You’re probably here to see a comparison of AC1900 vs AC1750 routers. Well, yes they are further below if you want to scroll down.
Before we get into the details…here is a quick overview of what the numbers actually mean.
AC1900 vs AC1750 – What’s The Difference?
AC (with numbers following) is the theoretical speed of the device with both the wireless 5GHz and 2.4GHz totals combined.
It’s a very marketable way for manufacturers to display what speed their routers can run at.
AC1900 – These routers generally run at 1.3Gbps (1,300Mbps) on the 5GHz AC band with a further 600Mbps on the 2.4Gbps band. So 1,300Mbps + 600Mbps = 1,900Mbps…hence AC1900.
AC1750 – Again, this is a cumulative of the 5 & 2.4GHz bands. In this case, the norm is to once again see 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz but this time with 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. Doing the math again… 1,300Mbps + 450Mbps = 1,750Mbps. And yes, you’re right….AC1750!
Best AC1900 Router – Asus RT-AC68U
There is very little in it between this and the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 – but we had to choose one! Sorry any Netgear fans among you!
Probably the most popular router that Asus has released in recent times. The RT-AC68U was at one stage the fastest Wi-Fi router available on the market. That was back in 2013 and yes, there are faster routers out now. But don’t let that put you off. This is still a fantastic router! And the good thing is that the price has dropped a lot from when it was released. This means you can pick up a solid AC router at a pretty bargain price.
RT-AC68U Best Features
Beamforming – Improved coverage around the home. Clients can roam further away from the router.
Dual Core Processor – Routers of this pedigree require sufficient processing power to help prevent lag or overheating. The RT-AC68U has a Broadcom 800MHz dual core CPU.
USB 3.0 – There’s a USB 3.0 port and additional USB 2.0 port as a spare should you need it.
Quality of Service (QoS)– You can insert prioritization into your network with QoS. This is more important than ever when accessing the Internet, because it stops bandwidth hoggers (intentionally or not) from spoiling your fun.
VPN Server – Using either OpenVPN or PPTP, you can securely access your internal home network from the Internet. So, if you have files attached to the RT-AC68U via a USB drive, you can grab then remotely. Cool.
Other AC1900 Routers
This used to be the flagship router from the Linksys camp. It has a dual core processor, two USB ports (one being 3.0), Beamforming and 3 adjustable antennas to tweak around to your heart’s content.
Netgear Nighthawk R7000
One of our all-time favorite routers. We really wanted to put it at the top here, but the Asus just pipped it and no more. It’s got a 1GHz dual core CPU, as well as the USB ports and Beamforming technology.
Best AC1750 Router – Asus RT-AC66U
I’m afraid if you were looking for another brand apart from Asus, you’re going to be disappointed!
This time it’s a much easier decision than the AC1900 one.
The RT-AC66U was launched in 2012 and is still sticking around to this day. We predict it’ll be around for some time to come too.
Asus RT-AC66U Best Features
So what features does it have?
Beamforming – Asus’s branded AiRadar takes care of the Beamforming…extending coverage and making sure connectivity is solid at the longer ranges.
USB 3.0 & 2.0 – Once again, the 66U has dual USB ports. Make sure you use the USB 3.0 when you have a USB 3.0 drive. Share out that HD video around the home over AC too.
QoS – Yup, the 66U also has Quality of Service to ensure the sensitive data traffic is kept protected.
Other AC1750 Routers
TP-Link Archer C8
TP-Link are well known for launching credible hardware without breaking the bank. The Archer C8 is another quality release AC router release from TP-Link..and it’s barely over $100. You can’t argue with that!
This is brand new on the scene. It replaced the R6300, which was Netgear’s first foray into the world of 802.11ac. It’s a solid mid-range router with enough features to make sure it’s on your final comparison list.