Best WiFi Routers of 2021

HD videos freeze? Too much latency in online games? Time to buy a new router.

The world of routers is full of information and options. Do you want security, speed or versatility? A combination of everything? It’s overwhelming at first, but in this review we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best routers you can buy in 2020.

We hope you get something you like! We have made sure to find an option for each type of user, except for the most specific ones.

The Best Routers of 2021

Two factors are key in any router: maximum transfer speed via WiFi and the number of antennas. Now, there are many dimensions to evaluate in a router, and that is why we dig deep into their reviews.

Tenda AC10U

We open the review with a router from Tenda, the AC10U . It is characterized by having an excellent range, a super affordable price and a striking design.

Design

It comes in black, and is angular in appearance, with many unconventional shapes and a series of blue lights to indicate standard details of operation (If it’s on, if you’re routing over WiFi, if you have connected devices, and if you’re receiving a signal internet modem).

It has a total of 4 Ethernet ports, one of these being the one you use as input. It also has a USB port to be used with other devices such as printers. It has 4 omnidirectional antennas.

Functionality

In the functional section we find a variety of improvements that really separate the Tenda from its competitors. The first is that it integrates improved transfer technology to be able to communicate to several devices without suffering speed losses or increasing latency.

The second is that the ports are Gigabit, not Megabit, what does this mean? which can transfer a high performance signal If your internet is fast but your router does not support its speed, a funnel effect will happen. but it is not the case with Tenda.

It reaches a maximum transfer speed of around 1200 mbps, in 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals.

cost

There are routers with similar features that are worth at least 100 euros more, so we can safely say that the Tenda AC10U is a real deal. If you want to invest as little as possible for the greatest profit, we think this could be a good bet. There are more modest and cheaper models, but if you want something more advanced, the price will increase exponentially.


TP-Link MR3420

We continue with TP-Link, one of the most popular brands in the world of routers. Quite possibly at some point you had one of their routers, as well as someone you know. In the second position of our review we have the TL-MR3420 model . It is not a “luxury” model but an inexpensive one, but for its price, virtually anyone can create their secure WiFi network.

Design

It comes in white, and follows the minimalist style and palette that characterizes the brand. It has 2 omnidirectional antennas and a 3G / 4G USB modem input. It has four Ethernet ports of which one functions as the internet gateway.

On the back is the off button and the antennas can be pushed back in case you want to place the router vertically.

Functionality

We anticipate the most important detail: the maximum transfer speed is around 300 mbps. There are options that well exceed four times this, but to be an inexpensive and also portable model (with a 3G / 4G USB modem you have a WiFi zone wherever there is coverage), this seems fine to us.

It has the TP-Link network security standards, which guarantees protection against intruders.

It minimizes the loss of signal as well as the increase in latency due to the presence of obstacles in the area. And with its redundant connection feature it is difficult to be left without internet access in the house (3G / 4G / WAN).

cost

The truth is that it costs nothing. If you do not have an internet greater than 300 mbps and you simply want to have a WiFi zone in your home, with the possibility of taking it wherever there is 3G / 4G coverage, it is possible that the MR3420 is your best option. Extra points if you need a WiFi network in your business or office since TP-Link has very good security.


ASUS RT-AC86U

From ASUS, the popular brand for its line of gaming products (like their laptops ), we bring you the RT-AC86U , a router designed for gamers that offer impressive performance. And while many of these products are expensive, this router is moderately affordable.

Design

Well, by giving it the “for gaming ” label, companies tend to put red stripes, angled shapes, and minimalist icons on it. ASUS already has experience in this and did it. But in our opinion, it does not look bad.

It has 3 high-performance omnidirectional antennas that give it a good signal range, as well as a USB 2.0 and 3.1 ports, the Ethernet WAN input and 4 Ethernet LAN ports on the back. It has an on / off button and another to turn the lights on or off.

Functionality

We already know that you are thinking “router gamer? Is this another marketing trap?” but here there are no traps. A ” gaming router ” is one that has a more complex system that works to manage, accelerate and maintain the performance of internet signals. More than to play, it is for those who have many connected devices, or those who are occupying the bandwidth almost entirely, such as streamers .

