If you’re getting WiFi service in your home or office, a wireless router is essential for multiple devices to connect to the internet. When shopping for a wireless router the technical jargon accompanying each product may be a bit overwhelming for the technically un-inclined average Joe. Fret not, because we’ve got your back. Here are our top picks for Wi-Fi routers in Malaysia.
If all you need is the best of the best, you won't go wrong with the TP-Link Archer AX1100.
It comes with all of the necessary smart features that your family or office would appreciate. There's the support for Wifi 6 technology to offer the smoothest and fastest connectivity possible at up to 10Gbps. It also has OFDMA technology and a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core CPU together with 3 co-processors to help more devices stay connected to the router without reducing latency across all computers.
To add, it has advanced Quality of Service (QoS) to let you easily control bandwidth should you want to further optimise the best internet response for your home or the office.
Whether you’re growing old waiting for the 100GB update for Warzone to finish downloading or have just been killed one many times due to ‘lag’, you’ve probably considered getting something to amend that. Well, your problems may be solved then with the Netgear Nighthawk R8500.
With features like the Netgear Up app and Dynamic QoS, you can have extensive controls over the devices connected to your network, from controlling their bandwidth to removing them from the network completely.
Not only does that mean you get a safer, more secure wifi, but you can also divert the majority of the network towards your gaming PC to ensure fast download speeds and minimal ping in your games. So, when you ‘die’ in games, you can’t blame the internet anymore.
A great router with parental control will grant parents the ability to not only limit what questionable website they'll come across the internet but also the time that gets internet access.
The TP-Link Archer AX50 has a slew of sophisticated parental controls such as Antivirus and Quality of Service.
Aside from that, this great budget pick also has modern upgrades for the whole family to enjoy smooth internet transmission throughout the entire house. Said features are an Ultra-Low latency system, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and four high-gain external antennas that are designed with Beamforming technology.
add_circleHas a LCD screen that displays useful info
add_circleLong-lasting battery life
remove_circleSurprisingly lacklustre Fast Ethernet
remove_circleDoesn't exactly reach as high as 1Gbps
remove_circleA tad larger than your average portable WiFi device
If you prefer an efficient wireless router that you can take with you on the go, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is your best bet.
The M1 is touted as one of the best mobile wifi routers for gaming. With that, you can understand just how capable this router with a SIM card slot is. It has up to 1 Gbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds. The router also has dual-band wifi which equates to letting you game and stream at the same time.
Additionally, you can use the NETGEAR Mobile App to do the likes of monitoring your usage and tweak any settings. Not forgetting, you can share the internet via this router with up to 20 devices at once.
Constantly frustrated over dead spots in a building? Aside from fixing everything with a wifi extender, you might as well look into the ASUS RT-AC88U router.
The ASUS RT-AC88U has powerful antennas to help you stretch your internet connection as much as possible. With dual-band capabilities, it is capable of giving you a speed of up to 3167 Mbps to achieve low-latency online gaming in a space of up to 5,000 square feet.
For those of us who are constantly working in an office; you might miss your home’s speedy internet, where it isn’t hogged by all your coworker’s phones and laptops, making the whole thing move at a snail’s pace. We feel you, and so we’d recommend the TP-Link Archer AX55 to solve that problem.
When it comes to design, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it, but that’s actually a good thing. It blends well into an office environment, with its slick black casing.
Of course, this thing isn’t just all looks. For starters, its four antennas can provide a wider range of connection, allowing everyone to stay connected, regardless of how far they are. Plus, the OFDMA technology and Wifi 6 capability allows more devices to be connected at once without losing much bandwidth speed.
There’s even Alexa support so you can control the router simply through your voice. Nifty, huh?
Best wifi router for console gaming like the Sony PS5
This is definitely a niche category, but for those of us who have been lucky enough to get our hands on an online-supported console such as the PS5 and want the best possible experience with it, this wifi router might give you just that and more.
There is a whole lot to like about this overkill of a wifi router, and not just from a general use perspective.
The router itself has ASUS Aura RGB support, OFDMA for connecting several devices without sacrificing bandwidth. But the best feature of all is probably their ‘Triple-level Game Acceleration’, which can lower your ping to up to 90%, ensuring you have the smoothest experience when you’re playing online in games.
Tips on how to choose a Wi-Fi router
These items seem simple, but in them are loads of wiring and technological system that we just simply may not understand. What makes a wi-fi router suitable for your needs, why is this one faster than the other or why is this cheaper? Here, we touch on tips to look at when you are shopping for a wi-fi router.
Choosing your internet service provider:
Internet service providers (ISPs) connect your home to the internet. In Malaysia, you can sign up for an internet plan from various providers including Unifi, TIME Broadband, Maxis, Celcom and others.
Depending on your subscription, you’ll get different maximum internet speeds and equipment at a monthly charge. So obviously, choose one that suits your budget and needs.
One word of advice we wish to emphasize is to choose the provider who can provide you with customer service easily whenever, and one whereby the signal is strong in your living area.
Choose your router:
After choosing your ISP, it's time to buy a router! Choosing a good router is one of the most effective ways to boost your Wi-Fi faster.
Before purchasing one, you should check the rough square footage of your home to ensure the router can cover your living area.
For most internet users, the simplest and most common solutions are to get a single router (or a router and modem combo if you don't have the latter).
From here, you have to plug the router into your existing socket or modem via Ethernet cable. The Wi-Fi signal will then gradually drop off and slow down when you are moving further from the router.
It’s recommended to get mesh Wi-Fi if you have a larger home or thick walls. Mesh systems have a central hub that functions as a single router, together with additional nodes where you can place them around your home.
Devices will connect to the Internet through the nearest node so you can always enjoy a stronger and more reliable connection.