Best Wireless Router 2016

Top 7 Wireless Routers You Can Buy

Best Rated
NETGEAR D7000-100UKS Nighthawk
Best Seller
TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600
NETGEAR D3600-100UKS N600
TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750
Asus DSL-N17U
Best Deal
TP-LINK TD-W8960N
Belkin Wireless N450
ModellNETGEAR D7000-100UKS NighthawkTP-LINK TD-W9980 N600NETGEAR D3600-100UKS N600TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750Asus DSL-N17UTP-LINK TD-W8960NBelkin Wireless N450
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Rating2.0GOOD
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Rating2.1GOOD
DSL ModemADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+
VDSL/VDSL2
ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+
VDSL/VDSL2
ADSL2+ADSL2+ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+
VDSL/VDSL2
ADSL2+ADSL
LAN Connections5 x4 x4 x4 x4 x4 x4 x
EncryptionWPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2WPA/WPA2
W-LAN
802.11a/b/g/n/ac

802.11a/b/g/n

802.11a/b/g/n

802.11a/b/g/n/ac

802.11b/g/n

802.11b/g/n

802.11n
WI-FI Speed1900 Mbps600 Mbps600 Mbps733 Mbps900 Mbps300 Mbps450 Mbps
USB
Media Server
Guest Network Access
Firewall
Integrated Switch
Special Features
  • Extreme WiFi speed—Up to 1900 Mbps
  • 1GHz dual-core Processor
  • NETGEAR genie® App
  • Reliable WiFi - fully expanded Coverage
  • Interchangeable LAN/WAN port
  • ReadySHARE® USB access
  • Advanced QoS—Optimized for smooth HD streaming & gaming
  • Broad Wi-Fi Coverage and Targeted Connection
  • IPv6 Supported
  • ASUS AiCloud
  • Dual WAN Ports
  • Pre-wired with Cables for simple Setup right out of the Box
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Best Rated
NETGEAR D7000-100UKS Nighthawk
NETGEAR D7000-100UKS Nighthawk
  • Extreme WiFi speed—Up to 1900 Mbps
  • 1GHz dual-core Processor
  • NETGEAR genie® App
149,98 €
Best Seller
TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600
TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600
  • Reliable WiFi - fully expanded Coverage
  • Interchangeable LAN/WAN port
48,48 €
NETGEAR D3600-100UKS N600
NETGEAR D3600-100UKS N600
  • ReadySHARE® USB access
  • Advanced QoS—Optimized for smooth HD streaming & gaming
68,95 €
TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750
TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750
  • Broad Wi-Fi Coverage and Targeted Connection
  • IPv6 Supported
44,50 €
Belkin Wireless N450
Belkin Wireless N450
  • Pre-wired with Cables for simple Setup right out of the Box
17,99 €

All You Need To Know For Our Best Wireless Router Reviews

Setting up your home network with our best wireless router reviews 2016.

The Netgear Router R8000-100UKS Nighthawk X6-AC3200; Netgear Routers are some of the most powerful on the market.

Wireless Routers are an essential piece of equipment when setting up a home network. They offer flexibility and variety where simple, wired LAN connections reach their limits and are also great for setting up office networks. But like with all other technology there is loads to look out for when you buy a wireless router. Especially when you’re aiming to get a cheap router you need to be careful as our best wireless router reviews showed that you might have to miss out on important features.
This is why we have compared a range of models and found the best buys in our best wireless router reviews 2016. Continue reading our buying guide below to find out what you need to focus on, what an internet router should cost and how to find the UK’s best wireless router.

Types of Wireless Routers

A router is a device which is able to connect multiple computers inside a network. This doesn’t have to include an internet connection, which is what often confuses people and can lead to bad buys, when the consumer realises the router has no option to connect a DSL cable.
To give you a short overview for our best wireless router reviews here are the types of wireless routers.

Type of Wireless Router Description
Standard Wireless Router This is Simply put a standard router with a Wi-Fi connection. It will spread your network signal via cable or wirelessly to any designated device in the surrounding area. Though it is not capable of processing an internet signal directly from the land-line if it has no integrated DSL Modem.
DSL Router/ Internet Router In order to process an internet signal from the telephone box you’ll need a DSL Modem . In most cases wireless routers these days have integrated DSL Modems making them DSL Routers/ADSL Routers. They can receive an internet signal from the land-line and spread it into your network via cable (LAN) or Wi-Fi (WLAN).
Mobile Internet Routers With the development of LTE (4G) we can now use the internet on the go. A 4G Router is capable of receiving a LTE Signal and spread it wirelessly. This means you can set up a network on the go. In principle this is what smartphones do when you activate a mobile hotspot.

Our best wireless router reviews 2016 concludes that you’ll rarely encounter stand-alone routers and we don’t advise buying one. An internet router has an integrated DSL-modem and uses Wi-Fi too. Except for being a cheap router there’s not much that speaks for purchasing one.

