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Best router under 100 reviews

Updated on January 11, 2017

There comes a time when replacing a router is the only cure to slow internet speeds. Thus, after six years of continued use I was more than eager to ditch my previous router and upgrade to a better one. With the wide selection of options available, finding the right router for my online gaming and video streaming needs was not easy.

However, since I was not about to spend over $100 on a router my list of options was significantly shortened. Nonetheless, given that most of the routers on sale in tech sites and tech stores range between $100 and $300 the search for the best routers under 100 was not easy. After months of searching, I settled on two routers, the TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router and the Netgear N750 dual band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router. Based on my usage of the two routers, here is my honest review of the two routers.

TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router

At first glance, the TP-LINK C7 has a rather traditional design complete with three external antennas. However, do not let its traditional design fool you as the C7 is a great performer. I was thoroughly impressed by the router's dual band wireless technology. On the 5Ghz band, the router was able to reach speeds of up to 1300 Mbps while on the 2.4 Ghz it clocked 450 Mbps. The wireless AC helped create a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. Though I am not a fan of connecting devices directly to a router, the C7's 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports are a plus. Finally, this single core dual band router features dual USB ports for sharing videos, photos, music and other files. Interestingly, the router comes with an easy one-touch WPS button that controls its WPA wireless security encryption

Netgear N750 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

Being the first dual band router from Netgear, I was not sure what to expect from the Netgear N750 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router. With a speed of 750 Mbps per second, this Netgear was worth a try and in all sincerity, it did not disappoint. Similar to the TP-Link C7 this Netgear router is a dual band router that supports the higher 450 Mbps speeds of the 5Ghz band. Also, the router is compatible with 2.4 GHz band devices. One of the main reasons why I bought this router is its guest networking feature. The latter is a feature that is prominent in high-end routers. With guest networking, you can create separate wireless networks meaning that guests can access the internet without having access to resources such as files and printers. Basically, with this router applications such as HD video streaming, and multiplayer online gaming is a breeze. Though this router does not come with a modem included, its IPv6 compatibility more than makes up for this.

Comparison

Comparison Criteria
TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router
Netgear N750 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
Wireless Type
802.11 A/C
802.11 a/b/g/n, 5.8 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and below, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Windows 7, Mac OS
Item model number
Archer C7
WNDR4300-100NAS
Item Weight
1.9 pounds
2.1 pounds
Product Dimensions
6.4 x 9.6 x 1.3 inches
11.4 x 10.2 x 2.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H
6.4 x 9.6 x 1.3 inches
11.42 x 10.24 x 2.68 inches
Color
Black
Black
RAM
128MB
128MB

In my opinion the two routers are the best routers under 100, but which between the two is better? Honestly picking a favorite between the two is not easy. Sure, the TP-LINK C7 is faster than its Netgear counterpart; but this is not to say that the Netgear N750 is slow. In fact the N750 is more than capable of handling the internet needs of medium and large sized homes. Both routers feature the new three-stream standard that has become popular in high-end wireless routers. Additionally, both routers are dual band, meaning that they support both the 2.4 GHz band the more advanced 5Ghz band.

Another similarity that makes the two routers such great internet connection devices is the smartphone interface. While the Netgear N750 comes with the Netgear Genie App the TP-LINK C7 features the TP-LINK Tether app. The former app comes in handy when you need to manage, monitor and repair your network. The TP-LINK Tether app, on the other hand, allows you to access to Wi-Fi settings from your tablet or smartphone. Also, this app is available for Android and Apple OS. In regards to price, the TP-LINK is the pricier of the two as it goes for $99 while the Netgear has a $78 price tag attached to it.

Conclusion

The Netgear N750 and the TP-LINK C7 offer you the same specs and speeds as pricier routers. Thus it does not make any sense to spend $200 on high-end routers when you have two great and affordable options to choose from. In conclusion, if you are looking for an affordable router without compromising on performance, these are the best routers under 100.

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