It runs the popular WTFast video game accelerator as well as adaptive QoS to eliminate latency and its performance on loaded networks is impressive thanks to NitroQAM technology. You can prioritize certain activities as well as their network packages in order to increase their performance, such as giving priority to your online video games.

It has a whole suite of applications and software to configure every detail of the router and its operation. For those who love to test setups, a blessing.

cost

For everything it offers, it comes at a more than reasonable price. If you are looking for a quality router in general, there are options a little more neutral with general benefits, but if you are a gamer (and you play games online) this device may make your life more pleasant.

Linksys EA6900EJ

Linksys brought us the EA6900EJ , initially more expensive, but its price has seen a reduction. For the money, it is one of the routers with the highest transfer speed and performance in its range.

Design

We really like the way it looks. The modern palette of black and silver with the shape of the 3 omni-directional antennas is refreshing.

It has 4 LAN ports and another WAN on the back, all Gigabit Ethernet, and it also has 2 USB ports (3.0 and 2.0). Perfect for connecting an external memory or printer so that everyone connected can access these devices.

Functionality

It uses a dual band system, a 2.4GHz of up to 600 mbps and another 5GHz of up to 1300 mbps. The antennas integrate 3T3R MIMO technology to ensure that performance remains stable even with multiple connected devices.

Despite having physically short antennas, it uses proprietary technology to develop optimized connections. If for example you have the router on the ground floor, almost no signal would be lost on the floor above.

With the Smart WiFi application you can access and manage your home network from anywhere. From parental controls to restricting internet access at certain times and creating passwords. It even offers analytics on upload and download speeds, as well as general monitoring.

cost

If you were looking for a higher-performance router like ASUS but not geared toward gaming , Linksys might fill that role. The dual band is not so convincing, but the fact that at this price you can get speeds of up to 1900mbps in dual band makes it perfect for large homes, especially if the family is also large.


TP-Link Archer C2

We close with the Archer C2 from TP-Link. If you liked the idea of ​​separating internet use into bands but you don’t want to spend the cost of Linksys, TP-Link has the solution. The maximum speed is a bit limited, but if your internet does not need it, it is a great saving.

Design

We don’t see TP-Link’s usual flat color palette here, as they have replaced it with a very elegant pattern. The truth is that the appearance only makes it attractive, and this is a very appreciable intangible.

Now you have 4 omnidirectional antennas, 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 LAN and 1 WAN and a reset button.

Functionality

As we said it is dual band: the fast 5GHz for a total of 867 mbps and the “slow” 2.4GHz for 300 mbps.

The range is impressive and its design allows you to extend the antennas for even more accurate signals.

What the router might lack in technical features it makes up for in functionality: parental control based on blocked words or pages, guest network so you don’t have to reveal your password, and the ability to configure individual networks (such as one for the home and one for the office).

cost

For what it costs, you get a good performing product. Now, we highlight two details: if you have a fast internet (higher than 600 mbps) it is better to buy another. Dual band reduces individual efficiency. Another detail, the fast band has a short range and the speed decreases the further the device is. If you have a regular internet, make sure you put the router close to what you care about (an HD streaming device , for example) and you should be fine.

Conclusion and buyer’s guide

The world of routers is more complex than it seems, although at the end of the day most users want good speed, good signal and security. Sometimes a router problem is really an internet service provider problem, but that’s another matter.

We hope we have helped you find a router that you like! Please read our tips below to help you make a better purchase and get the most out of your router.

The Double Band Trick

It’s like having two WiFi networks (well, that really is). Using this resource wisely is important. The “slow” signal (usually 2.4GHz) is what you should use in general, and the “fast” signal is what you use when you need to do something that requires more speed or performance. Example, an HD streaming device .

The more “empty” you leave the “fast” channel, the better the effect it will have on your speed and latency.

