With advancement in technology we now have wireless technology (Wi-Fi) which has replaced people’s traditional choice of wired Ethernet for networking their computers anywhere. And To connect to Wi-Fi one needs to have a wireless router. A wireless router in simple words is a device which helps you to connect to wireless internet with multiple wireless devices like computers, laptops, tablets, Smartphone’s and so on and at the same time.
My recommend: ASUS RT-AC66U
We’re in the fifth generation of ASUS RT, with a new standard: 802.11ac. A new evolution that promises an improved bandwidths and higher capacities for a completely new wireless experience in our computers and mobile devices. The new Broadcom 802.11ac chipset offers speeds of 1.3 Gbps at 5 GHz, three times as fast as the 802.11n standard.
The main features of this ASUS RT-AC66U IS its great wireless speeds, reaching up to 1.3Gbps in the 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps in the 2.4GHz one. It’s dual band; you can browse the internet and download your files while you watch HD video.
It has four LAN and one WAN ports, all of them Ethernet Gigabit.
It also features two USB 2.0 ports to share hard disks and printers. We can use its integrated download manager to download files from Bittorrent via FTP and HTTP, as well as set up FTP, Samba and DLNA servers.
Thanks to its 256 MB RAM you can get the most out of your network. The firmware features multiple SSID so you can create and manage guest connections. The guest network is separated from the main network to increase security.
ASUS’ firmware has been completely revamped and now has a traffic monitor and real-time graphics to detail the use of the router, as well as an advanced QoS for expert users.
|Models||ASUS RT-AC66U||NETGEAR R6300||Linksys EA6500||AirportExtreme||ASUS RT-N56U|
|Wi-Fi Max Speed||1300 + 450Mbps||1300 + 450Mbps||1300+450Mbps||400Mbps||300Mbps|
|Processor||Broadcom 4706 (600MHz)||Broadcom 4706 (600MHz)||Broadcom 4706 (600MHz)||Marvell 88F6281 (1.2GHz)||Ralink RT3662F (500MHz)|
|Ram||256 MB||128 MB||128 MB||128 MB||128 MB|
|Flash||128 MB||128 MB||128 MB||16 MB||8 MB|
|Port:10/100||2 x USB 2.0
4 x LAN ports
|2 x USB 2.0
4 x LAN ports
|2 x USB 2.0
4 x LAN ports
|1 x USB 2.0
3 x LAN ports
|Switch||Broadcom BCM53125||Broadcom BCM53115||BCM53125 (unconfirmed)||Marvell 88E6350R||Realtek RTL8367|
Windows XP SP3, Vista , Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux
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Our recommendation: ASUS RT-AC66U:
For these 5 wireless Routers, ASUS RT-AC66U is my most recommendation, it adopt the latest IEEE 802.11ac IEEE LAN/MAN Standards, the same with other 802.11ac wireless router, it features Broadcom BCM4706 processor, but AC66U has a bigger ram memory, at 256 MB, and other routers’s ram are 128 MB. The same 7 port Broadcom Gigabit switch is used in these three 802.11ac Wireless routers, but ASUS RT-AC66U opted for a more advanced version BCM53125.
For Airport Extreme, it adopts 802.11n standards, and features a 1.2 GHz Marvell 88F6281"Kirkwood" SoC processor, which is normally used in many inexpensive NASes. Even though, the switch opted a Marvell 88E6350R 7 Port Gigabit, but you still get only three 10/100/1000 LAN ports. but the Airport Extreme’s design is great.
Wireless Buying Guide:
G Router or N Router?
Already now for a couple of years the technology standard most widely used in the shops and what is commonly defined N: specifically the 802.11n standard, but is also compatible with the previous standard G (802.11g) and the even more old (B), with respect to the preceding, the N routers are certainly faster, even if the rate declared by the producers are in fact only theoretical and it is unlikely to reach even in optimal conditions. In addition to the distance between the Wi-Fi device and the router to any obstacles such as walls, objects, and ceilings, the factor that limits the speed of transmission is mainly linked to the ADSL line, but paradoxically, if you have a normal ADSL line, could be sufficient even a router G. It must be said, however, that the router G are emerging from the market, especially for movies in streaming or transfer large files a router faster can be useful, since the speed of a wireless connection is affected by the quality of the received radio signal, a device N, with its improved mechanisms to increase the flow rate And the coverage, could provide an advantage in some situations in which the reception is poor. However, that many portable devices, for reasons of cost and compatibility, continue to use the Wi-Fi connection of type G and then, with these devices, it is not the case of expect speed increments also goes to a router N.
IEEE 802.11ac is the latest and most advanced standards for implementing wireless local area network computer communication in the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands. It is also compatible with the previous standard N (802.11n) and the oder G, B. From the following table, you can see the difference between 802.11ac and older 802.11g and 802.11n:
IEEE 802.11ac, 802.11g and 802.11n comparison:
|802.11 protocol||Release Date||Freq(GHz)||Bandwidth(MHZ)||Data rate per stream(Mbit/s)||Allowable MIMO streams||Modulation|
|g||Jun 2003||2.4||20||6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54||OFDM, DSSS|
|n||Oct 2009||2.4/5||20||7.2, 14.4, 21.7, 28.9, 43.3, 57.8, 65, 72.2||4||OFDM|
|40||15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 135, 150|
|ac||Nov 2011||5||20||up to 87.6||8||OFDM|
|40||up to 200|
|80||up to 433.3|
|160||up to 866.7|
A little more recently have been put on the market N router equipped with a double band (dual-band), these devices, which can be found in stores with prices that range from 120 to 200 dollars (models with the modem cost instead, between 100 and 140 euro), offer the possibility of transmitting (for many models also simultaneously) on two different bands, in addition to traditional frequency (2.4 GHz), can also transmit on 5GHz, a band still little used is especially capable of carrying a greater quantity of data, the result is that by using the band to 5GHz transmission is much faster, with performance (under optimal conditions) close to those cable, but not all devices that have the internal Wi-Fi they have one which is able to communicate with the router on the band from 5GHz; if you don’t have a laptop computer rather than recent or a tablet of last generation you will have to settle for the traditional 2.4GHz, rather crowded and then (especially in certain hours of the day) still The other that fast, and it is for this reason, for almost all of these models and possible match, buying it separately (with prices that vary from 30 to 100 dollars), a USB adapter that also allows the pc not very recently (or desktop computers usually do not have Wi-Fi) to connect to the router through the frequency band more great and free, that is, the one from 5GHz, and navigate more quickly.
With a special test we have verified that a router of a certain brand communicates well with an adapter to a different brand to take advantage of the greater speed of these router models, and take heed only to buy an adapter that supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 N but it is also dual band.
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