Are you frustrated using your phone as a hotspot for your other devices? Are you looking for a much better, less irritating solution to getting high-speed internet across your devices? What you need then is a fast broadband connection and a good quality router.


A router is a networking device that takes you high-speed internet and wirelessly transmits it to other devices with Wi-Fi like laptops, smartphones, desktops and tablets. But routers are very hard to configure and use right? Of course not.


Modern routers come with easy instructions and some even have a mobile app to control the routers. This makes modern routers very easy to configure and needs almost no daily intervention, as the router once setup will function without any issue.


Buying a router can be a little complicated at times, due to the confusing Wi-Fi standards and different speeds available. Always remember one thing the wireless speeds of your broadband connection and router are displayed in Megabits per second (Mbps) and not Megabyte per second (MBps). So a 150Mbps connection is actually just 18.75 MBps. Check out our buying guide at the end to understand the differences between various Wi-Fi standards and how to choose the best router.


Here at Hometop, we sifted through the data to analyze over 100+ routers based on reviews, warranty information, and listed specs to narrow down the selection. We made sure we selected different types of routers based on usage and budget and here are the four best routers we recommend.


Best Wifi Router TP link (Wi-Fi ac router)

Speedy and stylish

The TP-Link  TL-MR3620 AC1350 offers the best wireless experience with support for Wi-Fi ac and its useful beamforming antenna technology and Multi-User MIMO support. You also get excellent bandwidth of up to 1317Mbps along with the triple antenna support.  

The TP-Link router is sleek in design and looks really good with the glossy edge design. You have three antennas 5Dbi antennas for better coverage, plus the support for MU-MIMO means the router doesn’t have to wait turns to send data to the connected devices. It does that all at once.
 

Talking about bandwidth, being a wifi ac router it supports two bands. The regular 2.4Ghz band with speeds of up to 450Mbps (56.62MBps) and the 5Ghz band with speeds of up to 867Mbps (108.375MBps), together you get 1317Mbps. Plus you also get a USB 2.0 port to plug in your 3G/4G dongle and use the router to share that internet connection.
 

In terms of Ethernet LAN ports, you have four dedicated LAN port but this router only supports 10/100 Mbps output which is a downer, given that it supports nearly Gigabit speeds on Wi-Fi.
 

Covenient design

Specifications aside, using the router is simple it does come with a useful app to control the router from your smartphone. The web interface is also modern and simplified for the 21st century which is a good sign.
 

This is a very good, affordable router for those who want high-speed wireless connectivity from their router for data transfer, internet and other functions. This router is easily ready for most high-speed internet packs and is ready for upcoming broadband as well due to its wide bandwidth support.
 

Good expansion

The TP-Link TL-MR3620 then is an excellent router for people who want a fast router with huge bandwidth, useful 4G dongle support and is easy to configure and use. While it may seem expensive due to its Rs.2700 price tag, it is in fact much more affordable than other similarly specced routers.
 

Pros

  • The app is easy to use and control

  • 1350 wifi ac speeds (450Mbps 2.4Ghz + 867Mbps 5Ghz)

  • Mu-MIMO support

  • 3G/4G dongle support (USB port)

  • 4x LAN ports

Cons

  • No Gigabit LAN ports

  • The USB port is limited to the older USB 2.0 standard

  • Some people complained it is a little too light in weight

  • Doesn’t work as a modem

  • Wrongly advertised as having a Sim card support on Amazon

Where to buy it?

NOTE

If you want Gigabit LAN support and are willing to let go of the MU-MIMO support, do try out the TP-Link Archer C1200 which supports 300Mbps 2.4Ghz + 867Mbps 5Ghz bandwidth along with Wifi ac support. You can buy it from the links below.

But if you want to MU-MIMO support and can let go of the USB port but keep the AC1200 speeds and Gigabit LAN, try the TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200 Wireless MU-MIMO router which you can pick up from the links below.
 


Best Wifi Router TP link (Budget Wi-Fi ac router)

Speed at affordable price

The TP-Link C20 gives you the much-needed wifi ac support but without costing as much as most dual-band routers. It doesn’t have quite the bandwidth as our best picks but is still good enough for most users looking to hop on the wifi ac bandwagon.

The router is sleek to look at with a blue and white body. You have three 5Dbi antennas to enable better coverage and at the back, you get 4x LAN ports with 100Mbps support and a dedicated WAN port. There is sadly no USB support.
 

