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.
#1, Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 router
Netgear Nighthawk X6 router is able to reach speeds of up to 3.2 Gbps, comes equipped with six antennas and is compatible with a 2.4 GHz network, an 802.11n and two other 802.11ac networks. Two of the operating radii are on the 5 GHz band while a third is on the 2.4 GHz band. This combination is what has led both Netgear and Asus to call its routers AC3200 devices, since both reach a speed of 3.2 Gbps–600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1.3 Mbps on 5 GHz.
Without a doubt, the possibilities this router affords are enormous. We’re not just talking about a router that offers high speeds, but also gives really wide coverage. To allow for several simultaneous, high-velocity bit streams, Netgear Nighthawk relies on Smart Connect. Smart Connect allows the device to divide the available channels onto a 5 GHz spectrum on superior and inferior channel ranges, creating an 80 MHz channel for each radio, but is also able to automatically put slower and faster clients onto separate networks so the network achieves its maximum potential.
One of the most powerful characteristics of this router is the reduction of lag to practically zero. How is this achieved? The router automatically assigns devices onto 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz according to the needs of the users and, even though it still doesn’t achieve maximum bandwidth, it does achieve a high, stable network speed with hardly any delay in the receipt of data. It also comes equipped with two USB ports (one of them a USB 3.0) and is compatible with DLNA networks for content sharing thereon.
#2, ASUS RT-AC87U Router
ASUS RT-AC87U, the manufacturer’s top of the line router. The main features of this router is its incorporation of simultaneous dual band with Wi-Fi AC. We can achieve a speed of up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band thanks to its three antennas in MIMO 3T3R conguration that uses Three-Stream and TurboQAM technology. TurboQAM allows for the use of the 256QAM modulation frequency instead of the 640QAM normally used on this band. Regarding the 5 GHz band, we can achieve a speed of up to 1700 Mbps thanks to the Wi-Fi AC technology and its four antennas in MIMO 4T4R configuration. This is a new perk since this is one of the first routers to incorporate four routers with four separate data flows.
This router makes use of Wi-Fi AC’s main characteristics, like 80 MHz of bandwidth, 256QAM frequency modulation, and Beamforming technology to concentrate the wireless signal on clients to get the best coverage possible. ASUS has named this feature AiRadar and promises up to 150% better performance than devices without this technology. Furthermore, it is also able to benefit Wi-Fi b/g/n devices. Lastly, it incorporates WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) to connect us quickly to the point of Wi-Fi access with only the push of a button, without a big, complicated password, and it also allows for the creation of Wi-Fi for guests.
The ASUS RT-AC87U has four Gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1000 Mbps) for Lan and a Gigabit Ethernet port for WAN to connect cable modems or even optical network terminals (ONT) for connection to the Internet. This router supports the standard 802.1Q VLAN Tagging and is thus compatible with Movistar’s FTTH and with other ISPs that use VLANs like Jazztel FTTH; thus, we can also make use of Movistar TV, following the complete configuration manual. Thanks to NAT for hardware, we have great Internet performance with a great number of lines, laying to rest worries of bottlenecking at higher connection speeds.
This router has one high-performance USB 3.0 port on the front side and a 2.0 port on the back side. Both ports can be used to share files via FTP, Samba or HTTP. You can also share high-definition multimedia content thanks to the DLNA server that’s incorporated. ASUS AiCloud is a free application for iOS or Android mobile devices that allows us easy access to our private “cloud” from any place. There’s also ASUS AiDisk, which access content from the outside. Another feature of this USB port is that it allows connection to a 3G or 4G modem so it can be used from behind for a fixed Internet connection. It also has a complete download manager so we can get the most out of these USB ports.
The ASUSWRT firmware is one of the most complete available since it’s completely functional with a great numbre of ISPs and also has a great number of options and services such as the VPN server.
#3, ASUS RT-AC68U Router