19 best Wi-Fi routers

Wireless Wi-Fi connection is not a gimmick for anyone for a long time. Internet via Wi-Fi works in many public places of the city and in almost every house with Internet. Such availability of wireless technology is provided by special devices – Wi-Fi routers. The current market is replete with various models with a variety of features. The Expertology editors have decided to help you to understand all this diversity and with the help of our experts have prepared a rating of the best Wi-Fi routers that are best suited for certain conditions.

How to choose a Wi-Fi router

The purpose of any router is to connect two or more networks. In our case, we are considering the most common and popular option, when you need to distribute external incoming Internet to the local home or office network.

Type of incoming connection

The first and most obvious attribute by which to choose a router is the type of incoming connection. There could be several variants – a cable TV network, wired Ethernet network over twisted pair cable, the network of a mobile carrier, etc. d. In most cases the provider itself provides a router of the required type for rent or gives as a gift within the contract. But not always such a router meets the needs of the consumer, and it often makes sense to buy your own router, best suited for power, usability of settings, reliability and other parameters.

Wi-Fi standard

So many consumers do not realize that there are different types of Wi-Fi. It refers to the different standards of Wi-Fi, which emerged as the technology evolved. The difference between them is mainly in the fact that they work in different bands and have different speed limits. This question a lot of technical nuances, and it deserves a separate topic. In any case, all standards are backward-compatible, that is, older generations will somehow interact with newer ones. The only question is whether such a bundle can provide the maximum speed. Our experts recommend that you check directly with the point of sale for optimal compatibility between the router you choose and your devices.


From the technical point of view of Wi-Fi router is actually a mini-computer of narrow specialization. That is, its work is controlled by the central processor, it has a certain amount of RAM. Accordingly, if your Internet channel is not more than 50 Mbit / sec, and you do not use it “in full” (continuous downloading of torrents, streaming in high definition, resource-intensive online games), you may be enough to router with a processor with a frequency of 300 MHz and 32 MB RAM. Otherwise, you’ll need a more powerful device.


Almost any modern Wi-Fi router has firmware – the so-called firmware. It has a web-interface with a set of tools for router configuration. The flexibility of settings can vary greatly from model to model. But a lot of settings automatically means more complicated operation of the device and the need for a certain level of knowledge. So if you want to understand the settings and services yourself, but you are not an expert in the field, it is better to choose a “simpler” model. This point can also be clarified at the point of sale.


Due to the fact that Wi-Fi networks have become widespread for a relatively short time, there are still no clear and conclusive results of scientific research on the effects of Wi-Fi radiation on human health, there is a widespread popular belief about their harm. Many manufacturers have gone to meet such sentiments of some customers and equipped some router models with special hardware switches that can adjust the power of radiation. Therefore, if this point is important to you, you should keep in mind that this possibility exists.

Rating of best Wi-Fi routers

NominationPlaceNameThe price
Best inexpensive Wi-Fi routers for your home (under 2000 rubles).)1Keenetic Start (KN-1110)1 990 €
  • NK Archer C20(RU)
  • 1 999 €
  • te (KN-1311)
  • 2 079 €
    4Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 42 185 €
    Best Wi-Fi router for value for money1Huawei B52511 400 €
    2MikroTik RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN9 399 €
    3ASUS RT-AC66U7 469 €
  • NK Archer MR400 V2
  • 7 879 €
    5Keenetic Giga (KN-1010)8 390 €
    6ASUS RT-AX56U7 150 €
    7Keenetic Viva (KN-1910)6 550 €
    8Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 3G2 690 €
    Top Wi-Fi routers in the TOP tier1Apple Time Caps
      e 2Tb ME177
    41 990 €
    2ASUS RT-AX88U26 490 €
    11 042 €
    4ASUS RT-AC68U7 220 €
    The best mobile (pocket) Wi-Fi routers1Huawei E55775 800 €
  • nk Zone
  • 2 889 €
    3Huawei E83722 550 €

    Best cheap Wi-Fi routers for your home (under 2000 rubles).)

    Let us proceed to the rating and first of all let us review the four models that Expertology experts recommend as the best budget Wi-Fi routers for home use.

    Keenetic Start (KN-1110)

    Rating: 4.7

    Keenetic Start (KN-1110)

    And to complete the rating of budget Wi-Fi routers let’s consider another model, which is very similar to the previous one in characteristics, but differs in some interesting points.

    Coverage of Wi-Fi standards, connection speed limit, security protocols, the amount of RAM and flash memory – all these characteristics are completely similar to the previous reviewed model.

    The switch has three LAN-ports of 100 Mbit/s each. Installed two powerful non-removable antennas, which throughout the plane inside the cases are actually printed circuit boards. The device dimensions are 107x26x91 mm, weight 132 g.

