The Best WiFi Routers Of 2017 – In Depth Review

TP-Link Archer C3200 AC3200 WiFi Router Side View

Are you wasting time reading pointless WiFi router reviews and wonder what to buy but cant decide? Check out our guide and buy the best router for you!

ASUS RT-AC5300 Tri-Band Wireless Router Review

Asus RT-AC5300 Top View

ASUS RT-AC5300 Three Band AC5300 WiFi Router Review

Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless RouterIt’s time to pay attention to Asus’s flagship beast – the RT-AC5300 wireless router. You might have seen that I called the device a beast and a beast indeed it is. It is as visually striking as it is a beast performer. It’s a flagship WiFi router, after all, so it is packed with features, offers impeccable wireless and wired performance for a hefty price tag. No wonder it made it as editor’s choice on our best wireless router buying guide for 2017. But in reality, if you want to have the best it’ll cost you.

How much?

Quite a  lot.

So let’s check the RT-AC5300 design and features.

ASUS AC5300 Design And Features

Ok, I admit that the design of the AC5300 Asus router can bring nightmares to some bedrooms with its weird looking antennas and its tarantula-like overall experience. You feel that might just start crawling and spit fire around your room any given moment. It’s an unsettling feeling but we think it’s well worth the performance gains you’ll receive with that WiFi router.

The AC5300 is virtually an identical router to the RT-AC88U with an added second 5GHz band. Honestly, that’s the only difference between the two routers technically speaking. The RT-AC5300 comes with three separate bands – one 2.4Ghz and two 5Ghz ones.

What’s the speed?

On paper, wireless speed on the 2.4Ghz band is 1000 Mbps and each 5Ghz band gets 2167Mbps wireless speed.  All that sums up to about 5334Mbps. Adding the 4 gigabit ethernet ports projects that the device can handle to close to 10Gbps traffic. Not quite, but still pretty close.

A lot, isn’t it?

What that means is that you can connect all your legacy devices to the 2.4 Ghz and free up all the bandwidth for the more modern, 5GHz AC devices. Your mom’s laptop can stay connected on the 2.4Ghz band while you stream the next “Game of Thrones” episode in majestic 4K in the living room. Nice, right?

Asus RT-AC5300 Top View

RT-AC5300 User Interface

The Asus router runs its own proprietary operating system called ASUSWRT. It has a lot of useful features compared to most. the most notable ones are the Game Boost mode and WTFast feature. You can find WFTast nesting inside Gaming Boost page and it basically routes all game traffic to a private VPN network. Judging by information found in the internet people are not too excited about that.

How come?

It seems that gaming servers and online communities are complaining that more than a few players got banned from various games while using WTFast mode on the router. That can not be pleasant. It also doesn’t support any console gaming – it’s all about the PC with the Asus’s WTFast.

Otherwise, the GUI is pretty standard as far as ASUS goes – you have the typical firewall, security and wireless features. LAN ports can be aggregated for extra speed. This is not really advertised on the box or on Asus product pages but it is available nevertheless. It works too.

Smart connect does too – plenty of settings to play with is present in this version of the ASUSWRT software. Some people still have issues with Smartconnect. It is mostly due to older devices refuse to be told what band to connect to and your efforts are usually futile trying to fix it.

What’s not available?

ASUS RT-AC doesn’t support wireless bridging. Most people won’t be willing to pay the price of the ASUS to use it just as a wireless bridge but if you want to – you might have to look elsewhere for a device that can use that option.

RT-AC5300 Available Ports

Asus RT-AC5300 Back View

There are very few downsides with the ASUS beast but most of them are in the ports “department”. For a router of this price, you’d expect a plethora of available LAN, USB, and who-knows-what else ports to be present. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the ASUS flagship wifi router.

It comes with only 4 Ethernet LAN ports, single WAN port and an equal share of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports – one of each. We are pretty sure that for the price we could easily get two full-speed USB 3.0 ports and maybe an extra one or two LAN ports. That’s exactly the case with the Linksys and Netgear – the Netgear R8500 has 7 LAN ports and the Linksys EA9500 has 8. They have the same configuration of USB ports as the ASUS, but at least they are not lacking in the wired networking department. If you are building a network you are much more likely to need more LAN ports that USB ports. To be honest, most router’s USB ports are not very good and here the case is no different.

