The Best Wireless Routers for Long Range in 2020

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Best Long Range Routers Reviews: The Longest, Strongest, High-power with Extended Range Routers For 2020

Best Long Range Routers

When it comes to eliminating dreaded WiFi dead zones. The first thing we ask or search on Google is “what are the best long range routers for 2020?”. If you did so, then I can understand what happens after you search it. However, If you’re reading this article means you are in the right place.

Hello, everyone, this is John an experienced and tech geeky. Last year, I purchased many long-range routers and tested on my own. And, you won’t believe it, but the results were horrifying. I was shocked too.

So, Which is the best wifi router for long range? I found AmpliFi HD the best overall long range router; it offers complete coverage for your house. It is a complete home WiFi system with built-in range-extender. My second budget-friendly recommendation for long-range would be Asus RT-AC88U.

Multiple devices router Vs. Long Range Router Vs. Tri-band router

Multiple Devices Router:

A router that can handle multiple devices at once called ‘Multiple Devices Router.’

Long Range Router:

A router that is capable of providing great range called ‘Long Range Router.’

Tri-band Router:

A router which offers three bands 2.4Ghz & two 5Ghz called ‘Tri-band router.’


The good thing is that we can expect all three features from one single router. For example, D-Link AC3200 offers a great range up to 100 to 150 feet, it can handle multiple devices, and it is a tri-band router.

In Our Comprehensive list of Top 5 Routers, You Are Sure To Find One Long Range Router

1. ASUS AC3100 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router (RT-AC88U)

ASUS AC3100 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC88U)
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.

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.

2. D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (DIR-890L/R)

D Link Ac 3200

The first in our roundup of the best long-range wireless routers is the AC3200 by D-Link. This 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.

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.

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, fortunately.

3. Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (WRT1900ACS)

Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
The Linksys WRT1900ACS, although significantly less expensive than our previous two entries, very much is a premium router. Offering four dual-band antennas, just like the ASUS RT-AC88U, boosted Wireless-N speeds of up to 600Mbps as well as 1300Mbps on Wireless-AC, this router can and does effectively compete with all other models on this list, making it one of the five best on the market today. Range is extremely good at a top limit of about 150 feet, or 45 meters.

The 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.

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.

4. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Router (R7000)

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000)

The next router on our list is the NETGEAR Nighthawk. At just $150, it has great value, especially when you take a look at its specs, which leave almost nothing to be desired. 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.

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.

5. TP-Link Archer AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (C9)

Tp Link c9

The 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.

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 !!

Let’s see my favorite ways to boost the router’s range.

1. Wireless range extender or repeater:

When it comes to boosting the WiFi signal in our home, the wireless range extender can help you in. It is a stand-alone device that you put between your router and the location where coverage is not good (dead zone). In other words, you can use it where you want better WiFi coverage. Basically, it re-broadcasts existing WiFi signals. The main problem with most people is they don’t know the correct placement for the range-extender. In results, they don’t obtain a better WiFi signal.

So if you want to increase your router’s range, then I suggest you buy a good range-extender for your existing router.

2. Wireless access points:

This is another option in order to boost WiFi signals. It is a hardware device which creates WLAN ( Wireless Local Area Network ). Generally, We need a wireless access point for large building and office. You can read more about wireless access points here with a list of best access points in 2020.

3. Using Two Routers To Extend Wireless Range: It is nothing but just to use a router as a repeater.

So many people don’t know, but they can extend their routers’ range using another router or old router (case of an upgrade). But, it is essential to know that your old router can work as a repeater or offer repeater functionality.

Once you find out that your router is capable of working as a repeater, then you should follow these simple steps in order to extend router’s range.

1. The first thing is to note down both router’s mac addresses. You can find them on the bottom of the router or in routers’ status settings.

2. Now, time to connect and power up your old router, then access its admin page using the router’s admin URL. (Most routers use this

3. Once you find admin username and password, time to login into the router.

4. For this step, you might have to look in the documentation of the router. In this step, you have to find repeating a wireless signal or wirelessly bridging a network gap. (These names depends on your router).

