Best Wi-Fi Routers For 2022

Best Wi-Fi Routers For 2022 - Your Choice Way

A new router can have a dramatic effect on your home Wi-Fi coverage and speed, which can improve your connection to the internet. These are the best buys.

Web pages loading slowly, videos buffering and online games too laggy? It could be time to upgrade your router.

Many people install the Wi-Fi router supplied by their broadband provider and never think any more about it, but it’s possible to upgrade it for a model that will deliver a signal to more rooms in your home and faster Wi-Fi speeds.

But before you take a look at the routers we recommend, there are two key things to know:

1 – Wi-Fi speed is not the same thing as internet speed. If your internet connection is slow, making the Wi-Fi in your home faster won’t change that: it will still be slow. Use a speed-testing tool online (such as www.speedtest.com) to see how fast your internet is. Preferably, do this from a laptop connected to your router via a network cable to ensure slow Wi-Fi isn’t a factor in the test. You can also test your Wi-Fi speed independently of your broadband so you can determine where any bottleneck is.

2 – Replacing your existing router isn’t the only option. That’s because you can now buy a mesh Wi-Fi system. This is essentially a kit of two or three wireless routers which work together to provide a strong signal even across the largest of homes. Your phone or other mobile device will switch seamlessly between these routers as you move around your home.

Mesh systems aren’t as expensive as you might think and are very easy to install as they connect to your existing router. 

If you decide a mesh system isn’t for you and you still want to buy a new router, make sure you know which type you need. There are two: those with a modem built in and those without one.

In the UK, ‘modem routers’ are common because most people still use ADSL or VDSL broadband, both of which require a modem. The other type is used for cable broadband, such as Virgin Media, or any other service that provides a separate box to which a Wi-Fi router would connect.

The latest standard is Wi-Fi 6E, but the high price of these devices means most people will opt for Wi-Fi 6. It’s worth choosing a Wi-Fi 6 router even if you don’t yet have a phone, laptop or other device which has Wi-Fi 6, as they’re backwards compatible with older Wi-Fi standards.

In fact, if your reason for reading this is because you need better Wi-Fi in just one room, you could be better off buying a set of powerline network adapters with built-in Wi-Fi.

So, there are quite a few options open to you, but if you want to keep things simple and replace your old router with a new one, then here’s what we recommend you buy.

1. Asus RT-AX55

1. Asus RT-AX55
Pros
  • Great price
  • Good performance
Cons
  • No modem
  • No USB port
Best Prices Today: $99.99 at Amazon

If you have an older Wi-Fi 4 router, the RT-AX55 should be a noticeable upgrade. Not in looks, probably, as the black plastic finish and insect-like antennae make it virtually indistinguishable from the many similar-looking routers we’ve reviewed over the years.

There’s a lot that’s changed behind the scenes, though. For one thing, there’s Wi-Fi 6 support plus a great companion app that makes it a breeze to set up the router when you first get it.

After that you can use it for checking what’s connected to the network and for basic parental controls, such as defining when Wi-Fi is available to certain devices.

Built-in TrendMicro software scans for viruses right on the router, but this isn’t a substitute for running antivirus software on your PCs or Android phones.

As it supports Asus AiMesh, you can use any compatible Asus routers alongside the RT-AX55 to form a mesh network. But it’s not cost-effective to buy the AX55 first, then add more nodes later. You’re better off buying a mesh system now and turning off the Wi-Fi on your old router.

The AX55 isn’t the last word in performance, but at this price, it’s great value. Just remember there’s no built-in modem.

Read our full Asus RT-AX55 review

2. Linksys Hydra Pro 6

2. Linksys Hydra Pro 6
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Supports mesh Wi-Fi
Cons
  • No modem
  • Blocky and bulky design

It may not be the cheapest Wi-Fi 6 router, but there’s a lot to like about the Hydra 6 Pro. Unlike its identical-looking predecessor, the MR7350, this is an AX5400 router which should equate to better performance.

And the Linksys Hydra Pro 6 does offer good performance. It also has a lot of useful features and, though more expensive than the AX55 above, still represents good value for money. That’s in the UK, at least, because it’s considerably more expensive in the US for reasons unknown to us.

The option to expand the Hydra 6 Pro’s coverage using Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi units might appeal to some, especially those that can’t afford the upfront cost of such a system right now.

However, there are plenty of affordable mesh systems that can replace your existing router’s Wi-Fi for not much more money than the Hydra Pro 6, and they are a better choice if your priority is huge Wi-Fi coverage but not outright  speed.

Like other modern routers, the Linksys has an app which makes it easy to set up and manage. Even the interface you see in a web browser is decent, but the app is handy for some settings, such as prioritising up to three devices on your network to get the best connection speeds.


3. Honor Router 3

3. Honor Router 3
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes in white
Cons
  • No modem
  • No USB port
You may know the Honor name from the smartphones and wearables the company makes. It also makes affordable networking gear and, as you can see, it’s not just a clone of all the others. The white design sets it apart and makes it more living-room friendly, despite those protruding antennae.

