Routers

Best Routers For Gaming

In today’s world of digitalization, one is in need to be connected to the internet throughout the day and there are some individuals who need the internet for hard-core gaming as well as to stay connected to others via a mobile, tablet etc. The best way to get ultimate performance for gaming from your network is obviously a wired connection via an optical fibre or a CAT cable.

However for the said use, a person can use only his PC/Laptop, but if he tends to connect multiple devices in a go or doesn’t wanna stay with those cables, then he is definitely in need of a Router. Not every router is made for gaming or not up to the mark to provide the required performance which is needed by the Game. But there is nothing to be worried about because there are certain routers that are made solely for gaming. In this article, we will try to summarise few of those multi-talented routers which serve both the purpose.

The main feature that a gaming router should possess is Quality of Service settings (QoS). This helps prioritize gaming traffic over other content, ensuring low latency during gameplay. This becomes even more problematic when other people on the network are consuming bandwidth, such as streaming videos or downloading game files. The newest wireless protocol (80211.ac) is much faster than its predecessor, 80211.n, thanks to new performance-boosting features such as beamforming and MU-MIMO.

There are two distinct frequencies or ‘bands’ that wireless devices can connect to. The main difference is that 5 GHz is faster but it is not able to reach as far as 2.4 GHz. The connection is totally depended on the location of your router. Some routers have certain facilities or functions, which will deliver consistent bandwidth by automatically switching devices between 5 and 2.4 GHz bands based on speed, signal strength, and load.

To determine which the best wireless router for gaming is, we’ve dug up into the study of current routers available in the market with new features. We also searched for their gaming features and arrived at a conclusion. We have categorized the routers into four different segments which will allow the reader to understand their need and also will have a better perspective of these devices.

Top Performer

In this segment, we compared the top routers on which routers should we choose to declare as the top performer, and after a lot of discussions we finally ended up choosing the Asus RT-AC88U.

 

ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router

This router covers all the essentials requirements, such as AiRadar Beamforming, MU-MIMO, and four external antennas. Speeds provided by the router is up to 1000 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, and 2167 Mbps on the 5 GHz frequency. However, what gives this router a step more forward for the category is the eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, supporting both link aggregation, and Dual WAN’s.

However, there is a catch for achieving ultimate performance from the router which is you need to procure a NitroQAM wireless adapter, such as the Asus PCE-AC88. But with this little investment done, you won’t be disappointed.

The details feature provided by the router are:

  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi router boosts speeds up to 3167 Mbps for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K UHD video playback, and extremely fast file-sharing
  • 4×4 antenna design with AiRadar universal beamforming for unrivalled Wi-Fi range.
  • Intuitive ASUS Router App lets you control your network anywhere, without needing to boot up a PC.
  • Exclusive built-in game accelerator from WTFast lets you enjoy the smooth gameplay in supported multi-player online games.
  • AiProtection with Trend Micro for triple-strength network security, plus robust Parental Controls and privacy protection.
  • 8 Gigabit LAN ports for extensive connectivity.
  • Link aggregation for up to 2Gbps wired network speeds, so more devices can enjoy faster access
  • Revolutionary MU-MIMO technology can connect multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device’s maximum speed simultaneously.

 


Huge Features

We are unable to determine a single product for our next segment and hence after a lot of debate, we decided to nominate two routers in this segment.

The first one is selected based on its features and performance over the next one and the outcome of the comparison determining the best which is Asus RT-AC5300.

Asus RT-AC5300

 

The Asus RT-AC5300 is an excellent high-end gaming router that comes with a number of advanced features for online and network gaming a hassle-free solution. The hardware is packed with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Previous shortcomings of its predecessor, the Asus AC5300 are also addressed with both USB ports now the faster USB 3.0, and the Gigabit Ethernet ports are now up to eight for wired connectivity.

It also features a gaming-centric interface with features that include tracking Network Ping, and Ping Deviation over time. This router also integrates with WTFast for faster connections to gaming servers, including a service subscription.

Specification at a Glance

  • 11ac tri-band Wi-Fi router boosts speeds up to 5334Mbps for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K UHD video playback, and extremely fast file-sharing
  • Tri-Band Smart Connect automatically selects the fastest of the three available frequency bands for each device, based on the device’s speed, signal strength and how busy each band is.
  • 4×4 antenna design with AiRadar universal beamforming for unrivalled Wi-Fi range.
  • AiProtection with Trend Micro for triple-strength network security, plus robust Parental Controls and privacy protection.
  • Intuitive ASUS Router App lets you control your network anywhere, without needing to boot up a PC.
  • Exclusive built-in game accelerator from WTFast lets you enjoy the smooth gameplay in supported multi-player online games.

 


The runner-up to this section is no less in features and performance but to achieve that specified performance additional hardware is required which is not easily available in the market without which its performance is good but not best as The Asus RT-AC5300. The product is none other than Linksys WRTAC3200ACM.

