Routers are the backbone of any well functioning home network, whether that is in a casual sense or for work, all of your devices need that internet connection. Routers nowadays do a lot more than just connect you to the internet, they provide firewall protection, multiple Ethernet ports so you can connect wired devices nearby, and also connect to anything else wirelessly with the Wi-Fi connection. This multi tasking keeps you connected in a strong and stable way, which is why a secure stable router should be one of your priorities if you have a home office that you are working from.
Our Top 3 Home Office Routers
1. Google Nest Wifi Router (2nd Generation) 2-Pack
The Google Nest Wifi Router is a dual-band mesh router that comes in two different sections. Rather than using the traditional one router, the mesh network uses multiple routers to distribute a more even and stable connection. This is especially good if you are in a large area, especially large homes with multiple floors. The mesh router has been designed so that dead spots can be eliminated completely which is a common encounter on larger homes, or homes with built up extensions with a single Wi-Fi router.
If you use a lot of Good products the Nest is also really useful, you can use the Google Home app to set up the router, and Google assistant will give you any kind of helping hand that you need for getting it up and running. If you have a Google smart speaker, or a Google home monitoring system, the nest will fit perfectly making everything else easier.
The only downside is that there is only a single Ethernet port which is not a shame as a lot of routers usually come with around 4.
Overall though this router is an amazing tool for managing your home and business needs, you can also prioritize any traffic to your devices on the network, which ensures you have the best connection on the device you are using. You can also set times that Wi-Fi will turn off so that you can limit internet time so you can enjoy more family time, and even restrict specific devices which can be a great parenting tool.
2. Netgear Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router
If a high-speed connection is your priority, and your home is already fitted with a high-speed internet connection such as gigabit fiber service then the Netgear Nighthawk X10 could be the best choice for you.
If you are someone who receives typical internet speeds such as cable service or standard DSL then this will be a little overkill.
The Nighthawk X10 features six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports that connect your devices directly to the router at the highest possible speed. The wireless connectivity of this office router offers a tri-band connectivity at 800mps for 2.4GHz devices with 1,633Mbps for 5GHz wireless connections. You are given an almost unseen speed, not found in many other routers with 4600 Mbps when the 60Ghz antenna is being used.
There is an 802.11ad Wi-Fi connection but unfortunately it only has a 20 foot single range and does not penetrate walls, so you will need your router in your office if you want those lightning fast speeds.
3. TP-Link AX6000 WiFi 6 Router
There are new technologies coming in the Wi-Fi standards and that is Wi-Fi 6. Not many routers on the current market are Wi-Fi 6 compatible, but there have been some great developments in the strength of connection and also the security, as it makes it a lot harder for hackers to crack the password.
Wi-Fi 6 compatibility isn’t needed but if you are shopping for a router at the moment there is no harm in getting this technology early, as it will be a regular thing in the near future, and the TP-Link AX6000 is Wi-Fi 6 ready.
It contains a speedy eight-antenna, dual band connection and is one of the fastest available at the moment. With impressive speeds of 1148 Mbps on the slower 2.4GHz band and a whopping 4804 Mbps on the 5GHz band.
The router has a solid range and can handle homes up to 4,500 square feet without the need of mesh satellites or extenders. There is a guest network on the system that features parental controls and the ability to prioritize devices for the best possible performances. There are eight Ethernet ports for strong wired connections, and an app that is great for easy configurations and optimization.
The system includes guest network features, parental controls and the ability to prioritize devices for the best performance. It also includes eight Ethernet ports for wired connectivity and a superb mobile app for configuring and optimizing the network settings.
These are our top 3 best routers that offer stable connection and fast performance. All 3 of these are good but not necessarily the best budget routers, but if you have a price range of about $100 – $150 then all of these are great options to choose from.