Best Router for Gaming 2019

In this round up of the markets best gaming routers, we check out the top routers from all the leading manufactures to help you quickly and easily find the best gaming router in 2019. No matter your budget we have everything you need to reduce lag and drop outs below.

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Best Router for Gaming (Overall)

Pros:
  • Tri-band + dedicated band for gaming
  • WTFast - 5300Mps
  • 8 ethernet ports
Cons:
  • It's big
  • Very expensive
  • Design might not be for everyone

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 2019, 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 ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the best gaming router, 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.

Best Value Gaming Router

ASUS AC3100

Pros:
  • 8 Gbp Ethernet ports
  • USB 3.0 file sharing
  • Built in Anti Virus and Vulnerability Scanning
Cons:
  • Large design
  • Only 4 Ethernet ports
  • Still a little pricey

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.

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

Budget Gaming Router

ASUS RT-AC68U

Pros:
  • Dual WAN mode
  • 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz
  • AsusWRT (install Linux apps!)
Cons:
  • Slower than modern routers
  • No cloud setting configuration
  • Design might not be for everyone

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.

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 for a cheap gaming router.

Mid-range Router

Nighthawk AC1900

Pros:
  • Fast 5Ghz speed
  • Good value
  • Excellent range
Cons:
  • Slow 2.4Ghz performance
  • Big router
  • Slow USB 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.

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.

Best DD-WRT Router for Gaming

Linksys AC3200

Pros:
  • Excellent DD-WRT router
  • Great hardware
  • Killer Wifi
Cons:
  • Stock firmware
  • Price
  • You'll have to install DD-WRT

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, but we recommend DD-WRT for this device.

This router comes alive when you install DD-WRT! We recommend this for gamers who are looking for the best DD-WRT router, but we wouldn’t bother buying it if you’re going to run the stock Linksys firmware.

What Would we Buy?

Personally I would go with the ASUS RT-AC68U, it’s well priced, well built and it would meet my requirements. If I had a little more money I would go for the ASUS AC3100 but, there is no way on earth I would shell out for the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 due to it’s price alone. I feel the money could be better spent on other hardware and see a better performance gain for the price spent. If you’re a geek grab the Linksys AC3200 and install DD-WRT straight away!