).

It features excellent Wi-Fi speeds and coverage and proves an excellent router for gamers with a revised firmware interface.

That said, do you want to empty your bank account for this bad boy?

We guess that depends on your net worth and how much a flawless Wi-Fi gaming experience means to you.

That said, coupled with one of the best gaming laptops of 2019, you could kick some serious butt with the Linksys.

Traditionally, Wi-Fi and hardcore gaming represented a violent union filled with much discord and dismay. In case you need a refresher on how sour the relationship was, just think about:

  • Lower pings
  • Signal drops
  • Latency
  • Interference

You get the point. Of course, improvements have come down the pipeline but nothing quite like the Linksys WRT32X. This hardware and software driven device will rock your gaming world, and it comes with a dangerous profile to prove it.

But it’s hard to get away from the price. Again, we leave the decision up to you.

If your heart longs for a router that can hold up to your toughest nights of gaming (and you manage to still have a job and can pay the bills), then give this baby a whirl.

Router Brands You Need to Know About in 2019

Best Wireless Routers

You’ve got some serious choices when it comes to the best router brands on the market.

If you’re suffering from slow streaming, dropped calls, and poor connection, any of the monsters listed above will deliver you internet bliss.

You owe it to yourself to upgrade and start enjoying increased speeds and better performance.

Some of the models we’ve discussed cut a fine balance between functionality and pricing. Like the Google Wi-Fi and the Amplifi HD.

But if you long for total mastery over your system or the ultimate gamer’s device, then go big. Choose the Eero Home Wi-Fi System, the Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router or D-Link’s DIR 890L.

Finally, if you want to embrace smart home trends head-on, go for the Samsung AC1300 Connect Home or the TP-Link Archer C5400 v2.

Our Final Verdict (Must Read)

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.

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 When Buying a Wireless Router in 2019?

Best Wireless Router


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


  • 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


16 thoughts on “Best Wireless Routers 2019 (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


  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!!


  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 Team.

  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?

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