    Router can work in repeater mode, set up a guest network, connect to multiple ISPs through M

      ti-WAN. In terms of functionality the set is almost the same as the previous model’s set: firewall, NAT, SPI, DHCP-server, VPN with pass through and 10 tunnels support, Dynamic DNS, PPTP, IPSec, Telnet, SkyDNS and Yandex support.DNS.

      This model also has a separate mobile app, which allows you to configure the router directly from your smartphone without the need to connect to a computer.


      • impressive appearance;
      • mobile app for direct setup;
      • Regular and convenient firmware update;
      • M function
          ti-WAN (multi-provider connection);
        • powerful antennas;


        • works within a single Wi-Fi standard.

      • NK Archer C20(RU)
      • Rating: 4.7

        TP-<li></div><p>NK Archer C20(RU)” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/20016666193291-8319.jpg” title=”TP-</p><li>NK Archer C20(RU)”><p>Now in our rating we have another good-quality “Chinese” from almost the most famous among the mass consumer manufacturing company of telecommunications equipment TP-</p><li>NK.<p>The coverage of the wireless standards in this model is exactly the same as in the previous one, that is, the widest. But the connection speed limit is two times lower – 433 Mbit/s. Transmitter power is 20 dBM. WDS technology is supported which allows you to combine several access points wirelessly, thus extending Wi-Fi coverage area without wires.</p><p>The wired switching capabilities of this router are wider than in the previous model – 4 LAN-ports at 100 Mbps. There are three non-removable external antennas installed. Overall dimensions of the device – 230x35x144mm.</p><p>Router can work in bridge mode, set up a guest network, perform static routing. It also contains the following functional software tools: firewall, NAT, SPI, DHCP server, demilitarized zone, VPN. Supports Dynamic DNS, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec. Data encryption is WEP, WPA or WPA2.</p><p>All the software is accessed through a fairly easy to use web interface. There’s also a separate app for wearable gadgets to configure the router remotely from a wearable gadget.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>transmitter power;</li><li>pleasant appearance;</li><li>WDS technology;</li><li>Application for portable gadgets;</li><li>easy setup;</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>Unsure of “shooting through” walls.</li></ul><h3>Keenetic<li>te (KN-1311)</h3><p>Rating: 4.6</p><div style=Keenetic<li></div><p>te (KN-1311)” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/2561666193291-3419.jpg” height=”400″ title=”Keenetic</p><li>te (KN-1311)”><p>In the line of inexpensive routers Keenetic (this brand has become a separate brand of Zyxel, dedicated specifically to routers) found a place for another budget model, which has become very popular on the Russian marketplaces. model version</p><li>te (KN-1311) is a natural evolution<li>TE III (REV. B) and a modified version.<p>We can’t say that this router implements some breakthrough technology. This is a normal ordinary “workhorse”, which has a minimum price, is devoid of many shortcomings of cheap routers, looks quite nice, is reliable and easy to install / configure.</p><p>The router only works in one band – 2.4 GHz, and therein lies its first disadvantage, but only partially. But again, only partially. Recall that modern Wi-Fi networks can operate in two frequency bands, depending on the technical capabilities of the modules – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Range and penetration of walls at 2.4 GHz can be and often is higher than 5 GHz, and in general in many ways, including maximum speed, 5 GHz is a better option. 2.4 GHz has only 3 channels without overlapping, and this is the most noticeable disadvantage compared with the 5 GHz, which has up to 19 channels without overlapping. That means a much better reliability. Plus, many other wireless gadgets that use a different type of connection work on the frequency 2.4 GHz, thereby creating an obstacle to wi-fi network.</p><p>As for the pluses of this model, the picture is much more optimistic. As an Internet center this device can provide work as a distributor for 4 LAN-ports, each at 100 Mbit speed. The router is equipped with two 5 dBi gain antennas for reliable communications. Some users find the range of your Wi-Fi connection to be small, but keep in mind we are dealing with one of the lowest cost options.</p><p>The router is elementary to connect, for individual fine-tuning it has, like many others, its own web-interface. Further on we will not mention this fact on purpose, we understand it as a matter of course.</p><p>In general, the router is suitable for not too demanding home network and not particularly demanding owners. As we can see even the splitter ports are 100 megabit, which will not suit everyone. But, again, reliability, uptime and ease of operation, plus a pretty good-looking appearance in this case are decisive.</p><h4>The advantages are</h4><ul><li>reliability and reliability;</li><li>There is a boost mode;</li><li>parental control;</li><li>10 VPN tunnels;</li><li>The flash memory is 32 MB;</li><li>easy configuration through the “native” web interface.</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>range only 2.4 GHz;</li><li>Some users note the small radius of coverage of the Wi-Fi signal.</li></ul><h3>Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 4</h3><p>Rating: 4.6</p><div style=Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 4Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 4

        The product of the Chinese technological giant Xiaomi will complete the selection of the most budget routers for home. This is the fourth generation of Wi-Fi routers in the Mi line. And this is a much more technically advanced model than the previous one. Almost the same price compared to the significant difference in characteristics can be explained by many points related more to marketing policy than to the technical side.

