Best Wireless Routers for Long Range of 2017

Best Wireless Routers for Long RangeWhen buying a wireless router, range might not be the criterion that immediately comes to your mind. After all, you’ll only be using the device within the confines of your own home, so range must be pretty insignificant, right? Wrong.

The truth is much more complicated, as things like the number of internet-capable devices you have, the interior layout of your home, your router’s antennas and more determine signal strength and coverage, not the actual distance between the router and your PC.

That is why many people look for routers with the highest possible range and coverage in order to maximize their internet performance.

And that is also why we will now take a look at some of the Best Wireless Routers for Long Range. In our comprehensive Top 5 list, you are sure to find one router that will interest you.

Best Wireless Routers for Long Range Comparison Guide

Router NameMax Speed Wireless StandardEthernet PortsPriceCheck Now!
#1
D-Link AC3200 Ultra
D-Link AC3200 Ultra

 
4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
 
Up To 3200 Mbps
 
802.11AC
 
4x Ethernet
 
$$$
 

#2
ASUS RT-AC88U
ASUS RT-AC88U

 
4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
 
Up To 3100 Mbps
 
802.11AC
 
8x Ethernet
 
$$$
 

#3
Linksys AC1900 Dual Band
Linksys AC1900 Dual Band

 
4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
 
Up To 1900 Mbps
 
802.11AC
 
4x Ethernet
 
$$$
 

#4
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900

 
4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
 
Up To 1900 Mbps
 
802.11AC
 
4x Ethernet
 
$$$
 
#5
TP-Link AC1900
TP-Link AC1900

 
4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
 
Up To 1900 Mbps
 
802.11AC
 
4x Ethernet
 
$$$
 

 

Best Long Wireless Routers of 2017

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-BandThis router has been called “the most insane wireless router in the history of mankind” by The Verge, and we think it rightfully deserves that title. With a total number of six antennas, all of which are beamforming and capable of connecting to not two, but three different wireless bands, this router offers truly insane connection quality and coverage. And thanks to tri-band connections at speeds of up two 1.3Gpbs per band adding up to a top speed of 3.2Gbps, faster than any other router on the market, the AC3200 doesn’t just make your internet go fast, but fast across all your devices equally.

However, that doesn’t mean the AC3200 is a flawless device by any measure. For example, range is where it surprisingly falls short. Though its absolute maximum range is still above average at roughly 100-150 feet (30-45 meters), it doesn’t come close to matching, let alone exceeding the D-Link’s performance in other aspects. Or its competitors’, for that matter.

Other issues like the high price further complicate matters and distract from the AC3200’s otherwise plentiful positive qualities.

 

What We Liked?

  • Radical design incorporating six beamforming antennas.
  • Tri-band antennas allow many different simultaneous connections without any compromise in speed.
  • Insane 3.2Gbps top speed.
  • Supports all wireless standards up to 802.11ac.

What We Didn’t?

  • Range is a letdown.
  • High price.

 

The AC3200 is a double-edged sword of a router. Whilst its six tri-band antennas offer the ability to connect more than 35 different devices at the same time without significantly compromising internet speed, the range, or rather lack thereof, means those 35 devices will have to be all neatly huddled together on one spot.

To add insult to injury, well, the price tag of $200 speaks for itself.All in all, this isn’t the best router to get if your most important criterion is range.

Nor if it is anything else, unfortunately.

 

 

ASUS RT-AC88U AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router

ASUS AC3100 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC88U)Next up: The Asus RT-AC88U. This router, if you can believe it, is priced above the already outrageous AC3200 we looked at earlier and, like its competitor, features an aggressive exterior design as well as four dual-band antennas. Primarily targeted towards gamers.

The RT-AC88U features many speed-enhancing measures like the so-called WTFast accelerator chip and QAM technology, which allow it to operate at higher speeds than the usual limits imposed by the 2.4 and 5.0GHz bands. In other words, the absolute max speed you can reach with it, 2.1Gbps, exceeds most, if not all wireless routers on the market.

With 8 Ethernet ports and a total coverage area of over 5,000 square feet, or 465 square meters, the ASUS fails to disappoint in any particular category. That includes connectivity, range, firmware and more. However, its radicalist looks and many complicated features, most of which can be modified via the device’s interface, might be a bit too much for some.

 

What We Liked?

  • Radical design.
  • Four dual-band antennas.
  • Various acceleration technologies make internet speeds faster than ever.
  • Great range.

What We Didn’t?

  • Very high price.
  • Many features mean a steep learning curve.
  • Looks may not be for everyone.