5. Now in router’s mode settings, you might find a drop-down menu to select router’s mode or checkbox. So, you need to check that checkbox or choose from the drop-down menu.

6. When you select your router’s repeater mode or enable repeater mode, then you will be asked for the MAC address (which we noted down earlier). After entering the MAC address, click on apply, save or finish button ( button name depends on your manufacturer).

That’s all!

Some Great Tips For Increasing WiFi Signals Or Range of the Router:

  1. Obstructions
  2. Position
  3. Signal Interference
  4. WiFi Channels
  5. QoS Quality of Service
  6. Upgrade

1. Obstructions:

When it comes to the router’s range, obstructions become a significant factor to know. So, to fix this, make sure you remove every possible obstacle that stands between a wireless router and your computer or any other connected device. Since the more obstructions, the lesser the range. Therefore, I don’t use any enclosure around my wireless router such as metal shelves, window grills, other types of enclosures.

2. Position:

The position of the router also matters a lot. Make sure you put your router in the middle of your house or at a central location. As the antennas of the routers are omnidirectional. Meaning, they transmit signals in all possible directions. In this case, our router should be placed in the right position and place.

3. Signal Interference:

The wireless interference meaning other electronic devices which use the same 2.4GHz frequency bands like cordless phones, microwave ovens, mobile, and other gadgets. So, these devices reduce their signal strength and quality because of such interfere with the router channel.

The solution is straightforward, you just need to eliminate these devices. For example, you can use or place your cordless phone in another room.

4. WiFi Channels:

Our wireless router can run on several different channels or frequencies. These channels use the same frequency band 2.4Ghz band. However, these channels’ performance depends on many factors.

So, you should select one by one and find the best one that can give you maximum range.

5. (QoS) Quality of Service:

The Quality of Service can also help when it comes to boosting the WiFi range. This feature allows you to priortize the bandwidth of the connected device. So, when you priortize bandwidth of any specific device meaning others devices get enough bandwidth without any interruptions and internet loss issues. Thus it improves the overall performance and range of the router.

6. Upgrade:

If you are using any old standard routers like ‘g,’ ‘b,’ or ‘a’ or even ‘n,’ then it is better to buy a new router that supports ‘ac’ and ‘ad’ WiFi standards. These routers can be either dual-band or tri-band. It means, no wireless interference.

Plus, these standards’ routers offer advanced technologies like beamforming and MU-MIMO. These technologies improve the range and coverage of the router.

FAQ: Most Common Questions About Long Range Asked In 2020.

1.  Which router has the longest range?

When it comes to long range, there are so many key factors we have to focus on. However, ASUS (RT-AC88U) AC3100 Router offers an extended range and capable of providing a wider coverage up to 5,000 sq.ft, meaning it can be used for very large homes.

2. What is the best router for home use 2020?

As far as home is concerned, the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) is worth the money. Netgear made this router keeping all sort of household in mind. Plus, it can provide excellent coverage up to 1,800 sq.ft.

3. How to boost a WiFi Signal in 2020?

First thing is to figure out the router’s maximum range. Once you know how far your router can reach, then compare it with the actual speed you are getting. If there is a huge difference between signals, make sure you follow these simple steps in order to boost your WiFi signal.

4. What is the best long-distance router for gaming?

A good gaming router needs to be good in features that the routers provide, such as beamforming technology, MU-MIMO technology (it allows you to connect multiple devices at once), more antennas, Gigabit Ethernet Ports. If these features really led to the best long-distance gaming router, then the Asus RT-AC88U will be the best option for you.

5. What will be the best budget-friend long-range WiFi router for 2020?

A budget-friendly option with long-range had never been possible until the Tp-Link Archer AC1900 launched. However, we got lucky enough that we have the Archer c9 – the best wifi long-range under budget router in 2020.

Wrap Up

No doubt! all five routers are best for long range. In this list, I tried to add all types of wireless routers keeping different sorts of people in mind and requirements. So, you can choose according to your taste and budget. I could have included ‘ad’ standard routers too, but they are expensive, and they also need ‘ad’ compatible devices. However, they will be on the list of the best long range routers in 2020.

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