Best Wi-Fi routers for performance, range and overall value

What are the best Wi-Fi routers?
Based on our in-depth testing, the best wireless router is the Asus RT-AX86U, a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that has the chops to power a whole home’s worth of connected gear, providing pure power for gaming and secure every gadget you own. It’s equal parts general-use router, serious gaming gear and cybersecurity safeguard. And with its reasonable price, there should be no surprise that it’s our Editor’s Choice.

For a justifiably more expensive option, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) Wi-Fi 6 router blows the doors off of most competing routers. The newer wireless standard offers the best throughput we’ve ever seen, and will easily handle a whole house full of connected devices.

For larger homes, you need coverage that reaches farther and extends to multiple floors as needed, and that means one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems. In our testing and evaluation, the Nest WiFi is the best mesh Wi-Fi solution you can buy. It offers excellent performance that blankets a whole house in signal, and it features a built-in Google Home smart speaker for intuitive voice control.

But if price is no objection, then the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6e is the fastest mesh-router system we’ve ever seen, and one of the fastest routers, period. Just be aware that its price is well into four figures.

Best Wi-Fi routers right now

1. Asus RT-AX86U

Great for a full house, and for gaming

wi-fi router for home use
Asus RT-AX86U

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-bandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 3/YesPorts: 1 WAN/1 Multi-Gig WAN/ 4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0Peak Throughput: 929.7MbpsSize: 9.0 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches

+Excellent throughput and performance
+Security software with lifetime updates
+Multi-Gig input and port aggregation
-Lacks advanced gaming features like geofencing and ping heat map

The Asus RT-AX86U is a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that delivers great speeds and killer gaming features, as well as awesome customization options. With high-end performance and lifetime protection against intrusions and malware, it’s also a great option for securing your entire home network, providing long term protection without a subscription fee, and carrying a two-year warranty.

But the real draw of the Asus RT-AX86U is the performance, which in our testing approached the the magical 1Gbps mark to provide speedy and effortless connectivity for all of your devices. With excellent range and great performance — even through walls and between floors — the RT-AX86U is equal parts general-use router and elite gaming router, and the collection of features and ports it offers are a steal compared to some of the top-performing gaming gear. If you want the best Wi-Fi 6 router for the whole household, the Asus RT-AX86U is it.

The best budget router

TP-Link Archer Wi-fi Router
TP-Link Archer C2300

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 3/YesPorts: Four 1-Gbps LAN, 1 WAN, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0Peak Throughput: 939.6 MbpsSize: 8.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches

+Top performer
+Built-in antivirus protection
+Two-year warranty
-Runs hot

The TP-Link Archer C2300 has a deceptively mild-mannered design, but don’t be fooled — based on our testing, it’s one of the most powerful wireless routers you can buy, and offers the best range of any single router on this list.

It pumped out nearly a gigabit per second of data in our standard performance tests, and blasted through the walls and ceilings of our test home with ease. Not only is the Archer C2300 one of the fastest routers we’ve seen, but it’s also small, unobtrusive and full of high-end features.

The Archer C2300 comes with built-in optimization tools, like antivirus, QoS and parental controls that are normally found on more expensive competitors. At $120, it’s less than half of what similarly performing competitors cost, and is backed by a two year warranty. The TP-Link Archer C2300 is simply the best affordable Wi-Fi router you can buy today.

Read our full TP-Link Archer C2300 review.

3. Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E (RBKE963)

Insane performance at an insane price

Netgear Orbi Wi-fi Router
Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E (RBKE963)

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Quad-bandNumber of antennas/removable: 12/NoPorts: 1 WAN/4 LAN (base unit), 4 LAN (satellites)Measured peak throughput: 1.009 GbpsSize: 11.1 x 7.5 x 3.0 inches

+Best mesh performance ever
+Easy to set up and configure
+Optional security software, parental controls
-Costs $1,500 for router + 2 extenders
-Just 90 days of free tech support

Netgear’s Orbi WiFi 6E (model number RBKE963) is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems on the planet — and also one the most expensive. But if you have money to burn, a gigabit broadband connection from your ISP and an enormous house, then this is probably the mesh system for you.

The Orbi WiFi 6E can cover up to 9,000 square feet. Add a third satellite and you can go to 12,000 square feet. At a distance of 15 feet, the router’s 6-GHz channel delivered throughput of more than a gigabit per second, the first mesh router to do so in our tests.

