These are the best routers and multi-room wifi systems

Best buy guide for everyone that is looking for a new (mesh) router


Routers between 130 and 220 pounds/175 and 290 dollars

In the category of routers, we have three recommendations. If you prefer to keep spend as little as possible, you have to ask yourself whether you want performance at 2.4 GHz or at 5 GHz. If you fall into the first category, we recommend you buy the Archer C3150 from TP-Link te kopen. This router is easy to find in our Price Comparison for an amount of 210 dollars, although the average price is a little higher. For that money you get a MU-MIMO router with a total Wi-Fi speed of 3167 Mbit/s, consisting of 1000 Mbit/s at 2.4 GHz and 2167 Mbit/s at 5 GHz. The router has an all black design with some silver colored elements and offers in addition to the standard 4/1 gigabit ports configuration both a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 connection. In terms of performance, the results on the 2.4 GHz band are particularly appealing to the imagination, with the C3150 taking the silver from all three relevant parts. 

TP-Link Archer AC3150
TP-Link Archer C3150

If you prefer not to spend too much, but you want a router that excels especially at 5 GHz, then the Netgear R7800 Nighthawk X4S is the router you need to buy. The R7800 can be found in our Price Comparison for an average price of 220 dollars, but can also be found for less. You get a MU-MIMO router with a total Wi-Fi speed of 2600 Mbit/s, distributed over 800 Mbit/s at 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbit/s at 5 GHz. In addition to the usual 4/1 Gigabit port configuration, the R7800 offers two USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA connection. The performance at 5 GHz is excellent at this price point which leads to two silver medals at the average test results of the synthetic as the first practical test at 5 GHz.

Netgear R7800 Nighthawk X4S
Netgear R7800 Nighthawk X4S

If you just want the best 5 GHz experience within this category, Asus' Blue Cave is an excellent option. The unit combines a neutral white design with a striking light ring in the centre of the console and single internal antennas. Whether you like it or not is of course a personal consideration, The Asus Blue Cave is a 4x4 802.11ac dual band router from the AC2600 class. The router has a total Wi-Fi speed of 2533 Mbit/s, distributes over 800 Mbit/s at 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbit/s at 5 GHz, and supports MU-MIMO. The Blue Cave has not been on the market for long and the price has had little time to drop. The router can be found in the Price Comparison for an average of 280 dollars. The performance of the Blue Cave at 2.4 GHz is fine but not exciting; at 5 GHz, however, all brakes are released. At this highest frequency, the router manages to obtain a medal in three parts - two gold and one silver. 

Asus Blue Cave
Asus Blue Cave

  • Asus Blue Cave
  • Netgear R7800
  • TP-Link Archer C3150
  • Considerably high purchase price
  • Performance at 2.4 GHz is fine, but not impressive
  • Excellent at 5 GHz
  • Design worthy of your living room
  • Support for MU-MIMO

  • Performance at 2.4 GHz lags behind slightly
  • Double USB 3.0 and eSata connection
  • Excellent performance at 5 GHz
  • Support for MU-MIMO

  • Performance at 5 GHz lags behind slightly
  • Excellent performance at 2.4 GHz
  • High bandwidth for a relatively low price
  • Support for MU-MIMO


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