Top: Wi-Fi Routers for Fiber Optics - Optimize your 2016 FTTH network

Update: 2016's top FTTH routers

If you are getting a FTTH plan soon (or already have it), you need to choose a good wireless router that is able to get all the fiber optic speed through. However, you won’t find a router that allows you to directly connect the fiber cable, the chances are your FTTH will be terminated at an Optical Network Terminal (ONT), a simple modem that converts optical signals into Ethernet.

So what you really need is a router that suits your speeds requirements with, at least, four gigabit Ethernet ports. 

LINKSYS WRT3200ACM

This router is a great election for a complex network! But don't take our world: check this awesome review from Novaspirit youtube channel: 

 

Asus RT-AC88U

Asus RT-AC88U Dual-Band Router

This router is a little expensive but has impressive features, such as user Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) technology and offers an amazing performance in both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz according to PC Magazine.

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-890LR)

It’s a tri-band router that offers amazing speeds and a beautiful design, reaching 600 Mbps on the 2.4 Ghz band and 1,300 Mbps on both 5 Ghz . It features six antennas that deliver a strong wireless signal reception.

Asus RT-AC68U

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

It deliver really fast speeds and it’s suitable for small business. Asus RT-AC68U features Parental Control, QoS and firewall.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1900

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1900 (WRT1900AC)

This router offers extraordinary performance speeds, remote access and easy management. It features QoS. Unfortunately, it can’t access to the 5 Ghz band to 802.11ac-only mode, but it has an excellent range at the 2.4. Ghz band.

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7800)

It offers a solid connection on the 5 Ghz band and Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output. It also features QoS and Parental Control.

Routers

Asus RT-AC88U

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

Asus RT-AC68U

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1900

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi

Price

$299.99

$269.99

$192.36

$154.99

$269.95

Specs

Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Tri-band Gigabit Router

Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Data transfer rate

537Mbps

558Mbps

600Mbps

443Mbps

491Mbps

Total LAN ports

8

4

4

4

4

Wireless Standard

802.11ac

802.11ac

802.11ac

802.11ac

802.11ac

Dimensions

3.3 x 11.8 x 7.4 inches

4.7 x 15.2 x 9.7 inches

6.0 x 8.0 x 6.3 inches

1.5 x 7.5 x 6 inches

1.97 x 11.22 x 7.26 inches

 

2015's top FTTH routers

The arrival of fiber optics as a competitor in the global connectivity industry is now a reality. The great advantage of fiber optics is the high velocity at which data transfers as a beam of light inside the cable, reaching speeds far greater than those of a copper wire. With a traditional Ethernet cable (Cat5 or Cat6) the velocity oscillates at around 1,000 mbps but with optical fiber it can reach up to 10,000 mbps or 1 gbps. A lot of Wi-Fi routers on the market have fallen in disuse due to the fact that they lack the technical specifications needed for fiber optics.

In order to know what Wi-Fi router is the most adequate, you first have to determine if a change of device is necessary.  If the internet connection is an FTTC or FTTP, then a change of router isn’t necessary because even though the ISP uses fiber optics, this is connected to a module which is then connected to the individual home or office by means of traditional coaxial cables. Almost all types of routers available are compatible with these coaxial cables so it is unnecessary to switch to a device that works with fiber, however it is recommended to upgrade to one that offers higher speeds.

If the connection is an FTTH it means that the fiber optics cable enters directly into the house or office without going through a module. In this case, the fiber optics cable will be connected directly into the router so you need one that is capable of translating the light beams that travel through the cable into a compatible format for the devices that will be connected to it.  It is important to remember that even though these routers come with multiple Cat5 and Cat6 cable slots to connect several computers, the transfer rate will depend on the maximum speed supported by the cables used, up to 1,000 mbps.

Currently there are several Wi-Fi routers on the market that are compatible with fiber optics, the most recommended of which is the Netgear N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) which according to PCMAG resulted as the most efficient among its competitors. Also recommended due to price/performance ratio is the Cisco Linksys E4200, Netgear N600, TP-LINK Archer C7 and the ASUS RT-AC66U. Even though these Wi-Fi routers reach higher speeds than traditional devices, it does not guarantee that they will take advantage of all 100% of the fiber optics connection. This is due to technical limitations and barriers that interfere with the signal. The speed usually falls just a little below what the fiber offers and in the majority of cases it’s imperceptible.

 

Sources:

www.pcmag.comwww.engadget.comwww.tomshardware.com 

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