Wireless Performance

The AC5300 is no slouch – it performs on par with the best of them and edges on top quite often. You have to remember that the wireless speeds claimed by the manufacturers are theoretical speeds that are rarely if ever, matched by real world performance.Most routers perform nowhere near the advertised speeds and the ASUS is no different.

Keeping that mind, let’s see how is the RT-AC5300 2.4 GHz wireless performance. In our tests, we managed to get transfers of a little over 160 Mbps. It is fast, but it is not fast enough for the price tag of this router. For example, the ASRock (an ex-ASUS company) G10 gaming router was much closer to 200 Mbps that the ASUS flagship. A lot of the dual band routers we reviewed over the last few weeks can perform at the same level if not better. If 2.4 GHz performance is of priority for you, it might be a good idea to check some of our other offerings.

5 GHz is a  different matter altogether.

It didn’t disappoint here at all. What we managed to get in our test was impressive, to say the least. The first 5Ghz band managed to get download speeds of close to 700Mbps which is quite impressive. Most wireless routers we test barely manage to get 600 or less but the ASUS is the top dog here. At a close distance, it is a beast. At our 5 meters test, it managed to outperform most again by dropping to about 360Mbps. That means download speeds of over 80 megabytes per second at close range and over 45 megs per second a little further. Not bad at all we would say. Hope you agree!

Asus RT-AC5300 Front View

Wired Performance

Let’s see how those wired devices perform when connected to the RT-AC5300. Wires are still an important part of every modern network regardless of the increasing speeds of WiFi. Yes, they are catching up but still not quite there in terms of speedy delivery, ping, and reliability, let alone range.

The LAN to LAN speed we managed to achieve on the AC5300 is around 810 Mbps. While it is fast enough for most, a lot of other routers in review managed to get well over 900 in our LAN to LAN tests. That might be worrying for the lucky internet users that can get their hands on Google fiber or other gigabit broadband connections only to be unable to take full advantage of it. For example, most Linksys routers we tested were close to the gigabit mark in their both LAN-to-LAN and WAN-to-LAN performances. A prime example is the Linksys EA9500. TP-Link is no slouch either – they are a lot closer to the Gigabit mark than ASUS with their Archer C5400 router. Less money too.

USB performance.

It didn’t impress, to be honest. ASUS claims that the router should be able to do more than 100 Megabytes per second download from the USB 3.0 port with attached external storage. We didn’t get anywhere near that in our test. With an attached SSD storage the router only managed about 37 megs per second of download speed. That’s far off the advertised over 100 MBps when downloading large files from an attached storage.

We think that it might be a software issue and it might be fixed with future firmware updates but we can’t guarantee any of it. We just hope that ASUS listens and fixes that soon enough.

Verdict

The ASUS RT-AC5300 is a very capable AC performer, especially if most of your devices are on the 5 GHz band. It performs marvelously there – better than any competition we tested so far. There are shortcomings, not question about that. USB storage performance is not very fast, neither is Ethernet. It is not bad, per se, but there are better options out there. A firmware update or two should fix most of the problems this device has but overall it is a solid purchase if you have the budget for it. And it is expensive – after all, it is ASUS’ top dog router at the moment.

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

ASUS RT-AC66U Router Review

ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Dual Band Router Side View Right

ASUS RT-AC66U Dual Band AC1750 Router Review

ASUS has long been known as a solid electronics manufacturers before establishing itself as a benchmark wireless routers manufacturer. The RT-AC66U is ASUS’s first AC router offering and, as we are about to see, one of the best dual band routers on the market today. The RT-AC66U is a perfect blend of reasonable pricing and superb performance. So let’s dig into the review.

ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Dual Band Router Side View Right

Asus RT-AC66U Features And Design

With a dual-band wireless, cutting-edge 802.11ac 3×3 technology for a combined speed of up to 1750 Mbps the 66U is a router not to be messed with. It has an AiRadar system that automatically strengthens wireless connections through high-powered amplification and beam forming. The router has a four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for fast wired productivity. No wonder it is our Editor’s Choice on our best dual band routers list of 2017.

