The Wi-Fi router range for home networks depends on a number of variables, such as the size of the home and the number of devices that are going to be in use. For example, a single story home can get away with a router offering an average range, a couple of LAN ports, 2 antennas and 802.11n standard.
But the needs are going to increase in a bigger home, where the Wi-Fi has to connect to stream television media, play online games and surf the internet (from the laptop/tablet/smartphone/PC), all at the same time.
The best offerings allow for efficient use in homes regardless of the setting, by associating bandwidth, QoS (Quality of Service), UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) etc. according to the requirements.
The top 3 Wi-Fi routers for the year in progress are:
1. Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
This router comes with 1 GHz dual-core processor, OpenVPN server (built-in), 256 DDR RAM, 128 GB flash memory with Time Machine backup support and TurboQAM Broadcom for a good speed cap, which can go up to 500-600 Mbps.
The user can also take advantage of third-party firmware compatibility and USB 3.0-port support. Moreover, this router, also purported as R7000, supports all the Wi-Fi clients currently present in the market regardless of their standard. When an 802.11 ac client is attached on the 5GHz band, the Wi-Fi speed goes up to 1.3 Gbps. It is also compatible with AirPrint, ReadySHARE printer and ReadySHARE USB support.
This router has all the connections a user will ever require; 6 (3 external) antennas, 2 USB ports, 4 Ethernet LAN ports and built-in VPN server. A key feature of ASUS-AC66u is that it lets a user on a 2.4 GHz frequency to access the network on 802.11n, while a user on a 5GHz frequency would be able to access the network on 802.11ac network.
Some users have reported DSL connectivity problems when using the frequencies, but several feedback answers on forums suggest the issue might lay in their connection from the backend. Additionally, users are recommended to use a reliable provider for their DSL internet. Consumers looking to buy/replace/upgrade DSL internet may also be able to save money as AT&T is really pushing u verse by offering great promotion codes and Verizon is also offering similar promos for their FiOS bundle package.
3. D-Link DIR-845L
The D-Link DIR-845L router relies on beam-form technology to place the network signal in the path of connected devices, regardless of their position. It comes with an option for dual-band wireless (concurrent), and both of the bands range up to 300 Mbps. The transfer speed on average on a 2.4 GHz frequency is 8.1 Mbps while it goes up to 14.6 Mbps on a 5 GHz frequency.
Other major features are also present, such as a USB socket, four Ethernet ports and guest network facilities. Consumers can take advantage of parental controls compatible with the router to limit/filter the use of the network, and it’s also possible to manage the router from a remote location from the mydlink service. The unique, cylindrical shape of this router also enhances its appeal.