Best Wireless Routers to Have Permanent Access to the World Wide Web in India

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 26, 2017
The presence of the Internet in our lives has eventually resulted in our constant need of having a direct access to it from anywhere. The introduction of Wi-Fi routers into the market has made it possible for people to go online from public places and elsewhere. Create your own network at home or in the office with one of the Wi-Fi routers we’ve chosen for you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Range
Frequency Band
Data Transfer Rate
Ports
Connection and Control
Quarantee
 
PROS

Gigabit connectivity through network ports provides an amazing data transmission speed. The router has twelve adjustable LEDs and a powerful 1 GHz processor capable of transcoding a variety of standard definition videos.

CONS

The model is quite bulky.

OUR VERDICT

Under extended use, this router doesn't overheat nor does it lose in stability. Can be paired with a USB hub to enable you to connect more devices if necessary. Will become an ideal router for office use.

detailed parameters
Range

Big buildings, offices

Frequency Band

2.4 and 5 GHz

Data Transfer Rate

1900 Mbps (600+1300 Mbps)

Ports

1 х WAN port

4 x LAN port  

1 х USB 2.0

1 х USB 3.0

Connection and Control

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2—PSK) and WEP

Guest network access—separate & secure

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2—PSK)

Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)

Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

Quarantee

2 years

PROS

The Connect software allows configuring the wireless network in a few simple steps on both Windows and Mac computers. The MIMO antenna technology ensures good coverage and signal transmission.

CONS

The producer does not provide any fixtures for wall mounting. 

OUR VERDICT

The Linksys E900 is an ideal model for any medium size apartment that will provide good and seamless signal transmission. It will ideally go on any surface due to its handy design with all antennas being built inside the enclosure. 

detailed parameters
Range

Medium range

Frequency Band

2.4 GHz

Data Transfer Rate

300 Mbps 

Ports

1 х WAN port

4 x LAN port  

Connection and Control

WPA2, 128-bit WEP, WPA 

WPS, Port Forwarding, MAC Address Filtering

NAT (Network Address Translation), SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) 

Quarantee

3 years

PROS

Thanks to the Quick Setup Assistant, the user can quickly and easily set up a secure network in the office or at home. The signal transmission doesn't interfere with obstacles in a room, while the IP QoS function enables the user to create an individual throughput for each of the connected devices. 

CONS

A white case is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

The TP-Link router is a simple solution to setting up a wireless Internet network in your home. In spite of its low price, its functionality is on par with more expensive models. 

detailed parameters
Range

Medium range

Frequency Band

2.4 GHz

Data Transfer Rate

300 Mbps 

Ports

1 х WAN port

4 x LAN port  

Connection and Control

128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, 152-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, MAC Filtering, DHCP: Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation, DHCP Relay

Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation, Parental Control

DoS, SPI, IP Address Filter, MAC Address Filter, Domain Filter, IP and MAC Address Binding

Quarantee

3 years

PROS

The extended QoS feature allows for seamless streaming of games in HD format. The NETGEAR genie application serves as your personal toolbar for monitoring, managing, and troubleshooting your home network.

CONS

The software is to be updated to the latest version.

OUR VERDICT

The Netgear RC220 AC1200 is an ideal router for flats and houses where people use 8 and more Wi-Fi-enabled devices. With it, you and your family will all have a chance to go online from different gadgets without any speed loss. 

detailed parameters
Range

Big buildings

Frequency Band

2.4 and 5 GHz

Data Transfer Rate

1200 Mbps (300 + 867 Mbps)

Ports

1 х WAN port

4 x LAN port 

 1 х USB 2.0

Connection and Control

WPA/WPA2-PSK

Denial-of-service (DoS) Attack Prevention, Advanced Quality of Service (QoS), Parental Control

SPI and NAT Firewall 

Quarantee

2 years

PROS

The D-Link DIR-600M is distinguished for its compact dimensions, minimal system requirements, and full compatibility with all operating systems. The possibility to quickly set it up through different browsers is an added bonus.

