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10 best wireless routers 2016 UK: what’s a best wireless router?

PC Advisor reviews a 10 best wireless routers you can buy in a UK in 2016.

There are dual forms of routers, those with built-in modems and those without. Although we still call them wireless routers, there’s no need as there aren’t any ‘wired’ routers any more: all have built-in Wi-Fi. That’s what creates them wireless.

The form of router we need will count on how your broadband is supplied. If it’s around your phone line, you’ll need a router with an ADSL or VSDL modem. ADSL is some-more common, yet VSDL is used for faster connectors that engage fibre, such as BT Infinity. The twine ocular wire doesn’t come to your house, yet a nearest cupboard in your highway (or an adjacent one). This is since it’s called FTTC – twine to a cabinet.

If we have ‘cable’ broadband, from Virgin for example, we need a ‘cable’ router, i.e. one yet a built-in modem. Sometimes we can use one with a modem, yet it needs to privately support wire broadband and have an RJ45 WAN pier so we can bond it to your provider’s box.

Read: How to urge Wi-Fi in a home 2016.

Once we know a form of router we need, it’s afterwards a box of determining how many to spend and a record we want. These days it creates clarity to buy an 802.11ac router (as against to 802.11n) since in destiny inclination will support this standard. You will save money, though, if we go for an comparison 802.11n model. However, that’s doubtful to be any improved than a router we got with your broadband package, unless you’ve had it for several years.

The routers reviewed next are a reduction of those with modems and those without. All bar a Apple Airport Express are 802.11ac models, and operation in cost from £45 for a BT Home Hub 5 (that’s a cost for BT customers, incidentally) adult to around £200.

We also have more minute router shopping advice.

Best wireless routers 2016

10. Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)

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  • Reviewed on: 27 Jul 12
  • RRP: £79 inc VAT
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The pierce to a new Apple TV box creates a 2012 AirPort Express lovable as good as compact, while dual-band capability expands a utility of this many easy-to-use wireless routers.

Read a Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) review.

9. BT Home Hub 5

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  • Reviewed on: 18 Sep 15
  • RRP: £45 inc VAT
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The Home Hub 5 might demeanour roughly matching to a prior indication (it’s still compress and stylish) yet a series of facilities make this a good ascent for BT Broadband customers. It’s one of a cheapest 11ac routers we’ve seen and it comes with opening to compare a value and good features.

Read a BT Home Hub 5 review.

8. AVM FRITZ!Box 7490

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  • Reviewed on: 1 Apr 14
  • RRP: £245 inc VAT
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The FRITZ!Box 7490 is a hugely stretchable and quick router. It provides a horde of facilities that are easy to use. It’s costly yet in value-for-moeny terms this device could be a discount during £245 for a business or energy users that needs all a telephony functions too. If we usually need good 802.11ac coverage yet a bells and whistles there are cheaper options.

Read a AVM FRITZ!Box 7490 review.

7. TP-Link Archer C7

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  • Reviewed on: 21 Oct 13
  • RRP: £101
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Respectable wireless opening and full list of facilities creates a Archer C7 a truly estimable purchase, generally if we don’t wish to spend too many to try 802.11ac for yourself.

Read a TP-Link Archer C7 review.

6. D-Link DIR-880L

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  • Reviewed on: 18 Aug 14
  • RRP: £173 inc. VAT
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The D-Link DIR-880L is an easy-to-configure wireless router with adequate modernized facilities to also keep some energy users happy. Its circuitously wireless opening with 11ac was a best on test, and it also worked good during range, coming one-third of 11ac’s rated three-stream speed in a 10 m test. The DIR-880L’s central cost is £173 yet during a £130 some shops are offered it, it earns a recommendation.

Read a D-Link DIR-880L review.

5. Asus DSL-AC68U

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  • Reviewed on: 3 Sep 15
  • RRP: £129.99 inc VAT
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The Asus DSL-AC68U is a good 802.11ac modem router, with glorious program and decent opening during a reasonable price.

Read a Asus DSL-AC68U review.

4. AVM Fritz!Box 3490

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  • Reviewed on: 23 Sep 15
  • RRP: £135 inc VAT
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Put it all together and a AVM Fritz!Box 3490 is a really clever offering. Great performance, good software, a good operation of facilities and copiousness of room for enlargement with outmost storage. A winning combination.

Read a AVM Fritz!Box 3490 review.

3. TP-Link Archer VR900

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  • Reviewed on: 21 Sep 15
  • RRP: £139.99 inc VAT
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Since a program is good and a opening is truly excellent, we wouldn’t demur to suggest a Archer VR900. TP-Link has come a prolonged approach in a brief time.

Read a TP-Link Archer VR900 review.

2. Netgear Nighthawk R7000

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  • Reviewed on: 12 Aug 14
  • RRP: £165 inc. VAT
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Netgear was one of a initial companies to launch a breeze 802.11ac wireless router in 2012, with a well-regarded R6300. Almost dual years later, a fledgling Wi-Fi record has usually inched along yet Netgear’s matter in noir seems to make good use of permitted components from a Broadcom supplier. Faster routers are permitted for 802.11n, yet from each 802.11ac wireless router we’ve tested to date, a Netgear sets a benchmark of what is now probable with a breeze technology.

Read a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 review.

1. Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11ac

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  • Reviewed on: 13 Aug 14
  • RRP: £169 inc. VAT
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The AirPort Extreme is good built from a outward and meticulously engineered on a inside, a solid-feeling square of wireless router hardware that has a slightest router-like coming of any such appliance. It lacks some of a some-more keen setup options found in other flagship designs, trade these for easier and some-more permitted options for a wider assembly of non-network specialists. Its opening on 11n in sold is superb even if a 11ac speed was behind a stream leaders of a pack. If we have a Mac or even only iPhone or iPad, it’s a doddle to set adult and use, and is good upheld with essential firmware and program updates.

Read a Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11ac review.

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