Best Long Range Wireless Routers – Buyers Guide

If you want wireless coverage in all four corners of your large home, estate or fortress it may be time to look into a good long-range wireless router. Outside of budget considerations there are a number questions to ask yourself when looking for a wireless router for a large home:

 

How large is your home?

What is your home made of?

How many devices do you have?

Do you have WiFi devices that can cause interference?

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Dealing With Signal Strength And Interference

While it’s true distance can gradually eat up a wireless signal in a large home; things like concrete, metal, and water can stop a wireless signal dead in its tracks – even in a small home.

 

There are a number of ways to maintain your signal strength in a large home. The first thing to try is a good old-fashioned long-range wireless router. Once you get past the 2500 square foot mark it may be time to start thinking about other solutions such as extenders, Powerline, or mesh.

Extenders – It’s a simple concept – you set up an extender on the edge of your wireless signal where it will pick it up and amplify it to remote corners of your home. Nice in theory but they don’t always work. Even if they do work the extra hop can cause you to lose as much as  50% of your bandwidth.

 

Powerline – Powerline involves adapters that use the electrical wiring in your home as network cabling. Powerline beats a weak WiFi signal but is not as stable as ethernet. It can be affected by the type of wiring in your home and certain appliances can alter the current in your wires which, in turn, can interfere with your network signal. You never know with Powerline until you try it.

 

Mesh – Mesh is probably the best solution for larger homes. There are a number of great mesh products out there. Mesh can also get expensive pretty quickly and will be the topic of an upcoming video.

 

Long Range Wireless Routers – For now we’re going to focus on brute-forcing it with a powerful wireless router with high gain antennas, lots of speed, and technical innovations such as beamforming and MU-MIMO.

What is MU MIMO?

Back in the old days a wireless router basically spewed out its wireless signal in all directions. If it was able to connect with a wireless client great. If not – oh well. A technology called MIMO was developed which was able to bounce multiple signals off of various surfaces which would ultimately find their way to their destination thus expanding coverage.

 

This worked great for one device at a time, but once you had several devices things started to slow down. So MU MIMO was developed which is basically MIMO for multiple clients. It sends a signal to all devices at once which allows all those devices to connect simultaneously.

 

This technology is like the difference between an old-fashioned network hub and a modern network switch. It’s so efficient it allows wireless clients to run at their maximum speeds without slowing other devices down.

Beam Me Up Scottie!

Another advancement called “beamforming” is becoming commonplace in wireless networking devices. What being forming does is instead of just randomly sending out radio waves all over the place it kind of locks onto a wireless device and focuses its signal on that device. The device sends transmissions back to the source which allows the source to track the location of the device even as it moves around.

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The combination of MU MIMO, beamforming, AC speed, and high-gain wireless antennas allows for powerful wireless routers which can cover longer distances than an old wireless N router or 802.11AC Wave 1 router ever could.

Best Long Range Routers At A Glance

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Netgear Nighthawk X4S

Best Seller 1 Netgear Nighthawk X4S
9
Netgear Nighthawk X4S
Lurking under this wireless routers unassuming exterior are hidden superpowers. At a time when most routers in this class had a maximum channel size of 80MHz that delivered speeds up to 433Mbps, the Netgear X4S left the rest of the pack in the dust by doubling its channel size and speed. The X4S supports 160MHz channels that deliver up to 866Mbps. This is more than enough to support today’s newer, next-generation devices.
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9
PROS:
  • Speed
  • Range and Stability
CONS:
  • Confusing Web Interface
  • Network Storage Performance
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TP-Link Archer C9

Best Price 2 TP-Link Archer C9
8.5
Big Coverage On A Small Budget
If you have a large home filled with family members who love their wireless devices it may be time to consider a long-range wireless router. If pricing is an issue the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 could be the wireless router for you. TP-Link was once typically known as a low-end manufacturer of wireless routers, but their AC1900 broke that mold wide open with great performance at a lower price than other wireless routers of this caliber.
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8.5
PROS:
  • Value
  • Speed and range
  • Reliability
CONS:
  • Short distance speed
  • Won't mount or lie flat
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Linksys AC5400

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9.5
Large Home? The Linksys AC5400 Has You Covered!
You get what you pay for and that’s the case with the Linksys AC5400 EA9500 Tri-Band wireless router which flaunts a $300 price tag and large footprint. That’s only because it’s the perfect long-range wireless router for those who have very large homes. So is the large price tag worth it? Well, that’s up to you. You do get loads of features for the money. That could make it worth the splurge if you want to get fast Internet in every corner of your large home.
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9.5
PROS:
  • Range
  • 8GB LAN ports
  • Seamless roaming
  • Processor power
  • Tri-Bands
CONS:
  • Price
  • Big and bulky
  • No VPN
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ASUS RT-AC5300

Editor Choice 4 ASUS RT-AC5300
9
A Serious Gaming Machine
Take one look at the ASUS RT-AC5300 and you immediately know you’re not dealing with a typical home or small business router. The design resembles a cross between a spacecraft and some sort of alien insect. At first, you may even be hesitant to pick it up because it may bite you. Looks may be deceiving but that's not the case here. The performance of this wireless router is every bit as extraordinary as its appearance.
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9
PROS:
  • Tri Bands
  • Blazing Fast
  • Management Settings
  • Eye-Catching Design
CONS:
  • Pricey
  • Large Footprint
  • No VPN
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Synology RT2600AC

Best Value 5 Synology RT2600AC
9.5
More Than Just A Wireless Router
So what do you get when the world's leading NAS manufacturer creates a wireless router? You get exactly what you would expect. A wireless router that functions like one of their award-winning NAS devices. You can use special Synology "packages" to add functionality to your wireless router and transform it into a media server, VPN server, or cloud server with the simple addition of a USB hard drive.
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9.5
PROS:
  • Awesome Add-On Packages
  • Great Wireless Performance
  • NAS Storage Performance
  • SRM OS
CONS:
  • The number of add-ons is limited to 8
  • Not cheap

Buzzwords You Should Know

QOS

Adaptive QOS

QOS stands for Quality Of Service. It allows you to prioritize the traffic on your network. Using QOS video and gaming sessions can have a higher priority than email and surfing sessions. With standard QOS you do this manually by selecting the traffic and devices you want to prioritize. Dynamic QOS recognizes different types of traffic and devices on your network and prioritizes them automatically.

Adaptive QOS Is a simplified way to priotoritize and catagorize your network traffic. For example you can prioritized Gaming traffic over Websurfing using a simple list or drag and drop interface. The router will then automatically detect the different types of traffic and prioritize them accordingly.

Max Stream

Dynamic QOS

Max-Stream is a Linksys technology that allows certain Max-Stream compatible devices to extend the range of your wireless network with “mesh-like” seamless roaming. This requires your clients to be 802.11k (Seamless roaming) compatible. Many phones and tablets meet this standard. The Linksys AC5400 EA9500 is an example of a router that supports Max-Stream.

Dynamic QOS requires little to no user intervention. The QOS engine automatically gathers information about the type of traffic on a network session including the application and the types of devices connected and automatically prioritizes it to optimum levels.

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