Best Long Range Routers? That’s not an easy question to answer. The offering of wifi routers is wide. Additionally, you also have to consider that each house or apartment has a different size and layout.
We already discussed routers in our previous article. But the topic of today is more generic. We are not going to discuss which routers are the best for a particular use, but what are the best long-range routers.
What to consider
If you have a small apartment you can be sure that most of the Wi-Fi routers are going to be fitting our needs. But It can also happen that thick walls can be blocking our signal. So first two things to consider are both the size of the apartment and the thickness of your walls.
If the thickness is not a problem then the size could be. The wifi coverage of your router is important if you have a big apartment. To avoid a loss in the signal you can always go for a wi-fi extender.
Another factor to consider is speed. Wi-fi technology evolved quite a lot in the last years. New standards came on the markets and with those, also new models. The latest standard is 802.11 Ac. So if you want your router to be fast, you really need to check that is having at least this standard.
The price range for this kind of product is very wide. It’s not difficult to find models around 20 or 30 dollars. It’s also not so rare to find models up to 300 or 400 dollars.
Getting a router according to your own requirements is the key. But requirements can also be driven by your budget. So the best is to have a good balance between quality and price.
Single or Dual Band
As stated before, the Wi-Fi technology evolved a lot and it’s still evolving. One of the latest features introduces with the newest standard is the possibility to have dual-band routers.
The dual-band routers work with 2 different frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The advantage of dual-band is that you can really avoid bottlenecks in your network. If you have more devices connected to the same wi-fi network, you may experience some issues in regard of speed and quality of the signal.
2.4GHz band is the one that is commonly used by most of the devices. 5GHz frequency is instead the one that has been introduced with the new wi-fi standard. This frequency grants a better signal in terms of speed, but it also has lower coverage.
The advantages of having two signals is obvious. The devices can connect to one or the other, thus avoiding overcrowding on the same frequency.
Best Long Range Routers
After this introduction, let’s go back to the main topic: the best long-range routers. As said, the offering is huge. So I will give you a list of models that I think can fit your needs in regards to the coverage.
Linksys Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router for Home (Best for Large Houses)
The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 router is the best router, in case you have a very big house or apartment.
This little beast is a tri-band router. This means that will give you the possibility to split the 5GHz signal in two, as shown in the picture below.
Processor wise, it features a dual-core processor with 1.2 GHz. The build is quite original with 8 antennas on the sides that make it look like a very big spider (don’t get scared ;)).
Huge connectivity is granted by 8 LAN ports and 2 USB ports (2.0 and 3.0)
Regarding dimensions, it is one of the larger routers. The eight antennas are non-removable, and there are eight LEDs for the display.
The technology used in this router is responsible for the fast transfer of data. You can also improve efficiency by using an extender with it.
NETGEAR Cable Modem CM500 (Fast, fast and… fast)
NETGEAR Cable Modem CM500 is very fast. It can reach a speed of 680Mbps and it features dual-band technology. It has quite a lot in terms of connectivity with certified compatibility also with cable tv providers.
Connectivity wise it provides WAN, LAN nad USB ports (2.0 and 3.0)
In short, this router is the best choice for you if you are searching for better speeds and affordable rates.
Google Wi-Fi system (Best choice for multi-floors apartments)
Google came up with a very original product. Google Wi-Fi system is composed by 3 units. One of the three is representing the main router the other 2 units are, instead, acting as wi-fi extenders.
With this unique setup, the 3 units together are going to have an amazing coverage of 4,500 sq Ft!
If your house or apartment have more floors, I highly recommend this model. The particular setup of this product is called also “mesh Wi-Fi system”. This system grants you a strong signal throughout your home.
Each unit also features a dual-core processor with 2.4GHZ radio frequency along with 5GHz radio frequency with an 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. You can add more and more units to your mesh Wi-Fi as needed.
It lacks Ethernet ports, but, all other connectivity ports are available here. In short, this device is an amazing choice for houses. It has a well-lighted cylindrical body as the most attractive feature.
ASUS ROG Rapture Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
This router is also large and has 8 external antennas. It also supports Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax Wi-Fi technology. Its design is also attractive and eye-catchy.
It has a robust dual-core processor with dual-frequency ranges. It has Four Gigabit LAN port ports, one Gigabit WAN port, and one 2.5Gbps/1Gbps Multi-Gig LAN port.
These ports allow you the best connectivity. There are two USB 3.0 ports for supporting storage, cellular dongles, and printers.
It has air protection provided by TrendMicro. An exciting feature is that you can use it to wake a lot of other devices. In short, this router is decent for home and offices.
I hope this article can help you in your buying process. As stated in the beginning, there are factors that you really should consider. Each of the above models is taking into account these factors and answer to the main question: what are the Best Long Range Routers?
All of the above mentioned have different price ranges so you can select the router according to your budget. When buying a router price should not be a significant issue because if you buy an expensive router, it will be worth the cost (in most cases).
If I have to choose one, I personally recommend the Google Wi-Fi System.
Now, don’t waste any more tie searching other websites and hunting the market, because I guess the best options are these. The only thing you need to do now is to select the best one for your budget and buy it.
In case of any queries, feel free to ask below.