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!
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 Overall Gaming Router 2018
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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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