TOP 10 best-selling computer routers in world marketplaces

TOP 10 best-selling computer routers in world marketplaces

A wireless router is a device that performs the functions of a router and also includes the functions of a wireless access point. It is used to provide access to the Internet or a private computer network. Depending on the manufacturer and model, it can function in a wired local area network, in a wireless-only LAN, or in a mixed wired and wireless network.

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№1
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router

Price on Amazon – 51,99 $

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

I have Mediacom 200 Mbps service. Setup was fast and easy. Connected to three smart TV’s, two Home Theater Receivers and three desktop PC’s without issue.
One PC is wired direct through the LAN port I get 240-255 Mbps. My second PC is at the opposite end of my 1740 sq/ft house from the router and I use a TP-Link Archer T4UH adapter I get 170-180 Mbps download speed. My third PC is only about 25 feet away using a Belkin model F9L1109v1 adapter I get 142-145 Mbps download speed: I also tried a Netgear AC1200 adapter model A6210 that gets about 120 Mbps on this PC.
My point is the wireless adapter you use will make a difference. This router is on most top 10 lists for 2018 and cost a lot less than the others on those lists.
I am happy with the performance so far. I just hope it lasts longer than the last TP-Link router I purchased.

№2

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6700)

Price on Amazon – 69,98 $

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6700) - AC1750 Wireless Speed (up to 1750 Mbps) | Up to 1500 sq ft Coverage & 25 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB ports | Armor Security

When I moved in with my wife, she brought with her a router that was better than mine, so we kept hers. After a while, more and more of our house became smarter. Smart devices were chatting across our house more and more every month. So I decided to upgrade to a TP-Link Router. I grew to regret that mistake every day over the course of a month.

Over the course of the next month, the smart devices grew angry. They couldn’t chat freely and with reckless abandon. Sometimes they wouldn’t ever hear each other. The Chromecast cried in solace. The smart lightbulbs faded to dark. Our guests grew angry with our unreliable network as Game of Thrones struggled to stream. We lost friends. Made enemies. At a certain point we decided enough is enough: it is time to throw more money at this problem.

That’s how we ended up with this spaceship. I spent twenty minutes going through all the advanced settings to make sure it was set up well enough to satisfy my inner geek, then I unleashed it upon the internet. Game of Thrones streamed quickly. Netflix couldn’t feed my router fast enough. My smart devices snapped to attention. The Chromecast wept, this time with tears of joy.

I am a hero. And all it took was a lot of money.

№3
TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Smart WiFi Router

Price on Amazon – 49,99 $

TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Smart WiFi Router - 5GHz Gigabit Dual Band MU-MIMO Wireless Internet Router, Long Range Coverage by 4 Antennas(Archer A6),Black

I really like TP-Link products for their stability and dependability. I’ve been slowly changing my entire home network which consists of a 24 port switch, 3 wifi routers and 1 outdoor AP over from Asus to TP-Link. Everything was working great until I lost my internet connection to my main router which is the AC5400. The software demands you setup an account with TP-Link for cloud control of the router. That’s all fine and dandy as long as the router is connected to the net. The second the net goes down the router demands you log in, to see you can’t log in because there’s …surprise surprise, no internet! Stupid. So then if you are using your cell phone, disconnected from the wifi in order to log in, to be told by the tether app that you aren’t connected to router. No kidding. So instead of hosting the log in on the router they force you to log in through the cloud. There may be a way around this but that’s just wrong especially if I want a simple to troubleshoot system. They can fix this with a firmware update if they choose to. Overall when it has connection to the net it’s been a damn solid router that is very impressive on gigabit speeds.

№4
NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R7000)

Price on Amazon – 130,91 $

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R7000) - AC1900 Wireless Speed (up to 1900 Mbps) | Up to 1800 sq ft Coverage & 30 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 2 USB ports | Armor Security

Quadrupled my speed at home. There are 4 important points I’d like to make:

1) All these years I paid for a 50mbps speed from my cable company. I had an older Netgear from 2009 which has served me well all these years (and still works) but I decided it was time to upgrade. Typically I was getting only 12-17mbps through my wi-fi (for example, to my iPhone6). After getting this Nighthawk Router, I now get 57mbps on the same iPhone. All of my devices are much faster now… PS4, iPhones, iPads, Epson Printer, Baby Monitor, Tablets, Roku 3 box, Roku Streaming Stick, etc…

2) Cables …. Please note, one other thing I did in addition to getting this router is that I also bought all new cat6 cables (from Amazon Basics), and that has helped the router to connect well to the cable modem. From the router itself, I have a few wired items (Roku 3 box, PS4, my PC). And note that I tested the Roku 3 box, PS4, and PC wirelessly as well. In all conditions, wired with Cat6 cables and/or wi-fi, this Nighthawk router has delivered the speeds I was missing for years.

