Should you buy an AC1750 or AC1900 router?

Should you buy an AC1750 or AC1900 router?

AC1900 is faster but you won't notice yet

The biggest difference between AC1750 and AC 1900 routers is the transfer speed. Both the AC1750 and the AC1900 use the 2.4GHz range and the 5GHz range to transfer data. Both transfer the maximum 1300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band — most home automation and older products use this band — but it's in the 5GHz band speeds that things change.

The 5GHz speed is used by most modern devices like mobile phones, laptops, and desktop PC's, and as such, needs to have good transfer speeds too. Unfortunately, the AC1750 only transfers at 450Mbps as opposed to the 600Mbps that the AC1900 can produce.

With the ever expanded list of devices in our homes that use both these frequencies, we need to cram all the transfer speeds we can out of our equipment. That's why we need to futureproof our routers.

Futureproofing is important

When we look to buy new products there is always a dilemma; should we try to save money by buying an earlier version or should we spend the extra cash and go for the top-of-the-line hardware?

The answer is always to buy the best you can afford. If you have $200 for a router you should try to spend as close to the amount as you can to get the product that will last the longest.

In that way, you can extend the life of your router and know that it will work for many long years.

James Bricknell

James built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, or huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games.