Best Wireless Router 2018

In the 21st Century, finding the best wireless router is an almost essential piece of technology. We don’t think about life without WiFi, can we? wireless routers are used provide access to the Internet or a private computer network without the need of wires it is no wonder that they could be regarded as a highly important piece of technology. On-the-go tablets might just have little use. This goes for laptops as well.

However, with so many on the market, it can be confusing when working out which is best for you. Therefore, to try and make it easier for you, we have combined, what we believe, are some of the best wireless routers on the market for 2018.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit...
TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router...
Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit...
TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router...
Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
£179.00
from £24.50
from £34.99
from £112.04
£359.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit...
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit...
£179.00
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TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
from £24.50
ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router...
ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router...
from £34.99
Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
from £112.04
Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
£359.99

Last update on 2018-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


What is the 2018 best wireless router?


Netgear Nighthawk R6700

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band WiFi...
  • AC1900 WiFi-600+1300 Mbps speeds
  • 1GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Ideal for homes with 12 or more WiFi devices

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The Netgear Nighthawk R6700 can make sure you have access wherever you go as it can cover plenty of space all with a stable signal thanks to the Beam-forming. This router is great for playing your favourite games online with your friends or finding a new box set to stream on Netflix. This is thanks to the routers ability to offer high speeds and the fact it is dual-band essentially meaning there are two side-by-side networks working together for better performance.

Netgear also includes their genie app which allows full control of the router from your mobile. The app also makes connecting new devices easy thanks to the included function of QR codes.

  • Maximum speed of 1750mbps
  • Dual band
  • 4 LAN ports,1 WAN port and a USB 3.0 port
  • Mobile app for easy control

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TP-Link Archer C1200

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TP-Link Archer C1200 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi...
366 Reviews
TP-Link Archer C1200 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi...
  • Enjoy smooth online gaming and video streaming...
  • Three external antennas greatly expand wireless...
  • Beamforming technology delivers highly efficient...

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The TP-Link Archer C1200 is a compact router with an appealing glossy black exterior and subtle green LED lights, meaning this router will easily coincide with any interior. Making it perfect for the interior conscious, but bare in mind the glossy design means it can easily get dirty from dust and fingerprints. The three antennae positioned on the back of the router allows for a good range of coverage.

The dual-band technology offers a maximum speed of 1200Mbp and when on the 5GHz wireless network you gain access to speeds beating other routers in the same price range. This router would be better suited to those with smaller homes or apartments and are not wanting to connect a large number of devices.

  • Can be mounted on walls
  • Very affordable price
  • High frequency of 867 Mbits
  • 4 LAN ports, 1 WAN port and a USB 2.0 port

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ASUS RT-AC3200

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TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
366 Reviews
TP-Link AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Cable...
  • Tri-Band technology - three separate Wi-Fi bands...
  • Up to 3200 Mbps Wi-Fi speed - 600 Mbps over 2.4...
  • Smart Connect - helps devices run faster by...

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Compared to other routers the Asus RT-AC3200 is big in size due to the use of six antennas (four on the back and one on each side) for optimal coverage. The router is tri-band offering one 2.4GHz frequency and two 5GHz frequencies. The router comes with a built-in management programme which allows you to view various information such as who’s using the most bandwidth on your network.

The setup is difficult thanks to the need to connect to the RT-AC3200 via three separate SSIDs and configuring the router to your liking can take a while.

  • 4 LAN ports, 1 WAN port, 1 USB 3.0 Port and a USB 2.0 Port
  • Button to turn LED lights on/off
  • Button to disable the wireless radios
  • Included software allows for easy diagnosis of network problems

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Google WiFi Whole Home System

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Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
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Google Wifi Whole Home System, 4 GB eMMC Flash...
  • Enjoy consistent Wi-Fi coverage in your home, on...
  • It's everything you love about Google-smarts,...
  • Google Wifi points work together as a connected...

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The Google Wifi Whole Home System is perfect for those with less technological knowledge. Set up is easy. By simply downloading the app, scanning the QR codes on the wifi points the app prompts you to name your network and set a password and you’re set.

The app also constantly monitors your network and runs a mesh test which can ensure your connection strength is strong. The router itself is a simple white cylinder measuring 4.1×2.7 inches, with a LED band in its centre. At its best, it can reach upload speeds of 117.83mbps and a download speed of 101.41mbps meaning this wifi router is capable of streaming 4K videos and playing online games.

  • Simple set up
  • Great value
  • Pleasing design

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Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Wi-Fi Mesh System

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Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
458 Reviews
Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Modular...
  • Covers up to 6,000 sq. feet (medium to large home)...
  • Linksys Velop Tri-Band whole home Wi-Fi mesh...
  • Simple app based set up process which allows for...

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The Linksys Velop is a tri-band Wi-Fi system. Each node (mini towers) are 7.28inches tall with a tiny LED light located on the top of each node. The Node allows you to use 2GB LAN ports, a power jack, on/off switch and a reset switch. It is important to note there are no USB ports located on any of the nodes.

The LED light on the top changes colour in accordance with its status. For instance, blue when connected, red when unconnected, yellow when out of range and purple whilst setting up. This means you can check the state of your wi-fi without having to fiddle around with an app or the router itself.

The Linksys Velop offers speeds of up to 400mbps when using the 2.4GHz band, and 867mbps when using the 5GHz bands. The Velop can support multi-user multiple data streaming. Essentially meaning the data can be transmitted to compatible client simultaneously rather than sequentially. This means the all-around speeds are faster.

The included app can give you information such as the name of the network, number of devices connected and guest access.

  • Parent controls
  • Guest networking
  • Amazon Alexa Compatible
  • Device prioritisation
  • IOS/Android app

 

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Conclusion


Overall, when choosing a wireless router. The best for you may differ to the person next to you. This is as routers can be built with different purposes in mind. For instance, for gaming, the best wireless router would be the Netgear Nighthawk R6700.

Whereas for a simple wi-fi network set up at home used to simply download media and stream videos. Either the Linksys WHW0303-UK Velop Wi-Fi Mesh System or the Google WiFi Whole Home System would be better suited to you. This is as they are simple to set up, and the available app makes managing your wi-fi easy to understand.


Things to consider when purchasing a Wireless Router


“Wireless Technology has really matured a lot in the last five years. Not only has it matured, it’s become affordable”
-Tim Stewart

Price

Technology is constantly changing. Unless buying a high-end router is really necessary for you, buying a standard router for a reasonable price may be more of o sensible option. In a few years time, today’s top of the range router may be the standard.

Range

Where you position your Wireless Router is very important. Ideally, it wants to reach everywhere you are likely to want access. To ensure this can happen, use the Heat Map Software which can point out the dead spots where your router isn’t reaching.

Single or dual band?

There are two different types of frequency bands. 2.4GHz can be used by a large number of devices however it is much more open to interference and congestion. 5GHz is not only less likely to get muddled it is also faster than 2.4GHz. Dual-band combines both frequency bands to offer a quicker speed. Single-Band routers are more suited to those living in small apartments or operating from a single office. Dual-Band is better suited if you are wanting to cover a larger space or if you are likely to want to stream high-definition video, play online video games etc.