Based on our expert's recommendations, we curated a list of the best gaming routers in the market right now. Image Credit: Shutterstock

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If you are a gamer, you know how crucial speed is. It’s essential for a tricked-out gaming experience. This holds true especially in multiplayer online gaming: You need to have an edge over your opponents. So how do you achieve this? It's why a solid router could make the difference between a smooth game and an annoying lagging horror.

To start with, you'll need a quality gaming router. A solid router could make the difference between a smooth game and an annoying lagging horror. Unlike regular routers, these devices are specialised for gaming - they reduce latency, provide a stable and reliable connection, and optimise internet speed, which is essential for online gaming. We spoke with Nick Rego, a Dubai-based gamer and tech specialist, who shared advice on the best way to go about choosing a gaming router for your home. Scroll down to read what he said.

Based on our expert's recommendations, we curated a list of the best gaming routers in the market right now. Pick one with Prime membership to bring the device home as early as tomorrow.

1. Best Overall: TP-Link Archer AX11000 Next-Gen Tri-Band Gaming Router


  • Easy installation
  • Has numerous ports
  • Speedy file transfers
  • Lifetime anti-malware subscription
  • Strong parental controls


  • On the pricey side
  • Bulky

Nothing annoys serious gamers more than a lagging WiFi connection. In that case, the TP-Link Archer AX1100 is a good bet, even if it is a tad on the expensive side. The device, reviewers say, is quite easy to install. The TP-Link Archer AX11000 features Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and speeds of up to 10Gbps. It includes a 2.5GBps WAN port, which allows you to host a multi-gig internet connection, and accommodates high-speed data transfers. Praised for its powerful range of connectivity and Wi-Fi range, the AX1100 is equipped with a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU (central processing unit) and 1GB of RAM to handle huge throughput. Moreover, it features a game accelerator that reduces latency and navigates network issues. It also has a Game Protector dashboard that lets you assign parental controls, and protects your network from viruses and phishing attacks.

Warranty: Amazon offers one-year extended warranty for Dh97, and two-year extended warranty for Dh160.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay from Dh265.83 for six months with select banks

2. Best Premium: ASUS ROG Rapture WiFi 6E Gaming Router (GT-AXE16000)


  • Support for Wi-Fi 6E
  • Three multi-gigabit ports
  • Allows networking with multiple routers
  • Gamer-friendly settings
  • Comes with network-security and parental-control software


  • Bulky device
  • Not great for long distance connectivity

Rego highlighted this ASUS ROG Rapture router for its "fast network speeds and great Wi-Fi coverage". Glowing user reviews on Amazon agree, with some people saying that this is the best router they have ever had. Starting with easy installation and setup, where you just need to scan a QR code with the ASUS phone app and go through a short process, the router is packed with features. The router's AiMesh technology allows you to network multiple ASUS routers together for additional coverage, and it also features configurable protection, which protects everything on your network, while blocking malicious sites and isolating infected devices. The ROG Rapture boasts extensive VPN, WAN and LAN routing controls, extensive traffic analysis and logging tools, RGB controls, wireless channel combining and separation, along with guest network controls. The highlight of this router is its quad-band Wi-Fi with a 16,000Mbps theoretical throughput. It might have issues with longer distances (right outside your house, for instance), but it's still better than an average router. Do note that the GT-AXE16000 is large and flashy; you will need to make a lot of space for it on your desk. It’s also not easily mounted. But it's a worthy investment for serious gamers.

Warranty: Amazon offers one-year extended warranty for Dh131, and two-year extended warranty for Dh216. 

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay from Dh382.83 for six months with select banks

3. Best Budget: Tenda AC23 AC2100 Smart WiFi Router


  • Lightweight and compact
  • Supports beamfolding
  • Remote management is available
  • Affordable price
  • Many security options
  • Stable connection when multiple devices are connected at the same time
  • Ability to back-up settings


  • Short Ethernet cable in the box
  • Lacks a USB port
  • Just three LAN ports

This affordable router, with seven antennas, packs a lot of features. It supports beamfolding, which means the router can project a stronger signal in a specific direction, allowing you to modify the channel bandwidth, which is a useful function for gamers. There’s also the option of setting up a guest network, so when people come over, they can use the internet, but won’t have access to your main network and password. You also have access to a system log, where you can see data regarding your network. You don’t have to suffer too many headaches about manually entering everything after a reset: You can reboot, reset and back-up current settings. Remote management is available, but for that, you will need to use the Tenda mobile app. User reviews on Amazon share that set-up is easy, and the connection is reliable and stable - the Wi-Fi signal doesn't drop even in remote corners of the house. This appears to be the general consensus for most of the reviews: Great speed, easy set-up and impressive range.