Each unit has 12 antennas and four Ethernet ports (one rated at 2.5 Gbps), and the system creates channels on the 2.5, 5 and 6-Ghz bands, plus a fourth 5-Ghz one for backhaul between units.

Netgear offers trial subscriptions to its Armor security software, which includes Bitdefender antivirus, and parental controls. You’ll also have to pay for tech support after 90 days. But if you can afford to pay for this mesh system, you won’t mind.

4. Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80)

A great router overall

Netgear Nighthawk Wi-fi Router
Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80)

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-bandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 8/YesPorts: 1 WAN/5 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0Peak Throughput: 1.389 GbpsSize: 12.0 x 8.0 x 6.3 inches

+High performance
+Includes malware apps
+Good configuration options
-Throughput falls off quickly with distance

With the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) Wi-Fi 6 router, top performance and enhanced security go hand in hand, combining throughput that smashes through the gigabit per second barrier with malware protection and Disney’s Circle app for blocking inappropriate content and managing family network use. And with excellent performance through walls and floors, the Nighthawk AX8 will work just as well in the real world as in the lab.

It may be expensive — most of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers are — but the RAX80 was easy for us to set up and lets you configure the router exactly the way you want it. It’s also got a 90-foot range, but we found it delivered better performance at distances of 50 feet, making it better suited to medium-sized homes. By almost any measure, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) is the Wi-Fi-6 router to get if you don’t want to compromise on speed and safety.

5. Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

The best Wi-Fi 6 gaming router

Asus ROG Rapture Wi-fi Router
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 8/YesPorts: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 1 2.5-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 3.0Peak Throughput: 731.4 MbpsSize: 9.4 x 9.4 x 2.8 inches

+First Wi-Fi 6 (802.11AX) router
+Performance improves with distance
+Plenty of customization
+Impressive 2.5Gbps wired connector

The first gaming router we tested that features Wi-Fi 6, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is a gamer’s delight, with speed that improves over longer range, low latency and all the features that gamers expect. Add it all up and most other gaming routers are now second best.

The GT-AX11000 is large, with a gargantuan base, eight swiveling antennas, and massive 10.8Gbps maximum throughput. This wireless router has connectivity in droves, thanks to its tri-band design and four downstream Gigabit LAN ports, a single 2.5G Base T Ethernet connection, and two USB 3.0 ports.

Built-in customization and gaming-oriented optimizations provide plenty of control, and you can even pair it with other Asus routers for mesh networking to cover a larger home. At $450, it is expensive, but this is one of the best gaming routers for gamers wanting an edge online.

6. Nest WiFi

A great mesh router with built-in smart speaker

Nest Wi-fi Router
Nest WiFi

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/dual bandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 4/NoPorts: Two 1-Gbps LANPeak Throughput: 653.2 MbpsSize: 4.3 x 4.3 x 3.6 inches

+Good performance
+Google Assistant built in
+Easy setup
-Short range
-Minimal configuration options

The Google Nest Wi-Fi combines an excellent mesh Wi-Fi router with a smart home speaker, giving you whole-home connectivity along with the benefits of Google Assistant, wherever you are in your house. Although they lack WI-Fi 6, they have both Bluetooth and 802.15.4 Thread mesh networking built in to efficiently connect with low-power home-automation devices.

While the overall throughput of the Nest Wi-Fi isn’t the best among mesh routers — it had a peak throughput of 653.2 Mbps in our tests — we liked that each satellite was small and unobtrusive, so it wouldn’t look out of place on a bookshelf. All in all, this is a great little mesh Wi-Fi system at a reasonable price.

The best value-priced Wi-Fi 6 router

TP-Link Archer Wi-fi Router
TP-Link Archer AX6000

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-bandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 8/YesPorts: 1 WAN/8 LAN gigabit per second, USB 3, USB
Peak Throughput: 884.4MbpsSize: 10.3 x 10.3 x 2.4 inches

+8 LAN ports
+Extra security
-Limited configuration options in app
-Hard to remove Ethernet cables.

Wi-Fi 6 routers aren’t cheap, but value is the name of the game for the TP-Link Archer AX6000 router, our favorite budget-friendly Wi-Fi 6 router. It may lag on performance and range but it offers Wi-Fi 6 speeds for less than competing Wi-Fi 6 models. Think of the Archer AX6000 as the affordable router for the first generation of Wi-Fi 6 devices.

With eight wired networking ports and the ability to pair two together to create a 2Gbps stream of data, TP-Link’s Archer AX6000 router leads the way for Wi-Fi 6 routers that are just as good with wired devices as they are at Wi-Fi. By adding in router-based security, the Archer AX6000 stands alone as one of the best routers you can get, at a price that’s hard to beat.

8. Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500

The Wi-Fi 6e speed demon

Netgear Nighthawk Wi-fi Router
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Tri-bandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 8/NoPorts: 1 WAN/4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0Throughput: 2.396GbpsSize: 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.3 inches

+Top speed with 6GHz band
+Security software
-Throughput declines quickly with distance

The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 was the first Wi-Fi 6e router to hit the market, and the results are mind-blowing. By adding the new 6-GHz band to the already impressive capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, the Nighthawk RAXE500 delivers category-leading performance — but at $599, it’s not cheap.

This tri-band device more than lives up to the hype by delivering nearly 2.5Gbps of real-world data in our testing. Add this to the slick design and highly customizable configuration options, and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 becomes one of the best wireless routers we’ve ever reviewed. While it’s best at close quarters and is one of the most expensive routers you can buy, the RAXE500 is worth every penny if you have the need for speed.

9. Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400)

The best router to secure your whole house

Netgear Nighthawk Wi-fi Router
Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400)

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 3/YesPorts: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 2.0Peak Throughput: 626.6 MbpsSize: 11.2 x 7.3 x 2.0 inches

+Good performance
+Three years of security software
+Easy setup
-Short range
-Not much to configure

It might be priced like a high-performance or gaming router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400) delivers in a different (and perhaps more important) area: cybersecurity. The RS400 may deliver solid performance and enough range to cover most homes, but the real value is protection, with a fistful of security features from Netgear and Bitdefender, including three years of protection from Bitdefender Total Security software.

The RS400 is built to safeguard your entire connected home, from your laptops and phones to a whole range of smart devices, from TVs to ovens, thermostats and doorbell cameras. With so many devices on today’s home network, you have to be more vigilant, as a single poorly secured gadget can open you up to hackers and malware. The RS400 keeps your whole home safe, and is easy to set up and manage, too, making it our favorite cybersecurity router.

Our favorite low-priced wireless router

TP-Link Archer Wi-fi Router
TP-Link Archer A7

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 3/NoPorts: Four 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 2.0Peak Throughput: 647.4 MbpsSize: 1.3 x 9.6 x 6.4 inches

+Costs less than $100
+Reasonable performance
+Two-year warranty
-Lacks deep customization options
-Limited range

The TP-Link Archer A7 is the best Wi-Fi router for those on a budget, delivering very good 802.11ac performance and a surprising number of features for less than most competing routers. The Archer A7 has great performance for the price — pushing through more data than most of the comparably priced routers we’ve tested — and features four Gigabit LAN ports and a USB 2.0 port for connecting devices.

In addition to solid performance and features, the Archer A7 also has a very easy setup process and useful parental controls, with an app that lets you monitor and control network use from anywhere. It may not be loaded with customization tools, but it offers parental control and Quality of Service (QoS) software that ensures better than average performance. It’s the best value Wi-Fi router we’ve tested.

Intense raw performance, optimized for gaming

TP-Link Archer Wi-fi Router
TP-Link Archer C5400X

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 8/NoPorts: 1 WAN, 8 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 2.0Peak Throughput: 859.5 MbpsSize: 11.2 x 11.2 x 7.6 inches

+Excellent performance and tri-band design
+Customization potential
+Security software
-Can’t aim antennas

The TP-Link Archer C5400X is the gaming router to beat, with some of the best performance you’ll see in any single home networking device. It offers best-in-class tri-band performance, delivering 1Gbps over its 2.4GHz band and 2.167Gbps over each of its two 5GHz channels. It also has impressive coverage, with more than 100-feet of superb coverage that will blanket most homes in strong, clear Wi-Fi signal.

The spider-like 8-antenna design and red-on-black color scheme are sure to turn heads, but the real selling point is the collection of optimization and security features that will satisfy any power user. With excellent bandwidth-allocation controls to let you use the massive throughput as you wish, this router puts incredible performance into the user’s hands, for gaming or anything else.

12. Linksys EA8300 Max Stream

The ultimate router for power users

Linksys Wi-fi Router
Linksys EA8300 Max Stream

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-BandNumber of Antennas/Removable: 6/NoPorts: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 3.0Peak Throughput: 626.5 MbpsSize: 8.5 x 6.4 x 2.2 inches

+Tri-band design with excellent performance
+Good software and options
+Compact design
-Short range

For a truly customizable router, we recommend the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream, which is not only a great tri-band router, it’s also loaded with tools to tweak and customize your router for optimal performance. The small black EA8300 Max-Stream can move lots of data, though it will do best in smaller homes. But even with shorter range, it offers impressive performance for a router that sells for less than $200.

