Best Router for Gaming 2018 - TOP 5 - 5Ghz, AC & Budget Reviews

BEST ROUTER FOR GAMING 2018

We review the best wireless routers for gaming in May 2018

In this review round up of the markets top gaming routers​​​​, we check out the top routers from all the leading manufactures to help you quickly and easily find the BEST router for GAMING in 2018. ​No matter your budget we have everything you need to make an informed purchase below.

​Don't make the same mistake the author made... and buy a bad router that causes constant drop outs! Our review below (written by a real gamer) has everything YOU need to read BEFORE you buy!

These days you can find gaming laptops that are able to run the best PC games at stable frame rates some models can even handle everything in 4K.

A few years ago, you would be crazy to try and play "real" game on a laptop. But, times have changed with high spec gaming laptops being produced by Dell, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte and HP.

ASUS Gaming Router Tri-band WiFi (Up to 5334 Mbps) for VR & 4K streaming, 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, Gaming Port, Whole Home Mesh System, & AiProtection network with 8 x Gigabit LAN ports(GT-AC5300)

This buyers guide is constantly updated to provide you with up to date with the best routers specifically for gaming, last updated in September 2018.

Best Gaming Router 2018

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ASUS Gaming Router Tri-band WiFi (Up to 5334 Mbps) for VR & 4K streaming, 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, Gaming Port, Whole Home Mesh System, & AiProtection network with 8 x Gigabit LAN ports(GT-AC5300)

Best Overall Gaming Router 2018

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ASUS Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router (AC3100) with MU-MIMO, supporting AiProtection network security by Trend Micro, AiMesh for Mesh WiFi system, and WTFast game Accelerator (RT-AC88U)

Best Value Gaming Router 2018

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ASUS Whole Home Dual-Band AiMesh Router (AC1900) for Mesh Wifi System (Up to 1900 Mbps) - AiProtection Network Security by Trend Micro, Adaptive QoS & Parental Control (RT-AC68U)

Best Budget Gaming Router

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Netgear (R7000-100PAS) Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

Best Mid-range Router

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Linksys AC3200 Dual-Band WiFi Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine (WRT32X)

DO NOT BUY

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We review the latest gaming hardware to help YOU make informed purchase decisions and have the best gaming experience POSSIBLE. We have reviewed numerous wireless routers from the top manufactures, and have painstakingly narrowed it down to the following TOP 5 best gaming routers for 2018. We reviewed the products based on categories like speed, price and design. See our in-depth reviews of each product below.

With the evolution of gaming, consoles have begun to rival computers, but still just can't compete toe to toe. They haven’t managed to overtake PC gaming because although astonishing leaps are made with each new release, PCs have an edge with their built-in upgrade capabilities. With a console, you'll need to wait for each new release and software update. With a computer, new and improved components are put out much faster, enabling the user with the ability to upgrade their machine in a reasonably easy manner.


We have put hours of research and testing into this gaming laptop buyer guide of the 10 best gaming laptops available in 2018.

The best money can buy

The Best Gaming Router 2018

1. ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Review

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ASUS Gaming Router Tri-band WiFi (Up to 5334 Mbps) for VR & 4K streaming, 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, Gaming Port, Whole Home Mesh System, & AiProtection network with 8 x Gigabit LAN ports(GT-AC5300)

  • Tri-band (dual 5 GHz, single 2.4 GHz) AC5300 wireless router with the latest 802.11ac 4x4 MU-MIMO technology for maximum throughput (5334 Mbps) and coverage (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
  • 1.8GHz 64bit Quad-Core processor maximizes data throughput from 8-ports and dual USB 3.0 for optimizing network traffic and connectivity speeds 3. VPN Fusion enables you to run a VPN and ordinary internet connection simultaneously, effectively maximizing your connection speed to gaming servers (available via firmware update)
  • VPN Fusion enables you to run a VPN and ordinary internet connection simultaneously, effectively maximizing your connection speed to gaming servers (available via firmware update)

The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the best gaming ​router of 2018, if money is not a limiting factor it's the BEST router for gaming on the PLANET right now, we highly recommend the product for gaming and great home wifi.

The Logitech G413 Carbon keyboard is undoubtedly one of the best gaming keyboards on the market right now.

Overview

The ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 is by far the fastest router we reviewed, which is not surprising considering it is also the most expensive! The router is packed full of features and in our opinion the device is the best router for 2018 (so far…), with double the number of ethernet ports than its predecessor.

