Thursday, 13 April 2017

Gigabit Routers | Speed, Innovation & Smartness







Gigabit Routers are the next generation of wireless routers built to meet the growing demand of a lag-free and an efficient wireless network. Today we have mobiles, laptops, smart TVs, PCs, gadgets, printers and security systems in our homes and offices which must be connected to some network all the time. And to keep things moving, you need strong signals around you to get in-time responses on your devices. Wireless routers like other networking equipment and technologies have always been in bright light to answer this ever-growing demand with quality. I am writing this post to talk about the latest technologies in wireless routers and to provide you with a decent list of best wireless routers from the manufacturers worldwide. These wireless routers can transfer information at more than one gigabits per second.

To meet current era demands, 5GHz is introduced in the networking products recently. It is roughly twice as fast as 2.4GHz spectrum but is not new rather has been avoided for some time due to certain limitations, one of them is the cost of deployment. The 2.4GHz band is used widely in all kinds of wireless products for a long time now, like in cordless landline phones, radio control toys, wireless controls and Wi-Fi. It has been known as a symbol of a good quality network. Greater the frequency, larger the bandwidth is, like multiple highway lanes allow more traffic to flow at a time in one direction, more data can be transferred from access point to the client in a shorter time if you have a higher bandwidth. Let's look at some of the major differences between 2.4GHz and 5GHz band.

2.4GHz Band | Standards 802.11b/g/n

Pros
  • 2.4GHz signals can go farther than 5GHz
  • It is popular, easy to understand and implement
  • Less development cost
Cons
  • Unregulated frequency band; many products like wireless landline phones, microwaves, smartphones with 2.4GHz WiFi use the same frequency band and cause disturbance in a signal
  • Can travel farther but either get affected by other 2.4GHz signals or affect others(because of increased population) resulting in slower speeds

5GHz Band | Standards 802.11a/n/ac        

Pros
  • Much faster data transfer rate and clearer signal than 2.4GHz
  • More non-overlapping channels, rather less used band in other products
  • Can handle more traffic efficiently as it's less populated
Cons
  • Obviously shorter Range than 2.4GHz
  • Less penetration capacity than 2.4GHz through solids like walls

So, keep this fact in mind and consider the construction of your home or office while thinking about buying a new networking system. If you are upgrading a current large wireless network to 5GHz, do consider that 2.4GHz won’t mix with 5GHz, means you must have same technology at transmitting and receiving end. For example, your wireless router and laptop, both should support 5GHz networking and, that is no more an issue as dual-band routers are available in market now. You can buy laptops with a built-in dual-band network cards.















Dual Band Wireless Networking | 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz

Equipment with latest IEEE standards for networking supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz clients(receivers) & can also shift in between the two according to the user position from an access point. For example, if you are moving away from the router, band will shift from 5GHz to 2.4GHz realizing the situation so to provide you maximum possible data transfer rates all the time but the receiving device you are using must has a dual-band network card installed in it. Analyze your workspace needs, if you have multiple users or devices in a space like home or a small office, go for an upgrade and enjoy faster speeds. You don't need to worry about compatibility when buying, as most of the wireless routers are backward supported with previous internet protocols.

IEEE Standards | Wireless Networking Protocols 

802.11a, 1999
5GHz
Costly, used for businesses at that time

802.11b, 1999
2.4GHz
2Mbps, got popular earlier

802.11g, 2003
2.4GHz
54Mbps, better version of b

802.11n, 2009
2.4GHz + 5GHz
practical limit : 450Mbps
4 streams of 40MHz channels, MIMO
single/dual/tri-stream : 150Mbps, 300Mbps, 450Mbps

802.11ac, newest
2.4GHz + 5GHz
practical limit : 1300Mbps at 5GHz
8 streams of 160MHz channels, MIMO
single/dual/tri-stream : 450Mbps, 900Mbps, 1300Mbps

802.11ac delivers more than one gigabits per second speed(~126MB/s) at 5GHz and around 800Mbps(~100MB/s) at 2.4GHz. 802.11ac represents quality and efficiency, it’s many times faster than 802.11n and employs a kind of technology called beamforming* that sends signals directly to the client device. Before I move on to listing actual devices you need to understand the latest technologies in these products.


Beamforming*

     A technology that optimizes performance by focusing wireless signals to connected devices.


MU-MIMO (Multiple User-Multiple Input Multiple Output)

     A wireless technology for a lag-free simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices.

Gigabit port Aggregation
     You can join multiple ethernet ports available on the router to get more than one 1Gbps speed.

Dual 5GHz Band
     Routers do come with a dual 5GHz band to avoid overloading of one band due to multiple devices connected at the same time. Some routers automatically divide load between the two same frequency bands, so, you can stream and game on multiple devices at same time.

Following are some of the best, beautiful and praised gigabit routers available today. 