Linksys WRT AC3200

The Linksys WRT3200ACM is a dual-band router that you can use with an open source firmware, thus there is WRT in its name. Though you can run open source firmware on a lot of routers these days, making the WRT 3200ACM a common one, but it remains a cool feature for Geeks. Linksys also provides a mobile app for iOS and Android through which you can monitor and change settings of the router.

Linksys WRT AC3200 back side

 

Features at a Glance

  • TRI-STREAM 160 Doubles bandwidth from 80 MHz to 160 MHz on all spatial streams.
  • 8 GHZ DUAL-CORE CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)
  • OPEN SOURCE READY Easily configure using browser-based configuration utility or customize with Linux-based Open Source capabilities.
  • MU-MIMO Latest Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.
  • SIMULTANEOUS DUAL BAND (2.4 + 5 GHz) Operates on either band to help avoid interference.
  • USB 3.0 PORT Share files and add external storage across your network with the USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 offers enhanced speeds over 2.0.
  • ESATA PORT Offers added convenience. Also accommodates USB 2.0.
  • GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS Transfer data 10x faster than Fast Ethernet, ensuring high-speed connectivity for wired devices
  • BEAMFORMING TECHNOLOGY Optimizes performance and reduces interference by focusing wireless signal to connected devices.
  • LINKSYS SMART WI-FI Monitor controls your home network from anywhere through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi website or mobile app.

 


Best Value for Money

The product selected for the category of Best Value for Money is none other than Nighthawk X4s. According to Netgear, it has the fastest gaming performance, unmatched processing power, superior WiFi technology. Nighthawk X4S AC2600is a Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds.

Whether gaming or streaming, you’re getting the 160MHz bandwidth that ensures low-ping and best stream quality with WiFi speeds up to 2.53Gbps. It is packed with a powerful 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and Dynamic QoS, delivering smoother streaming and gaming by prioritizing applications and devices. It also includes 4 LAN Ports which is great if you wanna direct connection to the devices.

Its solid black finish is complemented by a presence of four antennas. Along with the looks, the performance of the router is damn fast and it also includes a duo of USB ports paired with an eSATA connector. The main attraction is the VDSL 2 modem built into the Nighthawk X4S D7800, eliminating the need for buying or rent one separately. Though the user interface is a bit outdated, a simple Dynamic QOS system makes it easy to monitor all your requirement.

Features at a Glance

  • Get ultimate WiFi speeds—up to 2.53Gbps (800+1733 Mbps)
  • Quad-Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds
  • Next generation Wave2 WiFi—160MHz, MU-MIMO, Quad-stream
  • Four high-performance external antennas deliver maximum range
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application and device
  • Powerful 1.7GHz dual-core processor boosts performance for gaming and streaming
  • Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA ports offer high-speed, USB storage-ready access
  • NEW & IMPROVED FEATURES: With the latest firmware release your Nighthawk X4S now includes NETGEAR genie remote access, ReadyCLOUD, Open VPN access on mobile devices, and Kwilt integration. Learn more below.
  • NEW: Additional DFS channels (15 more channels) in 5GHz for interference-free operation.
  • NEW FEATURE: Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands.

 


Best Budget Gaming Router

This category is intended for those users who are low on budget but still wants the taste of a gaming router and its features. And the outcome product of this category is the one and only Asus RT-AC1900P.

The ASUS RT-AC1900P is the top-of-the-line three-transmit, 3-receive (3×3) Wi-Fi router, with a combined dual-band data rates of up to 1900 Mbps. 1300 Mbps 802.11ac at 5 GHz gives Gigabit wireless data rates, while Broadcom TurboQAM technology super-charges 2.4 GHz 802.11n performance from 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps with compatible devices. The Device is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 256mb of RAM, which eliminates the performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks.

ASUS RT-AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router

The router has a Black Glossy textured imprint ad sits vertically on a stand. There are three removable and adjustable Antennas on the top portion and Ten blue LED notifier lights in the bottom which are 4 for LAN port, 1 for WAN indicator, a USB functionality indicator, 2 for Wi-Fi bands indicator, and 1 for a power indicator. The rear partition contains four Gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a power button, and an LED light On/Off button. The right side of the router contains a WPS button and a Wi-Fi On/Off Button. The RT-AC1900P’s dual USB ports are for file, printers and 3G/4G modems sharing and the USB 3.0 port for up to ten times faster data transfers than USB 2.0.

Features at a Glance

  • Traffic Analyzer
  • Adaptive QoS
  • SmartQoS- WMM, User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port, Upload and download bandwidth management, ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with the highest priority
  • AiProtection
  • Parental Control
  • Guest Network: 2.4 GHz x 3, 5 GHz x 3
  • VPN server:
  • VPN client:
  • AiCloud personal cloud service
  • 3G/4G data sharing
  • Printer Server
  • Download Master
  • AiDisk file server- Samba and FTP server with account management
  • Dual WAN
  • IPTV support

 


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Subhanka

I am an IT professional with a huge knowledge in Hardware and Network Field along with hands on expertise in Security.
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