Due to the continuous technical progress, the current prevailing trend has been to gradually phase out wires for wireless technologies, and due to our well-developed phones, statistics show that 80% of users depend mainly on their phones to browse internet.
This requires a high-spec wireless router with a good range that is suitable for the increasing need of surfing the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection instead of a wire Internet cable as in the past.
To save your time, here is a list of the best 2017 wireless router devices that also have wired Internet cable ports listed in terms of purpose and price.
As we will explain later, it is important to note that the actual speeds of data transfer do not actually exceed 200 MB no matter what, so ignore specs written on the router boxes that say speed is up to 400 or 1300 MB. This is only theoretical.
The best 2017 wireless routers ever: TP-Link Talon AD7200
Price: $ 345
Some might think that Asus RT-AC5300 router is better than TP-Link Talon AD7200, but it is actually the opposite, TP-Link Talon AD7200 is the first router in the market that supports the latest Wi-Fi protocol “AD protocol”.
You’ll get more speed if you have a device that supports AD protocol, but you can continue using AC protocol supported by most devices and phones with no problems of what so ever.
TP-Link Talon AD7200 has 8 antennas (Wi-Fi signal distributors), so you will enjoy a very powerful Wi-Fi signal, in addition to a full speed of your Internet line without breakdowns or malfunctions.
Due to the large number of antennas, TP-Link Talon AD7200 is larger than any router you have ever seen. In fact, it is the largest router available in the market because TP-Link has prioritized performance quality over thin sleek design.
The high performance is demonstrated by a 1.4 GHz processor that capable of serving a large number of devices at the same time while supporting Beamforming technology that provides 3 Wi-Fi signal frequencies, so you will enjoy a high speed and a wide range.
- Tri-band technology.
- Smart connection that is faster and more stable.
- Great data transfer speed of 200 Mbps provided by the wireless connection, but of course the speed also depends on the recipient device’s speed as well!
- 8 antennas of amazing performance.
- CPU (1.4GHz dual-core).
- Excellent user’s interface for router settings, in addition to a great app to control the router via iPhone and Android phones.
- USB 3.0 port.
- One port that supports Gigabit speed (1000 Mbps).
|Stunning performance by all 8 available antennas.||The Wi-Fi AD protocol is not supported by most devices currently available in market; its signal is not good at crossing over the wall compared to AC protocol signal.|
|Installing and running the router is very easy with TP-Link Tether app for phones.||The router size is huge for some users.|
|The price is fine when compared to competing devices and features.||Not suitable for an average user.|
In general, if you are looking for the best wireless router that is cheaper than other competing routers such as Asus RT-AC5300 and NETGEAR Nighthawk X10, then TP-Link Talon AD7200 is your best choice. This router is designed to provide a good connection to a large number of devices at home or work, so if you don’t have many devices, don’t buy it.
Best 2017 broadband wireless router based on range: Google WiFi
Price: $ 269
Google Wi-Fi is totally uncommon and unlike any router you’ve ever seen. In fact, we cannot categorize it as a router; it’s actually a Wi-Fi set that distributes the signal in your home by 3 pieces distributed around the house properly. It is easy to install due to its sleek, modern and small design.
The router is touch-controlled on an attractive colored LED screen; it also features an impressive performance and range because it supports dual-band technology with a 710MHz processor of 512MB RAM enough to run more than 10 devices at the same time.
With Google Wi-Fi you can control your smart home appliances; it’s also compatible with the smart assistant Google Home and Alexa. The speed and range of the router are competitive compared to high-priced devices such as the previously mentioned Talon AD7200 router.
If you don’t feel like having the whole set, you can buy one piece only for $ 129 instead of buying the whole three pieces for $ 269.
- Supports Dual-band WI-Fi for better speed and range.
- The three pieces that make up the router can cover a house of 1371 meters size!
- The antenna (signal dispensers) features an invisible internal design.
- One port that supports Gigabit speed of 1000 Mbps.
- All 3 pieces have an Internet cable port in case you chose it to distribute the Wi-Fi signal.
- You can buy an extra piece to increase range.
- Compatible with Google PA and Amazon Alexa.
|Stunning performance through all the available antennas.||An active Google Account is required to establish a connection.|
|The design and size of the router can fit anywhere inside the home.|
|The router app allows you to control smart home appliances.|
|Less expensive than other wireless devices that consist of more than one piece.|
Google WiFi Router is designed for large homes or workstations, so if you have a small home or office, you will not need all pieces neither get the maximum benefits of specifications included.
If you’re not willing to buy Google’s router but still looking for an alternative router that can cover a large area, then you might be interested in the well-designed router D-Link DIR 890L that has 6 Antennas to distribute the Wi-Fi signal for a long range.
