Review and look at some of the best WiFi routers for 2021. A router alone will not suffice to receive internet from your ISP. A router must be used with a cable modem or DSL modem as the modem is what technically supplies the Internet to your home. It then can connect to a single device such as a Smart TV, game console, or PC. For the most part, the modem is connected to a router, and then the router distributes the signal to multiple devices. This is accomplished both by wireless and wired transmissions. Or if you choose, you can find a modem router combo to fit your needs.
Different Routers Can Impact Speed
Let us take a look at the different types of routers. Today you will find mostly WiFi-5 (802.11AC) and WiFi-6 (802.11AX). While we’ll break down more differences in a bit, you should know that WiFi-6 is the most recently released version of in-home WiFi.
WiFi-5 (802.11AC) or Wireless AC Routers
WiFi-5 routers are the most used WiFi routers available today. Devices like Smart TVs and PCs are compatible more with WiFi-5 as manufacturers of these devices begin to incorporate the newer WiFi-6 standard. However, just about every WiFi-6 router is backward compatible with 802.11AC.
With so many devices relying on an Internet connection in the home, getting the right router is essential. WiFi-5 routers are the most used WiFi routers available today. Devices like Smart TVs and PCs are compatible more with WiFi-5. Manufacturers of these devices are beginning to incorporate the newer WiFi-6 standard. However, just about every WiFi-6 router is backward compatible with 802.11AC. So why buy an 802.11AC router? They are cheaper than their WiFi-6 counterparts. You can expect to save $100 or more by buying a WiFi-5 router and its comparable WiFi-6 router.
WiFi-6 (802.11AX) or Wireless AX Routers
WiFi-6 routers offer faster speeds to 802.11AX compatible devices and also provide for more sq. ft. coverage. As stated above, WiFi-6 routers are backward compatible with WiFi-5 devices. As well as, some of the older technologies, such as wireless B, G, N. However, all are different and you should pay attention to the details of each router. So why buy a WiFi-5 router? They are cheaper than WiFi-6. You can save money by buying the older model, but you may have to upgrade in a couple of years as technologies advance.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk MK63S was released at the end of March 2021. The only difference between the MK63 & MK63S is that the latter comes with a 90-day free trial of NETGEAR Armor. This is a security package that is powered by Bitdefender.
The NETGEAR Orbi Mesh Router system is ideal for homes 2,500 sq. ft. or larger. The AX4200 series comes in different packages, consisting of 1 to 3 RBS750 mesh extenders, and 1 RBR750 WiFi router. The bigger the package, the more you save.
The NETGEAR R6700AX is one of the latest wireless routers released by NETGEAR. It features the newest WiFi standard, WiFi 6, a.k.a. 802.11AX. With WiFi 6, you get the fastest available WiFi for your home. You also get assurance that your router will be the best for the next few years.
The TP-Link Archer A7 WiFi-5 Router is currently the best-selling router on Amazon. With the Archer A7 you can get coverage in your home up to 2500 sq. ft. You can also connect up to 4 wired devices and 50 wireless devices to this router. Here we take a review & look at its features.