        This model surpasses its predecessor in almost all aspects. First of all, there are not two, but four antennas. Two are operating in the range of 2.4 GHz with 5 dBi gain, the other two are 5 GHz with 6 dBi gain. As we can see, the router, in contrast to the above, can operate in two frequency ranges – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Secondly, the hub ports are not 100Mbps like the previous model, but are gigabit. True, there are only two. The router even has significantly more of its own memory – 128 MB against the 32 MB of the one described above.

        One may reasonably ask why the Keenetic

      • It costs almost the same, and is in apparently high demand. There are a number of points here – a higher (and not without reason) confidence in the brand, really high reliability and uptime, the same ease of operation. Plus, it often happens that two wired network ports in Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 4 some users are not enough after all, and installing intermediate links is not an option.

        Next of the advantages of the described model is a handy proprietary application, which allows you to manage the router remotely from anywhere in the world. The router is characterized by an increased protection against illegal intrusion, identity theft and intentional damage. Namely, here instead of the usual access codes the MIOT fast Wi-Fi protocol is used. With this scheme, the gadgets used are integrated into the home network with no chance of intrusion from the outside. You can connect up to 128 devices.

        From a review by a verified customer on Yandex.Market with “Level 4 Gadget Inspector” status: “Top specs for the money. Stable operation. Wide enough choice of firmware on thematic resources. Looked at the situation with the radiator in the reviews, they came up with a good idea, just a metal plate almost all over the textolite on top and that’s enough”.


        • Dual frequency range operation – 2.4 and 5 GHz;
        • four antennas;
        • Two Gigabit hub ports;
        • Handy proprietary app for remote control;
        • high protection of personal data;
        • You can set up a guest Wi-FI and create a blacklist;
        • Explosive popularity with customers and positive feedback.


        • No official Russification.

        The best Wi-Fi routers in terms of value for money

        Now let’s move on to the largest group of the rating, where we will review eight models, which Expertology experts have found to be optimal in terms of both functionality and quality, as well as the cost.

        Huawei B525

        Rating: 4.9

        Huawei B525

        The second position in the group of optimal Wi-Fi routers is dedicated to the model from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment – the Chinese company Huawei Technologies.

        The first thing to note is that this model has no external antennas, only two internal. Accordingly, the router does not have a lot of protruding elements and is easy to place. Covers all existing Wi-Fi standards and both bands. Has built-in support for 3G, LTE, MIMO technology. It can connect at speeds of up to 1300 Mbps.

        Switch has four high-speed LAN ports of 1000 Mbps each. Has a USB 2 connector.0 Type A, which serves as an interface for the built-in print server. The communication capabilities of the router are enhanced by two SMA jacks for connecting external antennas for 3G and LTE, as well as an RJ-11 jack for an analog phone. The dimensions of the device – 226x163x52 mm, weight – 370 g.

        The software tools in this model are as follows: FireWall, NAT, DHCP-server, IPv6 and Dynamic DNS support. Three major protocols for encryption. Advanced additional function – a file server.


        • Multiple interfaces;
        • Convenient placement due to the lack of fixed external antennas;
        • According to user reviews – incredible LTE reception capabilities in hard-to-reach places;
        • The quality and stability of the connection;
        • Simplicity of setup;


        • with external antennas connected becomes very bulky

        MikroTik RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN

        Rating: 4.8

        MikroTik RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN

        Next is a router made by the Latvian company MikroTik. The devices from this manufacturer are known for their reliability, high performance, and almost unprecedented flexibility. Even outwardly this model looks solid and “adult”, reminiscent of the network equipment of modern data centers. Its dimensions are 214×44.45×86 mm and weighs 230 g.

        Router uses 802 802 standard.11n at 2.4 GHz with a maximum connection speed of 300 Mbps over the air. Built-in MIMO support. Transmit power of 30 dBM. Router can also operate in
        idge (bridge).

        This model is characterized by quite bright hardware and electronics. All calculations are controlled by the CPU Atheros AR9344 at 600 MHz. 128MB NAND-type RAM and 128MB on-board memory installed. Processor and PCB temperatures are monitored by special sensors. The switching part consists of five LAN-ports 10/100 Ethernet and another five high-speed ports 10/100/1000 Ethernet. On port 10, the router can distribute PoE power. SFP port and microUSB socket are also available. Wireless signal comes through two 4 dBi fixed antennas. Equipped with LCD on top panel to display important information.

        The software is also quite rich in features. A full set of the most popular features and tools are available: FireWall, NAT, DHCP server, VPN with tunneling support, SNMP support, etc. Information security is provided by encryption using four common protocols. Two RIP v1 and v2 protocols for dynamic routing.

