A router is a device that is essential for maintaining a stable and reliable Internet connection in an office or home environment. Choosing the right one can be the difference between literally forgetting that you have a router and having to reset it once every 30 minutes.
As far as reputation goes, Netgear routers and modems are considered high quality and reliable products, and today we‘re going to attempt to find out which is the best Netgear router for your needs. The problem is that there are truly many products available right now, so to make things a bit easier for you, we‘ve handpicked 16 units that are sure to be a good choice.
Best Netgear Routers 2018 Reviews
Netgear Nighthawk R7000-AC1900
The R7000 favors a 3×3 dual-band approach for transmitting at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz rather than the classic tri-band design. The maximum bandwidth of this unit (in theory) is 1.9 Gbps, way more than any modern Internet connection will ever require. The Nighthawk AC1900 range is rated at 50 ft radius, which means that it is capable of covering a surface area of around 10,000 square feet. The router runs on Genie software that provides apps for PC, Mac, as well as iOS and Android, making the device easily configurable even from your mobile phone.
Netgear Nighthawk x10
Apart from the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, this router adds support for the new 60 GHz band. This is a cool asset, but honestly not all that useful at the given moment, since most devices don‘t have the compatibility required to transmit data at this frequency yet.
The Nighthawk x10 also features the new 802.11ad standard, but the bad news is that only two other routers currently support it as well. So, like with the 60 GHz band, it probably won‘t do you much good. There are six Gigabit LAN ports on the back, which is more than most routers these days have. Plus, there‘s built-in support for backing up data to an Amazon Cloud Drive account which is always convenient.
Netgear AC3000 Orbi Home WiFi System
The AC3000 offers significantly higher speeds at long range and very consistent coverage without having to use WiFi extenders than some of its counterparts. This possibly makes the AC300 the best Netgear router for large homes. It‘s easy to set up and use, and we particularly like the fact that both frequency bands use the same SSID. However, it‘s a bit on the pricey side but this issue is easy to solve when you have Walmart discounts on your side. After all, if you want the best WiFi router for long-range applications, it‘s worth spending a little extra money for that peace of mind.
Netgear Nighthawk AC1750
The AC1750 transmits wireless signals at an impressive range, suitable for offices and large homes. The maximum transmission speed was tested at 450 Mbps at the 2.4 GHz frequency and 1,300 Mbps on the 5 GHz frequency. The unit includes five Ethernet ports for wired connections and a single USB 3.0 port for Network drives. Most importantly, the AC1750 offers VPN support for secure remote access, as well as DDoS protection (crucial for servers). You can get this unit as part of a Best Buy routers sale for $94, which is a bargain for a unit of such functionality.
This wireless unit features high-end hardware and top-notch WiFi data rates while using the 5 GHz frequency band. There are four Gigabit WAN ports, two USB ports, and the ability to set up a WPS system. The cool thing about this unit is that it utilizes a dust and fingerprint magnet to keep the router clean at all times. This will significantly increase the longevity of the unit and is well worth the slightly higher price. The AC1600 has a 128 Mb memory and features a dual-core processor that allows it to reach speeds of 1,300 Mbps.
Netgear Nighthawk R8000 X6
The Nighthawk R8000 is the first router from Netgear to be able to reach a bandwidth of 3,200 Mbps, at least in theory. With a dual-core processor clocked at 1,000 MHz, it offers speeds up to 1,300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz at the same time. The aforementioned 3,200 Mbps is achieved because the router creates two separate access points for the 5 GHz frequency band, both of which can be used independently without impeding each other‘s bandwidth.