Features

The device is tri-band, meaning it can push up to 5300Mps throughput, the device achieves these speeds using it’s EIGHT external antenna’s. The device is an excellent choice for gamers due it’s ability to dedicate one Wi-Fi band to gaming, reducing network noise and latency for gaming. We recommend using the band with the least amount of devices on in your area for improved performance. The device also uses WTFast technology to prioritises wireless gaming network traffic.

In addition to the above specifications the device has 2 USB ports and multiple firmware options that can be utilized using the devices bundled software and built in malware detection.

The Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum Series 32GB uses the best of today's available integrated circuits to provide highly overclockable and personalized memory via upgradeable light bars, and a Dominator Airflow LED fan. For the inevitable question, yes, the fan does come with this kit. It is compatibility tested and optimized to work with the XMP 2.0 standard supported by Intel 100 Series-based motherboards. It also offers things like greater bandwidth, higher frequencies, and lower power consumption.

 

We found being able to monitor your temperature for optimal stability and performance with the Corsair Link Digital connector a neat feature, too. Also, when powered up, it automatically adjusts to the fastest safe speed for your Dominator Platinum kit. Corsair’s patented technology allows the Dominator to run at a colder temperature by pulling heat away from the modules and only drawing 1.35 volts for operating power. It does require some space, measuring 0.28" x 5.32" x 2.17", but that's to be expected with the highest stock performance at 3,333MHz.

 

Corsair's Dominator Platinum is our choice for best ram for gaming because of its compatibility and build quality. That being said, it also got our most expensive vote at $566. However, Corsair's product history speaks for itself. Everyone in the gaming world knows their name, and they are always highly regarded. The Dominator series first appeared in 2012 and is still running strong. Purchasers across the board tend to give this kit a five-star rating, with minimal four stars, and zero people providing anything below that. Most users summarized their experiences in few words, describing it as awesome or rock solid. With Corsair's name, nothing else really needs to be said. 

​Design

This advanced keyboard is equipped with a full set of function keys including light controls, media controls, and game mode settings. The backlighting of the keyboard is available in either silver or gray. Because of the single-color backlighting, the Logitech G413 Carbon does not offer lighting playback.

It's incredible durability, however, compensates for the single light color. It has a brushed aluminum-magnesium alloy top and a durability of 70 million key presses. With a light build, a weight of 2.4 pounds, and equipped with a 6-foot cable, it offers the most mobility in agile game play.

The GT-AC5300 has almost identical aesthetics to the previous model the RT-AC5300. The device is not small, and by not small we mean this thing is a GIANT for a wireless router, once all the wireless antennas are attached the thing measures in at 320mm x 320mm and stands at about 80mm tall and weighs in at a whopping 1.8Kg! Installation is fairly stragith forward. However, adding the antennas is a bit of a pain, but it only needs to be done once. 

The device has 6 LED’s on the front for power, 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, Internet connection status, ethernet activity and WPS. On the back there are eight ethernet ports and a WAN ethernet allowing connection to your modem. Both of the USB ports are also located on the back of the device and the devices power on and off switch.

Two of the eight ethernet ports are labelled “gaming” these the points you should connect your consoles and gaming PC’s as they utilize the devices WTFast traffic prioritization for gaming.

Conclusion

​The overall performance the gaming focused features make the GT-AC5300 is the best router for gaming in 2018. Additionally the ethernet 8 ports and extremely fast wifi performance make the device great for any modern home network where streaming and other high bandwidth tasks are performed.

Pros & Cons

Its performance is incredibly difficult to beat. The keyboard’s short-throw actuation is 1.5mm. This excellent speed helps to optimize your game play.
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    ​Tri-band + dedicated band for gaming
    Incredible speed
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    ​WTFast - 5300Mps
    Pointed precision during game play
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
  • 8 ethernet ports
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    Larger design
    Single color backlighting
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    Expensive, as you'd expect
    No specific macro keys

HyperX Alloy Elite

Best Value ​Gaming Router

2. ASUS AC3100 Review

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ASUS Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router (AC3100) with MU-MIMO, supporting AiProtection network security by Trend Micro, AiMesh for Mesh WiFi system, and WTFast game Accelerator (RT-AC88U)

  • 1024-QAM technology - 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps; Utilities : Firmware restoration
  • 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with a 4-transmit, 4-receive (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 square feet
  • Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously

The Best Value Gaming Router on the market in 2018, low power consumption and the auto overclocking function make this a great hassle free choice offering the best Bang for Buck.

