Netgear Nighthawk R8000 X6

An all-rounder who leans on the game and one of the best wifi 6 router 2021

Description

The Nighthawk R8000 X6 AC3200 is a tri-band router (2.4, 5, and 5 GHz in Wi-Fi ac) that offers a speed of up to 3.2 Gbit / s. It offers the best in terms of stability and performance, in particular thanks to a Wi-Fi technology called Beamforming + which focuses the signal from the 6 antennas of the device where it is really necessary. 

Combined with dynamic and automatic QoS management, this solution must avoid any congestion, any slowdown and therefore improve user comfort. The whole being orchestrated by a three-core processor clocked at 1 GHz.

In the automotive market, Formula 1 is a formidable playground for innovation. Computer hardware is the product intended for gamers that act as locomotives and pull the sector towards better performance. This Netgear Wi-Fi router is a prime example.

The Nighthawk R8000 X6 AC3200 is a tri-band router (2.4, 5, and 5 GHz in Wi-Fi ac) that offers a speed of up to 3.2 Gbit / s. It offers the best in terms of stability and performance, in particular thanks to a Wi-Fi technology called Beamforming + which focuses the signal from the 6 antennas of the device where it is really necessary. 

Combined with dynamic and automatic QoS management, this solution must avoid any slowdown and, therefore, improve user comfort. The whole being orchestrated by a three-core processor clocked at 1 GHz.

Obviously, this router also offers a switch in Gigabit format with 5 Ethernet sockets: 1 WAN port to connect it to your box and 4 Gigabit ports to connect your machines and other devices connected by Ethernet. 

In terms of connectivity, this Wi-Fi router is also equipped with a USB 3.0 port, which, if connected to a storage medium, allows data sharing, file backup, and even NAS functions. A USB 2.0 port is also present, for printer sharing, for example.

The very futuristic look of this router (a habit on gaming-oriented models) could slow your enthusiasm. But Netgear had a good idea to provide retractable antennas, which make the router soberer.

Note that you can take control of this router via the Nighthawk application, which exists for Android and iOS, and that this Netgear router has Circle parental controls (in partnership with Disney), a reference in the field. Finally, we appreciate Netgear’s little touches, such as this personalized URL, which allows you to access your home FTP server.

Pros
  • AC3200 Wi-Fi and Beamforming
  • Top parental control
  • Extended functionality
  • mobile application
Cons
  • Customer support is not so good

Asus RT-AX88U

Performance above all

Description

While Wi-Fi 6 is not yet official, Asus, like other manufacturers, are already on the starting blocks. The brand’s RT-AX88U is the best example.

While Wi-Fi 6 is not yet official, Asus, like other manufacturers, are already on the starting blocks. The brand’s RT-AX88U is the best example.

Normally, who says Wi-Fi 6 says maximum speeds close to 11 Gb / s. Asus is less greedy and announces “only” 6 Gbps. Sufficient. Especially since performance is not the only interest of Wi-Fi 6, which should, in principle, improve the range of the signal, using OFDAM technology, MU-MiMo, and BeamForming. 

An arsenal of devices allows you to better locate connected devices, bandwidth needs, and adjust the equation’s data set to provide everyone with the best experience. Asus announces coverage of 145 m². And if that was not enough for you, know that this router is compatible with the manufacturer’s mesh system.

On the software side, Asus has granted its router parental control, a VPN. A Trend Micro signed antivirus, multimedia streaming if a storage medium is connected to one of the 2 USB 3.0 ports available to the device … what to satisfy most, especially those who seek performance above all.

Pros
  • 6 Gbps Speed
  • Important reach
  • Software suite to considerebly Good
Cons
  • Reboots randomly

Synology RT2600ac

For lovers of customization

Description

Did you know? Well-known NAS manufacturer Synology has leveraged its networking expertise to enter the router market. Thus was born in 2015 the RT1900ac, a product that has met with constant success with an enlightened public. 

Why? Because the particularity of this router was the great latitude left by the manufacturer regarding the configuration of the device.

Did you know? Well-known NAS manufacturer Synology has leveraged its networking expertise to enter the router market. Thus was born in 2015 the RT1900ac, a product that has met with constant success with an enlightened public. Why? Because the particularity of this router was the great latitude left by the manufacturer as regards the configuration of the device.

A dime a dozen adjustments, so we can of course find them in the RT2600ac, launched in 2016 and managed by the router version of the in-house application ecosystem, namely the Synology Router Manager (SRM), based on a GNU / Linux kernel.

This software, with its very neat interface, is at the same time easy to learn for those who do not want to take the lead (but why did he buy this router in this case ??), but above all offers particularly important freedom in the settings. 

