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Top WiFi routers

Imagine there’s a network overload in your WiFi network at home, with a wide range of associated gadgets — from cell phones and tablets to workstations and media streamers.  

In general cases, the signal diminishes when there are multiple devices connected to your WiFi or the area is surrounded by thick walls. The presence of electromagnetic waves from microwaves and other home appliances may also weaken the WiFi signal strength.  

You may be unable to change the structure you’re in, but you can choose a router that gives a solid signal even through Wi-Fi dampening hindrances. Here are some great examples that can overcome these challenges. 

 
TP-Link Archer C5400X 

This router offers top class tri-band performance, pumping out about 1Gbps over its 2.4GHz band, and 2.167Gbps over its 5GHz channels. It also has great coverage and even gives you a chance to consolidate two Ethernet associations with boost throughput.  

Cost: R6 474.00 – R11 759.00 

 
Linksys EA8300 

This router is ideal for online gaming, and 4k and HD video streaming. It is also meant for houses with heavy WiFi use. It has Multiple-Input Multiple-Output technology, which increases the capacity and efficiency of the router. 

Cost: R3 872.49 – R 5 241.00 

Netgear Nighthawk AX4 

This router can pump out about 3 gigabytes of information per second. It is optimised for gaming and 4K streaming to smart TVs. It also has a wide signal range which means that it is suitable for medium to large homes. It can also connect to 16 devices at the same time. This router is not available in south Africa yet.  

Cost: R3 300 – R4 500 

TP-Link Archer C2300 

This router has an extensive feature set and can pump out about a gigabit of information every second. The device can push information through the walls and roofs efficiently. This router also has an antivirus insurance built in and it comes with a 2-year guarantee. 

Cost: R3 529.00 – R4 398.00 

Netgear R6220 

This is a budget router, it features a USB 2.0 port for connecting peripherals and parental controls that filter out objectionable websites.  

Cost R1 715.00 – R2 375.00 

An honourable mention:  

Huawei B618 

This LTE router can download up to 600mbps of information every second. It also supports about 4 LTE bands, and comes with a connection to an external antenna to increase the signal strength.  

Conclusion 

Our selection of WiFi routers offer superior performance and an extensive set of features. With most of these routers, you get parental controls, data usage logs and a strong signal strength to push information through thick walls. Let us know your thoughts on this last, and what your router recommendations are.