Best Wireless Routers

This page contains the recommended wireless routers for your home with pros and cons of each. The routers have been split into two groups: normal wireless routers and mesh routers (the use of satellites to extend coverage over the entire home).

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Last Updated: January 1, 2024

Best Wireless Routers for 2024

Best WiFi 6 Wireless Router – Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

Asus GT-AX11000 Wireless Routers
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Wireless Router

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Pros: Four LAN ports, MU-MIMO support, WTFast Gamers Private Network, Asus AiProtection Pro, ASUS AiMesh, best WiFi performance

Cons: Expensive

Notable ASUS Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Specs

Total WiFi Bandwidth
5 GHz @ 4804 Mbps
5 GHz @ 4804 Mbps
2.4 GHz @ 1148 Mbps
= (AX11000) 10,756 Mbps


Network Standards
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6


Coverage Area & Antennas
Really large homes
8 external antennas


Transmit/Receive
MU-MIMO technology
2.4 GHz 4 x 4
5 GHz-1 4 x 4
5 GHz-2 4 x 4


Processor & Memory
1.8 GHz quad-core processor
256 MB Flash
1 GB RAM


Ports
Gigabit LAN ports: 4
Gigabit WAN port: 1
2.5 Gbps LAN port: 1
USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports: 2


Security
128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise


Buttons
WPS button, power button, reset button, boost key, wireless on/off button


WiFi Technology
Beamforming: standard-based and universal
RADIUS Server
1024-QAM high data rate
20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth


Physical Dimensions
9.5 inches x 9.5 inches x 2.4 inches (WxDxH) without bezel
60.8 ounces


Best Alternative WiFi 6 Wireless Router – ASUS RT-AX86U

Asus RT-AX86U AX5700 Wireless Routers
Asus RT-AX86U Wireless Router

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Pros: Four LAN ports, WAN/LAN 2.5G/1Gbps port, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, Asus AiProtection Pro, ASUS AiMesh

Cons: Expensive

Notable ASUS RT-AX86U Specs

Total WiFi Bandwidth
5 GHz @ 4804 Mbps
2.4 GHz @ 861 Mbps
= (AX5700) 5665 Mbps


Network Standards
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6


Coverage Area & Antennas
Really large homes
Three external antennas
One internal PCB antenna


Transmit/Receive
2.4 GHz 3×3
5 GHz 4×4


Processor & Memory
1.8 GHz quad-core processor
256 MB Flash
1 GB RAM


Ports
Gigabit LAN ports: 4
Gigabit WAN port: 1
2.5G/1Gbps multi-Gig WAN/LAN port: 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports: 2


Security
WPA3-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise, WPS


Buttons
Power switch, LED on/off button, reset button, WPS button


WiFi Technology
Universal beamforming
Explicit beamforming
RADIUS Server
Airtime Fairness


Physical Dimensions
9.5 inches x 3.9 inches x 12.8 inches (WxDxH)
28.7 ounces


Best Value WiFi 5 Wireless Router – TP-Link Archer A7

TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Wireless Routers
TP-Link Archer A7 Wireless Router

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Pros: Inexpensive, four LAN ports, intuitive web interface

Cons: Lacks features of more expensive devices, no USB 3.0 port

Notable TP-Link Archer A7 Specs

Total WiFi Bandwidth
5 GHz @ 1300 Mbps
2.4 GHz @ 450 Mbps
= (AC1750) 1750 Mbps


Network Standards
802.11a,  802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6


Antennas
3 fixed external antennas


Processor & Memory
Single-core processor
128 MB RAM


Ports
Gigabit LAN ports: 4
Gigabit WAN port: 1
USB 2.0 port: 1


Security
64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption, enable/disable SSID broadcast, QSS, wireless MAC filter


Buttons
WPS/WiFi On/Off button, power On/Off button, reset button


Physical Dimensions
9.6 inches x 6.4 inches x 1.3 inches (WxDxH)


Best Mesh WiFi Router System – Google Nest WiFi

Google Nest WiFi Routers
Google Nest WiFi Router System

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Note: A mesh WiFi system uses multiple satellites for whole home coverage.