Overview

Features Overview:

  • 1.4 Ghz dual core processor
  • 512 Mb RAM 
  • 100Mb USB Read Speed
  • Up to 1800 Mbp WAN to LAN speed
  • Up to 1000Mbp 2.4ghz speed
  • Up to 2167Mbp 5Ghz speed

The first thing you'll likely notice about the AC3100 is that it uses the ROG ASUS theme, the second is the MASSIVE size (11.8" x 7.4") of the device and weighs in at 950G. 

With its advanced and user considerate design, HyperX Alloy Elite keyboard is another of the best gaming keyboards.

Performance

The performance features of this router set it above the competition for the price point in the market. ASUS designed the AC3100 with performance in in mind, with the device boasting a 128Mb flash storage and 512Mb of DDR3 RAM with a 1.4Ghz dual core processor. The range on the AC3100 is equally impressive offering 54000 sq feet of wifi coverage! The device has a stack of additional features as well, such as turning it into a NAS by simply inserting a USB 3.0 hard drive or thumb drive. 

The device also comes with WTFast, a feature that allows you to join one device to a GPN. That's not a typo for VPN, a GPN focuses on connection based optimization for specific games and does not encrypt traffic like a VPN.

Conclusion

Is the AC3100 router worth it? Yes, while it's the best value router in our selection it is still an expensive device but it offers the best performance, price and reliability. This is the router of choice for the cash conscious gamers out there who need a router for heavy duty gaming that has excellent performance and wifi range. 

Pros & Cons

Its slim design and value allow us to bypass the lack of color options for this model. It’s also the first product line to offer automatic overclocking up to the highest level, similar to a plug and play kind of feature. It doesn't take up much space either, measuring 1.23" x 5.25" x 0.13". It is the smallest kit we tested. 

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    8 Gbp Ethernet ports
    Advanced durability
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    Built in Anti Virus and Vulnerability Scanning 
    Readily visible keys
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    Great value
    Comfortable wrist rest
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    USB 3.0 file sharing
    Comfortable wrist rest
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    Amazing performance
    Comfortable wrist rest
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    Large design
    Lacks specified macro keys
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    Only 4 Ethernet ports
    Lacks specified macro keys
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    Large design
    Lacks specified macro keys

Conclusion

Buyers find this kit to be the most reasonably priced and a reliable middle of the road RAM. It is also incredibly easy to install, again hitting that plug and play aspect. This kit was one of our favorites as a simple and easy way to provide a necessary RAM upgrade.


Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

Best ​Budget Router for Gaming

3. ASUS RT-AC68U Review

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ASUS Whole Home Dual-Band AiMesh Router (AC1900) for Mesh Wifi System (Up to 1900 Mbps) - AiProtection Network Security by Trend Micro, Adaptive QoS & Parental Control (RT-AC68U)

  • Dual-band with the latest 802.11ac 3x3 technology for combined speeds of up to 1900 Mbps. Internet connection type- Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP, WAN Bridge support, Multicast Proxy support, Multicast Rate Setting support
  • 1GHz Dual-core CPU enables smart multitasking by dedicating separate lanes for Wifi and USB data. Network Standard : IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
  • Effortless router setup with the ASUSWRT web-based interface. Dual-band connectivity for compatibility and performance. OS Support: Windows: 10,8.1, 8,7,Vista,2000,ME,XP,Server 2003,Server 2008,Mac: OS X 10.1,OS X 10.4,OS X 10.5,OS X 10.6,OS X 10.7,OS X 10.8,OS X,Linux Kernel (Support Ubuntu only),Linux

RT-AC68U is the Golden Oldy, and it might be old but it's still a great bit of kit and due to it's age now it's our pick the cheap gaming router of 2018.

Overview

The router is well built and is of solid construction and as a "stood up" looking design. The router is dual band and comes with 3 detachable antennas and comes with LED indicators on the front for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wifi bands, but if the LED's get on your nerves you can turn them off using a button on the back. 

Performance

The device has one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, 4 Gigabit Ethernet port. The device has on Ethernet WAN port but has the functionality to turn one of the LAN ports into an additional WAN port. When the second WAN port is in use you can configure the WAN port to fail over or balanced (pretty cool feature for a home user router!). 

Pros & Cons

The keyboard is fantastically durable, which is what makes it one of the best gaming keyboards. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 brags of an 80 million keystroke durability, which makes it perfect for intense nights spent gaming.

It is also fully equipped with multi-colored backlighting. Therefore, lighting playback is entirely an option with this keyboard.

Furthermore, the keyboard is designed which each gamer’s comfort and preferences in mind. The keyboard comes with a wrist rest to improve comfort while playing.

The BlackWidow also comes in a variety of colors and styles including Cherry MX Blue, Quartz, Razer Green, Razer Orange, and Razer Yellow. Every player’s game is different, so why shouldn’t a quality keyboard express these different styles?