It sports two USB 2.0 ports for extended connectivity. It is a bit strange not to see a USB 3.0 in a device of such class, but honestly, USB performance from other offerings from D-Link or TP-Link, for example, left us questioning whether the 3.0 ports are fully utilised. For most case 2.0 should be more than enough, even for media streaming.

The design is classic and you can’t easily distinguish the ASUS from any other router on the market today. It’s nothing like the aggressive alien look of the D-Link DIR-869, for example.  Flat black box with a bit of shine to it. It is OK at best and it looks like just about any other router out there. Three removable, high powered antennas are sticking out of the back.

ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Dual Band Router Front View

On the inside, the ASUS check all the marks, at least the important ones – strong WPA security, traffic control and QoS, guest networking, IP v6 support, UPnP and more. The WPS connection might be a bit tricky to connect since there are no lights to guide to through the process. It will leave you guessing all the way to the end whether you managed to connect or not. Maybe they’ll fix the issue one day with a software update.

Wireless Performance

Let’s start with the 2.4GHz band where most older devices are. The ASUS RT-AC66U managed to reach the impressive 170Mbps download speed at short distance and the average around the 156Mbps mark. As we always say, your mileage might and most likely will vary but nevertheless, that is an impressive result.

On the 5GHz band, the ASUS AC router managed to reach the staggering 312Mbps at short distance and around the 250Mbps mark at longer distances. That should be plenty for most home users gaming and streaming needs. Internet browsing is not even mentioned – rarely households have internet connections faster than 100Mbit per second.

Wired Performance

ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Dual Band Router Rear View

Wired performance is still important these days with the growing popularity of wired NAS devices, smart TV boxes and other devices. The RT-AC66U comes with four gigabit ethernet ports so let’s see how they perform.

The LAN to LAN performance we managed to achieve is around the 845Mbit per second which seems a bit off. Most routers we tested so far have managed to stay above the 900Mbit line but not the ASUS. We tried it with four different devices and the result was all the same – never reaching above 845. The ASRock G10, for example, is a way better performer with almost 100Mbps faster LAN to LAN connection.

WAN to LAN speed is within the acceptable with an average speed of 840Mbps – way faster than most people broadband connections.

USB leaves much to be desired. All we managed to get was 26Mbps – slower than most. We don’t know whether it is due to the USB 2.0 or software shortcomings, but it is way off other routers, like the Netgear R7000, for example.

ASUS RT-AC66U Verdict

ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Dual Band Router
The ASUS AC router offers fast performance with lots of features. The design is just like any other router out there, but most people don’t buy wi-fi routers based on design but rather based on wireless performance. The AC66U doesn’t dissapoint in that aspect – it delivers excellend 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz performance and it is on par with the best offerings on the market today. Yes, it lacks USB 3.0 port but as we often see, most router USB ports don’t really perform like proper USB ports anyway, so we’re not losing too much in that department. The wired performance could be better, but it is not terrible in any way, just a bit slower than some other dual band routers. You just have to weigh your priorities at the end and go with the router that best fits your needs. To help you with that we created a best dual band routers list with what we think are the best devices to buy in 2017. Happy reading!

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Review

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Router Front View

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Router Review

Get faster Wi-Fi Connection with the Nighthawk

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Router Front View

Are you a gamer? Then nicely, this might be just the router for you! Designed with gaming and streaming mind, this cutting-edge AC router has a max speed of 1900 Mbps, dual core processor, 3 high-power antennas, Beamforming and Dynamic QoS traffic management. It offers excellent performance for the price and it is no wonder that if found a place on our best dual band routers of 2017 list.

While the speed is marked as AC1900 it is highly unlikely for you to achieve anything closer to that with any device older than a year-year and a half. By any means the R7000 is a very fast and capable router, but don’t be fooled by the large numbers claimed by most manufacturers – you experience and “mileage” will vary. By a margin!

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Wireless capabilities

The AC1900 router is a dual band device. That means that it has two separate wireless bands – one on 2.4 GHz and on 5GHz. The 2.4 one has a max speed of 600Mbps and the 5GHz has a whopping 1300 Mbps. Combines it reaches 1900Mbps as mentioned above.