        Web-interface gives access to the finest settings, which with some skill allow you to “squeeze” the router maximum performance. Our experts deliberately defined this circumstance as an advantage and disadvantage at the same time because that’s how polarly the opinions of real users were divided.


        • Flexible detailed settings;
        • “professional” appearance;
        • Long range wireless communication;
        • operational stability;
        • rich functionality;
        • a lot of ports;


        • Sophisticated detailed settings.

        ASUS RT-AC66U

        Rating: 4.7

        ASUS RT-AC66U

        Let’s start with an interesting model from the well-known and reputable Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS.

        Router covers all current wireless standards and both bands in use – 2.4 and 5 GHz. At the same time, it can operate in two bands simultaneously. Implemented MIMO support. Wireless connection speed up to 1750 Mbps.

        Equipped with RAM – 256 MB, there is also a flash memory of 128 MB. Switch includes four high-speed LAN-ports of 1000 Mbps. There are two USB 2 connectors.0 Type A for the connection of peripherals or direct connection to a computer. Three external antennas (removable) are installed. In addition to wired Internet, you can connect a 3G modem or LTE-modem to the router. The dimensions of the device body – 207x36x149 mm, total weight – 450 g.

        The router can also work in bridge or repeater mode, set up a guest network. Standard set of functions and tools includes FireWall, NAT, SPI, DHCP-server, DMZ, VPN, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec. Dynamic DNS and WDS are supported. WEP, WPA and WPA2 data encryption. Advanced features include file server, UPnP AV server and FTP server.


        • Simultaneous operation in two bands;
        • user-friendly admin;
        • advanced functions;
        • The ability to connect a 3G or LTE modem;
        • High-speed LAN ports;


        • noticeable instances of hiccups.

      • NK Archer MR400 V2
      • Rating: 4.7

        TP-<li></div><p>NK Archer MR400 V2″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/241666193291-8119.jpg” height=”380″ title=”TP-</p><li>NK Archer MR400 V2″><p>This model in our review is presented among others, which are focused on users who use mobile networks as the incoming basic Internet connection (WAN) and, accordingly, a SIM card.</p><p>From the main pluses of this router, it is worth immediately pointing out its dual-band wi-fi module, which works in bands 2.4 / 5 GHz, moreover, simultaneously. But the most noteworthy thing that many users say is the extreme ease of connection that often requires no configuration at all. That is, you just insert the card of your mobile operator (up to 4G) into the slot, and the router itself will “understand” what you need to do next and will pick up the appropriate settings.</p><p>Since the router works in two bands, there are four antennas, but two are outside and the other two are hidden inside the case. Transmitter power – 23 dBm. The connection speed limit is 1167 Mbps. Allotted 4 LAN ports of 100Mbps each for branching in the local home network.</p><p>All in all it is a great model for home use with stable performance and same stable signal. In open spaces the range of the transmitter is not particularly impressive, but this is not part of its mission.</p><p>The router has some notable features. So it can organize two Wi-Fi networks at once with speed up to 300 Mbit/s at band 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps in the 5 GHz band.</p><p>From Yandex user review.Market with the status of “Gadget Inspector Level 2”: “I inserted a SIM card and everything worked at once. On the whole it is an excellent and easy to handle device, a clear configuration interface. Does not hang up, does not cut the traffic, wi-fi is always stable, does not overheat. I recommend it as a ready-made solution for the Internet in the village, cottage, etc. d”.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>Extremely easy to connect, often requiring no configuration at all;</li><li>WI-FI module that works in two bands 2.4/5 GHz at the same time;</li><li>Supports up to 10 VPN tunnels;</li><li>it is possible to connect external antenna</li><li>Possibility to create two wireless networks in two bands at the same time;</li><li>it is easy to create a “white list” of devices;</li><li>LAN/WAN port can be used as a backup Internet connection (or as a primary connection if desired).</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>No major drawbacks and systematic user complaints revealed.</li></ul><h3> Keenetic Giga (KN-1010)</h3><p>Rating: 4.7</p><div style=Keenetic Giga (KN-1010)

        Now within the framework of Expertology rating, let us have a look at another router that has impressed many users with its great features and other positive qualities. Manufactured by ZYXEL, a renowned and reputable company.

        Like the previous model, this router works by all wi-fi standards, including the ability to function simultaneously in both ranges. Can connect up to 1267 Mbps over the air. Supports
        MIMO technology.

        The router comes with 256MB RAM and 128MB embedded flash memory. Four high-speed gigabit ports. There are two USB sockets – 2.0 i 3.0. Installed four 5 dBi fixed antennas. Cellular 3G or LTE modem can be connected to the router as a source of Internet. The important advantage of this model is the combined SFP\RJ-45 port, through which you can connect a fiber-optic cable. There are two hardware buttons on the body for which you can assign any function. The device dimensions – 214x33x154 mm, weight – 488 g.