Scope

It is a truly arcane subject. Virtually impossible to determine how a router is going to respond to your environment, so the best thing to do to make sure range and signal quality are not an issue is to keep your important devices as close to the router as possible. For example, in the room where you have the computer.

We hope you get something you like! We have made sure to find an option for each type of user, except for the most specific ones.

The Best Routers of 2021

Two factors are key in any router: maximum transfer speed via WiFi and the number of antennas. Now, there are many dimensions to evaluate in a router, and that is why we dig deep into their reviews.

Tenda AC10U

We open the review with a router from Tenda, the AC10U . It is characterized by having an excellent range, a super affordable price and a striking design.

Design

It comes in black, and is angular in appearance, with many unconventional shapes and a series of blue lights to indicate standard details of operation (If it’s on, if you’re routing over WiFi, if you have connected devices, and if you’re receiving a signal internet modem).

It has a total of 4 Ethernet ports, one of these being the one you use as input. It also has a USB port to be used with other devices such as printers. It has 4 omnidirectional antennas.

Functionality

In the functional section we find a variety of improvements that really separate the Tenda from its competitors. The first is that it integrates improved transfer technology to be able to communicate to several devices without suffering speed losses or increasing latency.

The second is that the ports are Gigabit, not Megabit, what does this mean? which can transfer a high performance signal If your internet is fast but your router does not support its speed, a funnel effect will happen. but it is not the case with Tenda.

It reaches a maximum transfer speed of around 1200 mbps, in 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals.

cost

There are routers with similar features that are worth at least 100 euros more, so we can safely say that the Tenda AC10U is a real deal. If you want to invest as little as possible for the greatest profit, we think this could be a good bet. There are more modest and cheaper models, but if you want something more advanced, the price will increase exponentially.


TP-Link MR3420

We continue with TP-Link, one of the most popular brands in the world of routers. Quite possibly at some point you had one of their routers, as well as someone you know. In the second position of our review we have the TL-MR3420 model . It is not a “luxury” model but an inexpensive one, but for its price, virtually anyone can create their secure WiFi network.

Design

It comes in white, and follows the minimalist style and palette that characterizes the brand. It has 2 omnidirectional antennas and a 3G / 4G USB modem input. It has four Ethernet ports of which one functions as the internet gateway.

On the back is the off button and the antennas can be pushed back in case you want to place the router vertically.

Functionality

We anticipate the most important detail: the maximum transfer speed is around 300 mbps. There are options that well exceed four times this, but to be an inexpensive and also portable model (with a 3G / 4G USB modem you have a WiFi zone wherever there is coverage), this seems fine to us.

It has the TP-Link network security standards, which guarantees protection against intruders.

It minimizes the loss of signal as well as the increase in latency due to the presence of obstacles in the area. And with its redundant connection feature it is difficult to be left without internet access in the house (3G / 4G / WAN).

cost

The truth is that it costs nothing. If you do not have an internet greater than 300 mbps and you simply want to have a WiFi zone in your home, with the possibility of taking it wherever there is 3G / 4G coverage, it is possible that the MR3420 is your best option. Extra points if you need a WiFi network in your business or office since TP-Link has very good security.


ASUS RT-AC86U

From ASUS, the popular brand for its line of gaming products (like their laptops ), we bring you the RT-AC86U , a router designed for gamers that offer impressive performance. And while many of these products are expensive, this router is moderately affordable.

Design

Well, by giving it the “for gaming ” label, companies tend to put red stripes, angled shapes, and minimalist icons on it. ASUS already has experience in this and did it. But in our opinion, it does not look bad.

It has 3 high-performance omnidirectional antennas that give it a good signal range, as well as a USB 2.0 and 3.1 ports, the Ethernet WAN input and 4 Ethernet LAN ports on the back. It has an on / off button and another to turn the lights on or off.

Functionality

We already know that you are thinking “router gamer? Is this another marketing trap?” but here there are no traps. A ” gaming router ” is one that has a more complex system that works to manage, accelerate and maintain the performance of internet signals. More than to play, it is for those who have many connected devices, or those who are occupying the bandwidth almost entirely, such as streamers .