When we first heard about the Router 3, we couldn’t quite believe the price. But it’s not too good to be true: you really can get a decent Wi-Fi 6 router for this little money.

There are some compromises: just three Gigabit LAN ports once you’ve used the fourth to connect up your existing modem or cable router, and there’s no USB port for adding a hard drive, or powering smart home hubs.

Not so much a compromise (since more expensive routers also have this issue) but do note that there’s no built-in modem, so you’ll need to keep your current router, and just turn off its Wi-Fi and (ideally) put it in bridge mode, but the Router 3 can also be set to bridge mode and effectively be used as a Wi-Fi 6 access point.

You can manage it via the nice-looking web interface, or use the Huawei SmartHome app for iPhone or AI Life for Android.

Performance is better than Tenda’s AC10U but not a whole lot quicker than, say the Virgin Super Hub 3. Where it earns its keep is in range: you’ll get a faster, stronger signal in those far-away rooms that ISP routers tend to be incapable of providing.

Read our full Honor Router 3 review

4. TP-Link Archer AX50

4. TP-Link Archer AX50
Pros
  • Lots of features
  • Fast speeds
Cons
  • No modem
  • Wide design
Best Prices Today: $104.99 at Amazon

TP-Link is well known for making great-value networking kit and the Archer AX50 is no exception. It isn’t as cheap as some routers here, but it makes up for this with lots of features.

One is the built-in TrendMicro antivirus software and another is the decent parental controls, though neither are good enough to completely replace dedicated apps.

Talking of apps, TP-Link Tether runs on your phone and makes setting up the AX50 extremely simple. You can also use it to manage those parental controls, antivirus and other features such as quality of service (QoS). There’s even Alexa integration, allowing you to control certain router features with your voice.

Performance, considering this is a single router, is very good, with Wi-Fi 6 speeds of almost 1200Mbps in our tests. Unlike some Wi-Fi 6 routers, it supports 160MHz channels, which will improve speeds for compatible phones, laptops and other devices.

The AX50 won’t give you whole-home coverage like a mesh system, but it’s impressive nonetheless.


5. Tenda AC10U

5. Tenda AC10U
Pros
  • Very affordable
  • USB port
Cons
  • Not the fastest or best coverage
Best Prices Today: $40.67 at Amazon

If you’re after a Wi-Fi 5 router to replace your standard ISP offering, the Tenda AC10U is an inexpensive way to do so. It’s easy to set up and use and has a useful companion app for managing the router from your phone.

Don’t expect it to match expensive routers for performance, though. Speed is fine but not the best you can get.

Ultimately, if you can afford to spend more you can get better Wi-Fi speed and range from the Honor Router 3.

Read our full Tenda AC10U review

6. D-Link DIR-X1560

6. D-Link DIR-X1560
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Good speeds
Cons
  • Middling range
  • No modem
Best Prices Today: $44.70 at Amazon

Like several others here, the DIR-X1650 is aimed at those who want to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 but are on a strict budget.

It’s good to see D-Link hasn’t skimped on Ethernet ports – there are five in total, leaving four once you’ve hooked up your modem.

There’s no USB port, though, which means no connecting a spare USB hard drive.

The D-Link Wi-Fi app lets you manage the router from your phone, set Wi-Fi schedules and other features, but it’s much like its rivals: you can’t do everything and will need the web interface for more advanced settings.

Performance is good, but coverage is not outstanding, making this a good choice for flats or smaller homes.


7. Synology RT2600ac

7. Synology RT2600ac
Pros
  • Works like a Synology NAS drive
Cons
  • Not Wi-Fi 6
Best Prices Today: $219.85 at Amazon

Synology has approached its router range with the same design ethic as its excellent NAS range and the RT2600ac is the stunning result.

Where some router manufacturers merely talk about security, flexibility and performance, the RT2600ac unequivocally delivers on all three counts.

It’s also pretty handy if you don’t already own a NAS drive, as you can attach a hard drive to this router and it’ll basically become one.

8. Netgear XR500 Nighthawk Pro

8. Netgear XR500 Nighthawk Pro
Pros
  • Gamer-specific management features
Cons
  • No modem
  • Not Wi-Fi 6
Best Prices Today: $200.00 at Amazon

As gaming routers go, this is a spectacular one. The DumaOS gives the XR500 the sort of operating system flexibility that you get from a Synology NAS. The operating system is focused on effective network management rather than providing network services, though.

We’d like it to be cheaper, but that is so true of many of the most desirable devices. If you can afford it, and need the features it offers, you won’t be disappointed.

9. AVM Fritz!Box 7590

9. AVM Fritz!Box 7590
Pros
  • Built-in ADSL/VDSL modem
Cons
  • Expensive
A router by name, yet so much more in reality. The AVM Fritz!Box 7590 makes other router makers just look like they’re just not trying.

However, it’s expensive and you’ll need to use the extra features on offer to make it worth spending the extra money.

One of those features is the ability to use with the Fritz!Repeater 3000 to form a mesh Wi-Fi network.

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Best Wi-Fi Routers For 2022 Best Wi-Fi Routers For 2022 Reviewed by Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera on Monday, July 11, 2022 Rating: 5

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