AC1900 Routers are becoming ever more popular. In this day and age, users demand more from their network than ever before. Whether it be video streaming in HD, playing the latest games online, or using Wi-Fi to fileshare around the home, you need to have a fast and reliable wireless network to carry out all these tasks. AC1900 routers are the fastest breed of routers to date and are capable of the above.
To make life easier for you, we have compiled a list of the 6 best routers for 2014.
6 Awesome AC1900 Routers For 2014
Asus RT-AC68U Router
Asus’s follow up to the RT-AC66U. The fastest router on the market (at time of writing – there’s not much in it by the way!). Dual Core processor, USB 3.0 port and the very useful AiCloud make the AC68U a very popular choice.
Linksys WRT1900AC Router
Linksys released this, their newest addition to the AC1900 router family, in mid 2014. It has a 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU, 256MB RAM & four external, adjustable antennas. It also has DD-WRT out of the box too if desired.
Netgear Nighthawk Router
The Nighthawk was released around the same time as the Asus RT-AC68U. It shares similar features (Dual Core CPU, Powerful RAM etc) with the others as well as having a unique stealth-like design.
D-Link DIR-880L Router
An AC1900 newcomer. The DIR-880L is the cream of the crop as far as D-Link are concerned. We don’t think it’s quite in the same league as the above heavyweights, but it still packs quite a punch especially given the fact that it costs a little less money.
TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Router
Another relative newcomer to the list of AC1900 routers available. This is the cheapest AC1900 router available currently by some way, but it’s also the slowest of the bunch.
Linksys EA6900 Router
This was Linksys’s former flagship AC router, until the WRT1900AC came out just recently. Although, it’s not quite as well spec’d as it’s successor, it still packs a powerful punch and will appeal to those who want quality at a reduced price.
Key Features That All AC1900 Routers Share
All AC1900 routers have theoretical speeds of 1.9Gbps using simultaneous Dual Band, using the 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands concurrently. At time of writing, these are the fastest consumer wireless speeds around.
USB 3.0 Port
Not a lot of point having Gigabit speed wireless if your USB port isn’t up to scratch. All AC1900 routers have USB 3.0 ports ensuring your media can be streamed or shared without bottleneck.
External Adjustable Antennas
Well actually, we tell a lie…the Trendnet has internal antennas. But the rest have external antennas which are adjustable, so you can manually target Wi-Fi beamwidth based on your home environment.
All the above routers have Beamforming technology. Wi-Fi beamwidth targets your clients on demand, helping increase coverage, transfer speeds and reliability.
What’s The Best AC1900 Router?
These questions are always subjective. It depends what your budget is, and what you want out of your router.
In our tests the fastest router is the Asus RT-AC68U, but not by much, only just beating the Nighthawk and the WRT1900AC. So if you want raw AC speed, these 3 routers are for you.
However, if you’re on a budget, you could do worse than the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU. It’s packed full of features, although you do compromise on speed and those antennas are internal only.
To be honest, all these AC1900 routers are great in their own way, but there is one more that we’ve left off the list. It’s the Asus RT-AC66U, which is the 68U’s predecessor (sssshhhhhhhh – it’s actually an AC1750 router!). Sorry, we don’t want to confuse you, we just want to give you one more option to consider!
The RT-AC66U boasts speeds not a million miles away from the 68U (340Mbps downspeed on 5GHz AC in our tests), yet it’s around 25% cheaper (in the same kind of price bracket as Trendnet’s TEW-818DRU).
Asus RT-AC66U Router
Well that’s it for now. We hope this article has helped!
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