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Highly Rated 3rd-Party 802.11ac routers

Last updated by Chris Bulbulian

Below is a list of popular, highly rated, 3rd party 802.11ac routers capable of supporting the crazy fast speed that Ting Internet provides.


Please note: Ting will only be able to provide limited support on setting up or troubleshooting connectivity issues if you supply your own router. The following routers are listed because they have positive reviews online, not because our staff can directly resolve issues related to them. 

  • Google onHub by TP-Link
  • Asus RT-AC68U
  • Asus RT-AC88U
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS
  • TP-Link Archer C7 (v2 or v3)
  • TP-Link Archer C9
  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • Apple AirPort Extreme (6th gen or newer)
  • Apple AirPort Time Capsule (5th gen or newer)

You can also consider implementing a whole-home mesh network with the following solutions:

  • Google Wifi
  • Netgear Orbi
  • eero Home Wifi
  • Linksys Velop

If your home is larger (2800 sq ft+) and your end goal is maximizing Wi-Fi coverage to all reaches of your home, then a 3-piece mesh network will often perform much better than a single router. These mesh systems are usually set-up and managed entirely from an iOS or Android app. Although more costly than a standalone router, they blanket your home with more Wi-Fi access points to improve signal distribution and reliability.

802.11ac is the latest, and fastest, mainstream Wi-Fi standard available. For more information, check out the article "What is 802.11ac?". 802.11ac compatibility is a standard feature on most laptops, smartphones and tablets produced since 2015. Check your device specs to see if it is compatible.

In order to get the best Wi-Fi speeds on all your newer devices, you'll need an 802.11ac router. Using an older router can impede the performance of newer devices, as your old router might not have 802.11ac compatibility; forcing your devices to use the older Wi-Fi standards the old router supports (e.g. 802.11a/b/g/n). 802.11n is the predecessor to 802.11ac, and can only achieve about 1/3 the speed. Read more about this in our expected speeds guide.

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