FIOS is the fiber-optic multimedia service from Verizon, with internet access at various speeds, including its top Gigabit package. Its rolling monthly contracts are a welcome change from most annual contracts offered by competitors, but you still need to pay a monthly fee to rent their equipment. Check out our collection to find the best router for Verizon FIOS and save on rental costs by owning your hardware.
Matching the official FIOS router from Verizon as closely as possible, the tri-band Archer AX90 is a Wi-Fi 6 router with three Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN/LAN. A USB 3.0 port pairs with an extra USB 2.0, opening up choices for network-attached storage (NAS) and printers.
Coming in at a very close second place, the Nighthawk RAX70 again mirrors the specifications of the official FIOS router. Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 provides super-fast wireless access, with five Gigabit LAN ports and USB 3.0 providing extra connectivity for wired devices.
Best for gaming
If you want a lag-free gaming experience, choose the Archer GX90. Tri-band Wi-Fi 6, three Gigabit LAN and one Gigabit combo WAN/LAN, plus one USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 match and excel the FIOS hardware, but the game-centric network management software is where the GX90 really shines.
Best for mesh Wi-Fi
Mesh Wi-Fi is the perfect solution for homes with a lot of ground to cover wirelessly. The Deco X90 features the expected tri-band Wi-Fi 6 tech, plus multi-Gig and Gigabit ports. There's no USB functionality, so wired NAS drives are mostly out.
The R6700AX drops to dual-band from tri-band, but you still get the Wi-Fi 6 standard. It has four Gigabit LAN ports, but a lack of USB keeps the price low while restricting NAS options. If you're unsure about FIOS long-term, you can still save money with this admirable router.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) is fine for a budget router, and the Archer A7 supports dual-band speeds up to 1300Mbps over its 5GHz streams. Four Gigabit LAN and one Gigabit WAN plus USB 2.0 offer decent functionality for the price. A budget method to avoid Verizon's rental fee.
Choosing the best router for Verizon FIOS
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Since the official FIOS hardware from Verizon is a tri-band router using the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard, it has plenty to offer for speedy internet access, including Gigabit LAN and USB ports. Some of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers offer similar specs, but the Archer AX90 from TP-Link matches the FIOS router specs as the best overall choice.
If you prefer to spring for an entry-level FIOS package, then the dual-band Netgear R6700AX will still provide you with everything you need to enjoy the service. You wouldn't need to be subscribed to the Verizon packages for too long to have saved money overall, and you'll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6 functionality.
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