The market is flooded with wireless routers and you probably have one for your own home which may serve its purpose. But if you are moving into a larger space, you may find that the router you had doesn’t quite cut it, leaving you with dead spots around your new home. You may opt to stay with your old router and just purchase switches or access points, but why bother investing so much to accommodate a router that doesn’t do the job?
This is why you should buy the best wireless router for large home so that it’s a one shop deal which will deliver on performance without having to worry about buying extra gadgets to make your wireless connection better.
The size of your home does matter when it comes to deciding on which is the best router for large home. You have to consider the layout of your home, the overall size, the various obstacles such as number of walls, the type of materials used in your home’s construction and even placement of your router.
These factors play a huge part in your router’s performance as obstacles and certain building materials such as metal, plaster, dry wall etc can cause interference or even degrade the signal strength. Other materials such as glass, stone, brick, insulated walls and flooring are the biggest contributors to weakening your signal strength as well.
There are many routers that claim to be the best wireless router for large home, but the BlueGadgetTooth team got down and dirty to find out if those clams were true, and to bring to you the routers we actually stand behind.
When you have a large home, you have to choose a router that can cover the area effectively. You will want to purchase a router that has a stable and strong data throughput as well as a great range, even at a distance. You should check out routers that have excellent throughput over large distances.
You may use your Wifi differently as compared to other people – you may constantly stream HD video or game away night and day and need a strong reliable connection, or just have multiple devices connected to your network spread over your home. All these devices have to be connected to a strong network, no matter where they are. So you do have to get a wireless router that has dual bands and offers the latest wireless standard of 802.11AC.
The router should have a guest network with good control features so that the privacy and security of your personal home network is not compromised by the various users/ visitors who connect to your network.
It should have advanced security settings as a wireless broadcast is more susceptible to being accessed by unwanted users instead of a wired router.
You should also make sure that you have a good return policy as at times, you only get to know if the wireless router is ideal for your home after testing it yourself.
1. Google WiFi System
4500 sq. ft
2 LAN Ports
2. Google OnHub
2500 sq. ft
1 LAN Port
3. Asus RT-AC86U
1500 sq. ft
4 LAN Port
The Google wifi system is our Editor’s pick because it does more, and is more, than just a simple wireless router for large home. The set of 3 ensures that your wireless network is connected to eliminate all dead spots and each wifi point is stated to cover an area of 1,500 sq. feet each. So this set of three would be great for a 4,500 sq. ft home.
Firstly, the set up process was pretty straightforward and the Google wifi system differs from other web base UI set up processes as it only can be controlled via the Google wifi mobile app. You will be logged into Google at all times, and you will be logged into your Google account if you want to make any changes or want to manage your network. It took us around 14 minutes to get the whole thing set up, with no need for us to call tech support or anything – so tech newbies can get this up and running with no worries.
The design is sleek and beautiful, looking very new-age and the small size made it look very un-router like, taking it away from the conventional alien spaceship design with antennas that nearly every other company seems to follow.. If you’ve ever used extenders, you know that a certain amount of signal loss will occur each time the signal is extended wirelessly, but this can be avoided, if you place the satellite units close to the main or even hardwire connect them. But as the point was to test the wireless performance, we didn’t do that.
When we first got connected, we immediately realised that we were getting the short end of the stick when it came to our old router. Our speeds nearly doubled, and for us, that was a very good start!
The coverage exceeded our expectations. As each unit is identical to the others, you can place them anywhere. The signal strength was strong and we were able to use our mobile devices and have a video conference as we walked throughout the testing area, connecting to each unit seamlessly, while having heavy data transfers taking place between 8 devices. We didn’t expect the performance to be so good, even though it has built quite the reputation since it was released, and we were pleasantly surprised at how great the connectivity was.
We come back full circle to Google’s first router, which was created in collaboration with TP-Link. Google is a name that is synonymous with breakthrough technology, and with the OnHub, they attempt and succeed to bring out a router for large house that is a break away from the conventional router designs.
The OnHub is known to be device friendly – meaning that in this world where we are surrounded by smart technology, it has become vital for our routers to get updated to the times. From household smart gadgets to the umpteen smart devices we have in our arsenal, the OnHub can handle it.
