In a small business, not any router will cut it when it comes to networking needs. Even if you only have a hand full of employees, it’s important to have a dependable router that is secure and can handle your traffic. A few things to keep in mind when choosing a router for your small business is that it’s 802.11n and 802.11ac capable. This router needs to be able to handle periods of high traffic, and be backwards compatible with all devices employees will be using.
Here’s a list of our top six small business routers for 2016:
1. D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
“The AC3200 ULTRA Wi-Fi Router is like three wireless routers in one. It has a 2.4GHz wireless band offering speeds up to 600Mbps and two separate 5GHz wireless bands delivering speeds up to 1,300Mbps that all operate at the same time. That means more lag free online gaming, 4k media streaming,and Facetime on more devices throughout your home.”
- Ultimate Wi-Fi Performance: Stream HD multimedia across your home without interruption using ridiculously fast wired and wireless speeds
- Simultaneous Tri-Band: Deliver faster Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3200Mpbs (600N on 2.4GHz + 1300Mpbs + 1300Mpbs on 5GHz)
- Smart Connect: Prevents older devices from affecting optimal performance
- Advanced AC Smart Beam: Bring dead zones back to life by delivering individual beams of bandwidth where you need it the most
- Latest Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Processor for a faster network speed for a more powerful router
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router
“The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router is the next wave in Wi-Fi. With Tri-Band Quad Stream performance, delivers combined wireless speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps. Four external Active Antennas combined with four internal antennas amplify and maximize Wi-Fi range. X8’s Powerful 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor gives you a high-performance networking engine for faster connections. Aggregate 2 of the 6 Gigabit ports to double your wired speeds to network attached storage. Quad-Stream with MU-MIMO support allows you to enjoy simultaneous streaming to your devices for speeds up to 4x faster than traditional Wi-Fi.”
- Get fastest speeds available up to 5.3Gbps. Up to 1,000 Mbps @ 2.4GHz 1024 QAM. Up to 2,166 Mbps @ 5 GHz 11ac 1024 QAM
- Tri-band Wi-Fi delivers more Wi-Fi to more devices. Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per Wi-Fi band. Smart Connect intelligently selects the fast Wi-Fi band for every device.
- 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas to amplify and maximize range. 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports-aggregate two for faster file transfers
- MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
- Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device
“Triband router with three Wi-Fi bands, one on 204GHz and two on 5GHz. It has much higher specs than their previous top router, RT-AC3200 and looks like a dead spider. Each of the eight duel band antennas is detachable, and it includes two USB ports that can be used for printers and external hard drives. Asus is calling RT-AC5300 the world’s fastest Wi-Fi router delivering up to 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band and up to 2167Mbit/s on each of the two 5GHz bands, for a combined total of up to 5334Mbit/s.”
- Tri-band (dual 5 GHz, single 2.4 GHz) with the latest 802.11ac 4×4 technology for maximum throughput (5334 Mbps) and coverage (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
- MU-MIMO technology enables multiple compatible clients to connect at each client’s respective maximum speed
- Built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN(TM)) of route-optimized servers ensures low, stable ping times for gaming
- AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro(TM) provides multi-stage protection from vulnerability detection to protecting sensitive data
- ASUS Smart Connect delivers consistent bandwidth by dynamically switching devices between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands based on speed, load and signal strength
“With combined dual-band data rates up to 1900 Mbps, 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and a boosted 600 Mbps on 802.11n thanks to Broadcom TurboQAM technology, experience wireless performance that rivals a wired Gigabit connection. Powered by a dual-core processor, eliminate performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks for smooth 4K video streaming, low latency online gaming, and ultra-fast downloading at one time. ASUS-exclusive AiProtection by Trend Micro keeps your digital playground safe and sound. Dual USB ports let you share files, network a printer, and connect to a 3G/4G modem.”
- Up to 1900 Mbps, 802.11AC(1300Mbps over 5G) + 802.11N(600Mbps over 2.4G). Broadcom TurboQAM(TM) technology increases wireless-N data rate to600 Mbps for 33% faster performance
- 1 x Gigabit WAN port, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB3.0/1 x USB 2.0 support Printer/HDD/(3G/4G dongle) sharing.
- AiRadar with Beam forming technology to ensure maximum WiFi coverage. Dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices.
- AiCloud to bring you multimedia sharing from outside network and Smartphone
- Enhanced ASUSWRT interface for Easy 3steps setup through Tablet, Smartphone and PC
- AiProtection with Trend Micro(TM) for Complete Network Security
“Equipped with the latest 4×4 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology and 8 Gigabit LAN ports backed by ASUS-exclusive AiProtection powered by Trend Micro, the dual-band RT-AC88U delivers speed you crave and security you need. The combined data rate of 3167 Mbps with whole-home extended coverage and Smart Connect ensure fast, stable connectivity for all your Wi-Fi devices.”
- 1024-QAM technology – 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps
- 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 SQFT.
- Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously.
- Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.
- Smart Connect -Automatically chooses the best band available for you
- ASUS AiProtection powered by Trend Micro(TM) ensures your online experience is safe and secure. By combining automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental controls, AiProtection keeps everyone safe and sound.
- WTFast Game Accelerator Inside
- 4X Capacity Wi-Fi with Revolutionary MU-MIMO Tenchology