LATEST & THE BEST WIFI GIGABIT ROUTERS


Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 (R9000)


  

Netgear Nighthawk X10
Specifications
CPU
Quad core 1.7GHz
Memory
1GB DDR3
Flash
512MB
Antenna
4
LAN port(s)
6
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x2
Gigabit port Aggregation
Yes
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac + 802.11ad
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz, 60Hz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
60GHz       up to 4600Mbps
5GHz         up to 1733Mbps
2.4GHz      up to   800Mbps
Weight
1865g
Range
Very large home
$449

This router is the latest from Netgear and supports a very new standard of networking i.e 802.11ad which is actually not an upgrade of 802.11ac but a very short range and extremely high-speed standard that might set you free from cables in future if you are living in a small room. Such a thing has a very limited or a non-existent future till now as you need to upgrade all your devices to newer ones having similar standard in hardware but, still, you have a dual-band at its best in this package. Same views stand for the latest tp-link router Talon AD7200.


Find its detailed features and specs here.

Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 (R8500)






Netgear Nighthawk X8
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.4GHz
Memory
512MB
Flash
128MB
Antenna
8 (4 internal)
LAN port(s)
6
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
Yes
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz-1         up to 2166Mbps
5GHz-2         up to 2166Mbps
2.4GHz         up to 1000Mbps
Weight
1680g
Range
Very large home
$399 $232 SALE!!!

Find detailed features and specs here.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 (R8000)






Netgear Nighthawk X6
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.0GHz
Memory
256MB
Flash
128MB
Antenna
6
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
-
Speed
5GHz-1         up to 1300Mbps
5GHz-2         up to 1300Mbps
2.4GHz         up to   600Mbps
Weight
1100g
Range
Very large home
$279 $233 SALE!!!

Find detailed features and specs here.



Netgear Orbi Home WiFi Mesh System






Netgear Orbi
Specifications
CPU
-
Memory
512MB
Flash
4GB
Antenna
6
LAN port(s)
3 + 4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz, *GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz          up to 1766Mbps
2.4GHz      up to   866Mbps
*GHz          up to    400Mbps
Weight
900g router/extender each
Range
4000sqft. with standard package
$369 $350

*GHz = N/A. Netgear Orbi is 100 times faster than other famous Wi-Fi Mesh Systems like eero and Google Wifi, see comparison here. Find its detailed features and specs hereMost of the Netgear routers are compatible with Amazon Alexa products. Netgear has produced universal dual-band WiFi range extender that provides you 10,000 square feet coverage and works with non Netgear products too, find about it here.


Synology RT2600ac




Synology RT2600ac
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.7GHz
Memory
512MB
Flash
-
Antenna
4
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
SD card reader x1 (SDXC, SDHC)
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz            up to 1730Mbps
2.4GHz         up to   800Mbps
Weight
700g
Range
Very large home
$199


 Find detailed features and specs here

tp-link AC5400 (Archer C5400)




tp-link Archer C5400
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.4GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
8
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz-1            up to 2167Mbps
5GHz-2            up to 2167Mbps
2.4GHz            up to  1000Mbps
Weight
-
Range
Very large home
$299 $254 SALE!!!

Find detailed features and specs here.



tp-link AC3150 (Archer C3150)


    


tp-link Archer C3150
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.4GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
4
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz               up to 2167Mbps
2.4GHz            up to 1000Mbps
Weight
-
Range
Very large home
$132

Find detailed features and specs here.

tp-link AC1900 (Acrher C9)






tp-link Archer C9
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.0GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
3
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz               up to 1300Mbps
2.4GHz            up to  600Mbps
Weight
-
Range
large home
$109

Find detailed features and specs here

LINKSYS WRT3200ACM AC3200 



Linksys WRT3200 ACM AC3200
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.8GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
4
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz               up to 2600Mbps
2.4GHz            up to  600Mbps
Weight
798g
Range
very large  home
$249 $179 SALE!!!

Find detailed features and specs here.

Linksys EA9500 Max Stream AC5400




Linksys EA9500 AC5400
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.4GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
8
LAN port(s)
8
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz-1            up to 2166Mbps
5GHz-2            up to 2166Mbps
2.4GHz            up to 1000Mbps
Weight
1727g
Range
very large home
$268

Find detailed features and specs here.


ASUS RT-AC5300 Gaming Router




Asus RT-AC5300 Gaming
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.8GHz
Memory
512MB
Flash
128MB
Antenna
8
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
-
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz-1            up to 2166Mbps
5GHz-2            up to 2166Mbps
2.4GHz            up to 1000Mbps
Weight
1810g
Range
very large  home
$212

Find detailed features and specs here.

ASUS RT-AC88U (AC3100)



Asus RT-AC3100
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.4GHz
Memory
512MB
Flash
128MB
Antenna
4
LAN port(s)
8
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
Yes
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz               up to 2166Mbps
2.4GHz            up to 1000Mbps
Weight
-
Range
very large home
$299 $252 SALE!!!

Find detailed features and specs here.

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router 







D-Link AC3200
Specifications
CPU
Dual core 1.0GHz
Memory
-
Flash
-
Antenna
6
LAN port(s)
4
WAN port
1
External ports
USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Gigabit port Aggregation
Yes
Beam forming
Yes
IEEE Standard
802.11ac
Operating frequency
2.4GHz, 5GHz-1, 5GHz-2
MU-MIMO
Yes
Speed
5GHz-1            up to 1300Mbps
5GHz-2            up to 1300Mbps
2.4GHz            up to  600Mbps
Weight
-
Range
very large home
 $184

Find detailed features and specs here.

I hope guys, now you have a clear idea about gigabit wireless routers and you can easily buy one. Do share your feedback and any relevant information.
Thanks. Peace.

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