Internet Routers for the 2018
Whether you’re a gamer, power user or regular consumer looking for better Wi-Fi, your next router is on this list.
If you’re a gamer looking for a no compromise router then the ASRock G10 AC2600 Gaming Router is the best overall option you’ll find. If you’re not a power user then the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 is the best value router around.
The ASRock G10 is the most feature rich router we’ve ever seen. As well as all the usual trappings of a high-end router you also get an IR transmitter for controlling AV devices from your router, a gaming boost network management feature and a separate travel router.
You get AC2600 WiFi (that’s 1733 Mbps at 5 Ghz and 800 Mbps at 2.4 Ghz), four gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports for sharing files and printers.
Overall performance is impressive too, with this comfortably beating most AC1900 routers.
All those extras do make this a pricey option(£180!), but if you might find them useful this router delivers where it counts.
The TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 is plain and simply one of the cheapest true AC1900 routers you can buy, and it doesn’t compromise on performance or features to achieve this.
A smart design and decent build quality are joined by all the usual physical features such as four Ethernet ports and a couple of USB ports for printer and file sharing.
As with any other AC1900 router, the actual speeds you’ll get from this thing are theoretically up to 1300Mbps using the 5GHz band and 600Mbps over the 2.4GHz band. Combined, that’s of course 1900Mbps.
Real world performance is seldom anywhere close to that but this router still delivers the sort of speeds you’d expect from AC1900. Plus range and reliability are good, too.
It’s certainly not the fastest, but considering it costs(£100!) almost half of what many other AC1900 routers cost, it’s a great buy.