Networking

6 Top Gaming Routers – Buying Guide w/Reviews

gaming router

On this guide, we will be exploring the world of gaming routers – covering router technology, gaming router requirements, and our top picks. Being knowledgeable about routers is essential in buying a router that fits your network’s needs.

Without a suitable wireless router, activities like gaming and streaming are severely restricted no matter how much bandwidth you have or how good your wireless devices are. An old 802.11n router now will only work in a small household with light internet use today. You may have an amazing gaming laptop, or a killer monitor for gaming, but none of it will matter when you are lagging to the seven hells in Game of Thrones.

Routers are at the center of the your home’s wifi network – don’t overlook it!

Today’s modern router technology has kept up to increasing performance needs by increasing bandwidth by creating routers with double or triple bands, 802.11ac, MU-MINO, and Quality of Service (QoS) settings. QoS, which allows you to set the prioritize certain processes, is especially helpful for gaming routers.

Here is our list of the six best routers for gaming today, which is divided into three price groups: budget, mid-range, and high-end.

Products
ASUS RT-ACRH13
Linksys AC1750
NETGEAR X4S
ASUS RT-AC5300
NETGEAR X8
ASUS RT-AC88U
Picture
See More LATEST PRICE LATEST PRICE LATEST PRICE LATEST PRICE LATEST PRICE LATEST PRICE
Editor's Rating
Category
Budget
Budget
Mid-Range
High-End
High-End
Gaming
Bands
Dual-Band
Dual-Band
Dual-Band
Tri-Band
Tri-Band
Dual-Band
Ports
4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0
4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0
4 LAN + 1 WAN + 2 USB 3.0 + 1 eSATA
4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
6 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
8 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
Speeds
5GHz/2.4GHz
867+400Mbps
1300+450Mbps
1733+800Mbps
2,167+2,167+
1000Mbps
2,167+2,167+
1000Mbps
2100+1000Mbps
MU-MINO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Price
$
$
$$
$$$
$$$
$$

The Six Best Routers For Gaming –

Budget Wireless Routers

ASUS RT-ACRH13 ASUS RT-ACRH13  84 / 100 Rating
 Dual Band
  1x 2.4GHz + 1x 5.0GHz
 867 + 400Mbps
 4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0

Open Full Review
Linksys AC1750 Linksys AC1750  89 / 100 Rating
 Dual Band
  1x 2.4GHz + 1x 5.0GHz
  1300 + 450Mbps
  4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0

Open Full Review

Mid-Range

ASUS RT-AC88U ASUS RT-AC88U 90 / 100 Rating
Dual Band
1x 2.4GHz + 1x 5.0GHz
2100 + 1000Mbps
8 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
Open Full Review

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S  84 / 100 Rating
 Dual Band
  1x 2.4GHz + 1x 5.0GHz
 1733 + 800Mbps
 4 LAN + 1 WAN + 2 USB 3.0 + 1 eSATA

Open Full Review

High-End Wireless Routers

We start this off with a huge disclaimer – you certainly do not need a high-end AC5300 gaming router! Currently, virtually no client will receive any increase in performance from these routers and nobody will until technology catches up. If you want to do some insane future-proofing, we suppose you can try these routers, but AC5300 is not worth while in the current time. 

AC5300 routers aren’t actually super expensive; they only cost around 1/4 more than the highest-end dual-band gaming routers, but we feel that they simply aren’t worth that much more. 

The bottom line is that AC5300 routers are limited in their capability because they are too ahead of its time, at least for now.

ASUS RT-AC5300 ASUS RT-AC5300  83 / 100 Rating
 Tri Band
  1x 2.4GHz + 2x 5.0GHz
 2167 + 2167 + 1000Mbps
 4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0

Open Full Review
Netgear AC5300 Nighthawk X8 Netgear AC5300 Nighthawk X8  80 / 100 Rating
 Tri Band
  1x 2.4GHz + 2x 5.0GHz
 2167 + 2167 + 1000Mbps
 4 LAN + 1 WAN + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0

Open Full Review

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our guide for gaming routers, we hope this guide helped you find something to fix that annoying lag in Battlefield 1. We recommend reading our guide on no-bezel monitors next for more interesting reads.

*Please make sure to email bill@pandatechie.com if you spot any errors in the writing, we try to update the content as much as possible however we make mistakes. If any products that we reviewed run out of stock or any errors in the content, please inform us.

6 Top Gaming Routers – Buying Guide w/Reviews
4.86 (97.11%) 90 votes

About the author

Bill Yang

  • Tyler

    great list!
    I have a question: what router should I get if i’m gaming wirelessly in my apartment? i’m thinking about buying a entry to mid level router but I can’t make my mind.

    • Bill Yang

      If your home is only an apartment, there’s little need for any router greater than a budget router and maybe a cheaper mid-range router. I suggest you consider the Linksys AC1750 or the ASUS RT-ACRH13. You don’t need that much power!

  • Killer21

    I would like to add the Linksys WRT AC3200 on here. I’ve had this router for around four months now and its blazing fast. I actually replaced by triple-band router with it since its software was way to buggy.
    Linksys is hands down the best router brand.

  • John

    I just bought the Netgear, I hope it solves my rubber banding issues in bf4 -_-.

  • Levin

    Was totally mystified by all the routers. This helps a lot.

  • Mitch Rogelio

    What do you think about the d-link ultra 5300? It has really good specs and has a nice design.

  • Edward Cui

    this is the best site I have found for game stuff, thanks!