It runs the popular WTFast video game accelerator as well as adaptive QoS to eliminate latency and its performance on loaded networks is impressive thanks to NitroQAM technology. You can prioritize certain activities as well as their network packages in order to increase their performance, such as giving priority to your online video games.

It has a whole suite of applications and software to configure every detail of the router and its operation. For those who love to test setups, a blessing.

cost

For everything it offers, it comes at a more than reasonable price. If you are looking for a quality router in general, there are options a little more neutral with general benefits, but if you are a gamer (and you play games online) this device may make your life more pleasant.

Linksys EA6900EJ

Linksys brought us the EA6900EJ , initially more expensive, but its price has seen a reduction. For the money, it is one of the routers with the highest transfer speed and performance in its range.

Design

We really like the way it looks. The modern palette of black and silver with the shape of the 3 omni-directional antennas is refreshing.

It has 4 LAN ports and another WAN on the back, all Gigabit Ethernet, and it also has 2 USB ports (3.0 and 2.0). Perfect for connecting an external memory or printer so that everyone connected can access these devices.

Functionality

It uses a dual band system, a 2.4GHz of up to 600 mbps and another 5GHz of up to 1300 mbps. The antennas integrate 3T3R MIMO technology to ensure that performance remains stable even with multiple connected devices.

Despite having physically short antennas, it uses proprietary technology to develop optimized connections. If for example you have the router on the ground floor, almost no signal would be lost on the floor above.

With the Smart WiFi application you can access and manage your home network from anywhere. From parental controls to restricting internet access at certain times and creating passwords. It even offers analytics on upload and download speeds, as well as general monitoring.

cost

If you were looking for a higher-performance router like ASUS but not geared toward gaming , Linksys might fill that role. The dual band is not so convincing, but the fact that at this price you can get speeds of up to 1900mbps in dual band makes it perfect for large homes, especially if the family is also large.


TP-Link Archer C2

We close with the Archer C2 from TP-Link. If you liked the idea of ​​separating internet use into bands but you don’t want to spend the cost of Linksys, TP-Link has the solution. The maximum speed is a bit limited, but if your internet does not need it, it is a great saving.

Design

We don’t see TP-Link’s usual flat color palette here, as they have replaced it with a very elegant pattern. The truth is that the appearance only makes it attractive, and this is a very appreciable intangible.

Now you have 4 omnidirectional antennas, 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 LAN and 1 WAN and a reset button.

Functionality

As we said it is dual band: the fast 5GHz for a total of 867 mbps and the “slow” 2.4GHz for 300 mbps.

The range is impressive and its design allows you to extend the antennas for even more accurate signals.

What the router might lack in technical features it makes up for in functionality: parental control based on blocked words or pages, guest network so you don’t have to reveal your password, and the ability to configure individual networks (such as one for the home and one for the office).

cost

For what it costs, you get a good performing product. Now, we highlight two details: if you have a fast internet (higher than 600 mbps) it is better to buy another. Dual band reduces individual efficiency. Another detail, the fast band has a short range and the speed decreases the further the device is. If you have a regular internet, make sure you put the router close to what you care about (an HD streaming device , for example) and you should be fine.

Conclusion and buyer’s guide

The world of routers is more complex than it seems, although at the end of the day most users want good speed, good signal and security. Sometimes a router problem is really an internet service provider problem, but that’s another matter.

We hope we have helped you find a router that you like! Please read our tips below to help you make a better purchase and get the most out of your router.

The Double Band Trick

It’s like having two WiFi networks (well, that really is). Using this resource wisely is important. The “slow” signal (usually 2.4GHz) is what you should use in general, and the “fast” signal is what you use when you need to do something that requires more speed or performance. Example, an HD streaming device .

The more “empty” you leave the “fast” channel, the better the effect it will have on your speed and latency.

Scope

It is a truly arcane subject. Virtually impossible to determine how a router is going to respond to your environment, so the best thing to do to make sure range and signal quality are not an issue is to keep your important devices as close to the router as possible. For example, in the room where you have the computer.

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