The 7 Best ASUS Routers to Buy in 2018

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In today's technology-driven world, few things are arguably more critical to our daily lives than Wi-Fi connectivity. Fortunately, brands like ASUS continue to lead the way with some of the strongest performing routers on the market no matter your pricing preference, home size or speed desirability. There's nothing worse than buffering while trying to watch the latest flick in 4K, so check out our choices for the best ASUS routers and say hello to speedy Internet.

Best Overall: ASUS RT AC87U

With a bevy of features, ultrafast 5Ghz band speeds and 802.11ac connectivity, the ASUS RT AC87U takes our best overall spot. The combined dual-band speed of 2334 Mbps makes the AC87U an ideal option for 4K and UHD video streaming, sharing large files quickly, as well as buffer-free online gaming. The 4x4 MU-MIMO antenna design adds AiRadar beamforming for directing a strong signal to your devices, as well as increasing Wi-Fi range even to the darkest corners of your home or office. The inclusion of AiProtection from Trend Micro adds an extra layer of security while also adding parental control options for parents and privacy protection for everyone on the network. Setup is a snap, thanks to the user-friendly ASUSWRT interface which has the router plugged in and connected in under three steps.

Best Speed: ASUS RT-AC3200

For faster speeds, look no further than the ASUS RT-AC3200, which combines 2600 Mbps on the dual 5Ghz bands, plus up to 600 Mbps of speed on the 2.4GHz band for a combined 3200 Mbps. Those speeds can easily handle 4K, HD streaming and online gaming. The 3T3R (three transmit, three receive) antenna design helps to increase both Wi-Fi range and signal quality to reach nearly anywhere in a medium-sized home. The addition of ASUS' Smart Connect technology adds even more brains to the router by allowing it to manage all Internet traffic on both the 2.4 and 5GHz band. Extras such as AiProtection from Trend Micro and ASUS AiCloud bring increased levels of security, as well as cloud syncing for all your files across any Internet-enabled device, including Android and iOS smartphones.

Best Gaming: ASUS AC3100

Gamers looking for some of the strongest connectivity options and fastest speeds should eye the ASUS AC3100 with dedicated features that are specifically built for online gaming. Gamers will love the WTFast game accelerator, which works to deliver low pinging and low latency for a smooth online gaming experience. With 1024-QAM technology onboard, speeds on the 5GHz speed are nearly 80 percent faster than previous generation routers (with up 2100 Mbps), while 2.4GHz band users will see speeds up to 1000 Mbps.

Directing the signal around a house is the 4T4R (four transmit, four receive) antenna design that adds extended coverage up to 5,000 square feet. Additional extras include 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology for directing a signal right at a device, Trend Micro protection and ASUS AiMesh for utilizing a secondary ASUS router to increase signal elsewhere in a home.

Best Smart: ASUS Blue Cave AC2600

While it may not look like a traditional router, the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 allows for Amazon Alexa and Echo integration, so you can easily control your entire home with voice commands. Securing your smart home connection is handled by ASUS' AiProtection powered by Trend Micro software, which blocks external threats that might jeopardize your network privacy.

Beyond security is a simplified setup with the downloadable ASUS smartphone app (it takes just a few steps to connect online). The Blue Cave allows for 802.11ac dual-band technology and has speeds up to 2600 Mbps across the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands, plus support for 128 devices at a single time. Additionally, parents can activate advanced controls right from the smartphone application to keep their kids away from Internet dangers.

Best Design: ASUS OnHub

While most buyers look to performance when considering a router purchase, ASUS wants to change old stigmas and prove good looks and performance can be one and the same. Gone are the days of stick out antennas with the release of the compact ASUS OnHub. With all the antennas and hardware hidden away inside the futuristic-looking cylinder design, the OnHub utilizes smart software to direct a Wi-Fi signal right toward your devices.

The inclusion of 4GB of storage makes automatic software updates easy to store and install (and there is still plenty of room for additional features down the road). The downloadable Android and iOS apps help with installation and automatic updates directly from your smartphone. Perhaps the most notable feature is the inclusion of Wave Control, which allows an owner to increase the Wi-Fi speed for any particular device just by waving it directly over or across the top of the OnHub.

Best Range: ASUS AC2900

Adding 120 percent more coverage than previous generation routers, the ASUS AC2900 is a hardware lover's delight with some of the best overall performance ASUS makes. The premium price is justified with tri-band performance, including dual 5Ghz bands and single 2.4GHz band that adds up to a throughput speed of 5,334 Mbps, so it can easily cover a home up to 5,000 square feet.

Helping to maintain that speed and range is MU-MIMO technology that directs bandwidth specifically to the devices utilizing the network for enhanced performance. Extras such as the WTFast gamers private network adds low latency for gaming and AiProtection from Trend Micro introduces an additional level of security. Setup and router management is easily handled by the downloadable ASUS app, including monitoring real-time network traffic and parental controls.

Best Value: ASUS AC1900

The ASUS AC1900 is a great combination of performance and price. Featuring 802.11ac 3x3 technology, the combined 2.4 and 5Ghz performance add up to combined total speeds of 1900 Mbps. Setting it up out of the box is a breeze with the ASUS smartphone app or the ASUSWRT Web interface that has new buyers connected to their home network in just a few steps. ASUS' TurboQAM technology is built right in and helps drive signal strength to increase total Wi-Fi speeds.

Additionally, the 1GHz dual-core CPU inside the AC1900 provides more than enough power to enjoy 4K video streaming, VoIP calls and ensure that online gaming is a lag-free experience. Beamforming technology rounds out the feature set by adding an even more stable signal for improved coverage inside a home.

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