3) Interface…. Also, I like the interface for setting up and using the router. I like that you get two options of 2.4ghz or 5ghz connection. One thing to keep in mind is that some older devices can only use 2.4g so it is that old device itself that limits the connection speed (not your wi-fi necessarily). Newer devices are 5g capable and can maximize the speed capability.

4) Security… I also like the “Access Control” feature so that you have to permit a device to connect to your wi-fi. For example, when I got a new iPad this Christmas, I logged into my wi-fi network and put in the proper password, but it wouldn’t connect to the internet. Then I went to the Netgear interface on my PC and it displayed that the iPad had been blocked (because Access Control is turned on). So then I simply hit a check box to “allow” the iPad onto my home network, and then it connected.

Finally, I am not a tech person, I just try to read up on things to the best of my ability. I hope my review helps some of you.

 

№5

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 Smart WiFi Router (R8000) – AC3200 Tri-band Wireless Speed (up to 3200 Mbps)

Price on Amazon – 218,77 $

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S Smart WiFi Router (R8000P) - AC4000 Tri-Band Wireless Speed (up to 4000 Mbps) | Up to 3500 sq ft Coverage & 55 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 2 USB Ports

And then there’s us.

I just walked through our apartment; between my husband and me, I count 25 web-enabled devices. That number doesn’t include light bulbs. Most of these gadgets are connected to the Internet *at this moment.*

Our friends make fun of us because we have totally embraced the concept of the “Internet of Things.” Besides the usual gadgets (iPads, phones, game consoles), we use a Nest thermostat, a Nest Cam, Philips Hue bulbs, an Amazon Echo on our kitchen countertop, and a Sonos.

Far from automating our home, we’ve instead created a TON of headaches for ourselves. We live in a waking nightmare. The “Internet of Things” is here, and it’s miserable.

But by far the biggest hassle has been the simple fact that our trusty old Linksys router just could not handle the workload. When you have this many gadgets and gizmos connected to the ‘net, it’s pretty easy to bring the whole home infrastructure down. And when the wireless is down, there goes your fancy Sonos-equipped stereo, your home security, your thermostat.

After a couple years of frustration, my husband and I agreed to go with a beefier router. At that point, we didn’t care if we paid through the nose for one. Initially we went with a top pick from Wirecutter (which is a tech review site that is almost always right about everything). And, not to disparage Wirecutter here, but the router we ended up with was EVEN MORE MISERABLE. Maybe we just had too much stuff connected to it? We tweaked the router’s settings, upgraded its firmware, downgraded it again, and ultimately returned it after maybe a week—and we rarely return anything, okay.

Desperate, I took to the Internet for advice. About a jillion of my friends (all of whom work in tech) endorsed the Netgear Nighthawk without reservation. It was almost unanimous. A lot of folks were really passionate about this! So I overnighted one.

Twenty-five devices connected simultaneously? No problem. In the month+ that we’ve had a Nighthawk, it hasn’t needed to be restarted once. It lives in a closet. I never look at it. I don’t even know it’s here. I’m sure the UI is terrible but I’ve rarely needed to use it, since it worked out-of-the-box. We live in a city, halfway up a high-rise building, and we can still get a signal from downstairs on the street. Beat that.

Sitting here, I just ran a speed test, and on my wireless connection I’m getting 58.37 Mbps download speeds—not too shabby, considering we pay for 50. (Never mind there are literally 200 other wireless routers in our building!) I barely remember that Netflix and Hulu used to stutter and stagger. Multiplayer gaming connections don’t drop or lag. Great stuff.

Anything more than $100 is a HUGE investment in a router, I feel; anything non-commercial over $200 is probably criminal. But the Netgear Nighthawk really works for us, especially when literally nothing else would do. For that alone, it’s worth it.

I hope I don’t need to buy another router for many years.