CONS

A low data transmission speed.

OUR VERDICT

Should you need a cost-effective wireless router, this model can be the answer. It will provide stable Internet connection, preventing unauthorised access. 

detailed parameters
Range

Short range

Frequency Band

2.4 GHz

Data Transfer Rate

150 Mbps

Ports

1 х WAN port

4 x LAN port  

Connection and Control

WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access), WPA

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Network Address Translation (NAT)

Quarantee

3 years

What is a Wireless Router?

In this Wi-Fi router review, we will take a look at the comparison features of 5 best wireless routers that can be used both at home or in the office. So, what is A Wi-Fi router and why is it used? With this small device, it's possible to create a whole wireless network for going online from different gadgets at a time, sharing files and transferring information between multiple connected devices. Most modern Wi-Fi routers can also be used as cordless modems, sparing the user purchasing extra devices. All you need to get started to browse the net is connect the Internet cable. The advantage of living in the era of rapidly evolving technologies is that it's easy to find a solution to almost any problem you may face. So, even if your laptop isn't new and it doesn't have a wireless capability, it is still can be used in your network. You will only need to get a special USB wireless adapter.

What Features to Compare

To make our comparison more informative, we've intentionally selected Wi-Fi routers with different price tags, so you can find the model that will suit both your needs and your budget. 

The first characteristic that you should check out when selecting a router is the range of signal transmission. So, if you live in a small flat, you can opt for a model with a narrower coverage area, while if you seek for a router to use in a big building, house or office, it's recommended to choose the model with a bigger range. The efficient range of Wi-Fi routers is usually specified by a manufacturer. However, you can also pay attention to the number of built-in and external antennas to understand better how good and strong the signal will be. Usually, the more the better.

You should also consider the data transfer rate of the chosen router. Remember that it's always got to be higher in a Wi-Fi router than it is from your Internet provider. In order to create a real network in a big office or building, you will need to look for the model with the highest data transfer rate to establish a fast and good signal transmission. The type of wireless protocol used will also have an impact on the Internet speed. 

The connection and control features will tell you of how reliable the connection will be. The routers with a special guest network will enable you to establish an allowed number of connectable devices within your network. This feature will come especially handy for those users who need a device for office use. 

Finally, make sure to check on the ports to see what other devices could be connected to the router. Most models presented on the modern market come with 1 or 2 USB ports. Also, a lot of them include several LAN ports for wired connection of digital gadgets (like, for example, PC)

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NETGEAR R7000 AC1900

A Stylish Design

When searching for any particular device, one of the most important things customers usually pay attention to is its design. Modern technologies have already undergone a lot of change and it's become a lot more difficult to surprise consumers with an innovative look of electronic devices. However, the router from Nighthawk will certainly impress you. The R7000 AC1900 has a very similar look to the F-117 attack combat aircraft, hence the name. Unlike many other models, it can work at 2 frequencies of 2.4 and 5 GHz accordingly so the user could have a stronger signal transmission. The speed of data transmission reaches 1900 Mbps, which tells of a good and stable Internet connection. The network coverage is large enough to place the Netgear R7000 in a big house or office, ensuring that all devices connected within this area are able to transcode and transfer information without quality loss. 

The R7000 AC1900 has a plastic casing and features plastic with metal antennas. The antennas can easily be adjusted in different directions to get a better signal reception. They can also be demounted completely. The side parts and the bottom are perforated for additional cooling. 

The R7000 AC1900 isn't a very small router. However, if you need to save some space, it can be mounted on a wall. For this purpose, the manufacturer has thoughtfully added several slots at the rear of the router. 

Review of NETGEAR R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk

Quick Troubleshooting

Any equipment may have trouble operation. If the router stops to work or there's no Internet access, the light indicators on the body will visually inform you of this problem. In total, there are 12 light-emitting diodes on the front side. The user can set them to work either in a blinking mode or constant lighting, whichever's more convenient. 

