Best Gaming Router For PS4:
The Best Gaming Router For Xbox One:
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Best Gaming Router For PS4
The PS4 is not a huge resource hog so you shouldn’t have trouble with most routers. That being said, you want to make sure you are taking advantage of the fastest speeds possible while also making sure your network is secure from potential intruders.
The best gaming router for PS4 is definitely the Asus RT-AC66U due its superb 5GHz performance and extensive feature set. It really is the top dog. If it’s outside your budget, the Netgear N600 is a great choice and only a little slower.
Best Gaming Router For Xbox One
The Xbox One is a bigger resource hog than the PS4 so you’ll want to make sure your router is up to the task. Also, you need to consider the bandwidth that will be consumed by other devices on your network. If you have a large number of connected gadgets, you’ll want to make sure you have a quality router that can handle all of the connections.
While the Asus RT-AC66U is a great choice for the PS4, its performance with multiple devices on the network drops, making the Netgear N600 a better fit for the Xbox One.
Best Wireless Routers
The ubiquity of wireless networks has made having a fast and reliable router more important than ever. Whether you are streaming games, music, or movies, a fast and stable connection is necessary. The wireless routers below are the cream of the crop and well suited for all your networking needs.
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 ($180)
The Netgear Nighthawk is an expensive router, but it is worth it for the superb performance and features. It has excellent range and can handle a massive amount of connected devices without slowing down. It also has a nice feature set and unlike some other routers, it actually has an easy to use interface. If you want a fast, reliable, and well-rounded router for media streaming and gaming, the Nighthawk is an excellent choice.
Asus RT-AC66U ($170)
The Asus RT-AC66U is also an excellent router that has more features than you’ll probably ever use. Its performance is a little behind the Nighthawk with a slight loss in range and speed, but it’s still an outstanding router. It has plenty of range and can handle media streaming for a large house. The Interface isn’t as easy to use as the Nighthawk, but it’s still fairly simple.
Netgear R8500 ($300)
The Netgear R8500 is an excellent router, but it’s currently unavailable. It has an innovative array of antennas that improve its range and performance. It is expensive, but if you want the best of the best, this is it.
Amped Wireless RTA2600 ($120)
The Amped Wireless RTA2600 is a good router that is both fast and reliable. It doesn’t have quite the feature set of the top two models, but it’s also a much cheaper with a price tag $80 less than the RT-AC66U. It doesn’t have the powerful feature set of the top models but it’s an excellent choice if you don’t need a lot of the extra features.
Netgear N600 ($100)
The Netgear N600 is the cheapest router on our list, but it’s still a good, reliable router. It won’t be quite as fast or have the range of the top three routers, but it’s much cheaper and still a very capable router. It’s a great choice if you don’t need the very best performance.
Asus RT-N56U ($120)
The Asus RT-N56U is another good, lower priced router for those that don’t need the very fastest speeds. It has a nice set of features and acceptable performance. It’s also much cheaper than the N600.
All of these routers are excellent choices and will offer fast and stable connections for your online gaming needs.
Gaming Router Buyer’s Guide
When it comes time to buy a new router, you’ll need to decide which features you want and which ones you can do without. Every gamer has different networking needs, so there’s no one size fits all solution. Here are some of the more common features you’ll see with a router.
Number Of Antennas: Just like cell phones, routers come with a varying number of internal antennas. These antennas are an important part of a router’s signal strength. More antennas means that the router will have a stronger signal, but the trade off is that the router itself needs to be bigger to house the extra hardware. A bigger router may not fit where you want to put it.
Generally 2 to 4 antennae are best.
Wireless Bands: Newer routers have the ability to broadcast on multiple wireless bands. The most common ones are the 2.4Ghz and the 5Ghz. These aren’t actually separate networks, instead the router is using one or the other to send out a stronger signal.
The 2.4 Ghz band can transmit over a long distance but has a weaker signal, while the 5Ghz band has a stronger signal but doesn’t transmit as far. Having a router that transmits on both allows you to choose which one will work best for you.
802.11ac: This is an update to the previous standards and has a maximum speed of around 3.8Gbps. It also has more bandwidth available at the same time.
This allows you to use multiple devices on the same network without slowing down the network too much.
USB Port: Many routers have a USB port in them, allowing you to connect a USB drive or other storage device and share it across the network. This is handy for backing up your network or sharing large files.
Beamforming: This feature boosts the router’s range. It does this by focusing the signal in the direction of connected devices and blocking any interference from other directions. It’s a very handy feature that more routers are starting to use.
Parental Controls: Many newer routers come with parental controls, allowing you to limit how much time and the type of websites that your kids can access. It can also be set to block specific types of games. This can be a handy feature for those with children.
VPN Server: This setting allows you to turn your own router into a virtual private network. This allows you to connect to the internet without anyone else being able to see what you’re doing. It also means that you can access blocked websites as long as your home network is connected to the VPN. This can be a handy tool for online banking or other personal use.
WPS: This setting stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup and allows you to quickly connect to the router with a simple push of a button on your devices. You don’t need to go through the process of creating and entering in a password.
Firmware: Almost all routers come with some sort of firmware already installed. This can be updated if a new version comes out from the manufacturer. Be sure to check if there’s a new version and update it if you can. Doing so will fix any bugs that the previous version had, improve security, and it might even give you some extra features.
Always read the changelog before updating just in case it does anything you’re not comfortable with.
Change your Password: Be sure to change the password that comes default on most routers. If you don’t, then anyone can access your WiFi network and even take over your router completely.
Change the WiFi Passcode: Be sure to create a unique passcode for your WiFi network. Don’t just use something simple like a variation of your phone number or house address. Go online to get some ideas for a strong passcode.
Get a Router That Fits You: There are many different kinds of routers out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Walk in store and ask the clerk for recommendations on what might be best for you.
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