Whether you’re allocating bandwidth to prioritize gaming or media streaming, or just setting up parental controls, you can automate many features, make manual adjustments on the fly, and monitor it — all from your desktop or smartphone. With so many ways to customize your router’s performance, the Linksys EA8300 Max Stream is an easy pick for the power user.

How to choose the best Wi-Fi router for you
When it comes to choosing the best wireless router, it’s easy to get lost in the complexity of networking jargon and obscure technology standards. But all you really need to know is how to answer two key questions: What speed do you need for your internet connection? And what sort of coverage do you need in your home?

Speeds and standards: The internet speed you need for your router will generally be determined by the speed you get from your internet service provider and what speed is supported by your modem. For most people, a standard 802.11ac router will handle all but the most impressive plans available, like Gigabit internet plans that are only available in select cities. With average broadband speeds sitting right around 100 Mbps, most wireless AC routers will be able to handle the job with ease.

The latest technology for routers is called Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax), which is a faster standard that’s better suited to the many devices found in homes today. Many Wi-Fi 6 routers are available, but there’s an even newer twist on this standard called Wi-Fi 6e that takes advantage of a newly opened part of the radio spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6e-enabled devices, such as laptops and phones, are still few and far between. Unless you’re using a dozen devices at once, you likely won’t see much benefit from Wi-Fi 6e at this time. See our article What is Wi-Fi 6E: Routers, devices and how it’s better than Wi-Fi 6 to learn more.

Coverage range: The other part of the wireless equation is coverage area. A basic standalone router will generally offer 50 to 100 feet of range, ably covering the majority of apartments and small homes. If you have a house of 3,000 square feet or more, however, you will want to consider a mesh router, which uses multiple devices to provide Wi-Fi signal throughout a larger home. These are especially helpful in multistory houses, or in homes with dead spots where the Wi-Fi signal drops out.

Ports: Though wireless connectivity is the main thing you want from a Wi-Fi router, you’ll also want to think about wired connections. Ethernet offers faster connectivity for devices like game consoles and smart TVs that use more bandwidth, and USB ports are handy for attaching a printer or storage to your network.

Input is another issue, especially is you live in an area with Gigabit speed internet. With a Gig-speed connection, an older router can be a bottle neck, slowing down your entire home. Some routers can even aggregate two inputs for even faster connectivity.

Price range: Current 802.11ac routers often sell for less than $100 for basic, dual-band models. More expensive models range up to $300, but will offer wide coverage and faster speeds, while gaming-oriented routers with built-in optimization features will often sell for more. New routers using the Wi-Fi 6 standard (previously known as 802.11ax) often sell for $400 or more.

Keeping up on everything happening in the router world is difficult, so check out our helpful guides to the latest technology, like What is a mesh Wi-Fi router, and do you need one? Or get the latest advice on how to fix your router’s security problems, from simple steps to advanced protections. From router security to in-depth explanations of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e, we’re always providing the latest info about the newest products and innovations.

How we test Wi-Fi routers
We test every router we review to measure performance and range, in addition to hands-on use to evaluate the ease-of-setup and quality of settings and features.

Throughput describes how much data the router can move back and forth over its wireless connection. Higher throughput will serve you better in data-heavy uses, like streaming video, gaming, or connecting multiple users at once.

We measure throughput using IXChariot, first at a 5-foot distance without obstructions, so that we can gauge the maximum amount of data that the router can move. We then measure how much data the router can move at 50, 75 and 100 feet, so that you can also choose the best model for smaller homes and apartments, where short-range performance may be the priority.

We also test performance through walls and ceilings, to determine how well a router can provide signal in the Wi-Fi-dampening conditions common to many buildings and homes.

For mesh routers, we perform additional testing to determine how well the mesh system does sending a signal through both the main router and through a satellite unit.

Following out throughput tests, we also put the router through real-world tests by connecting a number of devices — laptops, TVs, smartphones, and tablets — and stream a number of games, TV shows and movies simultaneously to see how well the router performs under strain.

