Buying a new Wi-Fi router can be challenging, especially considering the number of options available. There are so many manufacturers, models, types, and additional functions that it can become overwhelming for a non-techie. This is one reason why so many people opt to avoid the hassle and get the router that comes with their service. Of course, most of the time, this involves a monthly rental. So if you choose to rent a router from a provider like Cox, be prepared to pay up extra when you Cox Bill Pay.
Choosing a New Long-Range Router
Modern routers on the market today have a number of features to consider. Some routers that come from a provider will require you to set it up with your subscription account. In Cox’s case, this will require a Cox router login with your username and password, before you can configure it. But, more advanced routers come with features like app management, automatic channel switching, and QoS prioritization. Unfortunately, even an advanced router is no good if it comes with spotty or limited range. Nobody likes internet “dead spots” in their own homes. Which is why, if you prioritize range when it comes to routers, you can limit your options to the following:
Let’s take a look at these routers below and what places them on our list for the best long-range routers in 2020.
1. Linksys AC1200
The Linksys AC1200 is a dual-band Wi-Fi 5 router from one of the biggest names in networking. When you buy your own router, you likely have to set it up yourself. So it makes sense to get a long-range router that is easy to set up on your own. That is exactly why the Linksys AC2100 is on this list.
The router has good range, is easy to set up, and is relatively more affordable compared to other long-range Wi-Fi routers. It is one of the most popular long-range routers on sites like BestBuy and Amazon, with many users praising its simple setup process. It can easily be configured wirelessly via an iPad or an iPhone. If you’re using a desktop or laptop computer, the Smart Setup Wizard makes it a cinch to get your router and network ready.
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk C7000 AC1900
The C7000 is the cable compatible version of the AC1900 Nighthawk. It is a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem router that is compatible with many internet providers. It works well with all sorts of cable internet plans, which include the Internet Preferred plan. The Nighthawk is popular thanks to a consistent and powerful signal as well as a long reach.
3. NETGEAR Nighthawk D7000 AC1900
NETGEAR’s Nighthawk D7000 series features a DSL-compatible router that functions with DSL providers like Frontier. For a long-range DSL router, it comes with a fairly reasonable price tag. It is larger than the C7000 AC1900 but it remains popular thanks to a simple set up process and a longer range than many routers of its type. It has three antennas that are angled to help the signal travel through walls and multiple floors.
4. ASUS RT-AC86U
The ASUS RT-AC86U is a newer version of the AC86U. The AC86U was famous for having a longer signal range than the Nighthawk. The RT-AC86U has 3 angled router antennas that keep signal strength strong over longer distances. The router also comes with a range boost feature that the manufacturer claims increases range by 120%. It has a dual-band function, allowing you to choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. An internet speed test will show you that the router offers the most speed at and the most range at 5 GHz.
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All of the routers mentioned above are great examples of modern long-range routers. However, be sure to check with your provider before ordering one. In some cases, providers do not allow you to use internet equipment other than what they provide. Others charge a rental for using their equipment, such as Cox’s hidden fees, which you can avoid by getting your own router. Confirming what your provider does and does not allow will save you time and money wasted. If you have any other routers that you feel should be on this list, let us know in the comments below.