Finding the best WiFi router is tricky. With so many models and different standards, it is difficult to know what works with today’s streaming needs. Many routers experience routine signal issues due to tons of interference, causing lots of latency and packet loss issues. Following up on our previous article explaining 21st Century networking, we wanted to also bring to you some of the best routers on the market. After countless days searching for the Best WiFi routers on the market that work well with LiquidSky, we’ve picked our favorites, and also several alternatives that will fit any budget needs.
Our Top Router Picks:
As the old axiom goes, ‘You get what you pay for’. These routers are expensive, but for good reason: they have powerful processors and Tri-Band performance, meaning you can connect 3 devices simultaneously without loss of connectivity. Plus, they are Gigabit and are going to scale for a very long time.
Current Amazon Price: $259.99 USD
If you’re looking for the best router for all your gadgets, look no further than the Nighthawk. 6 high-powered antennas swoop around the device giving the maximum range around your home. No need to compete with LiquidSky or Netflix: Your family can enjoy both at the same time.
Current Amazon Price: $219.99 USD
Looking to get the most out of LiquidSky? D-Link’s premier router has been purposely designed for video and game streaming. It automatically distributes traffic in your home to meet your device’s needs, giving you the most when you need it.
Current Amazon Price: $228.88 USD
Open-source meets the best networking available. Linksys routers have been the standard in reliable networking for over a decade, and their latest model combines old-school durability with Tri-Band WiFi designed for streaming & gaming. Oh, and it’s open-sourced firmware means it can do more than any ordinary router.
Don’t have the cash to spend on the best? We’ve got a list for you: These routers are some of the best value you’ll find anywhere. They may not have all the bells and whistles of the other routers listed above, but they’ll get the job done, and be a definite upgrade to your old networking solution.
Current Amazon Price: $107.99 USD
Looking for top-tier without spending the cash? The Nighthawk AC1750 gives you the same extra features that its much more expensive brother (AC3200) does at ½ the price. What you’re missing out on are Tri-Band and 3 antennas. For most users without a lot of family or roommates hogging your internet, this Nighthawk will be plenty sufficient.
Current Amazon Price: $69.99 USD
Dual-Band. 4 antenna. Quad-Core CPU. Gigabit. Less than $80? You betcha! It’s main catch: A slightly slower 867mb/s rated 5GHZ connection. Not a beast, but still a perfectly fine router. If you need to compromise on price but need a router that’s perfect for the family, the Asus is definitely a great choice.
Current Amazon Price: $69.99 USD
Want just a fast router with no bells-and-whistles? The Smart Router gives you a 1333mb/s rated 5GHZ connection, Gigabit Ethernet and….that’s pretty much it. No external antenna. No intelligent switching. Just a clean router that’ll give you reliable and fast internet. Perfect for those who live in a small apartment looking for a fast router on the cheap.
Current Amazon Price: $45.30 USD
At less than $50, this Tenda is the cheapest Gigabit 5GHZ router we found on the market with no strings attached. Just like the Asus, it outputs a maximum of 867mb/s on 5GHZ. It may not have the best signal reach or the fastest speeds, but it will get your network up-to-speed with the latest networking tech on the cheap.
Our Top USB Receiver Picks:
Already have a great WiFi router, but your computer’s receiver is terrible? These little dongles will give you the performance bump you need. The best WiFi cards will get a faster signal, but these picks will more than suffice to get your old or cheap gear back into shape.
This receiver definitely won’t win any beauty awards. While bulky, the TP-Link gives you great reception quality with a beefy external antenna. You’ll definitely get a nice boost in signal strength if your on-board WiFi can’t get to your room.
While not the best in range, the OurLink give you much faster speeds than many cheap on-board WiFi receivers on both laptops and desktops. Its low-profile design means you can stick it in and no one will notice.
We hope our guide to our Best WiFi Routers helps you get up-to-speed on all your networking needs. Be sure to also check out our in-depth guide here to get you started on your wireless networking journey. Have any router suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!