Regardless of how powerful your PC is, the crippling effect of a poor in-home network will bottleneck you indefinitely. With the ever growing demands of games taking the networks and servers they host their players on, along with the steady decline of single-player gaming, it comes as no surprise that the market for networking solutions geared towards games is blossoming. Instead of relying on niche releases from reputable companies such as Linksys, Belkin and D-Link, entire lines of gaming routers are available to the general consumer. Here we will go through three to consider when investing.
- Dual Band 300+450 Mbps
- NLNA Media Streaming
- USB 2.0 Expansion
The N750 comes in with incredible performance with a very economical price, shedding the stigma that a low price classifies it an entry level device. Netgear promises up to a 450 Mbps connection at the 5GHz band, paired with a very simple setup provided by Netgears Genie wizard. The beauty of the router is that it is not locked into a user-friendly interface, allowing users to extensively tweak their Wi-Fi network, fine-tuning it to their own personal specifications. This is especially crucial for a gamer who is online, as certain games can require fine-tuning to stay consistently performing, such as MMO’s.
Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router ($200)
- Dual-Band 2.5+5GHz
- USB 3.0 Expansion
- eSATA Port
The WRT1900AC features a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU to deliver seamless wifi performance throughout, being specifically to accommodate any shape and typical size of home. The CPU enables users to stream their content throughout the home without the hassle of lag. The router is also a serious item for those who utilize NAS, sporting two USB 2.0 ports and an additional 3.0 port. An early adopter of the quad-antennae design, this has been done to enhance dual-band performance and otherwise power through typical household obstructions and disruptions that would otherwise hinder your gaming. The antennae themselves can be removed, replaced or upgraded as per Linksys typical design, offering expansion for high-gain antennae should you require more range. The router itself is so powerful that it requires a cooling fan mounted within it’s shell. Let that sink in.
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router ($310)
Though the price of admission is a bit steep, take a look at what you’re getting out of the box.
- Max speed of 3200 Mbps Wi-Fi
- 1 GHz Dual Core Processor
- Tri-Band Wi-Fi, 5GHz x2 and 2.4GHz
The specifications don’t lie, this is one serious powerhouse of a wireless router. Though the oblong design choice of six antennae seems like more of a gimmick than a feature, this ensures that you’ll get excellent coverage and performance where this device is installed. The tri-band features allows for more efficient handling of network traffic. For example, all of your streaming devices can be placed on the first, gaming devices on the second and other Wi-Fi based devices such as cameras and printers on the third. This ensures that you can use multiple devices in one home, without having to worry about the lag-inducing interference caused by having multiple computers, devices and disturbances jousting for priority as they communicate throughout your home. Don’t let the design sway you away from this one, it is well worth the price and it simply looks as powerful as it performs. Quite possibly the absolute best you can get and at a reasonable price.