What are the fastest Wi-Fi routers around today? What category of AC router packs more punch than any other? Well, it’s the AC3200 routers of course…and boy, the manufacturers can’t release them fast enough! AC”3200″ meaning total data rates of 3200Mbps (3.2Gbps). So, what are the best AC3200 routers for 2017?
The first AC3200 router made available to the consumer was the Nighthawk X6 R8000. It was the follow-up to the hugely successful original R7000 Nighthawk.
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 Router
Ever since then, there have been new AC3200 routers released, almost monthly. And expect many more to follow.
Hot on the heels of the X6 was the Linksys EA9200. The EA9200 followed Linksys’s very popular retro-looking WRT1900AC (we’d love to include the WRT1900AC here, but of course it’s an AC1900 router, so lets move on swiftly!).
The EA9200 has been a very popular choice with the consumer. Along with the dual core CPU, there are 3 co-processors to take the load when the going gets tough. It also provides very fast Wi-Fi AC speeds but at a very competitive price (around 20% cheaper than the Netgear & Asus routers in this article).
Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Router
..and of course, Netgear’s old fighting partner, Asus, who earlier this year launched the RT-AC3200.
This Asus router was launched in direct competition against the Nighthawk X6 and is similarly priced (around the $269 mark at time of writing).
Asus RT-AC3200 Router
Tri Band On AC3200 Routers
So what do all these AC3200 routers have in common? Is there a feature this new breed of router share that you just don’t see elsewhere?
Well, yes there is actually….Tri-Band. The days of Dual Band will start to become numbered. Now we are seeing routers with 3 frequency bands. Two bands on AC 5GHz, and a third on 2.4GHz.
The idea of Tri-Band is to balance Wi-Fi clients over the two 5GHz bands, so that in heavily populated networks, each client can have a fair share of the available bandwidth.
Ok, well that’s great…so how about a list of all the Best AC3200 routers available today?
Well, ok! Have a little patience 😉 Here ya go…
Roundup of the Best AC3200 Routers
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000
The ever-popular Netgear Nighthawk X6 router. Maintaining those menacing looks, but at the same time increasing the power, speed and features. Good job, Netgear, good job.
>>>Full Netgear Nighthawk X6 Review<<<
This is the first in D-Link’s “Ultra” range of routers. Six external antennas, an intelligent Smart Connect along with Tri Band of course. Looks a lot like the Nighthawk!
Launched only recently, the RT-AC3200 is Asus’s powerhouse. If you are dead set on getting an Asus, it’s hard to choose between this, and the RT-AC87U
Trendnet have always been kinder on the wallet, targeting the more budget-conscious amongst us. The TEW-828DRU is no exception. Around 15% cheaper than the Asus and Netgear’s of this world.
Linksys EA9200 Router
Linksys have always had a good reputation for releasing great products at the top-end of the range. The EA9200 is no exception. Has all the features of the other and those extra 3 co-processors for good measure.
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