What Is The Best Wifi Router In South Africa

What is Wifi Router?

A wireless router is a device that performs the functions of a router and also includes the functions of a wireless access point. It is used to provide access to the Internet or a private computer network

What Is The Best Wifi Router In South Africa?

 TP-Link Archer AX73 

The TP-Link Archer AX73 hits the sweet spot in today’s competitive router market. It provides the features and performance you demand but keeps the price just below $200. 

My tests show the Archer AX73, which supports Wi-Fi 6 and quotes a maximum wireless bandwidth of 5,400 Megabits per second (Mbps), is nearly as fast as high-end routers, like the Linksys EA9500, Netgear Nighthawk RAX200, and TP-Link AX6600. 

 TP-Link Archer AX50

The TP-Link Archer AX50 is an outstanding Wi-Fi router that effectively makes every other budget Wi-Fi router obsolete. You can buy a router for less, but the sacrifice you’ll make in performance isn’t worth the savings.

Performance is good, though not great, with a maximum real-world download speed of 485Mbps. That’s very fast but a definite step down from the best.

 Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500

Netgear’s Nighthawk RAXE500 is perfect for those seeking extreme performance from a conventional Wi-Fi router. It delivers incredible Wi-Fi speeds over the new Wi-Fi 6E wireless standard. 

I measured a maximum Wi-Fi 6E speed of 827Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 802Mbps. That sets a record in our testing. Wi-Fi 6 performance isn’t far behind.

A Wi-Fi 6 device connected to the 5GHz band measured a maximum download speed of 733Mbps and maximum upload speed of 632Mbps.

 Atlas Max 6E

Mesh systems often promise outstanding performance, but don’t always deliver. Linksys’s Atlas Max 6E is an exception. This mesh system demolished other routers to become the fastest mesh router I have ever used. 

Performance is outstanding while close to the primary access point, hitting an average of 753Mbps in our benchmark.

What impresses me most, though, is the Atlas Max 6E’s fast download and upload speeds across all test scenarios. There’s even more performance available. This is a Wi-Fi 6E router, which means it has a 6GHz band available for even higher speeds on compatible devices.

Nest Wifi 

Google’s Nest Wifi is an excellent choice if you need a reliable, intuitive mesh router for your smart home.

Starting at $300 for a router and secondary node point (and often on sale for much less), you can purchase a three-point Nest Wifi system for significantly less than more capable mesh routers from Linksys or Netgear. 

Nest Wifi, unfortunately, remains stuck on the older Wi-Fi 5 standard, so maximum performance tops out around 100Mbps. This is redeemed by the system’s reliable performance across all testing locations.

How long do routers last?

Router age

Many experts suggest that if you don’t use that many smart devices around your home, you can probably get away with replacing your router every five years.

How far can a WiFi router go?

A typical WiFi router generally has a range of 150-160 feet indoors. It’s important to note that this range is limited by things like frequency, transmission power, antenna type, the location the router is in, and the environment.