To do this, you mainly have two menus: the network center, which manages, in particular, Wi-Fi, ports, traffic control, security aspects or parental control, and the control panel, which includes which affects the operation of the device itself (storage, notifications, management of LEDs, etc.). 

Without forgetting the File Station and Paquet Manager dear to Synology. The menus are long, the possibilities very numerous: something to delight the most hackers among you.

So obviously, there are some regrets: the location of the SD card, on the front, is not very practical, and despite its 4 antennas (MiMo 4×4) and its two-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz (but somewhat aging).

This router is clearly not the fastest on the market (1.73 Gb / s on the 5 GHz band and 800 Mb / s in 2.4 GHz, all the same, 2.53 Gb / s). s combined). But for those who really want a free hand over their network setup, it is an option to consider seriously.

Pros
  • The quality of the software is great
  • Fully Customizable to Needs
  • Satisfactory performance
Cons
  • Connection Drops Randomly

Complete and affordable

Description

The Archer C3150 V2 is, as its name suggests, an AC3150 router, which therefore offers speeds of 1 Gbit / s on the 2.4 GHz band and 2.2 Gbit / s on 5 GHz, aided in this by a house modulation technology called NitroQAM (based on 1024-QAM).

The Archer C3150 V2 is, as its name suggests, an AC3150 router, which therefore offers speeds of 1 Gbit / s on the 2.4 GHz band and 2.2 Gbit / s on 5 GHz, aided in this by a house modulation technology called NitroQAM (based on 1024-QAM).

Optimizations are not lacking in this router signed TP-Link: link aggregation to transform two Gigabit ports into a single 2 Gbit / sport, the automatic definition of the frequency band to use for each device according to the quality of the signal, or even MU-MiMo and Beamforming for Wi-Fi signals directed directly to the terminals to be supplied.

Equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, this router also has an interesting software layer, which notably includes QoS management, making it possible to define priorities according to use (surfing, games, streaming …). 

An antivirus, certainly basic but has the merit of being present, is also in the game. A mobile application is also on the program and offers the possibility of controlling the router remotely.

Finally, note the presence of a USB 2.0 port and a second USB 3.0 port, a connection that will be used to share an external hard drive or a printer locally or on the move.

Benefiting from a manufacturer’s warranty extended to 3 years, the Archer C3150 V2 from TP-Link offers excellent value for money, in particular, thanks to quite remarkable performance in this range, and to the very good range offered by its four antennas and the use of beamforming technology.

Pros
  • Max speeds at 3.15 Gbps
  • BeamForming and satisfactory reach
  • Interesting software part
Cons
  • All features are NOT free

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gamer XR500

The Wi-Fi router for gamers

Description

Its look sweats the gamer. But fortunately, Netgear was not satisfied with that to satisfy a particularly demanding public and which seeks, at the same time the performance, a certain freedom in the possibilities of configuration, and of course, the small additional functionality which will allow them to be able to play in the best conditions.

Its look sweats the gamer. But fortunately, Netgear was not satisfied with that to satisfy a particularly demanding public and which seeks, at the same time the performance, a certain freedom in the possibilities of configuration, and of course, the small additional functionality which will allow them to be able to play in the best conditions.

All of this the Nighthawk Pro Gamer XR500 offers. On the performance side, first of all, this router has 4 antennas (MiMo 4×4), which allow it to reach 800 Mbit / s in 2.4 GHz and 1.733 Gbit / s in 5 GHz. 

Associated with Netgear’s Beamforming device, these speeds offer the user something to take full advantage of the 2.5 Gb / s in aggregate. Especially since if you have a 160 MHz compatible device, such as this router, you will, in principle, benefit from a stronger and more stable signal.

The freedom to configure the router is offered by the excellent DumaOS, concocted by NetDuma, and whose approach is ultimately not that far from that of Synology, particularly by the use of functions or services to be activated, if necessary, on the device, via the R-Apps system.

As always with Synology, the DumaOS interface is elegant. With its dashboard, it offers an excellent way to see what is happening on your network in the blink of an eye, especially since it is you who choose the information that appears on this page.

The little extra features that change the life of a gamer, finally, the XR500 offers several. First of all, geographic filtering forces the router to connect to the servers closest to you to limit latencies. Advanced QoS management, on the other hand, is both precise and simple to prioritize how bandwidth is used.

Add to this the traditional storage and printer sharing via the two USB 3.0 ports located at the back of the device or the presence of relatively successful parental controls, and you will get a router of excellent quality.

Pros
  • Very good short distance speeds
  • Features dedicated to players
  • Best for Network engineers and gamers
Cons
  • Some customer complains Reboot issue