NETGEAR R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk in the use

Your Other Data Storage

The Netgear R700 AC1900 can also be used as a data storage provided that you connect to it a solid state drive or a hard disk. The router is compatible with such file system formats as FAT32, NTFS, EXT2 / 3/4 and HFS +.  All connected disks can be quickly switched off either one-by-one or all of them at once when it's necessary. 

Detailed review of NETGEAR R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk

High Performance

A high data transfer speed isn't the only advantage of the Netgear R7000 router. Another thing that adds appeal to this particular model is its high-performance 1 GHz processor that besides fast operation allows for its user-friendly configuration. 

NETGEAR R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk application

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NETGEAR R7000 AC1900
NETGEAR R7000 AC1900
 

Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router

You Just Need To Connect It and It is Ready For Use

In order to get a normal and stable signal transmission, you will need to have some knowledge to configure it the proper way. With respect to the Linksys E900 model, its configuration will not take you a lot of time. Due to a user-friendly and straightforward interface, the process of setting up a home network will be clear even for novice Internet users, requiring following only several simple steps. The Linksys E900 works at a single frequency - 2.4 GHz. The speed of the Internet transmitted by this product reaches 300 megabits per second. As a result, several simultaneously connected users can take advantage of excellent throughput. To prevent unwanted users from getting access to your home Wi-Fi, the router uses several reliable protocols and allows you to limit the number of connectable gadgets through MAC-addresses. 

Review of Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router

Anything More Than You Need

The Linksys E900 seems to have nothing excess at all. And it is really so as there are no external antennas or extra buttons. All functionality is enclosed in its casing. The router has a black plastic body with a matte coating finish that doesn't collect fingerprints. It doesn't feature LED indicators, which may seem a bit odd at first, however, once you get used to this router, you'll not have a problem with it. Besides, the bright lights will not attract your attention in the nighttime, which is a plus. The Linksys E900 should be placed on a flat surface. It doesn't have any mounting slots for installation on a wall. However, it won't take up a lot of space since all antennas are hidden inside the body. Unfortunately, though, this also means that the signal range will not be the best. Still, if your flat is small and you only need a router for at-home use, its effective coverage range will be more than enough for you. We recommend you to place the router in the room where you use the Internet most of the time. 

Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router in the use

Good Usability

The router uses the MIMO signal transmission technology which allows for a continuous signal at a high speed for each of the connected gadgets within the coverage area, which basically means, it provides a multi-channel data transmission. Speaking of what's inside the router, the Linksys E900 has two receivers and two transmitters which in a bundle ensure a stable operation of the connected devices. Even though the signal range of the Linksys E900 isn't too big, it can be amplified with one of the Wi-Fi Extenders. These compact devices with additional antennas are able to significantly improve your router's performance.

Detailed review of Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router

Summing Up

This router is a budget model, however, it has everything an unpretentious user may need. With it, you'll get a good Internet speed and a strong signal within a small sized area. 

Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router
Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router
 

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router

A Reasonable Investment

The router from TP-LINK can help you connect all your electronic devices and digital gadgets in one home network. No matter how many Wi-Fi-enabled devices you've got, you will take advantage of great wireless Internet connection speed which reaches up to 300 megabits per second.

The design of the TP-LINK TL-WR841N isn't unique. It's got a classic shape with rounded edges. The body is white, which isn't particularly a good thing, considering that white color gets soiled easily. So, we wouldn't recommend you to put it on a display where it will collect dust. On the note of design, the TP-LINK TL-WR841N has two external unremovable antennas. Unless you ever decide to substitute them for more powerful ones, this shouldn't be an issue. Besides, according to consumers, the antennas enable very good signal transmission even through walls. If your flat (or office) is small, the signal will reach the most remote rooms. The router also features ventilation holes that prevent the motherboard from overheating. It is fitted with a power 550 MHz processor and 32 megabytes of internal memory for data and firmware. Unfortunately, though, there's no USB port on the router, so firmware can be done only through a cable connection.

