Faster internet is constantly demanded by people who consume bandwidth-intensive videos, games, apps and gadgets. An investment in a good Wi-Fi router is therefore a need of the year.
Among the routers, Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e are the latest additions. Wi-Fi 6 isn’t just a speed boost, it also comes with technologies that help alleviate the issues of connecting multiple devices on a single network. Wi-Fi 6e began touring in April 2020 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened up a parcel of spectrum (1200 MHz of spectrum) in the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use. This has resulted in more open airwaves from which routers can broadcast Wi-Fi signals. This means a lot more bandwidth and a lot less interference. This largely solves the problem of spectrum congestion. When you encounter a bad network, chances are that many devices are trying to connect in the same band frequencies. 6 GHz Wi-Fi will provide routers with airwaves that do not require overlapping signals.
Now, to get Wi-Fi 6 or 6e, you will need to buy a newer version of the Wi-Fi router. If your Wi-Fi does not support Wi-Fi 6, you cannot enjoy the benefits, even if you bring Wi-Fi 6 devices home. Wi-Fi 6 and 6e are part of the 802.11ax protocol. We saw a new range of Wi-Fi 6 and 6e routers at CES 2022. Current consumer devices only support standard Wi-Fi 6, so more and more routers are coming out that don’t 6e . Here we put together a list of some Wi-Fi 6 and 6e routers.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 Next Generation Tri-Band Gaming Router
TP-Link Archer AX11000 comes with a gaming-centric user interface, plenty of ports, and anti-malware tools. It delivers 12-stream Wi-Fi speeds over 10 Gbps – 4804 Mbps (5 GHz Gaming) + 4804 Mbps (5 GHz) + 1148 Mbps (2.4 GHz). It can detect and optimize game streams, has strong security powered by Trend Micro, and offers real-time latency. For connectivity, it comes with a 2.5 Gbps WAN port, eight Gigabit LAN ports, two USB 3.0 in Type A and Type C. Under the hood, it packs a Quad-Core 1.8 GHz CPU and 3 coprocessors. It features OFDMA technology that allows one transmission to deliver data to multiple devices simultaneously, reducing lag.
Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) Tri-Band Router
Asus ZenWiFi XT8 comes with a tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system, which means powerful Wi-Fi in every corner of your home, delivering a total wireless speed of 6600 Mbps. With OFDMA and MU-MIMO, ZenWiFi AX enables faster transmission even with multiple devices. Similar to TP-Link Archer AX11000, Asus ZenWiFi AX also comes with lifetime free network security powered by Trend Micro. It offers a good range of I/O ports and parental control tools.
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E Router
Netgear Nighthawk Tri-Band RAXE500 is powered by a 1.8GHz AX-optimized processor designed to handle 8K video streaming. Its tri-band design can reach speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps on the 2.4 GHz band, up to 4.8 Gbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 4.8 Gbps on the 6 GHz band . It also supports the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), 1024 QAM, WPA3 encryption, OFDMA, MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, and direct-to-client signal transmissions. Its security solution is powered by Bitdefender, which comes with a 30-day free trial. Parental controls are also limited.
Linksys MR9600 Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router
The Linksys Dual-Band Mesh MR9600 Wi-Fi 6 Router can cover up to 3,000 square feet, manages over 40 devices, and speeds up to 6.0 Gbps. This simultaneous dual-band router is powered by Linksys’ smart mesh technology, delivering good speed to every corner of your home, and can isolate your network to eliminate interference. Under the hood, it comes with a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core processor. It has 1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN and two USB 3.0 ports for connectivity. There are smart security systems with automatic updates, parental controls, and guest mode.
TP-Link Archer AX90 AX6600 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router
TP-Link Archer AX90 AX6600 comes with a good selection of I/O ports, including 1 x 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port + 1 x 1Gbps WAN/LAN port + 3 x Gigabit LAN ports and two USB. Its eight high-gain antennas equipped with beamforming will ensure wide coverage. It comes with TP-Link HomeShield security, Wi-Fi encryption, and robust parental controls. A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor powers the equipment. It can reach maximum data speeds of 574 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, 1201 Mbps on one of the 5 GHz bands and 4804 Mbps on the secondary 5 GHz band.