13 AC1900 routers review: mid-range WiFi

Affordable 802.11ac routers

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Introduction

It’s been a while since we’ve last had a look at the developments in the world of routers, so we thought it’s high time we took another look at it. What options do you get for a budget of 116 dollars to 232 dollars these days and what can you expect from a model of this price range?


When we moved our office and test lab to another location earlier this year, we disassembled our trusty old router test setup. Since then we have created a new test setup which we know will deliver reproducible and comparable results as well.

The first test range we have selected, tested and re-tested to inaugurate this setup looks like this:

The AC1900 routers support usage of the 802.11ac WiFi protocol to a maximum theoretical speed throughput speed of 600 Mbps on the 2,4 GHz frequency and 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz frequency.

ASUS RT-AC66UAVM Fritz!Box 3490

The ASUS RT-AC66U (left) and the AVM Fritz!Box 3490 (right) are AC1750 routers.

We also included two AC1750 routers in the test: ASUS RT-AC66U and AVM’s Fritz!Box 3490. These have a theoretical speed of up to 450 Mbps on 2,4 GHz and 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz frequencies. The reasons for including them are not only that those are very popular models on the market, but also because there are no actual clients that can receive 600 Mbps throughput on the 2,4 GHz frequency, which means that the 600 Mbps speed will remain theoretical. The same applies to the Netgear R7000P Nighthawk - the succesor to the R7000 and an AC2300 router - which we also included in this selection. 

The specifications comparison of all the routers in this test you can find in this table.


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