What are the best AC1750 routers around today? Well first of all, before we get too excited – let’s take a look at what AC1750 routers are all about…
AC1750 routers, were once the most expensive routers around. Costing upwards of $200, they weren’t cheap, but they were the best around, at the time (a couple of years ago).
Nowadays, AC1750 routers are a lot more affordable, Ok, so there are faster, more powerful routers, that have superseded the AC1750 class (AC1900 & AC3200 for example), but that doesn’t mean that the AC1750 routers are ‘past it’. Not be any means!
They still have the grunt for the vast majority of consumers. And they have the features that everyone needs. So, rather than spend a small fortune buying the latest Nighthawk X6, does it make sense to be conservative and go for an AC1750?
AC1750 routers have a combined data rate of 1,750Mbps over two bands (Dual Band). These Dual Band routers pump out up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1.3Gbps on 5GHz.
Most people today, still use the 2.4GHz range. Now don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using 2.4GHz for normal Internet browsing, maybe checking your email etc. But if you have a Wi-Fi client that has 5GHz, we highly recommend you use it!
You will undoubtedly notice improved speeds. Of course not if you have an Internet connection under 50Mbps. That will be the bottleneck no matter what speed your router ‘routes’, be it over Wi-Fi or wire – when connecting to the Internet at least…
Anyway, here’s a rundown of the AC1750 routers available today that you should be thinking about:
Best AC1750 Router
The Asus RT-AC66U
Wow, we LOVE this one. The RT-AC66U has been doing the rounds for what seems like forever.
Why The Asus RT-AC66U?
Quality of Service
Don’t buy a router in this day and age that doesn’t have QoS (Quality of Service). In case you don’t already know, QoS takes certain users and or traffic types and gives it priority over others. This is sooo important if you play online games or stream.
Why? Because if other users or applications, that you or others use in your home, are busy on the network, it’s possible that your fragile/sensitive gaming and streaming traffic is compromised – affecting your experience.
Trust us – you need to use this feature.
Ai Radar (Beamforming)
The further you wander away from your router, the weaker your signal gets, the slower your Wi-Fi is. You can even drop connections. It’s a very frustrating experience.
But hey, the RT-AC66U has AiRadar! What is AiRadar? It’s Asus’s branding of beamforming. What is beamforming? (wow, you ask a lot of questions, lol).
Beamforming lets you roam further away from your router, so there’s less chance of you experiencing the dropouts, slow Wi-Fi and weak signal that we just discussed.
By concentrating the wireless coverage in the direction of your wireless client, rather than beaming out coverage in all directions at all times, your Wi-Fi experience just gets that whole lot better!
Dual USB Ports
Whether you want to plug in a USB drive, or a printer, there are two USB ports available. Ok, so they’re not USB 3.0, but USB 2.0 is enough for most consumers.
Also Has These Cool Features
AiCloud – Online storage, with encryption to keep your data safe
Easy Setup – Just browse to the RT-AC66U, and enter the ISP credentials – done!
DLNA – Interfaces with DLNA devices (consoles & TV’s etc) for easy interaction.
6 Wi-Fi Networks – Put the guests on another network to make sure you keep your own files and devices safe.
Other AC1750 Routers
Netgear Nighthawk R6700
Generally around 20% cheaper than the original Nighthawk R7000 AC1900, the R6700 is an alternative worth considering. Pretty much the same as the R7000, except not quite as fast and only one USB port – although it’s a USB 3.0 thankfully.
The DIR-868L has nosedived in price over the last few months, which is great news for us! Has all the features you want – Beamforming, remote access, QoS and a USB 3.0 port
Securifi Almond Plus
The newest addition to the AC1750 range of routers. The Almond Plus is Securifi’s first venture into the bright, blue world of .11ac. It’s definitely the coolest looking router of the bunch with that unique touchscreen, but you do pay for it.
The Amped RTA1750 is another relatively recent entry to the AC1750 router clan. It has fairly average features and Wi-Fi speeds. We’re not exactly selling it are we? Lol. Hey look, it’s actually not bad – it just doesn’t set the world alight with excitement.
If you’re dead set on a Netgear router, then this is a very viable alternative to the Nighthawk previously mentioned. A little cheaper than the Nighthawk and it has an extra USB port. Definitly worth a look.
Best AC1750 Routers – Best Budget AC1750 Router
TP-LINK Archer C8
Don’t want to spend much money, but still want an AC1750 router? The Archer C8 could be for you…
Why Choose The Archer C8?
At time of writing, the Archer C8 is just over $100. That’s pretty impressive for a AC1750 router.
Dual Core CPU
Has an 800MHz processor to multitask and route between Wi-Fi, wires, Internet and USB.
What’s really impressive is the Archer C8 has 2 USB ports, but one is a USB 3.0. Have we already mentioned that this router is only just over $100? 😉
Archer Beamforming – Further coverage and reliability with the beamforming feature.
Parental Control – Control who access what, and when.
3x Adjustable Antennas – Move around the antennas to angle coverage manually. This is especially good for homes with more than one floor.
Do you agree/disagree? Why not comment below and let us know what you think…
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