Pros: Nest WiFi points act as Google Assistant smart speakers and come in color choices, easy-to-setup, small satellites, compatible with previous generation Google WiFi devices

Cons: Nest WiFi Router only includes one spare Ethernet jack, pricier than the competition for similar devices, Google account required

Notable Google Nest WiFi Specs

Simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) WiFi
Expandable mesh WiFi


Network Standards
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac


Coverage Area
Up to 2200 square feet per router
Up to 1600 square feet per point


Processor & Memory
Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz

WiFi Router
1 GB RAM
4 GB Flash

WiFi Point
768 MB RAM
512 MB Flash


Ports
Gigabit LAN port: 1
Gigabit WAN port: 1


WiFi Technology
WiFi Router
AC2200 MU-MIMO WiFi
4×4 (5 GHz)
2×2 (2.4 GHz)

WiFi Point
AC1200 MU-MIMO WiFi
2×2 (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)


Physical Dimensions
WiFi Router
Diameter: 4.3 inches
Height: 3.6 inches
Weight: 13.4 ounces

WiFi Point
Diameter: 4.0 inches
Height: 3.4 inches
Weight: 12.3 ounces


Key Features
Proactive band steering
WPA3 encryption
Transmit beamforming
Automatic security updates


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19 thoughts on “Best Wireless Routers”

    • Routers are compatible with any internet service provider (ISP). Only modems need to be certified by an ISP, James.

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  1. Hello, I’m torn between TP Link AX3000 and Asus AX3000. I noticed that they are almost the same in terms of features. Can you help me decide which one to buy? I’d greatly appreciate that. Thanks!

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  2. I forgot to add, I’m using the router for smart home integration. I already bought some smart home devices like smart dimmer switches, nest learning thermostat, Ring security devices, smart lights and will plan to add more in the future. Hope that helps in helping me decide between the two AX3000 routers from TP Link and Asus. Thanks!

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    • That is a tough choice, Bench. As you pointed out, they are both comparably similar. It really comes down to brand preference and cost at this point. The TP-Link AX3000 Archer AX50 should be your choice due to it being a bit cheaper and has more Amazon reviews (more people have tested it compared to the ASUS RT-AX3000).

      Either way you go, at least you will be purchasing a WiFi 6 router, which improves speed, increases efficiency, offers better range, and allows for more devices (especially useful for you since you have a lot of smart home devices). You really can’t go wrong with either product, Bench.

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    • Sorry, NannyG, RCN requires you to rent a phone modem from them, as stated on the RCN approved modems page. You can bypass this by purchasing a regular modem and combine that with an Ooma device. This is a cheaper option as well instead of being tied to an ISP’s phone service. An Ooma device works with any internet connection.

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  3. ABB really sucks. I have had it for over a year. The modems have been changed several times. I use to get uninterrupted service in my bedroom. Now it’s whenever it wants. Every evening between 530 and 8 pm it goes out. I call them and all they want to do is refresh the signal.
    I am sick of them, customer service doesn’t exist. You call and are put on hold while the number you are goes up and down. No human. They will call you back WHEN?
    I wanted a better modem router. They don’t want you to get one and says every one you mention doesn’t work.
    When their equipment goes down. You pay for a service call. They suck.

    I would not recommend them to ANYONE!

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    • Yes, any router on this page will work with Cox. Routers are not specific to certain internet providers; only certain modems work with each ISP. In other words, any router will work with Cox, but you will need an approved modem to work with their network. So if you are looking for an inexpensive option, the TP-Link Archer A7 router is a best value device.

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  4. I’m shopping for a low cost modem for a new WOW internet 100 MBPS service. WOW recommends a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. WOW charges $14 per month to rent their modem.

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    • A cheap DOCSIS 3.1 modem would be the Motorola MB8600 (capable of 1 Gig speeds) at $150 on Amazon. For a few dollars more you can purchase the Motorola MB8611, which is capable of 2.5 Gig speeds. WOW! has eliminated nearly all DOCSIS 3.0 modems from being approved on their network, so you certainly want to purchase a DOCSIS 3.1 modem.

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  5. What router would you recommend using with Verizon Fios Gigabit Fiber?
    Been using the rented G3100 router for about 2 years now.
    Looking to upgrade for primarily low latency gaming, and as more devices are continuously added to my house.

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