The best Wi-Fi routers you can buy in South Africa

A fast, high-performance router can make a massive difference to your home Internet connection, especially if you are connecting over Wi-Fi.

A slow Wi-Fi connection can be caused by multiple factors, including too many users connecting to the same router, outdated wireless standards, or devices connecting over a slower band.

Powerful dual-band routers are the answer to all these issues, and technology such as the 802.11ad wireless standard and MU-MIMO increases the maximum transfer speeds.

If you have a fast Internet connection and need a powerful wireless router, the devices below pack some of the best features and performance available today.

Specifications and international reviews on the devices were used as selection criteria. Their features and local pricing are detailed below.


Asus RT-AC88U Wireless AC3100

Asus RT-AC88U

Asus RT-AC88U
Wireless 802.11ac – 2GHz: Up to 1,000Mbps / 5GHz: Up to 2,167Mbps
Built-in Modem No
LAN Ports 8
Other Ports 1x WAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
MU-MIMO Yes
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise, 802.1x Authentication, RADIUS Server
Features Parental control, Adaptive QoS, Guest Network, VPN, Media server
Price R4,642

D-Link DIR-895L/R AC5300

D-Link895LR

D-Link DIR-895L/R
Wireless 802.11ac – 2GHz: 1,000Mbps / 5GHz: 2,166Mbps / 5GHz: 2,166Mbps
Built-in Modem No
LAN Ports 4
Other Ports 1x WAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
MU-MIMO Yes
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS
Features Guest network, VPN, Advanced QoS, SmartConnect, Media server
Price R5,527

Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200

Netgear Nighthawk X10

Netgear Nighthawk X10
Wireless 802.11ac + 802.11ad – 2.4GHz: 800Mbps / 5GHz: 1,722Mbps / 60GHz: 4,600Mbps
Built-in Modem No
LAN Ports 6
Other Ports 1x WAN, 2x USB 3.0
MU-MIMO Yes
Security WEP, WPA, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise
Features Plex Media Server, VPN, DoS protection, Parental Controls
Price R8,380

TP-Link Talon AD7200

TP-LinkTalon 2

TP-Link Talon
Wireless 802.11ac + 802.11ad – 2.4GHz: 800Mbps / 5GHz: 1,733Mbps / 60GHz: 4,600Mbps
Built-in Modem No
LAN Ports 4
Other Ports 1x WAN, 2x USB 3.0
MU-MIMO Yes
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS
Features VPN, Parental Control, QoS, Media server
Price R5,220

Amped Athena R2 AC2600

Athena R2

Amped Athena R2
Wireless 802.11ac – 2.4GHz: 800Mbps / 5GHz: 1,722Mbps
Built-in Modem No
LAN Ports 4
Other Ports 1x WAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
MU-MIMO Yes
Security WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA2-Enterprise
Features Parental Control, Guest Network, VPN, Media server
Price R5,265

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