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Best routers for gaming 2022

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Raxe500 1 Tcm148 (Image credit: Netgear)

There's nothing worse than lag when you're playing games online, costing you the victory or even suffering disconnection penalties. If gaming is a hobby you take seriously, then it's time to ditch your dusty old router and upgrade to one of the best routers for gaming. This collection covers a range of budgets and specs to make sure you bag those critical wins.

Choosing the best gaming router

Routers designed for gaming will prioritize your multiplayer network traffic and maintain a lag-free experience, critical for enjoying your online play. Plenty of manufacturers claim to offer the best Wi-Fi routers, but the TP-Link Archer AX11000 is the best overall, specifically for gaming performance and value.

It was a close choice next to the Archer GX90 from TP-Link, but the value for money drops ever so slightly. If budgets aren't an issue, then certainly consider the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 to take advantage of the latest Wi-Fi 6E tech or the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 to connect a broader collection of wired PCs and consoles with Ethernet cables.

Ben Wilson
Freelance Writer

Ben Wilson is a freelance writer working for Windows Central with technical expertise and a background in electronics retail. Fueling a technology and video game obsession with coffee, you can usually find him behind one screen or another.