№6

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router

Price on Amazon – 79,99 $

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router - High Speed MU- MIMO Router, Dual Band, Gigabit, VPN Server, Beamforming, Smart Connect, Works with Alexa (Archer A9), Black

After 2 weeks of playing with the settings I finally got better performance than with my ISP supplied wireless router. I have fiber coming into my house, and have the 300 Mbps service from AT&T. My personal Win10 laptop performance is now at the same level as it was with the AT&T wireless router. However my IOS devices are doing much better with the TPLINK router. Additionally, my HP printer hasn’t had network disconnects (which required rebooting) since I installed the TPLINK. Perhaps that’s due to a stronger wifi signal.

However, for the budget conscience people out there, I don’t think this is worth the expense if you have a decent ISP wifi router. If you notice performance issues, like I did with my IOS devices, and you need to do something about it, this is worth a shot.

**** WARNING *****
Their ‘tether’ app sends data back to the manufacturer on stuff, not sure what. It doesn’t say that during the app setup. I found it after a few days when looking at various options. I turned it off immediately.

№7

RAVPower FileHub, Travel Router AC750

Price on Amazon – 47,59 $

RAVPower FileHub, Travel Router AC750, Wireless SD Card Reader, Connect Portable SSD Hard Drive to iPhone iPad Tablet Smart Phone Laptop for Photo Backup, Data Transfer, Portable NAS, 6700mAh Battery

I really like these kind of devices, I have bought a couple of different ones over the years. I have loved my Hootoo tripmate which recently failed due to battery failing. This is a lot like it since it was made by the same company. The mobile interface has a new look to it, but the web interface looks like the Hootoo interface. Powering on the device is simple and connecting to the wifi for the device is also easy with a simple password of 8 1s. I like the option of 5G, I haven’t really noticed a difference between the 2.4 and the 5 G connections. The battery life is to leave the stream available and power other devices. I have tried using multiple media formats with this and it will play .mkv,.avi,.mp4,.m4v,.mp3. You can stream up to 5 devices at a time and when I tested it, it lasted about 6 1/2 hours.

There are a couple of options you can do directly from the main screen like view photos, play movies and music, you can backup contacts and photos also. There were a couple of things you can do with IOS you can’t with Android, on the main screen the only difference is you have access to the camera on IOS and you don’t on Android. The other difference is on IOS, you can move and copy files from the sd card to your IOS device, but with Android, you don’t have access to copy to the Android device, but you copy files from your Android device to the storage connected to the Ravpower. You can do a manual copy and on both IOS and Android there is a button to backup your photos.

When playing movies there are options you have on Android you don’t have on IOS, you can play choose subtitles if there is a .srt file with the same name as the movie, but IOS doesn’t support that. Also, with android, you can select your audio stream if you have multiple streams on your movie.

Both IOS and Android, you can cast your movies to any device that supports DLNA. When you enable DLNA in the system service settings, then the Videos, Photos, and Music apps on the main screen will show those types of files on the device.

There are a couple of settings you can access from the app like Wifi settings and other network settings, and you can see the remaining battery on the homepage, however, all of the system settings such DLNA, and Samba services can only be accessed by using the 10.10.10.254 ip after connecting.

The web interface also shows you can access all of the USB and SD card files with a laptop or any device with a browser.

This is a very versatile device, and last of all, if you plug in a phone or tablet to this, you can use this as a battery and charge it.

№8

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router (R7800) – AC2600 Wireless Speed (up to 2600 Mbps

Price on Amazon – 168,49 $

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router (R7800) - AC2600 Wireless Speed (up to 2600 Mbps) | Up to 2500 sq ft Coverage & 45 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet, 2 x 3.0 USB, and 1 x eSATA ports

This is for the NetGear Nighthawk X4S (R7800)

Here’s what I really like about this router.

– Easy to set up and despite it’s features, it’s very noob friendly
– Mobile apps that help you tweak and trouble shoot
– Firmware upgrades are easy and painless.
– Excellent throughput on all bands and channels.
– Excellent wireless range and signal strength on all bands.

Now onto the bad things, of which there is really only one.

Here’s what happened. I’ve purchased two of these routers. One for me, one for the girlfriend. The 5Ghz band on my router has ceased to function. At first it was transmitting a very weak and unstable signal. Now it’s just gone. I now have a very expensive 2.4Ghz wireless router.