Dynamic QoS (Quality of Service) ensures that important tasks are uninterrupted by other users in the household. For example, if you are deep into the next Halo mission online you can set the router to keep that connection prioritized no matter what everyone else connected to the router is doing. You can keep Skype calls alive, Netflix streaming flawless with this very useful function.

Netgear R7000 Wireless Performance

The router, as promised, delivers excellent WiFi speed and signal even at large houses and buildings. In our tests the router managed to hold its ground versus its rivals – the D-Link EXO DIR-869 and the Asus RT-AC66U. On 2.4 GHz it managed to sustain class-leading 170 Mbps while using 802.11n mode. 10 meters away it dropped to about 140Mbps which is still pretty good for 2.4Ghz N performance.

When switched to AC mode the game changes completely. The router managed to hit the promised 600Mbps with ease on 2.4Ghz. Even further – it managed exactly 612Mbps which is a fantastic result for any 2.4Ghz router, especially in the price point of the Nighthawk.

It is a bit different ball game on 5Ghz. While it is supposed to be the better and faster standard, the R7000 managed to achieve only around 450 Mbps in our close range tests. We tried with different adapters and setting but 450 pretty much tops it in our tests.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Router Rear View

Nighthawk AC1900 Wired performance

Let’s start with the USB. The Netgear router has one of the fastest USB ports ever present in a router. OK, maybe not that much but nevertheless speeds are impressive! We managed to get about 31MBps from a USB 3.0 device and about 29MBps from using USB 2.0 hard drive. The results are excellent considering the results from the rest of the competition – mainly the Linksys and ASUS offerings in the price range.

The gigabit LAN performance is not too shabby either. While we fully expect any offering from Netgear to have a fantastic wired performance we were surprised to see the R7000 achieve speeds of over 900Mbps. It got the amazing 949 Mbps which is a tad faster than the 869 of the D-Link DIR869 and the 896 of the Asus RT-AC66U. The WAN to LAN speeds we managed to get were 914Mbps which is still very acceptable.

Netgear R7000 User Interface

We agree that the GUI is not the most user-friendly part of the router – it keeps Netgear’s tradition of a clunky and unoptimized interface. It consist of two separate tabs for basic and advanced setting and it is similar to most Netgear devices on the market today.

The most notable features are the VPN server, QoS settings, parental controls and network settings.

The parental controls are there to allow you to block certain websites from being accessed from within the network. You can block internet access to devices connected to the network and restrict them during certain times.

The QoS ensures traffic priority for chosen apps, tasks or devices on the network so you can do important stuff uninterrupted while other users can still access the internet.

The VPN server is based on OpenVPN and it allows you to connect to your router via an encrypted connection while you are away. You can access local devices and network resources without being visible to prying eyes on the outside. You can also browse the net as if you were at home.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Specifications

Here are the most notable specs of this Netgear router:

  • Dual Band Technology
  • AC1900 WiFi
  • 3 High Powered MIMO antennas
  • 1Ghz Dual Core processor with 256Mb RAM
  • 4 Ggiabit LAN ports
  • 2 USB ports – one 3.0 and one 2.0

Verdict

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Router
The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is a stylish and high performing offering on the market today. An ex-flagship device, the hawk performs admirable, especially considering the price it can be had for today. The dual core Broadcom processor it features is at the hear of the router’s marvelous performance and it can be tweaked even further by the more adventurous of us. There are plently of reports on the net from users reaching over 1.4Ghz with this beast. Rightly so, we placed it on our best dual band routers of 2017 list. The price is very reasonable for the excellent performance. It has fierce competiotion from every notable router manufacturr today but we believe that it more than stands its ground and it is a highly capable router even today.

 

 

 

 

 

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Router Review

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream™ AC5400 Front View

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Wireless Router Review

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream™ AC5400 Front View

If you have a budget for a high-end tri-band router I am sure that the Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream is on your radar. It is a fantastic high-end offering from Linksys – it features tri-band AC5400 Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO, Beamforming and everything in between. Yes, it is big and clunky but it totally deserves the footprint for the features it offers.

