Best Budget Wi-Fi Routers from Best Buy Windows Central 2020
Now that many people are working from home or self-isolating due to the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19), router issues are popping up much more frequently. It's old, it's outdated, and it can't keep up with the increased workload. While some major retailers are shifting focus to essential items and other private sellers are jacking up prices, Best Buy still has a bunch of great routers that won't break the bank. Best part? They're available for curbside pickup so you can keep to your social-distancing pledge. Here are the best budget routers we could find.
- Great for Most People: TP-Link Archer C7
- Wi-Fi 6: TP-Link Archer AX10
- Start a Mesh Network: eero
- For Light Work: Netgear R6080
- For Heavier Traffic: TP-Link Archer C2300
Are you tired of dead spots in the far reaches of your home? A mesh network can solve this problem, and you can get started with a single eero. It acts just like a standard Wi-Fi 5 router with 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, but you can add nodes as required to blanket your space in Wi-Fi.
Just you living in a small space? Just want something for streaming or light PC work? This Wi-Fi 5 router offers theoretical speeds up to 300Mbps and 700Mbps on 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios. It has enough range for apartments and small homes, and you really can't beat the price.
Get the proper router for your needs
Thanks to Best Buy's new curbside pickup policy, these routers should be available to buy as long as they're in stock at your nearest store. All of the routers listed here will do an excellent job of networking in your home, but we can make a couple of suggestions to help you make a final decision.
If you're looking for a solid Wi-Fi 5 router than can handle the average home's networking needs, TP-Link's Archer C7 will get the job done at a very attractive price. It offers combined theoretical speeds up to 1,750Mbps across 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, plus it has four Ethernet ports to connect wired devices. It's easy to set up, and it has enough range to cover the average home in a strong signal.
Don't want to buy a Wi-Fi 5 router now that Wi-Fi 6 is taking over? TP-Link's Archer AX10 is an affordable way to get started with the new standard. Keep in mind that devices must be compatible with Wi-Fi 6, so if you're mostly using older hardware, it's probably not worth the investment. In any case, you're going to see wireless speeds up to 1,200Mbps on the 5GHz radio and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz radio. Wi-Fi 6 is better to cut out to handle a high volume of connections, so if you're living in a crowded home, this might just be the way to go.
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