It seems that everyone these days has their lists in terms of which router is the best gaming router. EliteShot for instance, uses and thinks the Netduma R1 is the best. Personally, I think that while this router might be a good one to use, its not the only one to use. In fact, I think there are much better options, especially in terms of money. I am more than willing to spend a little more IF I know that its going to last me for a few years. Below, we will be talking about the best gaming routers; 1 that I use, and a few off shoots if you want to try something else out.
The One I Use – NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S – AC2600 4×4 MU-MIMO Smart WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Gaming Router
This bad boy costs for around $230. But, I honestly think its worth it. Just an FYI from me to you, you do NOT have to use the router your ISP gives you to use. You can use whatever gaming router you want to use. Back in my days as a young gamer, I would always use a Linksys. It was the brand I always went to when I needed a great gaming router. As an adult I only have used Netgear. This one in particular is the R7800 version. It has a whopping 16,000+ reviews and a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Pretty amazing.
“Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO, and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds. Stream 4K content in pristine quality with 160MHz support while receiving ultimate WiFi speeds of up to 2.53Gbps, with a powerful 1.7GHz dual-core processor. Enjoy smoother streaming and gaming by prioritizing application and device with Dynamic QoS.”
Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa – Control your home network using voice commands.
AC2600 WiFi-800+1733 Mbps speeds; Ranked #1 in AC2600 performance by Small Net Builder
Four-stream (4×4) WiFi Architecture for smoother 4K video streaming and lag-free gaming and 160MHz radio for double the bandwidth for mobile devices
Multi-user MIMO technology for more throughput; Top spot in MU-MIMO router performance comparison by Small Net Builder
Powerful 1.7GHz dual core processor and dynamic QoS for smooth jitter-free gaming
Network storage-ready with superfast twin USB 3.0 and eSATA; Use ReadyCLOUD to access the storage anytime from anywhere
Secure access to home services using OpenVPN — with iOS and Android app support
Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast wired performance
Four high-gain external antennas and Beamforming+ for maximum range
See all your photos from attached storage, public cloud, and social feeds in one place with Kwilt app on iOS
Other Good Gaming Routers
Almost all of the gaming routers you are going to see today are going to be over $200. you can find a few for under $100, but honestly, I would rather pay an extra $100 and have a better router than have just an “okay” router.
Linksys WRT AC3200
Add enterprise-grade Wi-Fi to your home with the Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. Equipped with Tri-Stream 160 and MU-MIMO technology, this Wi-Fi router can deliver blazing-fast Wi-Fi performance to multiple devices simultaneously. This dramatically expands the router’s speeds, so you’ll enjoy high-speed, responsive performance even when your home Wi-Fi is under heavy usage.
Tri-Stream 160 technology doubles bandwidth and the fastest dual-band of any router
MU-MIMO technology provides blazing-fast Wi-Fi speeds to multiple devices all at the same time, same speed
Open-source ready with OpenWrt and DD-WRT for complete flexibility and customization
Updated Smart Wi-Fi app to manage and monitor your home Wi-Fi from your device, anytime, anywhere
256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory delivers improved data transfer speeds allowing you to do more at faster rates
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gaming Router
This one always kind of gives me a chuckle. Looks like a spaceship, but it performs really well, the data transfer rate is higher than a lot of other options out there like it and its wireless.
The AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-890L/R) delivers premium performance for today’s most demanding tasks: HD streaming, gaming, and multiple device usage. It comes packed with speeds of up to 3.2Gbps, a dual core processor, three bands (one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz), AC SmartBeam technology, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) with traffic prioritization, six high-performance external antennas for maximum range, a new user interface, Smart Connect and with a really easy setup. The perfect combination of performance and ease of use.
Ultimate Wi-Fi performance with AC3200 Tri-Band speeds (1 x 600 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 2 x 1300 Mbps in 5GHz) to support more connected Wi-Fi devices to your high speed home network
Enjoy 4K/HD video and online gaming simultaneously with 3 x 3 data streams and 6 high-performance antennas
The 1GHz Dual Core processor gives you powerful wired and wireless speeds
Advanced SmartConnect allocates the best possible band for maximal Wi-Fi performance.
Coverage-Large Home,Compatibility: Works with existing and future Wi-Fi devices
Advanced AC SmartBeam tracks your connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range throughout your home
Intelligent QoS traffic optimization delivers seamless performance for your applications
Intuitive user interface for easy installation and network management from your mobile devices or desktop
Advanced security features WPA/WPA2 encryption for a safe home network.Box shows the part as “DIR-890L” and the color designation of red is the “/R.”
So there ya go. My top 3 picks for the best gaming router. I have really enjoyed the one I have – the first one. Netgear and Linksys are sort of “household” brands when it comes to routers and models, so I would suggest that you stick with brands that are more well-known, rather than some cheap knock off. Also, these “gaming routers” are for all consoles and devices and will benefit you whether you are a PC gamer, console gamer or otherwise.