Par amk, 12/06/2022
Best routers for personal use
TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless Router
The good old basic router. This isn't a looker by any means, its plastic casing and rubber antennas scream "cheap" every step of the way. But, it is a decent router with the WPA2 security measures. If you have a small home or just want to have Wi-Fi in just one room, this router gets the job done. That said, the two antennas do limit the range of the signal so if you have a larger home and want perfect connection in every room, you are better off spending a bit more. But when you say router, everyone will instantly think of this router, it's just that well-known and recognizable.
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Price: BDT 1,590/-
Mi Router 3C
From Electric scooters to phones to automatic toothbrushes, Xiaomi has a tech product for every segment– and that includes cheap Wi-Fi options. The sleek four antenna router has superb build quality and performance that will make you ask "How did they made it so cheap?". The Xiaomi router is however a pain to set up on PC, thanks to its Chinese only firmware. And while the included app is simpler to use, it can be buggy. The main problem however is that although the router is available in some outside stores, getting a warranty for it from any non-MI store can be a problem.
Price: BDT 1,790-2,200/-
TP-Link Archer C60 AC1350 Dual Band Wireless N Router
A definite upgrade over the venerable TL-WR841N, this router actually has a name and is more suited for heavy use cases like gaming and whatnot. The AC1350 has a 5 GHz band offering you up to 876 megabytes per second and a 2.4 GHz with 450 megabytes per second speeds. In simple terms, it means really good speed for playing online games and watching HD video. It also has the range as the massive five antenna arrangement covers a lot of area. However, the firmware is a bit on the weak side, so you might have to deal with unwanted issues after a while. Still, considering the performance you get for the price, it's hard to complain.
Price: BDT 3,150/-
Tenda AC6 AC1200 Smart Dual-Band Wireless Router
The AC6 is for those who want the cutting edge but don't want to spend too much for it. It supports the latest 802.11ac standard and offers simultaneous 2.4 GHz/3Mbps and 5 GHz/867Mbps speeds. Which means that it can do everything that the AC1350 does, and quite frankly, it just does it better. It is also quite the looker, with the casing featuring a black piano finish and sharp angles. All in all, if you want a cool looking router to go with your new gaming set up but don't have the money for something like the ASUS RT AC58U– the AC1200 has got you covered.
Price: BDT 3,050/-
NETGEAR R6220 AC1200Mbps Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router
An absolute behemoth when it comes to performance, the NETGEAR R6220 can receive up to 1200 megabyte per seconds to download games, videos and connect mobile devices. It can simultaneously link up 8 device and provide smooth support to all of them, assuming your ISP is up to it. However, it is a bulky router when compared against many of its counterparts, and at its current price point, it really pushes the boundaries of what can be classified as a "budget" router. In short, if you are part of a family that is thoroughly opposed to family planning, this might save you some money.
Price: BDT 5,200/-