Despite its budget price, the router has true dual-band support with max speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band and 433Mbps on the 5Ghz band. There is, however, no MU-MIMO support or Gigabit Ethernet.
 

But Tp-Link still provides you with the excellent app and web UI allowing easy configurability with useful features like QoS and more.
 

Affordable not cheap

The C20 router is for people who want to try the new decluttered 5Ghz band but without foregoing the existing 2.4Ghz band. Plus you get roughly similar bandwidths for both bands which works out very well for the price of the router.
 

The Tp-Link Archer C20 costs around Rs.1500 but comes with an easy to use software support, good range, good bandwidth, but best of all dual-band support making it one the best budget routers in its segment.
 

Pros

  • Stylish design

  • Good app and Web UI

  • Dual-band support is good

  • 4x LAN ports

  • Affordable price

Cons

  • No Gigabit LAN ports

  • No USB port

  • Doesn’t work as a modem

  • No MU-MIMO support

Where to buy it?


Best Wifi Router TP link (ADSL + Fiber + Cable Modem and Router)

Works with ADSL, Cable and Fibre

The TP-Link TD-W9970  modem and router is designed for the type of user you wants no compromise. With it, you can use your old BSNL/ MTNL broadband connection (ADSL) or you can use your modern broadband (Cable or Fiber net) and then share that internet to other devices.
 

The design is pleasing, to say the least. Usually, modem routers are boxy and come in just one colour, but this modem router has curves to it and a much lighter white colour body. Plus the top panel even comes with a pattern to give it a stylish look.

In terms of specifications, the modem supports speeds of up to 100Mbps (VDSL2) and even supports ADSL. For modern broadband networks, you have support up to 300Mbps over the Wifi N (2.4Ghz band) network. Additionally, you get support for 4x LAN ports (one WAN port) and a USB 2.0 port.
 

Easy for everyone

But the thing to note is when you compare its price with our second best pick, this modem-router is a lot slower, lacks support for dual-band wifi and even comes with just two antennas. That being said, there is a specific need for this product. It's for people who want to use a modern router with their existing phone broadband but are looking to upgrade to fibre net in the future.
 

Priced at Rs. 2300, the TP-Link modem-router may seem expensive when compared to stand alone routers, but it still more value than other modem routers as it supports speeds of up to 300Mbps, has a WAN port for cable broadband and even a USB port. When you sum it all up, the TP-Link TD-W9970 is definitely one of the best modem-routers in India.


Pros

  • Stylish design

  • Modem support

  • USB port present

  • WAN port for cable broadband/ fibre net

Cons

  • No Gigabit LAN ports

  • No wi-fi ac support

  • No dual-band support

  • Slower speeds than most other routers

  • Less range than our other best picks

Where to buy it?


Best Wifi Router Tenda (Budget) 

Stylish for the price

There are times when you just want a router and can’t be bothered with all high-end specifications and features, all you need is a router that works and lets you stream movies and play games without hassle. If that's what you need then look at the Tenda F3. It's affordable, simple to use and has enough features to make it on our list here.
 

The Tenda F3 router looks very similar to the Mi Router 3C (our previous best pick), but since the Mi Router is no longer available to purchase, this is your next best option. Like the Mi router, the F3 is sleek to look at but is finished in a glossy white body which doesn’t look very cheap.
 

300Mbps speeds

In terms of specifications, you have wifi n support with speeds of up to 300Mbps, three antennas (5Dbi each) and three dedicated LAN ports and one WAN port. There is no USB port present nor is there support for Dual-band wifi, but we can excuse that due to its price.
 

Due to its price, the Tenda F3 is a great entry level router which has sufficient bandwidth for most internet connections currently available. This makes it great for most people looking for a hassle-free, easy to use router for their daily internet needs.
 

Priced at Rs.1000 it doesn’t have a lot of features like most other routers, but it does come with support for speeds up to 300 Mbps, has three antennas, sufficient LAN ports and a stylish design. If you are on the lookout for a budget router, your search ends with the Tenda F3- one of the best budget router in India.
 

Pros

  • Stylish design

  • Low price

  • Supports speed of up to 300Mbps

  • 3x LAN ports

  • Affordable price

  • Three antennas

Cons

  • No Wifi ac support

  • No Gigabit LAN ports

  • No USB port

  • Doesn’t work as a modem

  • No MU-MIMO support

Where to buy it?


