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Group test: what's the best wireless router?

The Top 5 wireless-N routers you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the Top 5 best wireless-n routers you can buy in the UK right now. (See also: What's the best modem router?).

5. TP-Link TL-WDR4900

TP-Link TL-WDR4900
  • Reviewed on: 12 August 13
  • RRP: £80 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

4. Asus RT-AC68U

Asus RT-AC68U
  • Reviewed on: 18 October 13
  • RRP: £189.99 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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. D-Link Cloud Gigabit Router N600

D-Link Cloud Gigabit Router N600
  • Reviewed on: 10 October 12
  • RRP: £70 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

2. TP-Link Archer C7

TP-Link Archer C7
  • Reviewed on: 21 October 13
  • RRP: £101
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

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

Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)
  • Reviewed on: 27 July 12
  • RRP: £79 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

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