Review of TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router

Easy Configuration

As for the settings, users are provided with a convenient and functional web interface where they can find all guides and tips for configuring the network. The settings are displayed in a separate menu so you can clearly see where to look for this or that function. Through this menu, you can create a parental control, disabling certain Internet resources for your children's direct access. The password and login to the menu are written at the rear of the router. 

Speaking of security features, a built-in firewall protects the router from dos and other virus attacks. To check the router's performance, you will not need to log in the menu all the time. For your convenience, there are several LED indicators on the front panel. If one of the functions does not work, the corresponding indicator will stop to light. 

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router in the use

Quick Setup

Thanks to the Quick Setup function, even a beginner will have no difficulty to start using the router. Just turn it on and connect to the Internet from your laptop or smartphone. 

Detailed review of TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router

A Piece of Advice

If your PC has a large data set and you would like to have access to it permanently, a portable network storage unit is a perfect solution. It is an array of hard drives connected to the Internet with access anywhere in the world. Basically, it can become a kind of a cloud service that you'll be able to access and manage no matter where you are.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router
TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless Router
 

NETGEAR R6220 AC1200

Very High Speed

The Internet gets faster and faster every day. Providers offer gigabit solutions for personal use, which will undoubtedly be relevant to a large family where a lot of gadgets are used. The Netgear R6220 router, connected to a Gigabit Internet, is able to output it over the air at a rather high speed. As it operates at two frequencies of 2.4 and 5 GHz, the signal will not be interfered by other wireless devices and will be more than enough for multiple Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets. The speed can reach up to 1200 megabits per second. The built-in processor running at 880 MHz features good performance while setting up the router and transmitting the signals. In order to save data on settings and firmware, this model has 128 MB of internal memory and 128 megabytes of flash memory.  Also, thanks to the USB port, you have an opportunity to easily connect additional storage media and reach them via the web very quickly. High-speed performance of this router allows transcoding big files in HD. You can also do it online on the appropriate resources. 

Review of NETGEAR R6220 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router

Gigabit Ports

High-speed signal transmission is available not only in the Wi-Fi network. Using the cable you can get a gigabit connectivity as well. It is worth mentioning that, besides the WAN port, there are four LAN ports with a good connection speed. A wired connection has no failures, whereas wireless one sometimes might. If your computer is not far away from the router, it`s better to use a cord.

NETGEAR R6220 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router in the use

More Than 8 Wi-Fi Devices

Each member of your family will appreciate data transmission high speed as the producer assures that the model will easily provide a simultaneous connection for 8 or more devices. Also, for safe Internet surfing, you have the improved parental control function. Now you can not only limit access to some certain resources. This function empowers you to do it via the connected device and the corresponding profile. The device offers the NETGEAR genie application to help you manage all possible options. Due to this, you will always find the means for monitoring your network and, in case of any malfunction, make changes in the settings.

Detailed review of NETGEAR R6220 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router

A Tip

If your personal computer does not have a built-in Wi-Fi module, it doesn`t mean that it cannot be used in a wireless network. With a USB adapter, you will be able to include even your old electronics into the net and take advantage of good signal and high-speed Internet connection. 

NETGEAR R6220 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


NETGEAR R6220 AC1200
NETGEAR R6220 AC1200
 

D-Link DIR-600M

A Simple and Reliable Device

Any router must have good functionality and acceptable data transmission speed. A simple and balanced model D-Link DIR-600M is just a device to the point. Connecting the router to the Internet with a cable, you get the access via Wi-Fi at the speed of 150 megabits per second. The speed this high is achievable thanks to the built-in processor and one external antenna. The antenna can be adjusted, but not removed. So there is no possibility to replace it with a more powerful one.

