It’s safe to say we’re living in the age of mobility. With everyone on your team being equipped with their own smartphone, tablet, laptop, and whatever smart-device was just released, you’ll need to establish a wireless network that can support traffic flows like businesses have never seen before.
As the backbone of any strong wireless network, IT teams know that a router can either make or break your network. We’ve rounded up some of the top wireless routers for 2018 that are standing well ahead of the pack. Even if your router is only a few years, with the incredible advancements made in wireless technology over the last few years 2018 might be the year to make an upgrade.
Take a look below!
Equipped with the latest 4×4 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology backed by ASUS-exclusive AiProtection powered by Trend Micro, the tri-band RT-AC5300 delivers speed you crave and security you need. The combined data rate of 5334 Mbps with whole-home extended coverage and tri-band Smart Connect ensure fast, stable connectivity for all your Wi-Fi devices.
AiMesh is an innovative new router feature that connects multiple ASUS routers to create a whole-home WiFi network. It’s a powerful and flexible way to solve your WiFi problems that also makes the most of your existing hardware: you can mix different ASUS router models, so when you upgrade there’s no need to throw away your old router — you can use it to expand your AiMesh network.
- 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. Supports every operating system, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux
- Built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN) of route-optimized servers ensures low, stable ping times for gaming
- AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro 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 ; NOTE : Refer the user manual .
High-bandwidth applications like videoconferencing and movie streaming are ideal for the two high-speed 5 GHz bands, while lower-bandwidth devices like older wireless-N and -G computers can utilize the 2.4 GHz band.
- 8 Gigabit ports for wired speeds 10x faster than standard Ethernet for your printers, consoles, and Smart TVs.Compatible with Mac and PC devices
- Enable Seamless Roaming by pairing Max-Stream Routers with Max-Stream Range Extenders. Your device will automatically switch to the strongest Wi-Fi signal as you move around your house
Ideal for busy households and home offices, the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500) delivers Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi for lag-free productivity and entertainment. MU-MIMO delivers Wi-Fi to multiple devices—4K TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, laptops, tablets, and smartphones—at the same time and same speed, treating multiple devices as if each has its own dedicated router.
The Max-Stream AC5400 Router is easy to set up and features three dedicated Wi-Fi bands for combined speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps*, four simultaneous data streams per band, a powerful 1.4 GHz processor, eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and eight adjustable antennas.Buy it here.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X10
- 802.11ac Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi plus 60 GhZ 802.11ad WiFi—Up to 4600+1733+800 Mbps wireless speed
- Plex Media Server – Use Plex to serve all your media from your external USB or NAS drive connected to your Nighthawk X10 router.
- Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor – Fastest processor for home router for better 4K streaming, VR gaming, surfing, or anything you throw at it!
- Dynamic QoS – Prioritizes bandwidth by application and device for the best gaming and streaming experience
Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is one of industry’s fastest router for media streaming with Plex media server.Nighthawk X10 with 802.11ac and 802.11ad WiFi technology delivers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, VR gaming and instant downloads.With a powerful 1.7GHz Quad-core processor, 60GHz 11ad, and Quad-stream architecture, you can enjoy combined wireless speeds of up to 7.2Gbps. MU-MIMO supports simultaneous streaming, while 160 MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Four patent pending external active antennas amplify WiFi signals to maximize range and throughput.Buy it here.
- 1.7GHz Dual-core processor for fast, uncompromising performance
- Powerful 4×4 802.11ac wave 2 radios with MU-MIMO and up to 2.53Gbps breakthrough wireless speeds
- Smart Connect for seamless transition between maximum speed or range
- Hardware accelerated Layer 7 traffic control and monitoring
- Dual WAN capable for load balancing and failover support
The powerful traffic monitoring tools let you set up bandwidth prioritization so your gaming console or smart TV always get enough speed and never stutter or lag.Keeping your children from seeing inappropriate content on the web has never been simpler. Block thousands of potentially harmful sites with just a few clicks and set up customizable profiles for different family members or employees.Buy it here.
- LIGHTNING-FAST WIFI – AC5400 Tri-Band with 4-Stream and NitroQAM technology delivers up to 5400Mbps Wi-Fi speeds over one 2.4GHz (1000Mbps) and two 5GHz (2167Mbps) bands
- UNIQUE ANTI-VIRUS – TP-Link HomeCare protects every single device on your network from the latest threats with powerful security, antivirus, and parental controls.
- VPN SERVER – Set up a personal VPN server with an OpenVPN client to browse the web and access files without paid VPN subscriptions
- SMART ROUTER – Works with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. LEADING SUPPORT – Industry-leading 2-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 technical support
With a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, XStream architecture and Tri-Band technology, the powerful Archer C5400 delivers incredible performance and Wi-Fi speeds up to 5400 Mbps. The Wave 2 router includes HomeCareTM powered by Trend MicroTM, which provides antivirus, parental controls and bandwidth prioritization for your network, automatically protecting all your devices from hundreds of millions of cyber threats. Fine-tuned MU-MIMO performance provides twice the throughput across multiple capable devices, and 4-Stream and NitroQAM technology boost overall speeds up to 25%. With these advanced hardware features, the Archer C5400 can easily power online gaming and 4K streaming on your Xbox, PlayStation, PC or Mac.Buy it here.