This guide details a list of the best WiFi routers for under $100. Cheap routers that still offer great speeds, coverage and features. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, stream lots of videos, have a 2-story house or need a router with tons of parental controls, we have you covered.
Most likely you have both a modem and a WiFi router, and you rent the router for around $5 a month from your internet provider. Don’t believe me? Check your bill and you’ll see some sort of rental charge.
That said, you can buy your own WiFi router that will likely deliver faster speeds, better performance and more features. If that sounds good to you, these are the best cheap routers worth recommending.
The Best WiFi Routers Under $100
- TP-Link Archer C7/A7 (AC1750)
- NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 (AC1750)
- ASUS RT-ACRH13 (AC1300)
- Synology RT1900ac
- NETGEAR Smart WiFi R6230 (AC1200)
- ASUS RT-ACRH17 (AC1700)
1. TP-Link Archer C7
We know that sometimes describing the features of a router can sound like a foreign language. Just know that if you’re looking for the best overall combination of price, speed, performance and coverage, the TP-Link Archer C7 is hard to beat.
Basically, if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a router, get the Archer C7. With an Amazon’s Choice award, nearly 11,000 positive reviews, and almost the entire internet all saying it’s a great choice.
This is a fast Dual-Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) Gigabit router with the latest 802.11ac standards, theoretical internet speeds of up to 1,750 Mbps and six antennas to cover every corner of your house. You’ll also enjoy two USB ports for media sharing, a 2-year warranty, QoS, and the option to flash custom software like DD-WRT for all you enthusiasts. It’s the perfect WiFi router for 4k streaming, HD gaming, yet has parental controls for the entire family. Additionally, they have a newer Archer A7 with Amazon Alexa.
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 (AC1750)
Another great choice is the NETGEAR Nighthawk series, which focuses on speed, reliability and range. The Nighthawk R6700 Dual-Band Smart WiFi router does a little bit of everything and is a fan-favorite for gamers.
The Nighthawk AC1750 is ideal for homes with 12 or more WiFi devices, plus it has three antennas on the inside, and three more on the outside. Essentially, it’ll blanket your entire house with internet. It’s powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, offers theoretical speeds of 1,750 Mbps (400 + 1350) and has a lot of features like prioritized bandwidth for gaming, streaming videos, or music. That includes beamforming.
We like the easy on/off switch on the back, QoS, easy parental controls with the companion mobile app, and the front USB 3.0 port for media streaming from a thumb drive.
Plus, NETGEAR routers support Circle with Disney, which offers some of the best parent controls and content filtering on the market.
3. ASUS Dual-Band RT-ACRH13 (AC1300)
If our first few suggestions are too expensive, or you don’t need to pay for the fastest speeds possible, a great alternative is the ASUS ACRH13. It’s one of the best Dual-Band WiFi routers for under $60, with the added benefit of 2×2 MU-MIMO technology.
This is the router I use to stream live television with Sling TV, play Xbox, and has at least 10+ devices connected to it at any given moment. The ASUS AC1300 supports the latest 802.11ac standard, dual-band gigabit speeds, and has four external antennas you can aim where you want for the best coverage in your home.
Plus, the MU-MIMO (multiple input/output) technology allows the router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, instead of one at a time. We love the effortless setup interface, accompanying Android or iOS app for QoS and parental controls, and the front-facing USB 3.0 port. It’s a great little cheap router for those on a budget.
4. Synology RT1900ac
Another excellent cheap WiFi router is the Synology RT1900ac. Actually, it’s a great router and NAS server all-in-one. This gets excellent WiFi performance and coverage, it’s affordable, has tons of features and can fully manage a NAS server with an attached hard drive.
Like most routers on our list, the Synology RT1900 is a fast Dual-Band Gigabit router with plenty of coverage for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. You’ll get beamforming support, Quality-of-service to totally control your network, intuitive parent controls, and 600 + 1,300 Mbps speeds.
A big benefit here is the Wake-on-LAN over QuickConnect for a NAS if you’re interested in dabbling with network storage devices. Hook an external drive into the USB 3.0 port and use Synology’s great software to transform this excellent WiFi router into a highly capable NAS server. Plus, it has an SD card slot on the side.
5. NETGEAR Smart WiFi R6230 (AC1200)
Similar to the ASUS mentioned earlier, this next router from NETGEAR is a great option for those on a budget. If you don’t need high-end speeds, tons of fancy NAS features, and just want fast and reliable internet, give the NETGEAR R6230 a try.
Basically, this is a solid alternative if you don’t need speeds the Archer C7 has to offer. It has fast theoretical speeds of 300 + 900 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, beamforming, dynamic QoS controls, and tons of tweaks to improve your streaming or gaming sessions.
Plus, this cheap WiFi router works with the Nighthawk app, making it a breeze to setup and manage. Like the others on our list, you’ll get 4 LAN and 1 WAN Ethernet ports, and a USB 2.0 port for attaching media storage devices.
6. ASUS RT-ACRH17 (AC1700)
Last but not least, for now, is the ASUS Wireless-AC1700 Dual-Band Gigabit Router. This is a high-end feature-packed device that can rival the Nighthawk and most more expensive routers, yet it’s only $89.
This router packs a powerful Quad-core processor and 256MB RAM that helps optimize network traffic and connectivity speeds from the USB 3.0 port or ethernet ports. Plus, it delivers concurrent dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) speeds of 400 + 1300 and it packs in the latest 802.11ac and 3×3 MU-MIMO technology.
We like the four external multi-directional antennas, beamforming controls, intuitive setup interface UI, and the companion ASUS router app. Once you plug everything in and download the app, setup takes around 30 seconds with 3 easy steps.
You can easily manage all the speeds, WiFi channels, QoS, and parental controls inside the app. Not to mention turn on alerts and notifications for network-based events.
There are a lot of great cheap or budget WiFi routers that have been released over the years, but these are some of our favorites. You’re getting the latest technology, fast dual-band internet speeds, strong parental controls or support for Circle with Disney, and all the features most people will ever need for under $100.
In the end, these are the best WiFi routers under $100 as 2018 comes to a close, and we’ll update this list throughout 2019 with all the top recommendations.
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