And to be perfectly fair, the wired and 2.4Ghz bands/channels are still going like gangbusters. But I bought this for the 5Ghz, not the 2.4

– NetGear customer service and support is one of worst I have ever encountered.

If your product is less than 90 days old, they will be more than happy to assist you. If your product is more then 90 days old then they expect you to PAY THEM to “trouble shoot” your item. In my case, they wanted 49.99 for “Advanced” tech support to come to a conclusion that I already knew about. The router needed to be replaced.

I get that we (the customer) need to jump through their hoops to verify that the product is actually defective. But why should I have to pay you to replace your faulty product?

We went through the entire process and guess what… The router needed to be replaced. Was told that I would get a follow up email with instructions on what I needed to do next to complete the RMA 24 hours later, email never arrived. They cant even be bothered to do that much. Apparently if I want to RMA this device, Im expected to jump through even more hoops. NetGear, my time is more valuable than that. I’ll simply wash my hand of this and move on.

TL:DR NetGear Customer Service and Support is a joke. If your breaks, don’t bother with CS, simply buy something else.

№9

Tenda AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router

Price on Amazon – 32,50 $

Tenda AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router, High Speed Wireless Internet Router with Smart App, MU-MIMO for Home (AC6),Black

This is based on a setup I did last night, so durability is a preliminary call. I got this for my girlfriend. Her Netgear 1600 is approaching old age and had a bit a bit of occasional cutout on the high band. Not enough to make it unusable, but at the sale price of the Tenda, I was able to buy one and save the Netgear for a spare in case something really failed.

I paid good money for a Netgear Nighthawk 1900 for my home, and after installing an AC1200 in a rental property I came to the conclusion that all that extra power in the router is wasted if you’re only getting 60 megs down through the cable system.

The Tenda cost a small fraction of my locally purchased AC1200 unit and works as well as anything I’ve used. I was able to hang nine devices–Roku boxes, Amazon units, smart speakers, phones, tablets and computers on it in a matter of minutes. It had enough power so that I was getting good signal on my phone way out on the street, at least a block from the unit. If anything more expensive dies in the router department (and the spare Netgear unit dies), this will be my new go to router. Now I’m asking myself what was I thinking when I laid out that extra $140 to get that high end Nighthawk.

№10

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6900P) – AC1900 Wireless Speed

Price on Amazon – 106,98 $

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6900P) - AC1900 Wireless Speed (up to 1900 Mbps) | Up to 1800 sq ft Coverage & 30 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB Ports | Armor Security

1) All these years I paid for a 50mbps speed from my cable company. I had an older Netgear from 2009 which has served me well all these years (and still works) but I decided it was time to upgrade. Typically I was getting only 12-17mbps through my wi-fi (for example, to my iPhone6). After getting this Nighthawk Router, I now get 57mbps on the same iPhone. All of my devices are much faster now… PS4, iPhones, iPads, Epson Printer, Baby Monitor, Tablets, Roku 3 box, Roku Streaming Stick, etc…

2) Cables …. Please note, one other thing I did in addition to getting this router is that I also bought all new cat6 cables (from Amazon Basics), and that has helped the router to connect well to the cable modem. From the router itself, I have a few wired items (Roku 3 box, PS4, my PC). And note that I tested the Roku 3 box, PS4, and PC wirelessly as well. In all conditions, wired with Cat6 cables and/or wi-fi, this Nighthawk router has delivered the speeds I was missing for years.

3) Interface…. Also, I like the interface for setting up and using the router. I like that you get two options of 2.4ghz or 5ghz connection. One thing to keep in mind is that some older devices can only use 2.4g so it is that old device itself that limits the connection speed (not your wi-fi necessarily). Newer devices are 5g capable and can maximize the speed capability.

4) Security… I also like the “Access Control” feature so that you have to permit a device to connect to your wi-fi. For example, when I got a new iPad this Christmas, I logged into my wi-fi network and put in the proper password, but it wouldn’t connect to the internet. Then I went to the Netgear interface on my PC and it displayed that the iPad had been blocked (because Access Control is turned on). So then I simply hit a check box to “allow” the iPad onto my home network, and then it connected.

Finally, I am not a tech person, I just try to read up on things to the best of my ability. I hope my review helps some of you.

5 STARS

TOP 10 best-selling computer routers in world marketplaces