Buying Guide to the best routers for home

When it comes to buying routers one look at the products in the market and you will be bombarded with numbers, figures, technology names and more, so much so that you may regret getting into this who mess. But don't worry as we try to debunk as much as we can so you can pick the best router without having to pull out your hair.


Firstly you need to know the difference between the more advanced wifi ac and the more accessible wifi n.


  • Wi-fi N is a wifi standard that has been around for quite some time and is seen on laptops, smartphones, televisions and any other device with wifi support. Wifi n has a maximum bandwidth of 450Mbps-600Mbps (for each wifi connection) and supports up to 4 antennas (Each antenna support up to 150-200 Mbps of data). Wifi n supports both the crowded 2.4Ghz band as well as the shorter (range-wise) but much less crowded 5Ghz band.

  • Wi-Fi ac is a newer standard and is supported by fewer devices. It can handle speeds of up to 1300Mbps (for each wifi connection) and can support up to 8 antennas (450Mbps each). Wi-fi ac also supports new technologies like MU-MIMO and beamforming for much better connectivity. Wifi ac, unlike wifi n, works only on the 5Ghz band, this reduces its range but offers more bandwidth due to less clutter

When you have decided on what type of router you want based on the wifi type do note that the speeds quoted on the box will not actually translate to the real world. The speed of the internet from your router will depend first on your internet speed. If you have a 300Mbps router, but a 30Mbps internet connection, you can only expect speeds of 30Mbps from your router. This is the first step, next, you routers WAN/ LAN port will also determine the speed, along with the speed of your hard disk and so on.


Next, we move on to the ports. Usually, routers have multiple LAN ports which can be used to share your internet with a computer through a cable. This is helpful when your computer doesn’t support wifi. Now even these ports have bandwidths. The most common LAN ports support 100Mbps bandwidths while the newer LAN ports support 1 Gigabit speeds allowing you to transfer more data.
 

Still, have some questions about routers? Check our FAQ section to know more.


FAQs

  • Does it work with BSNL network?

    If you are talking about ADSL (Landline) broadband, then you can use only the TP-Link TD-W9970 modem-router. All other routers in our list work only with modern cable or fibre net. 
  • Is the support for sim card? Jio sim?

    No, none of these routers have support for a sim card
  • Is there 5Ghz internet support?

    Only the first two dual-band wifi ac routers have support for the 5Ghz band
  • Can we configure the router with an app?

    Yes, most TP-link routers do have support for an app
  • Can we use it with Fiber net?

    Yes
  • Will it work with Windows? Mac OS?

    Yes
  • What is the router and wifi password?

    All passwords are mentioned in the user manual or a written under the router. Make sure you change them upon your first login for safety purposes
  • Will I actually get 300Mbps speed with these routers?

    No, 300Mbps is the bandwidth, it depends on multiple factors, your ISP, the speed of your WAN/ LAN port (Usually limited to 100Mbps). Also, note the speeds are in Megabits per second (Mbps) and not Megabytes per second (MBps). So a 300Mbps router actually has a bandwidth of just 37.5MBps. 
  • Do we need to use a modem with this router?

    You do not need to use a router if you have a modern broadband connection (RJ45 connector), but the older BSNL broadbands (RJ11 connector) need a modem and a router. 


Final Thoughts

There are multiple users for different routers. This is due to the sheer volume of products out there, with each one of their being different in their spec sheet. But finding the best router for your needs can be difficult so we did the hard work for you.
 

The TP-Link TL-MR3620 offers excellent speeds of up to 1317Mbps due to its dual band wifi ac support, has support for MU-MIMO, comes with three antennas, a USB port and is wrapped up in a sleek, glossy black body priced at Rs.2700. This makes it amongst the best routers on our list. But this model also comes in different variants with different feature sets to suit your varied needs.  

The TP-Link Archer C20 is an affordable wifi ac router with support for speeds up to 750Mbps, has triple antenna support and looks amazing with its blue and white design language. Priced at Rs.1500, this is amongst the most affordable wifi ac router in India. 


But, what if you have the age-old phone broadband and you are looking for a modern modem+router for your home? In that case, you can pick the TP-Link TD-W9970 which supports not just ADSL broadband but also the newer cable and fibre net connections. All that for Rs.2300 with support for 300Mbps wifi n and dual antennas. 


Finally, we come to the budget side of things with the Tenda F3 which costs around Rs.1000 but comes with a modern design, 300Mbps speeds and triple antennas. 


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