Which browsers to use for best surfing of the internet

Best Android browsers for surfing the web 2022

  1. Brave Browser
  2. Dolphin Browser
  3. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
  4. Ecosia Browser
  5. Firefox Browser
  6. Google Chrome
  7. Kiwi Browser
  8. Lynket (formerly Chromer)
  9. Microsoft Edge
  10. Opera’s browsers (four browsers)
  11. Samsung Internet Browser
  12. Stargon Browser
  13. Surfy Browser
  14. Tor Browser
  15. Vivaldi Browser

Brave Browser

Price: Free

Brave Browser – 3x faster than Chrome

Brave Browser is one of the newer Android browsers. It came out in 2016 and has a variety of features. There is an ad blocker built-in. Additionally, it can block third-party cookies, block scripts, and it has HTTPS everywhere. Included is per-site settings just in case you need that. It also boasts optimizations for speed and battery life improvements.
You can even keep track of all the stuff that it blocks. In real-world use, it is highly functional and even occasionally fun to use. It also has most of the basic features like bookmarks, history, extensions, and a privacy (incognito) mode. The app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads.

Dolphin Browser

Price: Free

Dolphin has friendly features for better browsing

Dolphin Browser has seen a lot of success on Android. It has a decent set of features as well. That includes theming, flash support, ad-block, incognito mode, and some tertiary features like gesture controls. There is also add-on and extension support if you need that along with a native adblocker. It’s not quite as engaging of an option as it was back when a good browser was difficult to find. However, it retains a position on this list for still being more than good enough to be here.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

Price: Free

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is a reasonably good alternative for folks who value privacy. It has a lot of the basic stuff like forced HTTPS, a private search, and a close button that deletes your browsing data and closes all of your tabs. Additionally, the app gives each website a privacy grade (on an A-F scale) so you can see exactly how bad any given site is. Of course, it blocks trackers and stuff like that as well. It doesn’t have some super useful features like password syncing (like Firefox and Chrome), but it’s otherwise a great mobile browser.

Ecosia Browser

Price: Free

The search engine that plants trees

Ecosia is an environmentally friendly mobile web browser. It features all of the usual stuff like bookmarks, multiple tabs, a private browsing mode, and downloads. It pulls from Chromium’s open-source project. Thus, it looks and feels a bit like Chrome as well. The big draw here is the cause. The browser donates up to 80% of its profits to plant trees. That isn’t a browser feature, but it’s definitely nice. This one is good for those who don’t need to browse the web often, but still want something that works well. The trees thing is a bonus. It’s also free.

Firefox Browsers

Price: Free

Firefox Browser

There are two really good Firefox browsers. The first is the standard Firefox Browser. It features all of the good stuff such as cross-platform syncing, a rock-solid browsing experience, tracking protection, a built-in password manager, and more. It’s Google Chrome’s biggest competitor and there really isn’t much that one has that the other doesn’t. The second good Firefox option is Firefox Focus, a privacy browser with a ton of security and privacy features. You can find the standard Firefox Browser at the button below or check out Firefox Focus here. They are both excellent Android browsers.

Google Chrome

Price: Free

The browser built by Google

Chrome Browser the most popular Android browser. Many people have this pre-installed on their devices and opt to just keep using it. That’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do. It features syncing with Google Chrome on desktop along with the latest Material Design, unlimited browsing tabs, deeper integration with Android, and plenty of other features for both basic browsing and power users.

There are four total Chrome browsers. In descending order of stability, you have the regular Google Chrome, Chrome Beta, Chrome Dev, and Chrome Canary. Choose at your own risk. Google Chrome almost always has the latest Android features before other browsers as well.

Kiwi Browser

Price: Free

Kiwi Browser – Fast & Quiet

Kiwi Browser is one of the newer Android browsers. It uses Chromium as a base. Thus, you may recognize a lot of its visual elements and settings options. It also loads pages pretty well. Some of the other features include native ad blocking, a pop-up blocker, a night mode with a 100% contrast mode for AMOLED screens, and crypto jacking protection. There are some UI tweaks as well, such as the address bar resting on the bottom of the app instead of the top. It also does the usual stuff. It’s surprisingly delightful to actually use, although we do miss the desktop syncing available on the big-name browsers. If you don’t need that, this is definitely one of the best options.

Lynket (formerly Chromer)

Price: Free / $4.54

Lynket Browser (previously Chromer)

Lynket is something a little bit different. It lets you open web links from basically any app in Chrome Custom Tabs, even if the app doesn’t natively support Chrome Custom Tabs. Additionally, the app includes Web Heads, similar to Flynx or the older Brave Browser. The one-two punch of Chrome Custom Tabs and Web Heads is enough to make this one of the more unique Android browsers. It works best for multi-taskers, frequent browsers, and people who really like Chrome Custom Tabs.

