Best Wireless Router 2016

A router is a very powerful piece of hardware. Linking all of your computers makes file sharing, backing up files and internet usage much easier. To simplify things I divided the Wireless routers into 2 groups: the high end routers and the routers under $100.There is a notable speed difference between the high end and budget routers, especially for larger networks.

There are many different types of routers that do different things well: some are cheap, others handle a large network well, some are easy for beginners to use while others are very fast. In Best Wireless Router 2016 we will review a number of routers with different strengths and weaknesses.

Just one tip for setting up your wireless network: with all the routers the speed of connection to the router is better the physically closer the device is to the router.

Linksys by Cisco

The Linksys is our best wireless router of 2016 because it ticks all the boxes. It's fairly easy to install, it has decent range, it's not too expensive and it handles a larger network well. It's strongest point however is it's speed, this is a seriously fast wireless router.

The Linksys has always on dual band. This means that your wireless devices will pick up 2 wireless modems. It's handy for setting up 2 levels of security on your network. In addition there is less interference between wireless devices.

The biggest drawback of this router is that it doesn't have any USB ports. USB ports on a router are routinely used to connect external hard drives or printers to the network.

Back of the Linksys
Back of the Linksys

The picture above has been edited so that you can see the ports more clearly. The router actually has a darker color than in the picture.

WRT610N

This router is very similar to the one reviewed above. The difference is that it doesn't have the dual band connect, but it does have gigabit Ethernet.

So if your Ethernet speed is more important to you ,get this one. If the wireless speed is more important, get the one above.

Apple AirPort Extreme
Apple AirPort Extreme

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

If several of the devices on your network was made by Apple or the main computer you use is a Mac, I would recommend this router. In theory you should be able to use any router, but I have seen too many weird 'issues' popping up. These then take time and effort to resolve. The Airport allows you to connect your iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV to your network.

The router is more expensive than other routers in it's class, but it is a very high end router. It can handle up to 50 connections and comes with a 1 year warranty.

If you look at the picture the router has 3 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 1 USB port.

Netgear Rangemax WNDR3700 Dual Band

The Netgear routers are the easiest to setup. This is a high end feature rich router and you can set it up in a few minutes.

Of all the routers here the Rangemax has the longest range. If you are setting up a network in a 3 story house this is the router to get. The Rangemax also handles interference from microwave ovens and mobile phones better. Probably because it puts out a stronger signal.

I have used several Netgear devices in my home over the years and I have always been happy with their level of reliability and with the customer service Netgear gives.

Wireless G Broadband Router

There are probably more of these WRT54GL routers out there than any of the others. Mostly because of it's lower price and good reliability.

This router is older than the other ones here. With the newer routers you will sometimes find that older devices can't handle the security requirements of the router. This router is more compatible with older devices.

Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router is a three in one router. The wireless access point in the router allows users to connect their Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices with the local area network. It has a built in 4-port full duplex 10/100 switch which connects to devices that is compatible with the Ethernet. You can use Linksys wireless G to connect up to 4 computers directly. If you want to create a big network, you can daisy chain out the computers to the multiple bus and switches. The Linksys wireless G broadband protects the transmission data by using a special encryption. The router can also act as a DHCP server and protect your computer from hackers. The VPN pass through will filter the internal users who use the internet. Users will also be able to configure the router in a web browser based interface. Overall, Linksys wireless G Broadband is a great router that is easy to set up and offers excellent performance.

Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N Broadband Router

The WRT160N is a very fast wireless router considering it's cost. The router uses MIMO (it's the overlaying of signals) to minimize the dead spots and improve the connection speed. The robust signal can travel a longer distance, than the standard wireless G router.

You can connect to the wireless coverage area at high speed even at some distance. The transmission of data is secured by the industrial strength 256 bit encryption. With the high speed performance, the wireless N can be used for streaming video, gaming and VoiP calling. By installing the Wireless N broadband router in your home. Although the wireless N router is expensive, it is well worth your money. I highly recommend this router for beginners that just want to have wireless internet connection at home.

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mybestreviews 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Good wireless router review recommendations. I enjoy writing hubs on resolving different wireless issues and enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up!


Robin 5 years ago

What is the best router to connect through an external brick wall of a house. We have an addition on one end of our home that has the existing brick wall and the router is on the other end of the house. The wireless signal will not penetrate into the addition. I am guessing because of the brick wall. What do you suggest?

Thanks!


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jGaunt 5 years ago from London Author

I rephrased that paragraph twotoned30.


twotoned30 5 years ago

I have an iMac, Wii, iPhone, Macbook air, and an old Macbook G4, and an airport express to connect the stereo and the TV. I hesitate to get another extreme (my current model is 5 years old) since it has slowed so much...not sure what to do about this. Are you seriously saying that if you have mostly apple devices that the extreme is the ONLY option?


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jGaunt 5 years ago from London Author

I would go with the Linksys e3200. Neither of the 2 are hard to install.


BGM 5 years ago

What about with a PC desktop, PC laptop, IPad, Netflix via a Samsung Blue-Ray, and wireless printer? I think I have narrowed it down to the Apple Extreme or Linksys e3200. How hard are these to install? Thanks!


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jGaunt 5 years ago from London Author

I would go with one of Cisco's newest Linksys modems. The E3200 if you want to spend or the E2500 if you don't. As long as it's not the main computer connected to the modem you should be able to get your Dell to work with the new modem.


Anita 5 years ago

I have a new laptop hp pavilion dv6, a 5 yr old Dell laptop, wireless hp printer, wireless sonos music system, wii and iPhone and iPod touch. 1800sq ft house with basement where modem and router is hooked up. I have an old dlink 524 802.11g router currently. Internet connection is extremely slow and and worsens as we use our devices on the main floor. Forget about going out on the patio! I'm not tech savvy but I'm guessing I should upgrade my router as my high speed cable internet provider says it's not them. I need range, speed and the ability to run an older laptop. Please help. I don't know which would best suit my needs.


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jGaunt 5 years ago from London Author

Well if you don't mind the price, the Cisco-Linksys WRT610N is the best for that.


E.J 5 years ago

What's the best one for using 3 computers at once as well as playing games online


RB 5 years ago

@Carlos E.

Get the Apple Extreme router. Period.


Carlos E. 5 years ago

What about for someone with two Macbooks, PC Desktop, and internet-conected TV? What would you recommend? I am a bit confused about getting a new router, btw, the TV is a VIZIO Apps.

Thank you so much!


Queenie Petros 6 years ago

Very useful information, I am planning to buy a new router soon and this hub will definitely help me to choose the right one ;)

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