The best gaming routers

Your gate to the information superhighway

So you want to get the Internet out from the tubes in your walls and into your device of choice, but you don't know how to do it. The answer is simple: Buy a router! Easy enough, but then comes a harder question: Which one?

Router technology has made huge leaps and bounds over the last few years, developing multiple bands to lighten congested networks and built-in CPUs to help prioritize high-activity streams. We've looked all over and found some of the best, most versatile routers money can buy. Whether you want speed, range, or affordability, these routers will get you covered, no matter your budget. So press on, Internet warrior, and find out which router suits your needs.

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Linksys WRT1900AC

The Linksys WRT1900AC is not cheap at a retail price of $249. But with that price tag comes one of the most powerful routers on the market. Not only do you get excellent speed and range, but its built-in QoS (quality of service) feature will prioritize your signal for you, making delay-sensitive broadcasts (like gaming) much snappier.

-4 Gigabit LAN ports
-Built-in CPU helps prioritize data streams
-Four high-performance antennas
-MSRP $249.99

Trendnet Wireless AC1750

The Trendnet Wireless AC1750 is a modern marvel. This router will hit the ground running and gaming begins immediatly, with an incredibly easy setup and blazing fast 5 GHz throughput. The best part? It's got two wireless networks in one, so you can put your intensive gaming tasks on the 1.3 Gigabit wireless network, and let your average devices rest on your 450 Mbps network.

-4 Gigabit LAN ports
-Two different wireless networks help with high-load households
-High-powered amplifiers provide fantastic range
-MSRP $179.99

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900

Netgear's Nighthawk series has quickly become the gold standard for consumer-grade routers, and the AC1900 is the entry-level high-performance model. Featuring dual-band Wi-Fi and a built in 1 GHz processor for QoS features, this router is as powerful as it is versatile.

-5 Gigabit LAN ports
-Three antennas provide great coverage
-Built in Beamforming+ hones Wi-Fi signals onto your wireless-enabled devices
-MSRP $249.99

Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200

The Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 looks like a spacecraft, and it's certainly built like one. Six (!) high-powered antennas, 3.2 (!!) Gigabits per second over Wi-Fi, and tri-band (!!!) Wi-Fi all means faster speeds over a bigger area to more devices than you can even dream of. If you've got a house full of people all gaming and streaming movies on their various devices, this is the router for you.

-5 Gigabit LAN ports
-Six antennas provide maximum coverage
-Tri-band Wi-Fi will send signals to dozens of simultaneously connected devices
-MSRP $299.99

Asus RT-AC66U

You know Asus, right? That company that makes gaming laptops? Well, they've stepped into the router space, and have done so with great success. The RT-AC66U is one of the best 802.11ac routers you'll find on the market, and it's got great range and performance.

-5 Gigabit LAN ports
-Six antennas provide maximum coverage
-Tri-band Wi-Fi will send signals to dozens of simultaneously connected devices
-MSRP $299.99

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

Like most Apple products, the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station isn't the fastest, most bleeding edge technological device out there, but it's stupid easy to set up and use, and it looks way better than a router is supposed to look. Dual-band 802.11ac signals will get you up to 1.3 Gigabits per second, and it's pretty much built to be plugged in and used right out of the box with minimal set-up. It lacks the bells and whistles of the more complex routers out there, but if you want a solid router that takes minimal effort to use, this will get the job done - for both Macs and PCs.

-3 Gigabit LAN ports
-God, even their routers look gorgeous
-Virtually plug-and-play, with minimal set-up
-MSRP $199.99

D-Link Systems Wi-Fi AC750

What if you're a person on the go? You gotta get your Internet fix while you're on the road, too. That's why you'll want the D-Link Systems Wi-Fi AC750. This device will turn any mobile hotspot into a secured wireless Internet connection - yep, even a 3G or 4G cellular signal will get converted into delicious Wi-Fi for your laptop to guzzle down on. It'll even charge your USB devices. It's not the fastest router, but hey, if you need to get a quick match of Dota 2 in, it'll do in a pinch.

-Wi-Fi only
-Turn any hotspot or cellular signal into secured Wi-Fi
-Charge your mobile devices, too
-MSRP $119.99

Linksys AC1900

If you're like us, you use the Internet. A lot. And the other people in your house use it just as much. That's why you need the Linksys AC1900. It's specifically designed for households that would absolutely crush the throughput of your ordinary router. Plus, with its Smart Wi-Fi, you can manage all your network settings or parental controls via smartphone, and specifically prioritize high-use devices - like your gaming consoles.

-4 Gigabit LAN ports
-Manage your network settings with your smartphone
-Beamforming technology optimizes your signal strength
-MSRP $229.99

Hack the planet!

We know, it's a lot to take in, but hopefully this guide has helped you find the router you need to make your network as fast and as reliable as possible. Do you have any networking tips or router suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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