The Routers that matter

The Best Routers for home and office 2021

If you have been on the lookout for a new router for your home or office, and need to know where to begin? This blog will guide you through the bare essentials on knowing what you need your Router to pack.

Introducing the internet to someone today would seem quite awkward, especially when you mention about routers. Everyone would expect you to know about the pair, like it was a wedding of the century.
We would be forgiven for thinking that way, as routers get mentioned every time you talk about the internet. Routers pave the way to ensuring your internet experience suits your needs and requirements, may it be gaming, office use, or even for your home.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and take a look and what advancements have occurred in the field of routers. With the widespread of modems, broadband, and routers booming in the 80’s and 90’s, the internet was accessible to almost everyone. The arrival of the new century triggered a series of continuous developments.

Where it all began

Let’s not dive too deep into history but go through what is considered significant development that you may have missed.
With the arrival of IEEE 802.11ac standard in 2013, the capabilities seemed to bloom with the increased in data packets transferred 3 times than that of its predecessor. It breaks the gigabyte per second barrier. The 802.11ac is then the new Wi-Fi standard, operating on the 5Ghz band, and offering potential speeds of 1733 Mbps. That’s a lot of data transferred!
The following year saw D-Link, a Taiwanese multinational company, release the very first portable 802.11ac router. The rest ensued with their own models.


The 15th year in and we witness a new release in the Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, cemented as standard. Capable of broadcasting a signal from a wide range of sources to multiple systems simultaneously.
Google’s introduction of the Google WIFI, allowed mesh networking to become mainstream, given that its previous application foresaw the need for large investments, something which could not be accomplished in the 80’s and 90’s. With mesh networking, a new era beckoned, and soon requiring Wi-Fi extenders were the thing of the past.


What makes Mesh Networking special is that it sticks true to its wireless name, eradicating the need to install wires. This shows a good minimalizing cost in setting up the connection as well. Even though they do cost so much (nervous chuckle). Routers with Mesh technology do not necessarily require Wi-Fi extenders. They use software algorithms to allow multiple connections via mesh nodes that can cover a large area. These Mesh nodes can be added or removed from a network with ease, making it expandable and adaptable.

Now what do we need to consider to be a good router?

In order to choose the best routers from the rest, we have to be well aware about what we look for in routers .The data transfer speed, the maintenance and guarantees available, and so on. To put into perspective, here is a list of features that make up for a good router:

  1. Wired or Wireless Routers
  2. Data transfer speed (MHz/GHz)
  3. Bandwidth
  4. Single or Dual Band capability
  5. Device allotment
  6. Frequency of WLAN Ports
  7. Smartphone app connectivity and QoS
  8. USB port (USB 3.0)
  9. VPN, anti-virus, firewall, and other internet security features
  10. Customer Service Recognition
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The Routers that need to be in the limelight

The routers that we have selected for your needs and requirements are as based as per the list above. But let’s categorize them on the basis of how much of a dent they would cause to your wallet.

Top of the line

Starting from the top and moving our way down, we have the priciest of the lot. These are no run-of-the-mill routers. I call them minicomputers, what with the processing power they house. Let’s run through the list of router powerhouses that not only delivers the top range in internet experience, but also burns a big hole in your pockets as well.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Best of 2018

Editor’s choice – 4.5 PC Mag

Kicking off our list is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, dedicated for high gaming capabilities. Before we go in depth into the specifics, here are the list of pros and cons that the router has in store for us.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 gaming router

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 The Multi-Award Winning Router that gets you over the line

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Pros

  1. High performance quality dedicated to ensure gaming needs and internet continuity measures are met
  2. 8 LAN ports to connect multiple devices
  3. Built-in AiMesh for Mesh Networking capabilities
  4. Dedicated network security with AiProtection Pro
  5. Dedicated interface to assist gaming requirements
  6. MU-MIMO support

Cons

  1. Overwhelming design that would seem overkill for small homes
  2. Bulky and takes up space
  3. Not recommended for budget seeking consumers

Price – $569.00

This futures Querouter is packed with features that would oust most of the competition out of the water. Along with it being a stalwart gaming router, what with its design and features, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 aims to be suitable for other machines as well.

Techie Details

With a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core CPU at the router’s helm, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a 4×4 tri-band 802.11ac router. Able to attain maximum speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz bandwidth, and up to 2,167Mbps on each of the 5GHz bandwidth.
Should the features stop there? The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

Setting up your Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

The application interface is radically designed and stitched together to bring the best out of your network and manage your router to allocate device management. Logging into http://router.asus.com allows you to setup and install your router, may it be from your mobile device or your desktop.
The entire setup process would not amount to more than 5 minutes.

Verdict

With noting what the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 has to offer – Gamers can freely chose this router to receive unparalleled gaming experience. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option if your budget is fairly simple

Following the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000)

Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000) – Tagline Futureproof

Editor’s choice – 4.5 PC Mag

Right after the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router, we pave way for the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WIFI Router (R9000). With features such as MU-MIMO, the Netgear Nighthawk secures itself to be a long contending top-end router. Let’s halt for a bit and note the pros and cons that the router consists of:

Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200.
Keeping you and your network Future proof

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Pros

  1. 5GHz bandwidth performance
  2. 6 LAN ports to connect multiple devices
  3. 60 GHz Thoroughput
  4. MU-MIMO, 802.11ad, and 160 MHz networking tech support
  5. Aesthetic design with light-up LED on the router’s antennas

Cons

  1. Expensive
  2. Few devices with 802.11ad technology would benefit from the speed and features that the router would offer
  3. Poor range – data speeds drop as you move further away from the router, with 802.11ad signals unable to penetrate walls

Price – $249.99

This router rolled out in 2017, and instantly garnered attention from the seven seas. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 can incorporate quad-streams 802.11ac access points to Wi-Fi devices in range. Receive simultaneous

Techie Details

Powering the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is a 1.7 GHz Quad-Core CPU. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is a the R9000 is a quad-stream, dual-band 802.11ac router that can hit 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz bandwidth and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz bandwidth.
Should the features stop there? The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 thinks otherwise. Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support allowing multiple users to access the network without significant congestion. Beamforming is another significant ability of this router which allows signals to be sent to the device, rather than have the signal spread in multiple directions.

Setting up your Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 (R9000)

The application interface on your mobile is designed for your convenience and ease of access. Through the application, you can set-up your device within minutes, pause the internet connection between two devices, check your internet speeds and much more.
The entire setup process would not amount to more than 5 minutes.

Verdict

With noting what the Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 has to offer – It is a very good choice for office and home usage without much delay in data streaming. This, however, comes at a cost and may not be the best option for router lookers on a budget

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