        As for the software and functional part, the capabilities of this model are as wide as of the previous one. It has a built-in print server, data encryption for all common protocols, firewall protection, comprehensive VPN support with ten tunnels, direct Telnet access for fine-tuning, and much more. An important extra feature is the ability to connect external modules to extend the functionality, for example Keenetic Plus DSL.


        • simple settings;
        • futuristic design
        • Hardware customizable buttons;
        • port for connecting a fiber optic cable;
        • the ability to connect additional modules;
        • broad functionality;


        • No major drawbacks identified.

        ASUS RT-AX56U

        Rating: 4.7

        ASUS RT-AX56U

        This router of the famous brand ASUS is an extension of the popular 56th series of communication devices of this brand. It belongs to the mid-price segment, and therefore enjoys well-deserved popularity. It is based on the platform
        In some characteristics it is not inferior to much more expensive variants of the top segment.

        That said, when buying a router, please pay close attention to the series, as there is a very similar model by name – ASUS RT-AC56U, but they have very little in common not in favor of AC56U.

        So, this model is already oriented to the type of connection to the Internet via USB on Type A socket. There are two different generations of connectors dedicated to this – 2.0 i 3.2 Gen 1. Internet connection speed limit – 1775 Mbps.

        For wi-fi, the device works in two bands 2.4 / 5 GHz in simultaneous mode. Among other things, this model is also very “advanced” in terms of the latest technological ideas. So, here is supported Wi-Fi sixth generation 802.11ax.

        router allows you to connect several devices and manage them remotely. This “few” can number in the dozens, it all depends on the needs of the user. The only thing more precise – for stable work it is necessary to set up QoS in that case, otherwise, if one device starts to download something actively (for example, an automatic update on your computer), it will take over the whole channel and the router can even hang up.

        Users especially appreciate this model for its ability to work for a long time without malfunctioning or needing any intervention. That is, the “set it and forget it” principle. As a hub, this router also works great, providing the user with 4 Gigabit network ports with standard RJ-45 connectors.

        Advantages of

        • Two USB connection ports on Type A – 3 sockets.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0;
        • Dual band wi-fi;
        • Good coverage in the 5GHz band;
        • 4 Gigabit network ports;
        • Compatibility with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax);
        • quick and easy setup
        • you can remotely control all the devices connected to the router;
        • uninterrupted operation.


        • Interface imperfections, such as the frequent need to reboot when changing settings.

        Keenetic Viva (KN-1910)

        Rating: 4.6

        Keenetic Viva (KN-1910)

        Another representative of the brand that separated from the main Zyxel. This is Keenetic with an interesting and very popular in Russia router Viva (KN-1910). It’s interesting because for a reasonable price it offers an unexpectedly wide and useful functionality.

        It is a dual band wi-fi router. You can be connected to Internet in two ways – via external modem inserted into one of regular USB 2 ports.0 Type A, or via wired network and RJ-45 connector. The maximum speed of the Internet connection is not too high in the “refined” form – 867 Mbit / s, but it is more than enough for absolutely the vast majority of users in 2021.

        All four antennas with 5 dBi gain are brought outdoors and MIM is also supported. Fixed antennas are not removable. Fast work both the Internet itself, and the control interface, provided by a powerful dual-core processor MT7621A with a frequency of 880 MHz and an impressive, as for this kind of device capacity of RAM – 128 MB.

        The device gives the user the ability to flexibly control modes and include all sorts of useful features. For example, it supports Yandex.DNS, a built-in print server, support for up to 10 VPN tunnels; easy to switch to bridge or repeater mode, and much more.

        The router has 4 LAN ports to act as a hub, and they are all Gigabit ports.

        Users most of all appreciate this model for its signal strength (all four antennas of both bands are outputted outside), easy setup, wide functionality, and the possibility of easy remote control.

        From a verified Yandex customer review.Market with the status of “Level 11 Gadget Inspector:” Manageability via the cloud, control devices, Internet access (lock and unlock access for children to do their homework), timely detection of new network clients, setting policies for them. All in all, if you have confidence in the Keenetic ecosytem cloud, this is your choice.”.


        • Relatively wide functionality in general;
        • Dual band wi-fi;
        • Two types of connection to the Internet;
        • Remote network setup and management via a mobile app;
        • easy switching to bridge or repeater mode;
        • 4 Gigabit LAN ports;
        • built-in print server;
        • strong signal.


        • Narrowly tailored comments from individual buyers.

        Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 3G

        Rating: 4.6

        Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 3G

        And to complete the group ranking the best wi-fi routers, we will consider a model from the famous Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. This is one of the brightest solutions in this review group from Expertology, as the functionality, quality and a number of other positive qualities greatly outweigh the already affordable cost.