Linksys Max-Stream Wi-Fi Capabilities

The EA9500 is a tri-band, quad-stream WiFi router with a total Wi-Fi data transfer capacity of up to 5,333 megabits per second. For a three band router, it has two separate 5GHz bands with a connection speed of 2,166.67Mbps and a 2.4GHz band that bests out at 1,000Mbps. Keep in mind that these are theoretical speeds and only achievable with devices that share the same standard. The truth is, in any case, that you won’t  achieve those speeds on regular basis at all. Most computers, tablets and phones just got updated to AC WiFi standard and most devices built before 2016 do not even support AC standard.

Multi-User Experience (MU-MIMO)

The EA9500 bolsters Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), which is an innovation intended to effectively deal with Wi-Fi data transmission speeds at homes with devices of various WiFi speed and standards. Every device can connect to the router at its optimised speed without unfavourably influencing the connection of others.

 

Linksys EA9500 WiFi Performance

You are correct to expect a top level performance from a top level offering from Linksys. It has a quad configuration antennas to match the 4×4 capabilities of the router.

In real world tests, we managed to get about 170 Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band and roughly around 750Mbps on the 5Ghz band. Real world testing brings the router to about total connection speed of about 1750Mbps which is not bad at all – much better than most of the competition. No wonder we placed it on the best high-end routers list we published recently.

Keep in mind that your mileage may vary – we tested the router with a very high-end WiFi adapter in almost ideal conditions. If you have older tablets or laptops you might not see speeds anywhere near that.

Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Wired (LAN) Performance

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream™ AC5400 Rear View

The Linksys flagship has the best-in-class number of ethernet ports – a whopping eight gigabit ones! They are fast ones as well. In our tests, we managed to get close to 921 Mbit per second transfer speeds. That is as fast as you get out of a gigabit wired connection and the Linksys certainly delivers a great deal of transfer speed here.

Graphical User Interface

Ok, we understand if the physical appearance of the EA9500 is not your cup of tea – we get it! It is a bulky, big and black box that doesn’t have the exoskeleton appeal of the D-Link DIR-895L, for example. But on the inside, it is a beautifully designed machine that it is a pleasure to work with.

The homepage is full of widgets allowing you to configure the router and make changes to all the main functions. You can move them around and arrange them in any way that you prefer.

All the connected devices are shown on a connection map allowing you to quickly glance and see what is connected to the network. You can assign different priorities to each connected device or application via the Media Prioritization page. It is a very useful feature if you have an important conference call with your boss and you want that to stay uninterrupted regardless of the heavy gaming activities happening in the kid’s room or the binge Netflix streaming happening in the living room.

 

You can restrict access to certain websites or devices or block them completely off your network via the parental controls page. It is a great feature for growing teenagers to keep them off bad influences… If you can, of course!

The GUI allows you to easily share any media stored on external USB devices such as flash drives or connected external hard drives. You can do so via FTP or DHCP access. You can even restrict users from accessing certain folders on external media. It is working great when we tested it.

 

There is an Android and iOS Linksys app allowing you to modify most functions on the router remotely.

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream Specifications

Here are the most notable specs of this router offering from Linksys:

  • Tri-band technology for combined speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps.
  • Offers Seamless Roaming when paired with the Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender.
  • Remotely monitor and control the network with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.
  • Eight Gigabit ports and USB 3.0 for fast wired connections.

Verdict

Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 WiFi Router
The Linksys EA9500 is not for everyone – there is no question about it. It is bulky and very very expensive. It is the Linksys flagship router and a lot of thought and features are crammed into it. It offers the latest AC speeds with great performance and speed optimisations. The GUI looks great and works flawlessly. If you have the budget for it – by any means – but it! You won’t be disappointed. If you are like me and can’t spare that much cash on a single device – check out the best dual band routers that we have reviewed recently and save some hard earned cash!

D-Link EXO AC1750 Dual Band Router Overview

D-Link EXO AC1750 DIR869 Router Top View

D-Link EXO AC1750 Wireless Router Overview

D-Link EXO AC1750 DIR869 Router Left Side View

The D-Link EXO AC1750 Wi-Fi router brings a host of latest tech to sustain a great Wi-Fi connection throughout your home. Gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity as fast as 1750 Mbps (up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz AC and up to 450 Mbps 2.4 GHz Wireless N) allows you to create a blazing fast home network that connects all your computers, game consoles, 4k video, set top boxes, Smart TVs and cellular gadgets to your broadband internet connection.

