Recently I thought of ordering Gigabit routers for my rental property. But my younger brother said Gigabit routers are costly, so better order any router which gives 300Mbps speed, which is more than sufficient.
So I ordered a few TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps routers.
When I ordered, my Internet Plan was just 100Mbps, so the router gave 90Mbps speed on Wifi.
It was good at that time.
I Upgraded my Plan to 400Mbps Plan, and Now…
As I upgraded my plan to 400Mbps, I started seeing the real capacity of the router.
No matter what settings I change, the router cannot give more than 90Mbps speed on Wifi. When I got doubt, I checked the sales page to see whether they were promising 300Mbps speed on Wired or Wireless.
It’s clearly showing it’s on Wireless.
Now I went and saw Reviews on amazon, and all the speed results are below 90Mbps.
So it’s clear it won’t support more than 90Mbps speed on Wireless even though the manufacturer claims 300Mbps speed on wifi.
Now my 5 new routers are of almost No use to me… Thankfully, I didn’t order the Full required number of routers.
In Search of an Affordable Gigabit Router…
Now again, I’m back in search of more affordable Gigabit routers. After searching enough, I Finalized TP-Link Archer C6 MU-MIMO Gigabit 1200 Mbps Wireless Router.
Although I saw the Mi router, which is more affordable than TP-Link, I prefer to go with the TP-Link brand due to my previous experience with the Mi brand router.
This time I was careful enough to check the REAL CAPACITY of the Router’s WiFi Speed by checking Reviews instead of relying on the manufacturer’s claimed SPEED.
This router manufacturer claimed around – 867Mbps Speed, and when I saw the reviews, users reported it supports up to 550Mbps. Which is sufficient for my requirement.
I ordered one Trial router to check its performance.
When I tested, I started getting 270Mbps to 410Mbps speed on WiFi depending on the device you use. Which is a very good speed.
On iPhone, I used to get almost full speed without any drop in speed. On other older Android Phones, I used to get around 270Mbps speed. Which is a drop of around 150Mbps speed. Which is still fine.
Anyway, whenever you buy any router, check User reported speed, not the manufacturer-claimed speed. And always buy a Gigabit router if you can afford it.