Various models of high speed and high performance of wireless AC1750 or AC1900 routers are available in the market you can purchase from the shelves of the stores around you. You can mention most popular wireless ac1900 routers such as Asus RT-AC68U and Linksys EA6900, or Asus RT-AC66U, TP-link Archer C7 or Netgear R6300 wireless ac 1750 routers. Those are wireless routers for large homes and more wifi clients.
Do you need any of these routers that cost relatively more expensive than standard routers to build a small wireless network at home? I think it is too much, a cheaper wireless AC900 or AC750 router is sufficient for small homes with less wifi clients such as Android, iPad or other smart phone devices and probably couples of laptops.
There are various models of wireless AC900 or AC750 routers you can choose such as Linksys EA6200 AC900, Asus RT-AC52U or D-link DIR-817LW AC750 (white version).
Which one meets your need?
Considering cheaper price for a product could be the main attraction for folks with a limited budget without sacrificing the performance. I think it makes sense why spending more money for a high end router if with cheaper one you can optimally utilize it for your small home. Have a look at the following comparison table for three standard wireless AC routers.
Comparison table Asus Vs Linksys Vs D-link
|Asus RT-AC52U||Linksys EA6200||D-link DIR-817LW|
|Wifi technology||Wireless AC750||Wireless AC900||Wireless AC750|
|Speeds||Up to 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz band and up to 433 Mbps in 5 GHz band.||Up to N300 in 2.4GHz band and up to AC565 in 5GHz band||Up to 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz band and up to 433 Mbps in 5 GHz band.|
|Antenna technology||Internal antenna||Beamforming technology||Internal antennas|
|Ethernet ports||Fast Ethernet||Gigabit ports for LAN and WAN||Fast Ethernet|
|USB Ports||1x USB 2.0 port for storage, printer and 3G/4G connections||1x USB 3.0||1x USB 2.0 port for storage with Shareport technology for personal cloud, or printer share|
|Media server||Yes||Yes DLNA certified||No|
|Cloud feature||ASUS AiCloud app to access, sync, share and stream your files on the go quickly and easily
|Smart wifi software to manage your home network anywhere using your Android or other smartphone||MyDlink cloud services – remotely monitor your home network using Android or iPad or any tablets|
|Guest network||3x 2.4GHz guest network, 3x 5GHz guest network||Yes||Yes, guest zone|
|Price||Around $75||Around $120||Around $75|
All the three routers come with wireless ac routers. Both Asus and D-link come with wireless AC750 delivering dual band speeds of up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band for wireless N standards and up to 433Mbps in wireless ac. A slightly different with Linksys EA6200 which the speed of wireless ac is up to 565Mbps in 5GHz band, while the 2.4GHz band the speed is the same.
The antenna technology can affect the performance of the wifi connection to the clients, we know most of the high end routers are now equipped with beamforming antenna technology that can lock the client with solid connections. EA6200 comes with this beamforming antenna technology but the other two routers don’t.
There are two main advantages to Linksys router than the other two, namely Gigabit ports and a USB 3.0 port. Their advantages either gigabit port compared with fast Ethernet ports and USB 3.0 compared with USB 2.0 ports lies in the data rate throughput which is ten times. It is reasonable with the price difference is almost $50 compared to the other two routers the embedded interface ports are 10x faster.
With the USB storage disk connected to the router, Asus comes with AiCloud service and D-link with MyDlink cloud service allow you enable cloud feature to access and sync your files anywhere using your mobile devices.
The other feature offered by Asus that is not available on Linksys and D-link is the 3G/4G modem connection for cellular network share, it is beneficial should wired broadband internet service is not available.
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