The best gaming routers 2018

If you play many multiplayer games, then it is essential to make sure you have the best gaming router.

These routers were specially designed to prioritize the network traffic of the games, a feature known as Quality of Service (QoS), so that your game will not be affected if other people broadcast Netflix or surf the web.

A Many players believe that a cable connection is better for online games and for transmission through services such as Steam In-Home transmission, and we should agree. The best routers must have a large number of Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect their gaming devices to the Internet, or to play local LAN games.

It is not always possible to have a cable connection, so game routers must have the latest – and fastest: also Wi-Fi technology, which is currently 802.11ac. It is also useful to have external antennas that can be moved to direct the Wi-Fi signal to certain areas of your home.

Taking into account the particular needs of the players, these are the best routers of games that you can buy.

1. Asus RT-AC86U

The saving grace full of value for game routers

Speed: 802.11ac: 1,734Mbps; 802.11n: 450Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x Ethernet, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, AiDisk, adaptive QoS, private network of WTFast Gamers

Super-fast transfers

Long range


Feature exaggerated for most

Unless that is an incredibly hard player, the Asus RT-AC86U is probably excessive. However, that does not mean that it does not have its appeal, since it has high speeds at a low price. In addition to our benchmarks that show that it is a beast, this thing has many nice features. Maybe you do not need MU-MIMO, which allows an intense online game on more than one PC at a time, but it does not hurt to include it. That said, it's not cheap.

The Asus RT-AC68U is expensive for a router, but compared to the PC or game console that you are probably using it with, the price should not disconnect it. In addition, with AiDisk at the helm, it is optimized for DLNA and FTP transmission. This means that, if you are interested, you could watch movies and programs stored on your computer through a wide range of other devices found in your home at an uncompressed and lossless speed and bit resolution.

Read the full review: Asus RT-AC86U

2. Asus RT-AC5300

Speed: 802.11ac: 2,167Mbps, 802.11n: 600Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO support, link aggregation, traffic analyzer, WPS, 512 MB RAM, 8 external antennas

Great wifi coverage

Powerful gaming features

Large [19659002] Single USB 3.0 Port

The Asus RT-AC5300 is an excellent high-end gaming router that includes a number of advanced features to make online and network gaming as free and frustrating as possible.

This includes an easy to use: use a powerful interface, as well as a complete QoS configuration. The design similar to a spider will not be to everyone's taste, but the eight antennas have a purpose, since they can be used to direct the Wi-Fi signal throughout the house, which gives this router an excellent range.

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3. Zyxel Armor Z2 AC2600

An extraterrestrial game router that covers all bases

Speed: 802.11ac: 2,167Mbps, 802.11n: 800Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO support, StreamBoost, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 512GB RAM, application-based Zyxel One Touch configuration

Good MU-MIMO wireless speeds

Excellent software analysis traffic [19659002] Few current devices use quad-stream 802.11ac

Average USB port speeds

It may seem that they would hijack a close friend or family member, but we assure you that Zyxel Armor Z2 AC2600 is not so strange depending as it is in appearance. Equipped with MU-MIMO support, which improves speeds when several devices are connected to the same network, the Armor Z2 AC2600 takes pride in its performance capabilities. Along with StreamBoost, Zyxel has designed a router that not only can handle a large traffic, but can prioritize the bandwidth depending on the needs of each connected device.

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  Asus RT-AC88U

4. Asus RT-AC88U

4×4 and 1024-QAM offer the best possible wireless performance

Speed: 802.11ac: 2167Mbps 802.11n: 1000 Mbps | Connectivity: 9x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0 1x USB 3.0 | Features: 1024-QAM, MU-MIMO, WTFast Gamers Private Network, Asus AiProtection, AsusWRT Software

Faster Wireless Speeds

Comprehensive Software User Interface


Requires Special hardware for the fastest speeds

The Asus RT-AC88U justifies its price above average with unrivaled state-of-the-art 802.11ac wireless performance. With four antennas and NitroQAM technology, which boosts speeds even further, this router allows wireless performance that can break the 1GB / sec limit. There is a minor problem: you will have to invest in a NitroQAM wireless adapter, such as the Asus PCE-AC88, to see those faster speeds. However, it's worth it, because this router is a cheaper champion than its gigabit rival Tri-band Asus RT-AC5300.

  Netgear Nighthawk X4S Modem Router VDSL / ADSL D7800

5. Netgear Nighthawk X4S VDSL / ADSL Modem Router D7800

The built-in VDSL modem and 4×4 wireless speeds make it a great all-rounder

Speed: 802.11ac: 1733Mbps, 802.11n: 800 Mbps | Connectivity: 5x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA | Features: VDSL modem 2

Excellent wireless performance

VDSL modem 2

Lacks 1024-QAM

Requires special hardware for faster speeds

If the routers had a contest fashionable, Netgear D7800 would be among the main contenders. Its solid black finish is complemented by a quartet of antennas. In addition, it is extremely fast and enhanced by the inclusion of a pair of USB ports paired with an eSATA connector. The true centerpiece, however, is the VDSL 2 modem built into the Nighthawk X4S D7800, which denies the need to buy or lease one separately. The software equipped is not very bad either; A dynamic QOS system simplifies the management of a large number of devices in a single home network.

6. D-link DIR-885L / R

Speed: 802.11ac | Connectivity: 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, Advanced Wireless AC Beam Training, SmartConnect

Good Feature Selection

Good Performance


If you are looking for a reliable midrange router that combines speed with a wide range of Wi-Fi and features for games, then you definitely want to consider the D-link DIR-885L / R. It has a good selection of ports, and the user interface to configure and configure the router is very well designed and is easy to use. It is also compatible with the open source DD-WRT firmware, which makes it a flexible and powerful gaming router.