Of course, the BlueGadgetTooth team never takes anyone at their word, and we always have to test things out ourselves, s we decided to bombard the OnHub with as many devices as we could find. From the multiple smart phones that came tumbling out of team members’ pockets, to the Smart TV running in one room, to the numerous laptops running their own programs to the kitchen gadgets – the OnHub was surprisingly on top of things. We did keep this load up for a testing period of two weeks, and at last count, we perhaps had 73 gadgets connected, with no disappointing drops in performance. This is the star signature feature of the On Hub, which we feel is bang on with today’s smart living.
The OnHub can cover an area of 2,500 sq. feet with just one unit, and this is more than other tested routers – so this is a great plus point, with updates constantly being put out. The multiple antennas in the OnHub also help to make the connection stable and stronger, while the AC1900 is much better as part of the overall package.
The newest release to the world of routers, the ASUS Rt-AC86U has update features that makes it an ideal option when buying the best wireless router for large home. The set up and installation process was very simple, and it barely took the BlueGadgetTooth team any time to get it up and running.
We had quite a few gadgets all spread out on our testing space of 3,000 feet and the Asus RT-AC86U did not disappoint. We did notice that the range grew weaker steadily as the distance increased, but that is not something that is worrying us right now and we don’t foresee anyone really sitting in the basement or attic for a long time. You do get signal, but just enough to get certain things done online - but definitely not enough for heavy duty gaming.
The speed was more or less consistent; with us receiving 186Mbps download speeds and 72 Uploads.
The Asus does have many features, and it can cover a large area sufficiently, but it wouldn’t be the best that we could recommend – check out our Editor’s Pick. Depending upon your location of the router – and we kept it in a central location – you can get strong signal strength mostly everywhere, but the range does decrease over distance (which we expected.)
The location of your wireless router in your large home will make a huge difference in the performance of your wireless network. You will want to make sure that you follow these points when deciding the best location for your best wireless router.
Your router should be placed in the center of your home so that the wifi signals can travel from your router to the far reached of your home in a shorter time. The less distance it has to cover, the better your connectivity will be. This way dead spots are more visible and easy to eliminate.
Certain building materials and objects such as metals, glass, water and more are obstacles that will absorb the signal, making it weaker. Your kitchen is not a place where we would recommend you place your router. The further away, the better. Also, not parking your router next to an aquarium.
Walls will really weaken your signal strength, so the more walls you have between the router and the client, the weaker your signal will be, which will in turn affect the overall performance. Your router’s signal can travel through floors and ceiling better than travelling through multiple walls.
Have you noticed that your internet drops or slows down every time someone is using the microwave? Your router operates on dual bands – 2.4GHz and 5Ghz. Many household objects operate on the same frequency as the 2.4GHz band and this can cause fluctuation in connectivity if a kitchen appliance is operating. Keep your router far away from the disruptive radiation coming from the kitchen.
Routers beam out radio waves and these signals travel downwards and spread out form the source. This is why you should keep your router ideally in a high shelf or mount it higher up – on a wall or ceiling so that you enjoy good connectivity, even if your home has two floors.
The direction of your antennas can boost your signal. An antenna placed horizontally will allow your signal to travel up better, while a vertically positioned antenna helps the signal to travel further laterally. If you have two antennas, cover all bases and point one in each direction – up and sideways. If you don’t have any, place your router the way it was built to be placed. Don’t flip your router if it’s meant to be standing up.
We did mention aquariums, but we’re sure you’ve forgotten that humans are mostly water – so placing your router in a room where there are lots of people could worsen your internet connection.
We can recommend these routers to be the best wireless routers for large home, but in the end, you have to evaluate your own home and see which one would suit you best. If your home is not too large with multiple devices, you could go in for the OnHub, if you have a large space that needs to be covered, then the Google Wifi system is your best buy. Your internet speed will also determine which router you should choose. However, in our eyes, it is always good to future proof your home, so we would suggest going in for our Editor’s pick as it is simple to set up, while offering excellent range and performance over a large area.
Hey, it's Tomas here! I'm the founder and chief editor here at BlueGadgetTooth. After spending hours explaining my parents how to hook up their Internet, why it's being so slow etc. I decided to start this blog to help people with their gadgets and questions about technology.