TP-Link Archer AX73Source: TP-Link

Best Wi-Fi routers Windows Central 2022

There's no shortage of choices when it comes to routers, to the point it becomes overwhelming when trying to find the best model for your network. With thousands of variations and features to understand, we've made it easier to find the best Wi-Fi router by narrowing down the selection to these easy-to-understand categories.

TP-Link Archer AX73Source: TP-Link

Covering all the bases for performance and value, the Archer AX73 features the modern Wi-Fi 6 standard and all the luxuries it brings. Its dual-band signal is broadcasted over its six separate antennas, supporting intelligent beamforming to concentrate on your devices. Even with hundreds of devices connected, TP-Link has ensured you won't suffer congestion with the addition of OFDMA and MU-MIMO tech, some of the best upgrades included with Wi-Fi 6.

Its single Gigabit WAN and four Gigabit LAN ports keep your wired devices connected, with static link aggregation (LAG) support for even faster speeds by combining two ports. USB-powered network drives (NAS) can connect to a USB 3.0 port, perfect for backing up your data from anywhere on the network. The Archer AX73 has a flush feature set without being overkill and is the best overall Wi-Fi router available today, ready to support your home network for years to come.

Pros:

  • Super-fast Wi-Fi 6 standard
  • Connect over 200 devices
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • HomeShield Pro security requires a subscription

Best overall

TP-Link Archer AX73

TP-Link Archer AX73 - WiFi 6 Router

A feature-rich router for a fair price

The dual-band AX73 has modern Wi-Fi 6 tech housed in a beautiful design, proving not all routers need to be a space-age eyesore.

TP-Link Deco X55Source: Windows Central

Proven to be a fantastic solution to weak wireless signals in our Deco X55 review, this mesh system from TP-Link is one of the most painless routers to set up due to its companion mobile app. Connecting a family of Deco units means connecting the power and watching them do everything else automatically. The Deco app gives tips on router placement and offers network optimization to help select the best Wi-Fi channel and minimize congestion.

Extending the reach of your wireless network and connecting wired devices in the furthest-reaching rooms of your home doesn't get any easier than this. With its Ethernet backhaul support, you can push for the maximum speeds offered by your ISP in every room without any compromise. The larger packs might push the price up, but they are worth the cost considering the benefits. Factor in the support of Amazon Alexa voice commands, and this mesh set makes your home network a breeze to manage.

Pros:

  • Modern Wi-Fi 6 standard
  • Deco app makes for an easy setup
  • 3x LAN ports per unit for wired devices

Cons:

  • Expensive for the largest set

Best mesh Wi-Fi

TP-Link Deco X55

TP-Link Deco X55 - WiFi Router

Paint your home in Wi-Fi

Solving wireless dead spots with super-fast Wi-Fi 6 tech and setup is a breeze with the fantastic companion Deco mobile app.

Best for gaming: ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900Source: ASUS

For the ultimate experience in online gaming, you want the lowest possible latency to eliminate any semblance of lag. The downside is that you'll have nothing to blame for your losses, but that's part of the deal with the incredible ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 gaming router. ASUS touts "triple-level" game acceleration which gives your PC or console priority for its data traffic, taking your gaming packets on the shortest path possible to the server. This tech means it plays very well with game streaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce Now, so there's no better gaming router than this.

Its ASUS Aura RGB lighting will appeal to the gamer aesthetic, with customizable color selection and modes to reflect the status of your network. These gamer-centric features join a fantastic set of networking hardware in the dual-band GT-AC2900, including beamforming and MU-MIMO tech to reduce congestion. Four Gigabit LAN ports sit aside a single Gigabit WAN and two USB ports, perfect for connecting gaming devices via Ethernet for maximum transfer speeds. It might rely on previous-gen Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) tech, but the antennas kick out a strong signal, and the dashboard is feature-rich for optimizing online multiplayer gaming.

Pros:

  • Optimized gaming traffic reduces lag
  • Customizable RGB lighting with ASUS Aura
  • 4x LAN ports for high-speed Ethernet

Cons:

  • Previous-gen Wi-Fi 5 standard

Best for gaming

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 - WiFi Router

Eliminate lag from your online gaming

A terrific dual-band router with traffic management tools designed for gamers. Perfect for cloud game streaming services.

TP-Link Archer AX20Source: TP-Link

The most affordable approach to Wi-Fi 6, the Archer AX20 packs an impressive feature set considering its bargain price. Topping the chart in our pick for the best budget router, it brings all the luxuries of a modern wireless standard without breaking the bank. The dual-band signal hits up to 1.8 Gbps with OFDMA tech to handle dozens of devices at once, plenty of bandwidth for HD video streams and gaming.

Four Gigabit LAN ports and a single Gigabit WAN keep the options open for wired devices, with a single USB 2.0 port connecting devices like printers directly to your network. Pair the AX20 with a TP-Link OneMesh range extender to further increase the reach of the wireless signal, all protected by the latest WPA3 security for password encryption and firewall protection against unwanted intruders.

Pros:

  • Affordable Wi-Fi 6
  • Mobile app or web dashboard control
  • 4x LAN ports for wired devices

Cons:

  • No TP-Link HomeShield tools

Best budget

TP-Link Archer AX20

TP-Link Archer AX20 - WiFi Router

Enjoy modern Wi-Fi tech for less

A fantastic feature set for the price. Support for OneMesh devices means extending your wireless signal is super simple, too.

Choosing the best Wi-Fi router

The best overall choice for anyone is the Archer AX73 from TP-Link, a jack of all trades dual-band router with the perfect balance of features, style, and affordability. If your home suffers from weak wireless, then mesh Wi-Fi with the TP-Link Deco X55 set proved in our review to be the solution. Extending the reach of your wireless signal with the powerful and modern Wi-Fi 6 standard ensures you get the fastest speeds available in the furthest-reaching rooms of your home.

For gamers, lag is the ultimate enemy of online multiplayer. The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 is designed with you in mind, packing plenty of tools and features into its firmware to prioritize your gaming traffic and keep the games running smoothly. Keep costs down with the Archer AX20, another fantastic choice from TP-Link that tops our best budget router roundup with affordable Wi-Fi 6 tech without any serious sacrifices in its features. Whatever your networking needs might be, there's a router for you.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author: Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson is a freelance writer for Windows Central with technology expertise. Keeping up with cutting-edge electronics, his experience in technology sales helps him make informed recommendations. Usually fueled by coffee, you would likely find him behind one screen or another.

Author: Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

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Samuel Contreras When Samuel is not writing about networking at Windows Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.

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