Pro’s of Standard Wireless Routers Con’s of Standard Wireless Routers
  • simple usage
  • usually cheaper than modems
  • can’t process internet signals directly
Pro’s of DSL Routers/Internet Routers Con’s of DSL Routers/Internet Routers
  • directly process and spread internet signal
  • loads of home networking features
  • more expensive
  • speed is dependant on the ISP (Internet Service Provider)
Pro’s of Mobile Internet Routers Con’s of Mobile Internet Routers
  • 4G Router provides fast internet on the go
  • independent from DSL connection
  • less suitable for home usage
  • requires a decent mobile tariff

Which Wireless Router is suitable for you?

The TP-Link router TD-W9980.

Now this is the tricky bit. It isn’t that easy finding a cheap router that suits your networking needs and especially Wi-Fi specifications can become quite confusing. Our best wireless router reviews support you by listing some main terminology for internet routers/ DSL routers.

  • ADSL2/ADSL2+: Describes a technology standard of DSL. ADSL2+ achieves speeds up to 18.000 kbps.
  • DSL Modem: This processes the internet signal directly from the telephone box and builds an internet connection. The best wireless routers always have an integrated modem (DSL Modem router).
  • VDSL: This is simply very fast DSL through fibre optic cable. If you have a VDSL Internet connection you also need a router that can handle VDSL.
  • Encryption: Encrypting (password protecting) your router is vital otherwise other users may access your connection and harm you. The best wireless routers therefore use WPA/WPA2 which are virtually impossible to hack.
  • WLAN Standard: Describes the standard of WLAN as 802.11 followed b the standard a, b, g, n or ac. Ideally the best wireless router has all in one.

In order to find a suitable, cheap router out of our best wireless router reviews 2016 ask yourself what type of user you are. If you like to game online a lot you need to look for the best router for gaming which comes with VDSL like TP-Link routers or Netgear routers.
If you are a simple surfer and would rather buy a cheap router then a simple ADSL router will do the job (D-Link routers or Belkin routers have proven to be simple and user friendly).

Would you like a cheap router or a router for sale?
If you want to save money and are simply looking for the best cheap wireless router check out our reviews 2016 at the top of the page. You’ll see our “price tip” which is the best value for money model we compared and also one of the best wireless routers under £100. Online shops like Amazon also have wide range of models and you’ll most certainly be able to grab a router for sale here. Even the cheapest wireless router you see can therefore be decent in quality.

Would you like to buy the UK’s best wireless router?
If you’d rather spend a bit more money to ensure you get a top quality broadband router then check our reviews for the “best-rated” and “best-seller”. The best rated is our winner and currently the best wireless router around, whilst the “best-seller” let’s you know what the UK’s most popular broadband router is.

The UK’s best wireless router brands

Netgear routers like the R7800-100 UKS are good for advanced and professional internet users, often the best Wi-Fi routers for gaming.

There are a couple of different brands for wireless routers. Many claim that Netgear routers but also TP-Link routers are the best choice for advanced internet users who want to get the best out of their connection. For simpler, straight forward tasks D-Link routers and very basic Belkin routers will be absolutely fine.
To give you an overview of the best Wi-Fi router brands we’ve created a short list for you.

  • Netgear Routers
  • TP-Link Routers
  • Asus Routers
  • D-Link Routers
  • Belkin Routers

These are the best wireless router brands, but the following companies are also capable of producing good routers including mobile, 4g routers.

  • Linksys
  • Billion
  • Huawei
  • Buffalo
  • ZTE

”A cheap router from one of these brands can often prove to be a top quality bargain. If you buy a router for sale from one of these brands you can rest assured that you have picked one of the UK’s best wireless routers.

Useful tips and hints for using the best Wi-Fi Router

Fort Knox
Always encrypt your network with at least WPA. Your Router transports and processes your most vulnerable private data via the internet and you therefore most certainly don't want anybody to access your router without permission.

Range
If you are experiencing problems with a router’s range see if you can get wireless router boosters or range extenders. A wireless router booster is simply plugged into the wall and immediately amplifies the Wi-Fi signal so that you can use it in rooms that lie further away from the router.

Set-Up
Setting up a router isn’t easy if you’re a beginner therefore internet routers that are plug and play (like D-Link routers) are recommended. Some of the best wireless routers have media servers and many other functions which you should check out before buying. If you don’t need them they’ll just make the set-up more complicated.

Compatibility
Check Wi-Fi receiving devices for the compatible standards. Wireless -ac routers or wireless-n routers aren’t compatible with a different standard. As mentioned before, a rooter that has both is probably best, wireless -ac routers and wireless-n routers don’t cost less in comparison to multi-standard models.