The case is made of high-quality plastic, and the black colour and matte finish make it rather soil-resistant.  Also, there are the light indicators and the grilles for ventilation in case of overheating. With this model, you will get stable Internet operation on all connected devices. It is better to place it in small rooms for better signal transmission.
Review of D-Link DIR-600M Wireless Router

A Good Security System

It's worth mentioning that despite a rather low price, this router's security features are pretty decent. There is a WPS security protocol, which creates, configures, and further protects the wireless network in a simplified scheme. It is designed specially for the users who are beginners in the field of setting up wireless networks. There`s also a built-in firewall, which prevents malicious sites and applications from damaging connected devices. The device is compatible with all operating systems, which makes it multi-functional. And the signal transmission frequency of 2.4 GHz allows passing the signal through several walls without loosing quality.

D-Link DIR-600M Wireless Router in the use

On Par With More Expensive Analogues

The D-Link DIR-600M router model isn't that different from more expensive analogues. Of course, Wi-Fi speed is not so high, but the number of slots available is absolutely the same. The device also features one WAN port and 4 LAN ports. This means that, even without the Internet connection, you can connect four computers to a LAN network at once for unlimited data exchange. To sum it up, we can say that this product is the best option for surfing the Internet resources and watching streaming video on various portable devices.

Detailed review of D-Link DIR-600M Wireless Router

Just Keep In Mind

If your friends and you enjoy having rest in the open air, you will really appreciate the Wi-Fi transmitter, working from the mobile network. If the operator provides 3G or 4G networks, the speed of the Internet outdoors allows listening to music online and even watching good quality videos. Moreover, you can do this anywhere and on several devices at once.

D-Link DIR-600M Wireless Router application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


D-Link DIR-600M
D-Link DIR-600M
 

FAQ:

Q: What is the difference between Wi-Fi routers and the wired ones?
A: As for wired models, it can be said that they have a rather good capability. These kinds of routers are able to provide high-quality data transmission speed. The disadvantage is that all the cords around you can hinder and make you irritated. Also, the devices which are not connected to the router do not have coverage, so you cannot use several of them simultaneously. Considering that, wireless models are undoubtedly more convenient. Some of them can transmit the signal even to eight gadgets at once.

Q: Can the router be located far away from the devices connected to it?
A: Basically you can place it anywhere, but it`s necessary to keep in mind that not all models are able to transmit a long distance wave. Depending on the router power, you should choose the proper model for big offices or buildings or for an average flat. The less powerful ones will have a weak signal and the working process can be interrupted. 

Q: What about speed? Is it good?
A: Generally, it depends on your provider. Nowadays, the signal transmission speed of most providers is not bad, but things happen. In order to avoid such kind of problems, it is advisable to find out this beforehand. 

Q: Do these devices have any security systems?
A: Of course, they do. Some models can offer very good protective functions, such as a security protocol. It creates, configures and after that protects the wireless network. Others are not that strong but they are quite satisfactory for a personal use. Modern models also can have a built-in firewall, which prevents malicious sites or applications from damaging connected devices. So you have no reasons to be concerned about viruses or something like that, as all your data is protected.

Q: Are there any risks that the router will be overheated?
A: In order to prevent overheating, a lot of models are equipped with ventilation grilles. Other devices may not have this function. Depending on how powerful the router you need and how long you want to use it (at home or in the office), you can choose a suitable model from a variety of models available. Typically routers don't tend to overheat that much.

Q: Is it possible to remove built-in antennas or to replace them with more powerful ones?
A: There are routers with the built-in antennas and the external ones. Speaking of those with the built-in ones, you will not be able to remove and substitute them as they are hidden inside and therefore, demountable. External antennas can also be of two types: removable and not. If this is important to you, consult the product's specification right before you make an order.

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Publish Date: 2017-05-17 15:30:17