These are the top 10 best wifi routers for under $100 you can buy in 2020. Cheap wireless routers that offer fast internet speeds, plenty of coverage, and lots of useful features. Whether you stream tons of videos, are a hardcore gamer, have a 2-story house or need a router with parental controls, we have you covered.
You probably have both a modem and a WiFi router, and you likely rent one or both for around $5 a month from your internet provider. Don’t believe me? Check your bill and you’ll see a rental charge. With our help, you can ditch that fee.
Yes, you can actually buy your own WiFi router and stop paying a monthly rental fee. This will save you money while delivering faster internet speeds, better performance and more features at the same time. If that sounds good to you, and it should, these are the best cheap routers available right now.
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)
- TP-Link Archer AX1500
- Google WiFi (AC1200)
- Motorola MR AC1700
- TP-Link Archer A9 (AC1900)
1. TP-Link Archer C7
Describing the features of a router can sound like a foreign language to some people. So, to keep things simple, just know that if you’re looking for the best overall combination of price, speed, performance and coverage, the TP-Link Archer C7 is your best bet. We’ll start with it. Or, the same router with Alexa support (the A7) is a great choice too.
Basically, if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a router, get the Archer C7. It received an Amazon’s Choice award, has nearly 18,000 positive reviews, and almost the entire internet will say it’s a great choice even here in 2020.
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 and HD gaming, yet has parental controls and is easy enough to use for any family.
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, quick 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 around $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)
Next up 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 $79 and often on sale.
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.
7. TP-Link Archer AX1500
While the Archer A9 near the bottom of our list is technically a little faster than this next recommendation, the Archer AX series is the newest generation of routers from TP-Link. They’ve offered some of the best budget WiFi routers for several years, like the aging C7 or A9, and you’ll love their newer options.
One of the best WiFi routers for around $100 in 2020 will be the Archer AX1500 and AX3000 for several reasons. They’re built for the future and have all the latest technology. We’re talking about the brand new WiFi 6 protocol, which your next smartphone and HDTV will likely have. Not to mention lots of WiFi channels, parental controls, QoS, gigabit speeds, dual-band support, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and more importantly — smart features.
The AX series all work with Amazon Alexa, and have several other “smart home” features that most cheap routers don’t offer.
8. Google WiFi
The next wireless router on our list is one that might not be the absolute best or the fastest, but that’s not always the most important thing to buyers. Google’s original WiFi router offers an incredibly easy and enjoyable experience at an affordable price.
And while the search giant just released a newer and faster Google Nest Wifi, it’s too expensive. Instead, the original Google WiFi still delivers a great experience that’s very very simple to use, looks good, and you can instantly buy another and use the Google Home app to add a second router in another room or upstairs in a matter of seconds.
Google WiFi makes Mesh WiFi so easy that a caveman could set it up — and so can you. That’s in addition to everything else people enjoy from Google, all the smart home options with the Assistant, parent controls, QoS, and more. Personally, the biggest selling point is that you could get this for your grandparents and they’ll be able to set it up. Download the app, take a photo with your phone, make a password and you’re all set. It’s fast, stable, reliable and easy WiFi.
9. Motorola AC1700
If you have a big house but don’t want to mess with WiFi extenders or a mesh system, consider the Motorola MR1700. This thing is affordable, powerful, and will cover your entire home.
Like most budget routers on our list, the Motorola MR1700 has fast speeds and all the features one would want. Additionally, there are six oversized antennas you can aim every which direction to cover the garage, backyard, upstairs and more.
Four antennas deliver the 2.4 Ghz band, which reaches further but isn’t quite as fast. Then, the other two are for 5Ghz speeds which you’ll want to use for gaming or video streaming. Similar to more expensive options, it does concurrent dual-band WiFi, four ethernet ports, and an easy setup process.
10. TP-Link Archer A9 or C9 Router
Last but not least, for now, is the TP-Link Archer A9 and C9 series. Similar to the model at the beginning of this post, the C9 is an extremely popular, powerful and fast router. And the A9 model is the same, only with Alexa built-in.
The Archer C9 is potentially the best router on this list, the fastest with (AC1900 speeds) and originally cost over $100, so at first it didn’t make this list. However, now that it’s no longer brand new you can find both models for under $100, which is a screaming good deal. Plus, it goes on sale all the time.
What makes this the best one on our list is the fast 600Mbps at 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps at 5Ghz speeds. Everything else at this price point tops out at AC1700, or less. Not to mention three internal and three external antennas for full-home coverage, simultaneous dual-band performance, MU-MIMO beamforming, smart connect, and Alexa support. Seriously, the Archer C9 is the best bang-for-your-buck WiFi router available in 2019.
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. And while we’re expecting a few new additions to this list later in 2020, for now, these are still your best bet. You’re getting the latest technology, fast dual-band internet speeds, strong parental controls or even support for Circle with Disney, and all the features most people will ever need for under $100.
Upgrade your home internet speeds, WiFi reach, and security all while saving money by getting yourself a new router. Then, we’ll continuously update this list with any and all the best options moving forward.
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