11 of the best wireless routers 2017
1. Google Wifi
2. Netgear Orbi
- Excellent coverage
- Easy setup
- Mighty pricey
3. Starry Station
4. Synology RT2600ac
5. Linksys WRT 3200 ACM
6. Zyxel Armor Z2 AC2600
7. Linksys Velop
8. Asus RT-AC88U
9. Netgear Nighthawk X4S VDSL/ADSL Modem Router D7800
10. Linksys WRT1900ACS
ASROCK G10 AC2600 GAMING ROUTER
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 3.0
- IR transmitter
- Gaming Boost network traffic management
- H2R travel router and media streamer
- AC2600 WiFi
The ASRock G10 is the most feature rich router we’ve ever seen. As well as all the usual trappings of a high-end router you also get an IR transmitter for controlling AV devices from your router, a gaming boost network management feature and a separate travel router.
Called the H2R, the travel router docks into the main unit but can be pulled out and taken with you on your travels. It will convert a wired network connection into a wireless hotspot, plus it’s also a media streamer. Just plug it into your hotel’s HDMI port and you can play a pretty huge variety of multimedia files.
Joining that little lot you also get AC2600 WiFi (that’s 1733 Mbps at 5 Ghz and 800 Mbps at 2.4 Ghz), four gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports for sharing files and printers.
Overall performance is impressive too, with this comfortably beating most AC1900 routers.
All those extras do make this a pricey option, but if you might find them useful this router delivers where it counts.
Intriguingly, the G10 has been designed to be mountable only in a vertical orientation. While this keeps the unit’s footprint small, it’s quite a tall device (266mm) so you’ll need to keep that in mind if you’re planning to mount it on a shelf. Also note that it isn’t wall-mountable, which further limits where it can be placed.
Only a light is visible on the front of the G10; all the other features can be found along the back. There’s the H2R travel router, which sits in a slot at the top, below which are the IR transmitters, WPS buttons for the 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports, a Gigabit WAN port (this is a router, not a modem router so a separate modem will be needed), two USB 3.0 ports, the reset button, power button and power input.
Although this approach keeps everything looking tidy from the front, it does mean that it isn’t as convenient to plug in USB sticks for sharing files and it also severely limits the usefulness of the IR transmitter. If the router is mounted on a bookshelf, say, the IR will be completely blocked.
Indeed, overall I’m not taken with the practicality of the G10’s design. The unit tends to topple over, the H2R being in the back makes it difficult to remove and stow away, plus I don’t particularly like the look.
You’ll also note the lack of external aerials, which goes some way to explain the overly tall design. Although this means there’s one less thing to worry about, there’s no option to attach alternative external aerials.