Another List of Best Routers

best routersPC Magazine just published a list of what they consider to be the 10 best routers for the home on the market. All of the usual suspect show up, as well as the cloud-managed Skydog and a ZyXEL travel router. The full list of routers reviewed is:

  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1900 (WRT1900AC)
  • Trendnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-812DRU)
  • ZyXel MWR102 Travel Router
  • Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band 3×3 802.11AC Gigabit Router
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC 1750HD Video Pro EA6500
  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (R7000)
  • Skydog
  • Western Digital My Net N900
  • Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (A1521)
  • Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WNDR4500

While we do think that lists like this have value, there are two things about it that could make it better. First, 8 of the 10 routers were deemed good enough to be called “Editor’s Choice”. It would be a bit more meaningful if there weren’t as many deemed to be the best. The other issue is that security of the routers is neither tested nor reviewed. As we’ve seen, poor router security can make your life pretty miserable, so it’s worth mentioning. Unfortunately, reviews like this never do.