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Best wireless routers 2020: the best routers available today

Why write about the best wireless router? Most people just rent their router from their internet provider and don’t give it another thought. However, having a quality connection is important, regardless of whether you want to boost your game’s internet bandwidth, connect several devices at once, or fill a large coverage area with a strong signal.

With any old router, you might experience an intermittent or weak signal. But the best wireless router gets out of the way of your internet connection at the very least. But they’re not limited to just a strong connection. They come with some impressive bells and whistles that ensure no interruptions while playing the best PC games, streaming Netflix in HD or 4K, or working on the cloud.

Since there are a plethora of choices out there, we’ve put together our list of the best wireless routers for you to choose from. They’ve all been tested and reviewed here at TechRadar so you know you’re getting the best of the best. Read on for our selection of the best wireless routers on the market.

Best wireless routers 2020 at a glance

  1. Google Nest Wifi 
  2. Google Wifi
  3. Asus RT-AC86U
  4. Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500
  5. TP-Link Archer C5400 v2
  6. Netgear Orbi Pro
  7. Netgear Orbi AC2200 RBK23
  8. TP-Link Deco M9
  9. D-Link Covr-C1203
  10. Eero Home Wi-Fi System

Google Nest Wifi

Google Nest Wifi takes the Google Wifi and gives it the capabilities of Google Home. (Image credit: Google)

1. Google Nest Wifi

Google Wifi and Home together at long last

Speed: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5 GHz simultaneous dual-band | Connectivity: Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports | Features: Advanced security chip, Nest Wifi point with Google Assistant, privacy control

Excellent design

Smart speaker(s) included

Even simpler controls

No major performance gains

Not worth replacing existing mesh

Google kicks things up a notch in its Google Wifi line with its latest installment. Don’t get us wrong; the original Google Wifi is still among the best wireless routers today. However, if you’re all about the smart home life, then you’ll appreciate the pure genius of Google Nest Wifi. This wireless router takes the Google Wifi, gives it the capabilities of Google Home and wraps it all up in an even sleeker and more appealing package. It’s a mesh router and a smart speaker in one, all with the simplicity that Google Wifi is known for.

Read the full review: Google Nest Wifi

Google Wifi

Google Wifi is proof that the mesh revolution is coming. (Image credit: Google)

2. Google Wifi

The future of wireless networking gets affordable

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz down: 101.41 Mbps, 2.4GHz down: 47.53 Mbps | Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports per Wifi point (1 WAN and 1 LAN port each) | Features: AC1200 2 x 2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi, TX beamforming, Bluetooth Smart ready

Super simple setup

Great value

Limited hardware control

Lower AC rating

The days of traditional wireless routers are coming to an end; the age of the wireless mesh routers is here. Google Wi-Fi, alone, is proof that the mesh revolution is upon us, which means that you might be saying goodbye to the days when the only way to have wireless bliss was to install a number of wireless extenders. The idea of Google Wi-Fi is simple: purchase a set of points, put them in strategic places around the house and then scan a QR code. And, just like that, you’re connected anywhere you are in your home. It’s no surprise that this wireless mesh router claims the loftiest spot on our best wireless routers list of 2019, as it’s also the one that’s most effortless to set up and get going.

Read the full review: Google Wifi

Asus RT-AC86U

Asus RT-AC86U easily outclasses practically all the wireless routers on the market. (Image credit: Asus)

3. Asus RT-AC86U

Performance as loud as the design

Speed: 802.11ac 1734 Mbps down | Connectivity: 4 x Gigabit LAN, Gigabit Wan, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, WTFast Gamers Private Network

Extensive firmware

Great speed and coverage

Complex firmware

Divisive looks

If you’re well-acquainted with Asus, especially its gaming computers, then you likely have a general idea of what the Asus RT-AC86U brings to the table. This wireless router may look like the lovechild of Doritos and Mountain Dew, if they spent a night together in a router making machine. But, inside that kitschy gaming aesthetic is a wireless router that, for its price, effortlessly outclasses almost all of its rivals on the market. Even better, you’re also not paying a premium for a gaming device, so if you’re looking for a high-speed connection with an affordable price tag, the Asus RT-AC86U should be at the top of your list.

Read the full review: Asus RT-AC86U 

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 is supercharged for your online gaming needs. (Image credit: Netgear)

4. Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

A fantastic gaming router

Speed: 802.11ac 1.7GHz dual-core processor | Connectivity: 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports (4 LAN + 1 WAN) | Features: Two WiFi bands simultaneously, 4 external antennas, 15 more channels in 5GHz

Super-fast

Amazing DumaOS software

Not fazed by tricky architectural conditions

No broadband modem

Pricey

Unhelpful documentation

The Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 might be pricey and lacks a broadband modem. However, this is still a router that delivers, especially on getting those pings down. Designed for homes with gamers in-house, it’s supercharged for your online gaming needs, keeping those high “ping” and latency rates down to deliver an excellent connection whether you’re playing Call of Duty or PUBG. If you’re willing to pay a pretty penny – and if you’re a serious gamer, you should be – this is one of the best wireless routers to consider.

Read the full review: Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Google Wifi. 

TP-Link Archer C5400 v2

TP-Link Archer C5400 v2 can bridge consumer and enterprise users by offering high-end functionality at a reasonable price point. (Image credit: TP-Link)

Weird looks, great performance

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz down: up to 2,167 Mbps, 2.4GHz down: up to 1,000 Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x LAN, WAN, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, Tri-band Wi-Fi, 8 external antennas, Alexa voice control