 

Why do you need the D-Link EXO AC1750?

D-Link EXO AC1750 DIR869 Router Top View

First, it has a dual-band WiFi – two separate 2.4 Gigahertz and 5 Gigahertz WiFi bands. It ensures optimum connection speed for every device connected to the router. The total “speed” is 1750Mbps.

Second, it has an ultra-modern antennas technology that brings wider wireless coverage to your home. Third, Gigabit Ethernet is part of it, which means that there are 4 fast Gigabit ports for faster Internet connectivity.

Third –  4 Gigabit ethernet ports ensure optimum wired connection to compatible devices.

And lastly, the router comes with a dual-core processor for a greater computing power and faster operation.

EXO AC1750 Wi-Fi Capabilities

D-Link EXO AC1750 DIR869 Router Rear View

The D-Link EXO AC1750 router has four antennas that amplify the signal and are able to distribute multiple wireless streams for a reliable connection. You can get much faster connection with dual-band technology – You can use the 2.4 Gigahertz band for for older and slower devices whilst leaving the high-pace 5 GHz AC band free for HD video streaming, online gaming and big file transfers. With fewer gadgets using the fast-paced 5 Gigahertz band, there’s much less interference and congestion, providing you with higher overall performance and zero lag wireless experience.

D-Link DIR869 Wi-Fi Performance

The D-Link EXO AC1750 determines the Quality of Service (QoS) which tracks the sort of connection that is available for media streaming, web browsing, online gaming and decide which one deserves higher priority. Controlling your Internet connection through parental controls, blocking off undesirable sites, tracking activities online and creating Wi-Fi Guest networks is less complicated than ever with the D-Link EXO AC1750’s graphical user interface.

D-Link EXO AC1750 Features

D-Link EXO AC1750 DIR869 Router
The main feature of the D-Link router is a superfast AC1750 that  divides to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 1300mbps on 5GHz. Additionally you get 4 superfast gigabit LAN ports alongside a single WAN gigabit port. All this paired with a dual core processors with 1GHz Dual Core CPU and 128Mb RAM for fast processing power and adquate amount of RAM for lag-free epxerience.

The D-Link ofering offers excellent coverage and wireless speeds – a superior QoS engine distributes traffic optimally across each wireless band to assure great signal and matching band for each device connected to the network.

Strong security is also present in this router. It offers parental controls to create online access rules and  schedules. You can also block or allow precise web sites to be visited and/or devices to be connected.

Negatives Of The EXO AC1750

It has no USB ports. Here, I said it. This could be a major deal breaker for some, epsecially people who want to connect external drives in order to emulate NAS storage. Another useful feature of routers USB ports is that you can connect 3/4G devices and disctubute the internet thorughout your house if the broadband suddenly goes down for no particular reason.

Conclusion

The DLink DIR-869 is a capable wireless router deliveing great WiFi signal and advanced features for a somewhat reasonable price. The lack of USB ports can be a turn off for some people, but a negligent feature for others. It is a great offering from D-Link and it also deserves a spot on our best dual-band routers list.

D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 Tri-Band Router Review

D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 Router

 D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 Tri-Band Router Review

Looking for the ultimate gaming and streaming router? Check out the D-Link AC5300 flagship, a router that delivers the ultimate performance. The kind of performance people look for when it comes to the most demanding tasks like 4K video streaming, hardcore gaming, multiple device capabilities and more. What is this router? It is the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R).

D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 Router

Superb Tri-Band Wireless Capabilities

With advancement in technology we come to see more and more Tri-band Wi-Fi tech and, of course, it is present in this router. The “top speed” of the D-Link flagship is 5,332Mbps, equivalent to 1,000 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 2,166 Mbps on the first 5GHz band and 2,166 Mbps on the second 5GHz one. Thanks to 4×4 data streams that can be created through beam forming and MU-MIMO technology the router offers dependable connections and wide coverage. That means that everyone at home can now enjoy 4K streaming and gaming with zero lag on multiple devices.

