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8 best wireless routers 2014: what's the best wireless router you can buy in the UK?

The Top 8 wireless routers you can buy in the UK in 2014

Best wireless router 2014

PC Advisor reviews the Top 8 best wireless-n routers you can buy in the UK in 2014. (See also: What's the best modem router?).

8. D-Link Cloud Gigabit Router N600

The combination of features of the DIR-826L and its reasonable price mean that it could make a good match for families. Its dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks provide speed and separation of bandwidth while the cloud features provide useful access to media, as well as detailed remote control of the network.

7. Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)

The move to the new Apple TV case makes the 2012 AirPort Express cute as well as compact, while dual-band capability expands the usefulness of this most easy-to-use wireless routers.

6. TP-Link TL-WDR4900

Overall, this is a decent offering from TP-Link in the high-end router category: it offers some useful speeds and an excellent feature set. While the wireless speeds are very far from the 450+450 Mb/s quoted, the practice of performance deception is widespread in the industry. The range at which the 5GHz connection could maintain a 100 Mb/s bandwidth in our test suggests it could be a candidate as a media router.

5. AVM FRITZ!Box 7490

The FRITZ!Box 7490 is a hugely flexible and fast router. It provides a host of features that are easy to use. It's expensive but in value-for-moeny terms this device could be a bargain at £245 for a business or power users that needs all its telephony functions too. If you only require good 802.11ac coverage without the bells and whistles there are cheaper options.

4. Asus RT-AC68U

With record-breaking 802.11ac results, along with the all-round quality of the RT-AC68U and advanced setup options, Asus deserves recommendation for power users. Although we wouldn’t buy an Asus router just for the AiCloud feature, it's far from useless, and another string to the bow of the RT-AC68U, which is an all-round excellent networking product.

3. TP-Link Archer C7

Respectable wireless performance and full list of features makes the Archer C7 a truly worthy purchase, especially if you don’t want to spend too much to try 802.11ac for yourself.

2. D-Link DIR-880L

The D-Link DIR-880L is an easy-to-configure wireless router with enough advanced features to also keep some power users happy. Its nearby wireless performance with 11ac was the best on test, and it also worked well at range, approaching one-third of 11ac's rated three-stream speed in the 10 m test. The DIR-880L's official price is £173 but at the £130 some shops are selling it, it earns a recommendation.

1. Netgear Nighthawk R7000

Netgear was one of the first companies to launch a draft 802.11ac wireless router in 2012, with the well-regarded R6300. Almost two years later, the fledgling Wi-Fi technology has only inched along but Netgear's statement in noir seems to make good use of available components from its Broadcom supplier. Faster routers are available for 802.11n, but from every 802.11ac wireless router we've tested to date, the Netgear sets the benchmark of what is currently possible with the draft technology.

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