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The Best VPN Routers This Month 2017

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Asus RT-AC56U 802.11ac. The RT-AC56U is a better and more improved version of the RT-N56U in terms of price. We know that when the price is lowered down a bit, it means that the manufacturer had to make a few cuts in the router itself. So let’s take a look at the changes that Asus has made with this model.

The design is still sleek, as with all of Asus’s routers: its dimensions are 147 x 205 x 66 millimeters, and weighs 406 grams, plus it is the first 802.11ac router without external antennas, making it a convenient desktop topper without taking up too much space. It still has the same dust and fingerprint-proof checkered design as its predecessors, but without the bulky power supply unit. The only disadvantage with this router is that it is not wall-mountable, so users will really have to place it on a desk, but other than that, the design is wonderful.

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Asus has downgraded this router’s wireless specifications, and the usual 3×3 antenna array has been revamped into a 2×2 array, so now the 802.11ac rates are down to 867 mbps from 1300 mbps. Its short and mid-range wireless performance are excellent, but it falls short in long-range wireless speed because of the said changes.

On a good note, the RT-AC56U has a powerful dual-core CPU and 256MB DDR3 RAM, with a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports that lets the router function as a converter, VPN, printer, and enhanced media server. That being said, the Asus RT-AC56U 802.11ac is definitely a multi-functional VPN router that is also budget-friendly.

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Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk. When Netgear says that they mean business, then it probably is true, especially with their R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk. This powerful router is perfectly built for gaming, and is the most preferred brand and model by gamers everywhere. Here, we will list some of its features that make it a great VPN router.

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Unlike most of Netgear’s models that are designed sensibly and no-nonsense, the R700 looks pretty badass: it has three thick external antennas on an angular body with a matte black finish. It measures 285 x 184 x 50 millimeter and weighs a whopping 750 grams, making it one of the heaviest and widest of Netgear’s line of routers. There are also white activity lights for power, Internet, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, WPS, 2x USB, and 4x Ethernet ports. They also opted to place a USB 3.0 port in front of the router, which makes it a convenient feature for some.

The R700 Nighthawk’s 16GHz dual core processor and Beamforming lets you enjoy gaming at its best without lagging and buffering, so you do not have to worry about interruptions because this router is built for high-bandwidth However, its 4GB Ethernet only has one USB 2.0 and one 3.0 port, which means that it does not have a remote Cloud access.

In conclusion, the Netgear R700 AC1900 Nighthawk router is not like the Asus RT-AC56U model that we discussed earlier, which has multiple functions. This router is especially built for gaming, and well, it’s definitely a good one.

Linksys WRT1200AC. This dual-band router envisions to give you the highest Wi-Fi speeds, along with OS customization thanks to the OpenWRT. Linksys also claims that they the WRT1200AC is engineered for ultimate performance, but does it really live up to it? Let’s take a look.

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The WRT1200AC has two antennas on a chunky, blue and black plastic body with plenty of ventilation holes at the rear. The four rubberized legs can also function as screw mounts in case you want to mount it on a wall, as the gaps between the legs also promote sufficient airflow in the unit. We have to say that this model is not exactly sleek, but it is definitely durable, and most of the time durability is much more important. The rear features include the WPS button, four Ethernet LAN ports, an Ethernet WAN port, a USB 3.0 port a USB 2.0 and eSATA port, reset button, and power switch.

The dual-band antennas and Beamforming are supposed to deliver faster network speeds, which can give you up to 400 Mbps for the 2.4GHz band, and up to 867 Mbps for the 5GHz band. Depending on your usage, this will have varying effects on different types of users. This router is much better for mobile devices which does not consume a huge amount of data. HD streaming, gaming, and other high-bandwidth activities may not fare well with this one.

Overall, the Linksys WRT1200AC is not the fastest router there is, but you can rely on its excellent quality and durability, wonderful USB performance, and the customizable OS with OpenWRT. This router is an excellent option for those seeking durable hardware rather than looking into the device’s overall performance.

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