Microsoft Edge

Price: Free

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is a surprisingly decent mobile web browser. It competes favorably with Chrome and Firefox in terms of pure functionality. You can sync passwords, bookmarks, and history if you want to. Plus, you can continue browsing on the desktop version from the mobile version and vice versa. This used to be an original browser from Microsoft. However, the company switched to a Chromium base so it works a lot like Chrome with some light UI changes and you use a Microsoft account to sync instead of a Google account. You can’t go wrong either way.

Opera’s browsers

Price: Free

Opera Mini – fast web browser

Opera has a few different Android browsers. The first is their flagship browser, Opera Browser (Google Play). It features cross-device syncing with the desktop version, support for multiple platforms, autofill, and a native adblocker. Next comes Opera Touch (linked at the button below), a mobile browser with modern mobile features like tracker blocking and ad-blocking. The third is Opera Mini (Google Play), a lighter browser with the ability to save up to 90% of your data while using it. It also has an ad blocker, an offline reading mode, and more. Finally, we have Opera GX (Google Play), a gaming browser that includes a lot of the same features as the others, but also includes a gaming news feed, theming, syncing between the desktop and mobile versions, and more. You can go with any of the four browsers depending on your tastes.

Samsung Internet Browser

Price: Free

Samsung Internet Browser

Samsung Internet Browser is surprisingly good. It features swipe gestures, plug-ins, a quick menu, and some Material Design elements. Some of the plug-ins even allow for ad-blocking. There are also features for things like Amazon shopping, online shopping in general, and support for 360-degree video. This is likely the browser many Samsung phone owners see before they make Chrome their default. The app is labeled as beta. However, it’s more stable than some non-beta browsers even on this list. No, Samsung did not pay us to put this here.

Stargon Browser

Price: Free

Stargon Browser

Stargon Browser is a bit of a wildcard on this list. It has a bunch of features and it seems to work pretty well in our testing. The features includes a gesture control system, custom fonts, a DNS VPN for you International folks, a built-in translation service powered by Google Translate, and a video downloader function. There is even a dark mode to make sure it’s modern. Stargon lacks a lot of the big browser features like bookmark syncing, but it does everything quite well. Even its secret incognito mode is pretty good. The app is entirely free without ads.

Surfy Browser

Price: Free / $0.99

Surfy Browser

Surfy Browser has a hipster name and not the biggest following. However, it’s a surprisingly decent browser. It features the usual niceties like bookmarks, history, multiple search providers, and things like that. You also get another layer of power-user features like an ad-block, theming, and surprisingly fun toolbar customizations. The app’s claim to fame is the text-to-speech feature that reads website pages to you if you want it to. It’s not a bad way to go if you need something like this.

Tor Browser for Android

Price: Free

Tor Browser for Android

Tor Browser for Android is probably the best browser for privacy. It connects to Tor’s proxy network and hides what you’re doing from your ISP and basically everybody else. It surfs the web fairly well and it also blocks trackers, defends against surveillance, and includes multi-layer encryption. The app is in the very early stages of development at the time of this writing. It requires Orbot to use Tor’s network. However, future versions of this browser will be able to connect to Tor’s proxy network on its own. We’re comfortable enough putting this on here despite its early age. We do only recommend this for people who are serious about their privacy and power users who understand how this works.

Vivaldi Browser

Price: Free

Vivaldi Browser

Vivaldi is the newest browser on the list. It’s a reasonably decent browser with a surprisingly decent number of features. They include cross-platform syncing with the desktop version, a built-in note function, full-length website screenshots, a privacy browser mode, and the ability to quickly change search engines. The app’s developers are former employees of Opera so they know a thing or two about browsers. The app is in open beta at the time of this writing, but it should be stable enough for most people.

The most effective method to increase internet speed

A slow internet connection drives anyone crazy, especially when working from home. Good news is, you can probably speed it up in a few quick steps. 

– One Stop Speed Test

Check your Current Internet Speed before going next!

Slow internet?

A slow internet connection drives anyone crazy, especially when working from home.

The good news is, you can probably speed it up in a few quick steps. No tech wizardry required!