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    Dual WAN mode
    Multicolored lighting
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    IPv6, QoS
    Lighting playback and programming technology
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    2.4Ghz / 5Ghz
    A comfortable wrist rest
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    AsusWRT (install Linux apps)
    Multiple designs of the keyboard
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    Slower then modern routers
    The thin keys could cause players to miss the keys while in the middle of games

Conclusion

An old router that is still a great budget option for today, with it's open source firmware, good range coverage and fail over WAN port option this is a great choice for gamers and the budget conscious home user looking the best PRO consumer  router out there for the price.  

With a keyboard designed so specifically for the necessities of a gamer, it is a high-quality purchase for gamers of any skill level.

Best Mid-Range Gaming Router

4. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Review

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Netgear (R7000-100PAS) Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

  • 1GHz Dual Core Processor and AC1900 WiFi: 600+1300 Mbps Speed. WiFi Technology : 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device for the best gaming and streaming experience
  • Beamforming+ improves range & performance plus High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage
Corsair K70 RGB
The Corsair K70 RGB is a keyboard that is ingrained with the durability required for being a quality gaming keyboard.

Overview

The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 is a beast, the routers form factor is massive and on top of that the charging brick is also HUGE. But, inside of the chassis it has some pretty impressive hardware components, more on those below.

Performance

The AC1900 boasts a dual-core CPU that runs at 1,000MHz, 128GB internal flash memory for storage space, and 256MB of DDR RAM. The router supports USB 3.0 and has one front facing USB 3.0 port. On the 5GHz band, when working with 802.11ac wireless cards, the router offers up to a 1.3Gbps wireless speed. And on the 2.4GHz band, the R7000 provides up to 600Mbps.

Like the AC68U the AC1900 uses the Broadcom BCM4709 Wi-Fi chip which uses it's own  proprietary TurboQAM technology. TurboQAM works by allowing each 1.4Ghz band to support 200Mbp instead of the standard 150Mbp.  

Pros & Cons

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    Fast 5Ghz speed
    A strong, tested durability
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    Decent value
    A very quick response time during game play
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    Slow 2.4Ghz performance 
    The lamented durability of the LED light
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    Bulky design
    The lamented durability of the LED light

Conclusion

Solid 5Ghz performance and a fairly well priced home router for the features it provides. If you're not a Netgear fan then you may want to look at the ASUS AC68U (reviewed above) which has a similar feature offering at a reduced price.


​Constant Drop Outs! Do Not Buy!

5. Linksys AC3200 Review

Corsair K70 RGB
The Corsair K70 RGB is a keyboard that is ingrained with the durability required for being a quality gaming keyboard.
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Linksys AC3200 Dual-Band WiFi Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine (WRT32X)

  • The first router purpose-built to prioritize gaming
  • The Killer Prioritization Engine identifies, prioritizes and accelerates gaming network traffic above all else, to reduce peak ping by up to 77%*
  • Synchronizes with Killer-enabled PCs--from brands such as Alienware, Gigabyte, MSI and Razer

Overview

Being a fan of Linksys products we found it disappointing to have to say this router let us down in a number of ways, from flakey drops on the wifi (same test environment) and then slow ethernet performance with killer wifi enabled, we noticed speeds as slow as 4Mb/sec when performing our file transfer speed tests.

Performance

We have been informed that Linksys have fixed the performance issues that we encountered while testing the unit in a recent firmware update. However, we have not retested the unit with the updated firmware so cannot confirm for sure that the issues are resolved we recommend you check out the latest amazon reviews for the unit. 

Pros & Cons

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    Good performance
    A strong, tested durability
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    Multiple color options
    A very quick response time during game play
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
​CONS
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    Not the best looking design
    The lamented durability of the LED light

Conclusion

A great looking router that if the firmware update fixes the issues we experienced during our review could potentially be a solid performer. But as it stands currently, we would stay clear of for more reliable units on the market. 


About this Top ​Products Review Guide

Why are these the best ​routers for gaming?

We didn't just randomly select a bunch of ​gaming routers we like the look of and decide they are the best! We closely monitor the market and perform stacks of research, read multiple other review sites that we trust (see sources below) and read countless consumer reviews before doing any of our own testing.


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Why you should trust this guide?

We are gamers like you, we know how it feels to spend hours performing online research when ultimately all you want to know is what the best product is for your requirements. We created this site to give back to the gaming community and help gamers like you make informed purchase decisions.


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When tasked with selecting the best ​gaming router we performed research using sites we use and trust provide good honest, well informed.  

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

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