As we know there is a long list of wifi routers available in the market but which one is the best and for what?. Let’s discuss it in this article.
Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Router 4A Gigabit Edition
A useful feature of this inexpensive router can be considered the use of a single network name (SSID), which allows the same smartphone to automatically switch between bands when you leave the Wi-Fi 5 GHz coverage area or return to it. Keep in mind that this kind of roaming is not seamless, i.e., breaks at switching are inevitable. Moreover, don’t forget that after replacing the stock firmware with the Padavan or OpenWRT alternative, this handy feature will disappear. You may want to watch IPTV from your provider (Mi Router 4A does not have this feature).
Please note that this router’s features and advanced settings are available only through the proprietary smartphone app.
The Gigabit Edition differs from the basic model in the speed of the WAN/LAN ports, increased memory capacity, a more powerful processor, and support for more encryption protocols.
- Smart Connect feature
- Affordable price
- IPTV support is not implemented
- Access to all settings only through the application
- No USB port
There are reviews with complaints about the stability of communication.
When you have a wireless repeater then you can easily change the setting of your connection by online Myrepeater site.
MikroTik hap lite
Even the youngest representative of the Home Access Point Latvian manufacturer line works under the control of RouterOS (Level 4), which allows him to solve a really wide range of tasks. In particular, it can work simultaneously with two providers, limit the speed of some ports, organize VPN tunneling, support multiple local networks, act as a bridge or repeater, etc. Naturally, all of the above requires a good understanding of the network “kitchen” and is beyond the power of the average user, although a step-by-step wizard is ready to help him make basic settings.
In an apartment, for the conditions of an apartment building, this single-band router is not the best option, but in a less “populated” ether will show itself in all its glory. At least hAP Lite can create stable coverage in a two-room dwelling because it almost completely chooses the legal limit of power.
The main advantages are:
- Great functional flexibility
- Can withstand a high load
- Stable performance
Fine-tuning is not possible for everyone
- Single-band wi-fi
- No USB interface
- Little ram
Keenetic Lite (KN-1310)
The Keenetic brand has several good modern entry-level routers, and we found KN-1310 to be the most interesting. Not only it is equipped with a special amplifier that increases the range, but it also allows you to conveniently change the operating modes with the help of the 4-position switch. The latest Keenetic Lite can be a router, Wi-Fi adapter / twisted pair, repeater, and classic access point.
The MT7628 single-chip system provides the computing needs of the device. The chip is low-power. Moreover, it does not have a PPE block, so it takes resources to perform numerous routine operations. Simply put, the hardware of this router is not designed for high load. At the same time, the KN-1310 wireless module can work according to the scheme 2T2R, and its WAN-port can remember the peculiarities of connection to different providers.
● The main advantages:
- The special amplifier of received signals
- Four modes of operation
- Wi-fi antennas with five dbi gain
- There is multi wan
- Mobile application for configuration and management.
- Not designed for intensive work
- Single-band wi-fi
- It is impossible to connect a USB modem
What’s always attractive about TP-Link routers is extended functionality, even for the most affordable solutions. It is not likely that most of the owners of TL-WR841N will be arranging virtual servers on their computers in the local network. Still, the manufacturer has provided them such an opportunity. For home use, parental control or traffic limitation functions that are also present in the router in question will most likely be of interest. The device has a developed and very flexible configuration system and supports all current connection protocols.
The router design claims to be thoughtful and somewhat original. The device has a stylish appearance. It can be easily mounted on the wall or placed on a horizontal surface. The abundance of ventilation holes will not allow the electronic components to overheat in the most difficult operating conditions.
Despite the declared theoretical wireless transmission speed of 300 Mbps, the real figures don’t exceed 100 Mbps. On the other hand, wired interfaces are designed for exactly this speed.
The main advantages:
- Increased power antennas
- Very wide functionality and flexible configuration;
- An interesting and ergonomic design.