Today, we’ll share 16 easy and practical tips to speed up your internet. We’ve listed them in ascending order of effort/time required. Here’s what we’ll cover:

Table Of Contents

  1. Reset your router and modem
  2. Adjust your router’s antennas
  3. Clear your cache and browsing history
  4. Check your data cap
  5. Run a scan using antivirus software
  6. Check your web browser
  7. Use an ad blocker
  8. Relocate your wireless router
  9. Update firmware for your router
  10. Disconnect unused devices connected to the internet
  11. Check for any unwanted guests
  12. Find your router/ISP’s best settings
  13. Change your router’s band and/or channel
  14. Plugin with ethernet cables instead
  15. Replace your modem or router
  16. Change your internet plan or ISP

Hopefully, this article will help solve any speed issues you’re facing.

How To Test Your Current Internet Speed

Testing your Internet speed is a good starting point to see what you’re working with.

To do so, just head to an online speed test tool like One Stop Speed Test. Click ‘GO’ and the tool will calculate your download and upload speeds.

Understanding your results:

  • Download Mbps
    How quickly you can pull data from a server on the internet to your device. This tends to be much faster than upload speed.
  • Upload Mbps
    How quickly do you send data from your device to the internet?

You can also compare your speed test results to the speeds your ISP offer, to see if it’s drastically underperforming.

However, remember to be realistic. Most ISPs advertise speeds like “Up to 500Mbps!” in their internet plans, but this is only a theoretical potential.

In reality, your speeds won’t come close. The best thing to do is to call your ISP and ask them for a realistic speed estimate for your area. (Back To Top)

16 Effective Tips To Speed Up Your Internet

In this section, we’ll look at how to improve your internet speed.

Try each tip below and then run another speed test to see whether things have improved.

Tip #1 – Reset your router and modem

It’s simple, but turning something on and off again can solve a lot of internet speed headaches. Try rebooting your wireless router by doing the following:

  1. Turn off the router
  2. Unplug the power cord
  3. Wait 10 – 20 seconds
  4. Plug in the power cord
  5. Turn it back on and wait for it to reconnect

If you have a modem that’s separate from your router, reset that too.

Rebooting your router helps to clear cached memories and background processes that aren’t necessary. It’s a great way to invigorate your connection to your ISP.

It can be so effective that many ISPs suggest you reset it every month.

Tip #2 – Adjust your router’s antennas

If your router has external adjustable antennas, try tweaking them.

a miniature humanoid figure manually adjusting the router antennas

(Credit: Peggy_Marco)

Router antennas are usually omnidirectional, Signals are sent out perpendicular to the antenna, which means a vertical antenna will send out horizontal signals, and vice versa.

If you’re trying to connect to a router that’s on another floor of your house, try flipping the antenna horizontally.

But, if you don’t see antennas on your router – don’t panic. Many routers are built with antennas within the device shell.

Tip #3 – Clear your cache and browsing history

A cache is where browsers collect bits of information about you when you visit and interact with websites.

Make it a habit to clear your cache and browsing history regularly. This will ensure all that accumulated data doesn’t drag your internet speeds down.

Tip #4 – Check your data cap

ISPs typically put a data cap on the amount of data you can use each month. If you exceed your data cap, then your ISP is probably going to restrict your internet speed considerably.

The easiest way to check IF you have a data cap is to grab a past bill and check the fine print. If you find yourself going over the cap every month, it’s probably time to upgrade your plan.

However, data throttling has also become more common since COVID-19 has forced more people to work from home. To cope with this shift in demand, many ISPs have had to respond by throttling users.

Tip #5 – Run a scan using antivirus software

Malware can take a heavy toll on your internet speeds. To check if it’s the culprit, run a virus and malware scan on your system using a decent antivirus security suite.

If any threats are identified, you can remove them and see if this speeds things up.

Tip #6 – Check your web browser

There are a couple of ways your web browser may slow you down:

  • Lots of tabs and windows open?
    Close any that aren’t necessary. Having lots of open media can slow down your connection.
  • Out of date
    Check to see if you’re running the latest version of your browser and update it if not.
  • Just a bad browser
    Some browsers offer faster browsing experiences than others. Try switching browsers and see if it’s any quicker.

Tip #7 – Use an ad blocker

Most websites will flood your screen with eye-catching ads – often with large images or auto-played videos. They can chomp up lots of your data and slow your internet.

To cut these out of your browsing experience, consider using a decent ad-blocker. Adblock Plus is a popular one, and some VPNs like NordVPN and Surfshark also include them.

Tip #8 – Relocate your wireless router

Did you know your router’s signals can be blocked or slowed by physical obstacles in their path?

heatmap of router signal depending on placement

The router’s signal get weaker as they pass through objects and travel further away.
(Credit: Jason Cole)

Moving your router to a better location can often give you better signal quality and faster speeds.