        Similar to a number of previous models, the router works on all wi-fi standards and on both frequencies, can simultaneously distribute internet in two bands. Due to this coverage there is no effect of speed degradation when interacting with devices containing wi-fi modules of different generations. Connects over the air at speeds up to 1167 Mbps. Built-in support for MIMO.

        In terms of electronic performance this is almost the most powerful model in the group. The center of calculations is a dual-core (MIPS) microprocessor platform MediaTek MT7621, running in four threads at 880 MHz. RAM-memory – 256 MB, built-in constant memory – 128 MB.

        Switch has two high-speed gigabit LAN ports. The USB Type A interface of standard 3 is used for connection of peripherals.0. The signal comes through four fixed antennas. The device is extremely compact and lightweight, as for such capabilities: dimensions – 195x24x131mm, weight – 216g.

        The software of this model is the same as of the previous ones. All necessary functions and tools are available here: FireWall, NAT packet redirection, encryption using three main protocols, DHCP-server, etc. There are also additional functions – FTP-server and file server. An important benefit is worth mentioning – the signal strength can be adjusted for each channel separately. In addition to the device itself there is a multifunctional mobile application for configuration and management.

        The only noticeable (but solvable) disadvantage of this model is that in its pure form “out of the box” you get the web interface only in Chinese. But the problem can be solved quite easily by installing alternative firmware, especially as the router was originally adapted for the expansion of software functionality.


        • transmitter power;
        • exquisite slim design;
        • Extremely affordable price considering the functionality;
        • you can adjust the signal strength for each channel;
        • availability of firmware;
        • the quality of communication;
        • processor performance;


        • Chinese firmware.

        The Best Wi-Fi routers of the Top Level

        Now turn to the no less interesting group in our rating – top-level Wi-Fi routers, characterized by the highest performance, advanced functionality, the presence of useful additional functions and in general a higher quality and stability. Our experts have identified four models of different brands – NETGEAR, ASUS, TP-

      • NK and Apple.

        Apple Time Caps
          e 2Tb ME177

        Rating: 4.9

        Apple Time Caps<ul></div><p>e 2Tb ME177″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/94916666193291-9319.jpg” title=”Apple Time Caps</p><ul>e 2Tb ME177″><p>And to conclude the top router reviews from Expertology we take a look at something unusual. This is a router made by the legendary Apple. It is made in an original design in the form of a “capsule” with the dimensions of 98x168x98 mm and weighing 1480 g. But the appearance is not the main quality of the device, because the router is characterized by outstanding performance, power and other properties, which we will consider in more detail.</p><p>As expected, the router works on all standards and frequencies, and it can operate in two bands simultaneously. Can connect to devices over the air at up to 1300 Mbps. It uses a 32 dBM transmitter which provides a wide coverage area.</p><p>The switch has three high-speed gigabit ports and an additional USB 2 interface.0 Type A. Inside there is a 2048 GB hard disk, which is used as a file server and a home cloud storage.</p><p>In terms of software, this model is not inferior to others in the group. It has a built-in print-server function, possibility of guest connection with the corresponding restrictions, FireWall, NAT packet redirection, full VPN support, data encryption by four protocols,</p><p>To configure the router, you can use the proprietary utility AirPort Uti</p><li>ty.<h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>the original design;</li><li>illustrious brand;</li><li>coverage area;</li><li>home cloud storage;</li><li>communication speed and stability;</li><li>Built-in hard drive;</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>no apparent disadvantages noted.</li></ul><h3>ASUS RT-AX88U</h3><p>Rating: 4.9</p><div style=ASUS RT-AX88U

        The next router in our review is positioned as a gaming one. This is evidenced by everything in this case – its characteristics, angular aggressive design and not at all “ordinary” cost.

        Given the high demands that modern games set for any hardware, here the key indicators are really on the top level and meet the highest modern standards. For example, the router supports the latest standard of wireless Wi-Fi connection – the sixth generation 802.11ax. This is a great asset for the future, when this standard will be firmly embedded in everyday life.

        A definite advantage – the wireless communication is top-notch, at all levels. For example, with the 4×4 antenna configuration, 160 MHz wide channels, and 1024-QAM quadrature modulation, the overall data transfer rate over the internal Wi-Fi network here is a record 6000 Mbps. Of course, a router of this premium level is a dual-band router with 2.4/5 GHz. And that speed is distributed as follows: 1148 Mbps in band 2.4 GHz, and 4804 Mbps is 5 GHz.

        The router also commands respect from the interfaces. It has eight LAN-ports with Gigabit speed each. And that’s important for gameplay too, when you’re not sure or able to connect wirelessly.

