The Best Wi-Fi Routers 2021

sauri

Posts: 25   +9
Still happy with AC68U after 5 years, running 2 of those with the Merlin firmware. Don't see anything worth switching to yet.
 

Ben Myers

Posts: 144   +58
Are modern routers quiet? Someone managed to get the new hybrid one from xfinity for gigabit and it sounds like a ps2 console
Combo cable modem-routers from Comcast, Spectrum and others are the very cheap ones and they perform accordingly in all respects. Disable the Xfinity wifi and use your own wifi router.
 

Arbie

Posts: 275   +517
When I next buy a router I'm going to strongly consider this guy's advice:

https://routersecurity.org/index.php
https://routersecurity.org/SecureRouters.php
and a comprehensive security article which should be read anyway:
https://defensivecomputingchecklist.com

He's primarily concerned with security rather than features, but the Pepwave SOHO commercial router he has long recommended has wi-fi and at least the basics. Note his Oct 2020 warning that the latest firmware for that router is buggy.
 
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Trapped Nowhere

Posts: 76   +71
Combo cable modem-routers from Comcast, Spectrum and others are the very cheap ones and they perform accordingly in all respects. Disable the Xfinity wifi and use your own wifi router.
I agree fully. it was just one I'd never seen before since I didn't have a gigabit connection and I was just surprised at the noise
 

Lionvibez

Posts: 2,401   +1,987
I'm using the AX88U for over a year now with my Fiber connection is been great and stable.


Why is it considered a gaming router? And another thing not mentioned here its the only router in this list with 8 lan ports.
 

brucek

Posts: 856   +1,235
Anyone have a guide or recommendation for cable modems (specifically just the modem part, I'll use it in bridge mode to my own router and from there to my network WiFi APs, etc.) I'm on Spectrum.

I've been using the Moto MG7550 which had been fine but has now entered a strange state twice where it starts dropping most IPv4 traffic until I do not just a power cycle, but a full factory reset followed by restoring my configs. I suspect some bug or incompatibility with something that changed upstream of me
 

Plutoisaplanet

Posts: 526   +779
Not quite the topic, but my router modem has been chugging along great for 3 years now. I went from a 550 sq foot apartment to a 1250 sq foot apartment and it still covers it perfectly. I have the Netgear C3700, and while it’s a little outdated at this point (first sold on the market 6 years ago), we have never had one complaint about its speed. It supports at least two people downstreaming video at high quality perfectly. Even the coaxial cable died before this piece of crap did. It is the best $100 I ever spent.
 
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DZillaXx

Posts: 327   +447
If you comfortable with commercial grade gear Ubiquiti's Unifi lineup of Wifi APs make for a more reliable and stable wifi environment. Especially when it comes to more of a mesh like network. My house for example is a 3000sqft single level ranch that is really wide, a single AP just doesn't do the job. Unifi allows me to have a AP on each wing of my house hard wired back to my network room in the basement. The unifi controller will manage moving clients back and forth between AP's. Unlike home house routers I have have multiple SSIDs dedicated to VLANs. All of my Kids devices are kept on a SSID that includes time management and restrictions.

They just work and I can't remember a time I needed to reboot the device.

The Unifi Gateways are more simplistic than I'd like, I use mine with Nat turned off and use a more powerful opensense machine for all the advanced stuff. But compared to most home routers the Unifi gateway fits in well.

I do think for home usage Asus is mostly the way to go, with the ability to add in a mesh unit somewhere else in the house. The base firmware is pretty feature packed for most homes that don't need feel the need for a more pro setup. But for someone like myself that having the ability to tie an ssid to a VLAN is a must, commercial grade is only option.
 

ZorracK

Posts: 16   +6
Still on Asus AC66U B1 on Merlin. Good router for me, 4 PC, 4 Phones, 3 TVs, 1 Ps4, and others small gadgets!
 

amghwk

Posts: 1,072   +982
If the home is big and there are many devices connected, a mesh system makes more sense. I always had this unverified hunch that a mesh system (with multiple connected devices in a fairly large home) will reduce the workload burden of a single router, thereby reducing the heat and extend the longevity of the router.
 

Athlonite

Posts: 257   +91
Meh these router were all tested on 1Gbps connections hows about the best modem/router for 2Gbps or better connections Like the Zyxel 7501-B01
 

Lionvibez

Posts: 2,401   +1,987
Meh these router were all tested on 1Gbps connections hows about the best modem/router for 2Gbps or better connections Like the Zyxel 7501-B01

How many people have 2+ Gbps internet connections at home?

The numbers would be so small no point.
 
Ok. Kind of uneducated when it comes to wifi and router. I have frontier internet and phone service. That is the only thing I can get in my area. It sucks LOL
I use the Arris NVG4xx router.
It was an upgrade to the Westell model A90-750045-07 rev d adsl2+ modem router.
Both given up with the frontier service.

I was wondering if I bought a different router would it improve my WiFi connection?
If I can, what router would be best. A good price. Can't get anything expensive.