  • Moving it into a more open space, away from obstacles (especially metal ones). Opening doors can also help.
  • Move it closer to where the connected devices are. Perhaps towards the middle of your house, on the floor, you’re on the most.

Tip #9 – Update firmware for your router

Make sure your router is always updated with the latest firmware. This helps keep it secure and running at peak performance.

Many newer routers will update firmware automatically. Check to see if that’s the case – if not, you should periodically log into your router’s interface and check if there are updates available.

Tip #10 – Disconnect unused devices connected to the internet

Try disconnecting any non-essential devices from your network. Things like old phones or forgotten tablets that have been nibbling away at the bandwidth.

Some routers these days come with an app that can display all the devices connected to your home network. From there, it’s easy to disconnect any unwanted devices.

If your router doesn’t have an app, your best bet is to just change your network’s Wi-Fi password. You’ll then need to log back into the network with each device using the new password.

It might be a bit tedious if you have a lot of devices, but it’s a comprehensive way to clear unnecessary connections.

Tip #11 – Check for any unwanted guests

Adding onto the last point – you should also check to see if there is anyone else freeloading off your Wi-Fi.

If you haven’t secured your home network (and especially if you haven’t changed the default username and password), then it’s pretty easy for a neighbor to connect to it and slurp up some delicious, free bandwidth.

First, make sure you secure your Wi-Fi connection. Second, kick-off any Wi-Fi freeloaders by:

  • Do the password reset in tip #10.
  • OR checking your router’s connection logs and blocking any foreign individual devices.

Tip #12 – Find your router/ISP’s best settings

Many people aren’t aware that they can tweak the settings of their router. Just because a router is using its default settings doesn’t mean these are its optimum settings.

Visit your router and ISP’s website to check the recommended settings. Then, log in to your router so you can compare and update its settings.

Tip #13 – Change your router’s band and/or channel

WiFi supports two different frequency bands – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Some routers are dual-band routers, which lets you choose between them.

  • 2.4 GHz band – Best for larger Wi-Fi coverage, but with slower speed.
  • 5 GHz band – Best for faster speeds, but with smaller coverage.

On top of that, routers broadcast Wi-Fi signals on a specific channel.

Some channels will tend to be more congested than others, especially if you’re living in an urban area where neighboring Wi-Fi signals can cause interference. Ideally, you’d all be on the same channel or on channels that don’t interact.

chart showing devices crowding wifi 2.4 channels 1 6 11

Choose a less crowded channel to avoid contending for Wi-Fi signal with other devices.
(Credit: Rowell Dionicio)

Luckily, most routers let you manually change your broadcast channel. Switching to a less ‘crowded’ channel may help to improve internet speed. Try switching to channels 1, 6, and 11 if you’re on the 2.4 GHz band.

Tip #14 – Plugin with ethernet cables instead

I know, I know – everything is more fun when it’s wireless.

But if you want the fastest internet speeds, you may want to go back to basics and plug into cabled connections like ethernet. These connections tend to be faster, more reliable, and much more secure.

a connector of an ethernet cable

Remember this guy? Cabled connections are faster and more stable.

If you want faster internet on your computer, try plugging in an ethernet cable. You should use cables for data-heavy activities and devices, like TVs or for gaming.

Tip #15 – Replace your modem or router

Tech is changing at lightspeed. Even if you’ve bought top-of-the-range hardware, it’s eventually going to become obsolete. Older models will slowly lag behind the type of internet offered by ISPs as they try to evolve and stay competitive.

If you’re buying a new router, look for one that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands and uses a network management app.

And, of course, check whether your new modem and routers are compatible with your internet plan and an ISP network.

Tip #16 – Change your internet plan or ISP

We’ve left this tip for last since it’s the one that’s the biggest hassle.

If nothing else is working to improve your internet speed, you should consider changing your internet plan or your ISP.

Try talking to your provider about your speed issues. As well as helping you to troubleshoot, they may be able to recommend a better plan for your needs.

The downside is – it will probably cost you more. Make sure to read up on reviews to see what other customers have experienced.

Lastly – If your internet provider is going to give you a slow connection no matter how many other tips you try, consider a swap to another ISP servicing your area.

Keep Your Speed Up And Keep Surfing!

Crummy internet speeds are infuriating – but thankfully there are ways to get around it.

Hopefully, one of the tips in the article will help get your internet back up to speed!

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