Review of the top 10 Routers of 2015






If you currently are on the market shopping for a router, this article will be valuable, we have reviewed the top routers currently available for 2015.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 (R8000)

Netgear Nighthawk X6 (R8000) review
Important information:

  • Price: $300
  • Type the router: AC3200 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600 Mb / s), 2 integrated 5 GHz (2×1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: 1 pc. – USB 2.0 and 1 pc. USB 3.0

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has definitely been a success for Netgear. This year’s winner of CES – the Netgear Nighthawk X6 (R8000). Based on the Broadcom platform including the XStream, has two 5 GHz radio systems each operating at a speed of 1300 Mb / s). It allows you to achieve a total capacity of up to 3.2 Gb / s. Has a dual-core processor running at 1 GHz. It is worth remembering that XStream uses 3 additional ARM processors to handle the radio systems. There is also a USB 2.0 and 3.0 and has the ability to install alternative software.

Linksys EA9200

Linksys EA9200 review
Important information:

  • Price: $300
  • Type the router: AC3200 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb /s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600 Mb / s), 2 integrated 5 GHz (2×1300 Mb /s)
  • Antenna Type: external and internal
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: 1 pc. – USB 2.0 and 1 pc. USB 3.0

Linksys EA9200 is another solution that supports the 802.11ac standard and AC3200. From its hardware specs Linksys has exactly the same components in terms of band and network features as the Netgear R8000. Comes with 5Ghz and one 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi bands. Among other things, support a 5 GHz Broadcom BCM43602 controller. Has a “logical thinking” dual-core 1 GHz ARM processors. Two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) media support, interestingly offers FAT32, NTFS and HFS + . We are dealing with an advanced home networking device with a simple configuration interface.

ASUS RT-AC68U

ASUS RT-AC68U review
Important information:

  • Price: $280
  • Type the router: AC1900 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

Asus RT-AC68U dual-band model and is an extension of RT-AC66U. In addition to an elegant and quite original design the manufacturer also put on lots of effort in high performance. The device allows you to work with 802.11ac WiFi networks up to 1300 Mb / s and 2.4 GHz networks up to 600 Mb / s. Achieving good performance is made possible by Broadcom TurboQAM technology. The router also includes a 4-port Gigabit switch, dual-core processor and 2 USB ports, one 3.0. Has a nice download manager, file server, and multimedia and VPN server built in.

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station review
Important information:

  • Price: $200
  • Type the router: AC1750 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 3 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb /
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (450 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb/ s)
  • Antenna Type: internal
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: USB 2.0

Apple is a manufacturer known mainly for its MacBook Pro computers, tablets and smartphones. But since 2003, they have continued to development its AirPort Extreme router first presented in 1999, and now has produced the AirPort Extreme Base Station. The newest AirPort Extreme router that supports 802.11ac standard (up to 1300 Mb / s) and 802.11n (up to 450 Mb / s). Dual-band solution has a USB 2.0 port for connecting a printer or hard drive. Communication is complemented by 3-Port Gigabit a Gigabit LAN and WAN Switch. Works best with Apple products.

TP-Link Archer D7 AC1750

TP-Link Archer D7 review
Important information:

  1. Price: $200
  2. Type the router: AC1750 wireless router with ADSL
  3. The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  4. Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  5. A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (450 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  6. Antenna Type: External
  7. Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  8. USB Ports: USB 2.0

The TP-Link Archer D7 is very different, with a minimalist design, is primarily directed to the users who also need to have a ADSL modem and this particular router has a built-in ADSL2+ modem. If we need to change our ISP we do not need to replace the router. Archer is equipped with an EWAN port that allows connection to be established with a VDSL. Has a four-Gigabit LAN switch, and support for 802.11ac standard (AC1750 class router). With two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0), you can share data from a connected media device or share a printer.

Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys WRT1900AC review
Important information:

  • Price: $260
  • Type the router: AC1900 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 / eSATA

New in the old skin – this is a way to determine the most efficient Linksys SOHO router. Presented at CES 2014 its iconic design refers to the WRT54G. The new WRT1900AC received a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM processor, 256 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM. Is one of the few routers to have in addition to USB 3.0 and 2.0 also has an eSATA port. Supports 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as the 802.11ac standard. Users will enjoy access to the manufacturer’s SDK and router software code.

D-Link DIR-880L

D-Link Dir-880L review
Important information:

  • Price: $175
  • Type the router: AC1900 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (450 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

The D-Link DIR series router has a new model the 880L, that has returned to the classic form of home routers. Instead of cylindrical structures it has the typical parallelepiped-shaped housing with three external antennas. Inside there is a dual-core processor and 256 MB of RAM. As befits a modern router device, it supports 802.11ac (Class AC1900), VPN server functions and multimedia service. Has two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) allows you to connect a printer or hard drive. Mydlink service makes it easy to manage your router and home network remotely.

ASUS DSL-AC68U

ASUS DSL-AC68U reviewImportant information:

  • Price: $200
  • Type the router: AC1900 wireless router with ADSL / VDSL and support for 3G / 4G
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600 Mb / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, separately for the 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0

One router to do everything? Yes? Well, almost. The Asus DSL-AC68U is a highly versatile solution to use your router as both an ADSL / VDSL, Ethernet and 3G / 4G. Its wireless network supports the latest 802.11ac standard in the class AC1900. It therefore provides 600-megabit bandwidth at 2.4 GHz and up to 1300 Mb / s at 5 GHz. Has built-in USB 3.0 that can be used not only to connect a USB modem, but also a hard drive or printer. Quick setup and clean interface with ASUSWRT AiCloud cloud support.

DrayTek Vigor 2760n

Draytek Vigor 2760n review
Important information:

  • Price: £134
  • Type the router: N300 Wireless Router with ADSL
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • USB Ports: USB 2.0

Although the DrayTek Vigor 2760n is not representative of the devices that support the latest WiFi 802.11ac standard it has its merits. It’s a very customizable router for home and small business with advanced capabilities. The device can connect to the internet through EWAN, VDSL / ADSL USB modem and 3G / 4G. Has a built-in 4-port LAN switch with support for VLANs that enable the creation of an advanced logical LAN topology. For WiFi, the system corresponds to operating in the 2.4 GHz band (up to 300 Mb / s). To end it has 2 USB 2.0 ports, VPN server, and an advanced protection system and you can control your network’s bandwidth.

TP-Link Archer C9

TP-Link Archer C9 review
Important information:

  • Price: $160
  • Type the router: AC1900 wireless router
  • The number of the LAN ports and speed: 4 pcs. 10/100/1000 Mb / s
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b / g / n, 802.11an / ac
  • A wireless network speed: 2.4 GHz (600MB / s), 5 GHz (1300 Mb / s)
  • Antenna Type: External
  • Guest network: yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0.

The TP-Link offer is already in a power group of routers mainly the Archer C2, C5 and C7. In the end, it was time to refresh the line of of its high-performance routers. The manufacturer unveiled two new models – Archer C8 – AC1750 class router and Archer C9 (AC1900). “Nine” is currently the fastest model offered as a home router from TP-Link that serves WiFi network bandwidth of up to 1900 Mb / s. Performance for a wired network is provided thanks to a 4-port Gigabit LAN switch. On the other hand, for router management it has a dual-core processor. Do not forget it has USB ports, a media server IPv6 functionality.