The small box with many green or yellow lights is the most important gadget for your wireless connection. This is hard to imagine your daily online activity without this helpful friend. Since the technological progress continues to grow, we require better routers in order to complete different online tasks on the high speed. It includes streaming process and online gaming.
NetGear AC2300 Nighthawk R7000P
NetGear may not have a perfect name for its products, meaning the large numbers of each model, but the combination of price and functions of this router is good enough in terms of quality connection performance.
The current model is based on ‘Wave 2’ feature; it can support dual-band 802.11ac with up to 2300mbps speed. However, the provided speed is not so high, but it is still enough for home usage, especially for streaming 4k video or for gaming. This router has a MU-MIMO feature, similar to Apple’s Airport routers, which helps you to catch a Wi-Fi signal for each connected device in any direction with higher efficiency.
There are two applications available for this router, where you can easily modify parent control and other options. Both are perfectly working with R7000P model. The application developed by Disney has a set of special features to help parents control the online activity of their children. You can create different profiles and set up various options for web browsing, including the access blockage for the “dangerous” sites. However, to use this application completely, you have to pay a monthly subscription.
BT SMART HUB
Some people cannot find good words about BT, but it is still a lead provider on the UK’s market. Some routers for wireless connection which were designed and created under this famous trend – may hold your interest. The old range concept of BT routers has been recently changed by the new one – Smart Hub, which allows users to work at the highest speeds.
Unlike other different routers, it consists of a modem and a router in the one single device. For those users, who already own old Home Hub, there is an option to change for a new one just for £65. The full version of a new device is available for £130.
You can connect different devices through the four available Gigabit Ethernet ports, for example, gaming consoles or 4K Apple TV (the best option here is a wired connection). Additionally, you have USB ports in order to use printers or hard drives through the local network.
TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900
A reasonable price ($109.99) and a quality performance of your internet connection are inside TP-Link Archer C9. This router is the best option for those users who still use old versions 802.11n or 802.11ac. The design of TP-Link Archer C9 is quite neat and it fits any place in your home. The C9 supports popular brands (2.4 and 5.0 GHz). This box provides you with normal speed unless you want something better – for online gaming or for 4K streaming video. Similar to the previous models, it also has many ports to connect printers or hard drives. The application may create a special guest network and you can have a remote access to your computers or other devices through the FTP server.
Even Google created a special router-pack to make your life easier, only for $199 (if you need triple pack – $299). The most popular thing that hit the top this year is the combination of two or three routers to create a stable network performance around your house or office. You may choose among many different trends, which designed and released mesh networking systems, but Google is definitely worth your attention.
Depending on your online activity, you are able to select any device for Google production. For casual web activity, you may consider the option of buying a simple single Google Wi-Fi for about £130. For gamers who want to cover the whole house with a quality internet connection without any interruptions, the double or triple disc-shaped routers (£229 and £340) are available. The application for Google Wi-Fi is available for both Android and iOS systems, in which you are able to configure many settings and test your network speed.
D-Link AC5300 MU-MIMO Ultra (DIR-895L)
The shape of DIR-895L is not the best you have ever seen. It looks like a big bug, surrounded by many antennas. Another problem is the big name of the presented model, but you can simply go for DIR-895L. This D-Link model is the best option for gamers, who are obsessed with gaming or 4K streaming.
The total speed provided by this router can reach 5332 mbps due to the tri-band signal. Worth to mention, that this giant has a MU-MIMO feature for multiple connections and devices. Integrated SmartBeam option helps you to make the quality performance of your Wi-Fi connection and signal can reach any corner of the house. However, the price is not so pleasant – you have to pay £300 for this red beetle.
Apple AirPort Extreme
Apple Airport has not been updated for a very long time. However, it allows you to use many devices, such as 4K Apple TV. Airport Extreme shows a top speed based on dual-band 802.11ac. This small and useful box is extremely helpful for Apple devices in order to keep online activity at any place. The most important problem that the price of mentioned router does not fit the small list of its features. You can find and buy this portable box for 149 – 200$ to enjoy the quality of the Wi-Fi connection.