Warranty: Amazon offers one year extended warranty for Dh12 and two-year extended warranty for Dh19.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay from Dh34.75 for four months with select banks

4. Best Mesh Router: Asus RT-AX92U Mesh Tri-Band Router (2-Pack)


  • Convenient size
  • Good mounting and placement choices
  • Folding antennae
  • Solid parental controls
  • Can be remote controlled from an app


  • Short cable
  • Each mesh node needs individual updates

Rego recommends the ASUS RT-AX92U, saying: “This compact router is great: it manages everything that's connected to my home network, as well as easily prioritises network traffic for my gaming PC.” The router has four LAN ports, four antennae and a USB at each node. Going by the reviews, if you live in a small home, the router is perfect as a standalone Wi-Fi solution. It is a tri-band router, and has a broadcaster with a 2x2 Wi-Fi 5 band, a 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 5GHz band, and a 2x2 Wi-Fi 4 2.4GHz band. When using it as a single router, you can lump all these bands together using Smart Connect or name each with a separate SSID (Wi-Fi network). It uses a dual-core 1.8GHz processor, offers 512MB of RAM, and 256MB of flash memory for processing power. Touted as extremely user-friendly, there's no doubt the ASUS RT-AX92U is a strong mesh router system. Its four antennae cover various frequencies, and each antenna can be extended in a unique fashion. The router can be operated through the ASUS app, and works with other ASUS networking devices that support AiMesh. Moreover, it has powerful security features as well. This conveniently-sized router that’s a perfect fit for small homes, has received rave reviews on Amazon, with many users calling it ‘excellent’.

Warranty: Amazon offers one year extended warranty for Dh74 and two-year extended warranty for Dh122.

5. Best for Wi-Fi Coverage: TP-Link AX90 AX6600


  • Easy installation
  • Strong performance with a 5Ghz band
  • Multi-gig WAN-LAN
  • Solid parental controls


  • Expensive
  • Some features require subscription

TP-Link AX6600 is also Rego’s pick, as he says it offers excellent Wi-Fi coverage for mobile gamers. The TP-Link AX6600 is packed with features, as one would expect at such a price. It has tri-band Wi-Fi 6 technology and a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN connector. Moreover, it has strong parental controls and and network security tools, too. In terms of connectivity, there’s a broad selection of I/O ports, including a 2.5Gbps port, a gigabit WAN/LAN port, three additional gigabit LAN-only ports, and a USB 2.0 port. The second USB port on the right side of the router supports 3.0 speeds. Not just that, it can reach maximum data rates of 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 1.2Gbps on one of the 5GHz bands, and 4.8Gbps on the secondary 5GHz band. Regarding security, the Archer AX90 has a free HomeShield Basic plan for strong parental controls and basic network security scans. However, in order to acquire more robust controls, you’ll have to upgrade.

Warranty: Amazon offers one year extended warranty for Dh57 and two-year extended warranty for Dh94.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay from Dh232.25 for four months with select banks

What should look for when buying a gaming router?

With so many kinds of gaming routers out there, it can be confusing narrowing down the one that works best for you. Dubai-based gamer and tech specialist Nick Rego says a good place to start is to check your internet package first before buying any router. It should be able to manage the internet speed available to you.

Another factor as advised by experts is to consider is the difference between a dual-band router and a tri-band router. Dual-band and tri-band show how the router can operate simultaneously to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to devices. Each band has a particular radio frequency via which, the router can transmit data, and these bands are beneficial for a variety of reasons, as they improve network performance and reduce interference. 

Dual-band routers support both 2.4GHz band and 5GHz bands. Tri-band routers offer these as well, but have an extra 5GHz band, so they're able to reduce signal interference more effectively, and steer your devices to the optimal band.

Sometimes a gaming router might be a little too much for people, especially if you’re living in a small apartment or house, and several other people are vying for the bandwidth. If that’s the case, invest in mainstream routers, graphics cards and CPUs (central processing units), Rego advised. Moreover, in order to decide what model to get, look at your home and its size. If you live in a large home and the walls have brick insulations, get a mesh router, or a router that’s compatible with mesh, so you can acquire most satellites when the signal strength is weak.

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