Best 2017 Wireless Router at an Average Price: Nighthawk AC1900
Price: $ 147
The Netgear wireless routers feature strong performance and excellent manufacturing quality. Nighthawk AC1900 offers dual-band speeds up to 200 Mbps at 5GHz and 100Mbps at 2.4GHz; these are the actual speeds not the ones written within specifications on the router box.
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- Control the speed of loading and uploading through QoS feature, this provides a perfect experience when playing games or watching video.
- Netgear GENIE app to control router through your phone
- First time automatic setup and easy data input.
- Beamforming Plus technology that increases signal range and performance significantly
- Open-source router settings system that allows you to customize settings whenever you want by modifying the system.
|unmatched performance for its price category||The manufacturing quality added an extra size to the router|
|Has features that are not available on any other router at the same price||The performance is good but frequency 2.4 is weaker than competing routers|
|Good design and manufacturing quality|
Best 2017 Wireless Router at a Low Price:
TP-Link Archer C7
Price: $ 79
It is an excellent option for fans of games and live-streaming on YouTube and Facebook, in addition to its fantastic design and performance. The size is good but not small and will occupy some space.
The actual data transfer speed is 240 Mbps at 5GHz, and 100 Mbps at 2.4GHz which is excellent for this price category.
The Wi-Fi signal is distributed through 6 antennas, 3 of them are visible and 3 are hidden on the sides inside the router, so it is capable of carrying a large number of devices at the same time without any problem.
- Supports the fifth generation of standard 11ac wireless networking.
- Two ports
- Ability to create a guest network with a different password.
- Supports all logarithms including the best one (WPA2-AES)
- Easy to run and install
- Supports multiple languages.
- Wi-Fi speed up to 450 MB / s.
|An excellent combination of price and performance||Average manufacturing quality due to its plastic body|
|Good performance at 5GHz 2.4GHz frequencies|
|Good performance for playing online games, live streaming or watching video|
|Compatible with NAS network storage servers|
TP-Link Archer C7 is the best choice if you are looking for a router with high performance/specifications, wide range and good design for a reasonable price. It is really ideal and affordable choice for home users.
Price: $ 50
If your budget is not enough to buy the previous TP-Link Archer C7 router, no problem, TBLink offers another economic option at a lower price and good features. It is the dual-band TP-Link AC1200 router, it features the 802.11ac protocol for high data transfer speeds and excellent Wi-Fi range for its price category.
You’ll get an actual data transfer speed of 100MB / s at 2.4GHz frequency and 200 MB/s at 5 GHz frequency.
In terms of Wi-Fi signal range you will get a good boost due to the presence of two signal distributors, in the back there are 4 Internet cable ports and a USB port as well.
With these features you will be easily able to play online games and stream movies as well.
In terms of design, it is not super but it is better than many other devices for its price category, keep in mind that the router body is plastic.
Just like the former TP-Link Archer C7 router, the TP-Link AC1200 can be accessed by the TP-Link Tether app for Android and iPhone.
- Wide Wi-Fi signal range due to signal distributors.
- Strong Dual-band connection speed for games and video.
- USB port for sharing files and data over the network.
- App to control router settings from Android and iPhone phones.
- Supports the fastest and most popular 802.11ac protocol.
- Single-core processor.
- Control the speed of loading and uploading through QoS feature, this provides a perfect experience of playing games and watching video.
|Affordable Price||The router settings interface is not that good|
|The speed of the internet is excellent||Average file transfer speed|
|Easy to run and install||USB 2.0 port and not 3.0|
|Many options for managing your router through settings|
Price: $ 27
Linksys E1200 is another great affordable option, suitable for home users and adequate for watching movies and playing games, but not suitable for live streaming on platforms such as Twitch.
It has MIMO technology that focuses the Wi-Fi signal towards the area with the largest number of users currently receiving the signal.
If you are a hospitable person, you will be impressed with the guest network feature that allows you to establish a Wi-Fi network with a different password for your guests, and this property is considered critical to many!
But for this price category, you do not hope to get a dual-band frequency and you will have to work with the traditional 2.4 GHz frequency only.
If you want to establish a live stream or get the best possible speed from a router, then the previous TP-Link AC1200 router is your best choice.
- Affordable price.
- Supports 802.11n protocol.
- MIMO technology to strengthen the Wi-Fi signal toward the receiver’s direction.
- Supports parental control to block websites and schedule internet running times.
|Excellent data transfer rate for a mono frequency router||Does not support dual frequency|
|Good stylish design||Average file transfer speed|
|Easy to run and install||Does not support USB port|
|Wi-Fi range is enough for average space only|