        The source of external Internet connection in this router is an external modem. Connected via high-speed USB 3.2 Gen 1 on Type A jack. There are two such ports. In addition, there is an additional, ninth LAN-port with RJ-45 connector, which can be used as an alternative or primary connection to the Internet source.

        From Yandex user review.Market with the status of “Level 2 Gadget Inspector”: “excellent build quality, stable Wi-Fi, 4-core processor, support for Wi-Fi 6 standard (802.11ax), fast operation with external USB 3.0 drives, 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.”.


        • Effective and extremely high quality antenna configuration;
        • wide communication channels;
        • exceptionally high data transfer speeds over the internal network;
        • Wi-Fi 6 standard support (802.11ax);
        • 8 Gigabit network LAN ports;
        • impressive design.


        • Minor irregular user comments.


        Rating: 4.8

        Keenetic<ul></div><p>tra KN-1810″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/98416666193291-5019.jpg” height=”460″ title=”Keenetic</p><ul>tra KN-1810″><p>Again in our review, the brand Keenetic, this time in the top segment, though far from the most expensive variant, if we compare it with the previous models in this selection. On a number of points it loses ASUS RT-AX88U, but here the price is half as much, and originally the manufacturer had not had such impressive ambitions, as in ASUS.</p><p>This router can be safely attributed to the category of optimal telecommunications products in terms of combination of price, quality and features. It’s dual-band, of course, but that’s not the main thing. It features Wave 2 MU-MIMO multiuser connectivity technology, which greatly expands the device’s ability to interact with many home or office network devices.</p><p>Router has three ways to connect to the Internet: SFP transceiver, external modem (supports 4G LTE) via USB and a standard network port with RJ-45 socket. There are two different generations of USB ports for full compatibility: USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen 1, both on Type A jack.</p><p>Outside wireless data transmission is through the 4 regular antennas. There are 4 Gigabit LAN ports for wired connection of devices. There are as many as two function keys for easy setup. They make it much easier to interact with the router when you need to switch to another mode or change settings.</p><p>Compared to the previous generation of the same line, the experienced users are not without the pleasure to say that the Keenetic</p><ul>The KN-1810 does make important changes and improvements. For example, the problem of hang-ups during overloads is solved, the quality of reception and range are significantly increased.<p>From the review of a verified Yandex buyer.Marketplace with “Level 4 Gadget Inspector”: User-friendly and flexible operating system with auto-updates. Ability to control from your phone, ssh, telnet. The ability to specify subnets with different access settings (home and work, for instance). Ability to make a mash system – to combine several routers into one network. Seamless wifi switching with 2.4 by 5″.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>premium quality;</li><li>MU-MIMO support;</li><li>combination of price, quality and features;</li><li>three variants of connection to the Internet;</li><li>4 Gigabit LAN-ports;</li><li>4G LTE support;</li><li>two function keys;</li><li>three years manufacturing warranty.</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>User comments about the irrationally huge package.</li></ul><h3>ASUS RT-AC68U</h3><p>Rating: 4.8</p><div style=ASUS RT-AC68U

        Another top level ASUS router in our review is actually a “close relative” of the above mentioned ASUS RT-AX88U, but in fact it differs from it greatly. Namely, it is much simpler and the features are not as extensive. An optimal choice for those who don’t need too much functionality, but more importantly stability and reliability.

        This dual-band router uses an external modem with 4G LTE support connected via USB as its Internet source. The ports arrangement is the same as for RT-AX88U: USB 2 port and USB 2 port.0 Type A and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A. And exactly the same 4 Gigabit LAN-ports for connecting devices via wired connection. One additional LAN-port – external, it can be used as an additional or main connection of the router to the Internet.

        Despite some simplifications, the already existing technology in this model is implemented to the highest standard. So, even in the range of 2.4 GHz technology
        TurboQAM offers impressive data throughput of up to 600Mbps with compatible network equipment.

        Maximum speed of the Internet connection – 1900 Mbps. Actually, the wi-fi itself is distributed through three external antennas. The device can also operate in bridge or repeater mode.

        The vendor puts a lot of emphasis on information security in this router. For example, here is implemented the advanced system of information security AiProtection, which is based on another effective technology

        end Micro.

        Some users may appreciate the additional functionality of the router, such as support for IPTV, a built-in print-server, the ability to build a router into a peer-to-peer network using Mesh Wi-Fi.

        From Yandex user review.Market with the status of “Level 4 Gadget Inspector”: “2 ranges. High wifi speed (especially at 5 GHz, t.k. the band is not yet clogged with neighbors). Supported by third-party firmware. Gigabit ports. Dual core ARM. Lots of memory (at least for my tasks). Cute.


        • stability, reliability and reliability;
        • 4 Gigabit LAN-ports;
        • Two USB ports to connect external modems;
        • IPTV support;
        • Removable external antennas;
        • The possibility to work as a mote or repeater;
        • Mesh Wi-Fi support;
        • Many additional useful services.