D-Link DIR895 Wireless Router

There are 8 high-performance external antennas with high-power amplifiers providing enhanced Wi-Fi ranges and signal stability anywhere in your home or office. Wi-Fi bands are not always the same but that’s not a problem when you have Smart Connect Technology. The D-Link AC5300 picks and designates from the 3 Wi-Fi bands available and automatically connects each device on your network to the optimum unobstructed signal accessible for the best connection every time you connect. Known as Band Steering usually, it automatically assigns devices to less crowded 5 GHz networks to increase bandwidth efficiency and accessibility. Through Tri-band technology, this router offers the ability to decrease wireless interference and congestion, allowing you to connect more devices with ease and great performance.

D-Link DIR-895L Features

The D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 has a dual-core processor that improves multitasking and computing power. It boosts throughput speeds for all of your devices in use. The router also has Advanced Smart Beam Forming, which means that it enhances the signal coverage by allocating bands to your devices on the go around your home. Basic things you can do with this device are HD Video Streaming, Surfing the Internet, communicating with friends on social media platforms and Online Gaming with the best experience and zero lagging.

The D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 has a new and improved user interface. It enables you to control your network with ease by permitting parental controls, blocking unwanted devices, monitoring internet activity. It has the ability to create Wi-Fi guest networks as well.

Traffic Prioritization is built in the router with an Advanced QoS engine that guarantees optimum performance for apps that require high priority like gaming and movie streaming.

A good feature of this router is what they call Airtime Fairness. It means that the router automatically adjusts data rates to steer clear of network lagging devices that use slower connection to it.

D-Link DIR-895L Specifications:

D-Link DIR895L AC5300 Router Rear View

Connectivity

  • Combined tri-band wireless speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps1
  • MU-MIMO offers high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal to multiple devices at the same time.
  • Advanced Wireless AC beamforming dramatically enhances wireless signal strength and throughput
  • Enhanced SmartConnect feature prevents older devices from affecting optimal performance
  • Gigabit WAN and LAN ports for high-speed wired connections
  • Two USB ports to connect storage drives and printers for sharing

mydlink-enabled

  • Remotely view and manage your network over the Internet
  • mydlink Lite mobile app allows you to access, manage and view your network remotely

Advanced Quality of Service (QoS)

  • Band steering efficiently balances the data load between the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands
  • Airtime fairness optimally adjusts the data rate of wireless clients for the best performance

Security

  • WPA & WPA2 wireless encryption protects the network from intruders
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) securely adds devices to your network at the push of a button

Technical Specifications

Device Interfaces

  • 802.11 ac/n/g/b/a Wireless LAN
  • Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN Ports
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN Port Mode Switch (Router/Extender)
  • Mode Switch (Router/Extender)
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • One USB 2.0 Port

 

Advanced Features

  • MU-MIMO
  • SmartConnect
  • Guest zone
  • mydlink SharePort™ web access
  • Multi-language web setup wizard
  • Advanced AC SmartBeam
  • Dual active firewall
    • Network Address Translation (NAT)
    • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
  • VPN Passthrough (PPTP/L2TP/IPsec)
  • Advanced QoS
  • QuickVPN – L2TP over IPsec

mydlink Features

  • Remote Management
  • View current upload/download bandwidth
  • View currently connected clients
  • View web browsing history per client
  • Block/unblock client network access
  • Manage wireless network details
  • Accessible through a web browser or iOS or Android mobile app

Mobile App Support

  • mydlink Lite
  • mydlink SharePort
  • QRS Mobile v1.5

Wireless Security

  • WPA & WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) PIN/PBC

Conclusion

Overall this is a top performing router with a high price tag. There are plenty of competitors out there so it is best to check out our best router guide and decide for yourself. You can’t go wrong with the D-Link AC flagship though, especially if it is within your budget.

 

AsRock G10 Gaming Router Review

AsRock G10 Dual Band Gaming Router + TV Stick

ASRock G10 Dual Band Gaming Router Review

ASRock G10 Appearance

AsRock G10 Dual Band Gaming RouterThe common features for a wireless router are network speed, coverage area and connection stability. These are basic features but aesthetically speaking it is tough to make one. The usual look of most routers is a monotonous uniform mould (usually rectangular and flat) that some people prefer to hide them to avoid embarrassment either behind shelves or under the table.

We’ve got the right router for you then, no need to hide in shame because the ASRock G10 takes modern to another level and can also be considered as a rad art ensemble that’s entitled to be put under the spotlight or at least on top of the table that is. No wonder it made it to our best routers of 2017 list.

