A busy evening in a typical home could have one person downloading game updates in a bedroom, another watching TV in the living room, and a third browsing the Web sitting on the couch—and all of that traffic demands routers that can provide fast performance for lots of devices at once.That’s made us a lot pickier about what routers we accept as best for the most people, and a lot more interested in new features like band steering and a third wireless band. Though all modern routers are at least dual-band—one slower but longer-range 2.4 GHz band and one faster but shorter-range 5 GHz band—it’s not easy to take full advantage of both bands.After spending over 100 hours testing 18 routers, we think the Netgear R7000P is the best wireless router for most people.It’s fast and reliable at both short and long ranges, it balances the demands of connected devices automatically to avoid congestion, and it works well right out of the box, with no arcane tweaking required.
Unlike the R7000P and RT-AC3200, it lacks band steering, and its range is noticeably shorter on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
More specifically, I’ve lived and breathed networking and Wi-Fi for the last couple of years writing for Ars Technica and Wirecutter.
As a consultant, I deployed and maintained models of nearly every brand of network gear under real-world conditions; as a technical writer I obsessively test them, and listen to readers’ concerns to make sure I’m testing the right things.
Add in the simple setup and powerful band steering, and it’s the best router for most people.
The Asus RT-AC3200 offers excellent, reliable performance on all three bands, at both short and long (extremely long, in the case of the 5 GHz radios) ranges.