 

The ASUS RT-AC88U is a true powerhouse, pushing available technology to the limit to create one of the fastest routers currently on sale. Range is perfect, too, and outperforms almost all current competitors. The only real flaw is the price.At an MSRP of $300, this router certainly isn’t for everyone.

 

 

Linksys AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Router (WRT1900ACS)

Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit RouterThe price used to lie at $250, which is pretty hefty, but ever since the model’s release in early 2015, this value has continuously dropped. Nowadays, it isn’t hard to get an WRT1900ACS for $165 or less. The MSRP, however, still remains pretty high at $200, so if you’re considering buying one of these directly from Linksys, prepare for paying a little extra.

 

What We Liked?

  • Affordable compared to competitors.
  • High Wireless-N speeds.
  • Four dual-band antennas.
  • Great range and coverage.

What We Didn’t?

  • Not the very best in terms of performance.
  • Wireless-AC speeds are nothing special.

 

The Linksys WRT1900ACS presents itself as a reliable, relatively affordable and effective choice for anyone looking for a new wireless long-range router. Its performance leaves a bit to be desired in direct comparison with its much more expensive rivals, but if you value a good price-performance ratio, this is one of the best medium-end long range routers you can get right now.

 

 

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router


Armed with three dual-band antennas, a 1GHz Dual Core CPU and a combined top speed of 1900Mbps, this router is just as fast as the Linksys WRT1900ACS tested above, though it isn’t that much cheaper, anyway. However, as the NETGEAR only features three antennas, range is where it falls short.The maximum is about 100 feet, or 30 meters, but even at those distances, performance is severely limited. As such, the maximum effective range is closer to 75 feet, or 22 meters, making this one of the worst routers on our list in terms of range.In most other aspects, though, the Nighthawk makes for a quick, cheap and efficient router.

 

What We Liked?

  • Low price.
  • Dual-band capability.
  • Combined top speed of 1.9Gbps.

What We Didn’t?

  • Range is abysmal compared to competition.
  • Just barely any cheaper than the higher-performing WRT1900ACS.

 

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 is a compact, inexpensive and effective router.However, it pales against the competition in terms of both range, connection quality, coverage and general performance. Its only saving grace is the low price.

 

 

TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Router

Tp-Link Archer C9 AC1900 WirelessThe TP-Link AC1900, the least expensive model on our list at just $110, is also the only one to be actually advertised as a “long range” device by its manufacturer. Do these claims hold any merit or are they just meaningless PR? Let’s take a look at the specs.

First, there’re the antennas. The AC1900, like the NETGEAR model with a very similar name above, uses three of these, mounted on top of the device. Unlike the NETGEAR, though, they are removable and replaceable, which can come in handy. Including dual-band connections, 802.11ac, a combined top speed of 1.9Gbps, a Dual Core Processor and even Beamforming, looking at the AC1900’s specs, you start to wonder what made TP-Link set the price for this router so low.

Range is amazing, especially considering how cheap this device is, topping out at 200 feet, or 60 meters, though the connection will start to get significantly weaker in the 5GHz band when your device is more than 165 feet, or 50 meters away from the router.

The only real flaw of this device? It doesn’t have any funky extra features like most of the much higher-priced competition above. Three antennas instead of six, no tri-band connection, no super-intuitive, highly complicated interface, no radical exterior design and no boosting chip or speed enhancement of any kind. Just a simple router that works.

 

What We Liked?

  • Insane value for the money.
  • Very low price.
  • Performance leaves nothing to be desired.
  • Upmarket features like Beamforming and Dual Core CPUs on a low-end machine.
  • Works flawlessly.

What We Didn’t?

  • No extras.
  • May be too basic for some.

 

While we previously lauded the Linksys WRT1900ACS over how it, as a relatively cheap router in its performance class, incorporated features seen on other, more high-end competitors, the TP-Link AC1900 has got to be the king of price-to-performance ratios, the ultimate “bang for your buck”-router.

With great range and coverage, speeds, Wireless-AC and just about everything you are ever going to need, this machine offers insane value.And we think it’s not a flaw that it does not have more than four antennas. Or that it doesn’t look like a spaceship. Or that it costs less than three times as much as most other routers on this list.

We simply love it.

 

 

Final Words

  • So, there you go. Five of the best long range routers currently available, for five different sorts of people. Whilst we arguably liked the Linksys models the most, your opinion on this topic might differ. Maybe you like the higher-end, radically designed models by D-Link and ASUS more? Or perhaps you are on a budget, which makes all of our models a little too fancy for your tastes?
  • Whatever you’re looking for, our Top Five represent the best of the best the router industry currently have to offer. If it isn’t on the list, it probably is not the perfect long range machine.