Wi-Fi, Control, and More

Although the ASRock G10 looks good, the engineers added way more than that. We call it the Internet of Things tech which makes the router not only look nice but even more practical than average. Infrared receivers and transmitters have been added to the ASRock G10, which means that you can now control remotely your home appliances just with your mobile devices.

The ASRock G10 has an extension that can be transformed into a travel router; the said extension has an Ethernet adapter and an HDMI dongle hybrid called H2R. What does this mean? You can plug it anywhere a LAN connection is available to get high-speed WiFi and wireless sharing!

Asrock G10 WiFi Performance – Ultimate Gaming

AsRock G10 Dual Band Gaming Router + TV Stick

The ASRock AC2600 G10 Gaming Router has 4 high performing internal antennas that provide a combined speed of 2.53Gbps, not bad and a good deal too. The router is also perfect for households wherein there are high volumes of traffic and congestion in the network.

This router offers a “Gaming Boost” function that is similar to Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS), which means that the device optimises the performance of WiFi devices connected to the network. The ASRock G10 also has its own app which you can download on your phone – it’s called the ASRock APP. You can control remotely your appliances at home and are able to access storage devices without any complicated configurations. The AsRock router also has an advanced Remote Control technology, which enables a guarded, and hassle free connectivity across multiple NATs. The setup up of all options as fixed private IP, fixed public IP, DDNS, port forwarding and firewall rules are a thing of the past now. Why? It is now easy as one, two to setup the router by signing up for a user account and registering the ASRock G10.

The ASRock G10 also has 4×4 built-in high sensitivity antennas that have a maximum of 1733 Mbps on the 5Ghz band and 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. We would also like to give credit to the 1.4 GHz dual core processor, the beam forming, and MU-MIMO (multi-user MIMO) that allows multiple users to be able to surf the Internet, stream videos, and game online with exceptionally high-speed connections. Anywhere at home or office, the ASRock G10 provides a stable Wi-Fi signal that emphasizes on your location for optimal speed.

ASRock G10 Gaming Router Wireless Performance

What is a router review without the performance figures? Here the G10 did not disappoint although we got some interesting results in our test. While the 5Ghz band offers stellar performance, the 2.4Ghz ones leave something to be desired. It is not particularly bad and that might be rectified already with a firmware update, but it is a bit strange keeping in mind the market positioning and the price of the router.

While testing the 5Ghz band we managed to achieve download speeds of 401Mbps which is not bad at all! Large files transfer in an instant and streaming should be no problem at all. With various traffic optimisations and QoS, most people in the household should have no issues using the router to even the most demanding tasks such as 4K streaming and bandwidth heavy internet gaming.

The 2.4Ghz band is the interesting one. We managed to achieve only about 80Mbps which is not very good for an AC router. Yes, we checked our settings on all devices – the results never peaked above 80Mbps no matter of the distance or settings. We tried different devices – laptops, tablets, mobile – nope, all the same – they top up at 80. Similar results were recorded by our colleagues at Trusted Reviews. Other reviewers on the net got well over 170-180Mbps but we didn’t. Strange, it could be due to a firmware issue or older router software – we don’t know. Keep in mind, as always, your mileage will vary!

Asrock G10 Wired Performance

When we talk about a router we can’t afford to skip on the wired performance. While WiFi is catching up with cable, it is still not quite there yet. Yes, there are routers who claim to have a WiFi speed of up to 5300Mbps like the ASUS RT-AC5300 but we all know that the reality of it is a bit different.

Here are the G10 wired networking figures. LAN to LAN performance was a respectable 941Mbit per second, while the WAN to LAN performance was close to 870Mbps. Very respectable numbers nevertheless but we didn’t expect anything less from the ASRock flagship device.

Verdict

While the G10 might not be the cream of the crop by today’s standards, it provides more than adequate performance for a reasonable price. While the price may seem high to some, keep in mind that you can connect it to smart home devices, take it on the go and you can also stream your favourite TV shows without shelling out for extra devices. It is an all-in-one super device that provides exceptionally stable WiFi signal, comes with plenty of traffic optimisations and overall top notch performance.