        • There is a certain percentage of comments about the strong heat.

        Best mobile (handheld) Wi-Fi routers

        And now moving on to the final group of devices in our ranking – these are miniature routers, which are convenient to use in conditions of frequent travel or even directly on the road.

        Huawei E5577

        Rating: 4.7

        Huawei E5577

        Consider first of all an interesting mobile router produced by the Chinese company Huawei, well known for its high quality and inexpensive telecommunications equipment. Dimensions of the device – 97x17x58 mm, weight – 110 g.

        Router is optimized to receive and distribute the Internet via the SIM-card of the mobile operator with 4G technology, but also supports 3G. Wireless connectivity (sharing) is done via Wi-Fi standard 802.11n on two frequencies used in the technology. Connection to local devices over the air can be made at speeds up to 300 Mbps.

        Actual receive/transmit speeds are as follows. Reception speed limit for 3G – 42.2 Mbps, for 4G – up to 150 Mbps. The upload speed limit for 3G is 5.76 Mbps, for 4G it’s 50 Mbps.

        The hardware of the router is characterized by very impressive characteristics, which in some places are not inferior to desktop models. Thus, the RAM-memory is set here as much as 128 MB and the same amount of built-in memory. More memory can be added at the expense of the microSD card – the router can act as a file server. Built-in 1500 mAh battery provides up to six hours of battery life. There are two TS-9 sockets on the body for connecting external antennas.

        Router can also function as a repeater, has a built-in DHCP server function, provides encryption for three major protocols.

        This model is covered by a 36-month manufacturer’s warranty.


        • compactness;
        • Can be configured to receive only 3G;
        • Power from the mains during operation;
        • user-friendly web interface;
        • autonomy;


        • The discrepancy between the claimed connection speed and the actual speed.

      • nk Zone
      • Rating: 4.6

        Alcatel<li></div><p>nk Zone” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/9316666193301-2519.jpg” height=”376″ title=”Alcatel</p><li>Zone”><p>Another easy, pocket-sized Alcatel for your mobile Internet device anywhere you go. This is not quite a miniature “whistle,” but the size of the router is still very modest – 88x60x13mm. Weighs only 78g.</p><p>Router gets Internet from mobile networks via SIM-card, all technologies up to 4G LTE are supported. In addition, it has a built-in card reader for microSD memory cards, but a very small amount up to 32 GB. Another thing is that for this type of device some hundreds of gigabytes are not really needed, so it can not be considered a disadvantage.</p><p>The device works completely autonomously due to its own 1800 mAh battery. A full charge lasts up to 7 hours of work, depending on the intensity of use. If you intensively broadcast wi-fi to several devices, the router can get noticeably hot, but it’s not too hot to handle.</p><p>This tiny device contains very good and powerful electronics: Qualcomm MDM9207 or RealTek RTL8192ES processors, 128 MB RAM and 256 MB permanent memory. To connect the router is simple – just insert the SIM card, and in most cases the router “picks up” the necessary settings. In rare cases you will need to make adjustments to the settings, but this is quite simple and easy to do through a mobile app.</p><p>In general, users have a high opinion of this router, clearly defining it as one of the best options for country houses, trips or even trips abroad. As for the latter, there may be some difficulties and failures, but, as the same users say, more often these problems are due to the peculiarities of travel SIM cards and, accordingly, the international operators.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>Good catching signal;</li><li>sturdy, good quality of the body material and assembly;</li><li>easy to connect;</li><li>easy setup via a mobile app;</li><li>autonomous operation, independent of the computer;</li><li>Not a bad removable battery – up to 7 hours of battery life.</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>only works in range 2.4 GHz.</li></ul><h3> Huawei E8372</h3><p>Rating: 4.5</p><div style=Huawei E8372

        And to conclude this group rating, and in general the review of the best Wi-Fi routers from Expertology, we will consider another model manufactured by Huawei. This is quite a tiny device, it measures 30x14x94 mm and weighs 40 g.

        Model is optimized to receive the Internet in mobile LTE networks, but also supports 3G, EDGE, GPRS, GSM and HSPA+. In fact, this device is a modem with built-in function of distributing Internet via Wi-Fi.

        Connects to your computer via USB, the power is also via USB. There is a jack for connecting the external antenna. Modem router capabilities allow you to connect up to ten devices simultaneously via the air. There is a slot for a microSD card up to 32 GB.

        The actual speed characteristics are as follows. The speed limit for receiving – 42.7 Mbps for 3g, 150 Mbps for LTE, 236.8 Kbps for 2g. Upload speed limit – 5.72mbps for 3g and 50mbps for LTE.


        • microscopic size;
        • Wide support for networks from 2g to LTE;
        • easy to use;


        • limited functionality.
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