Highly Rated 3rd-Party 802.11ac routers

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

See this article for more info: Can I use my own hardware instead of the Ting equipment?


Please note: Ting can only provide limited support on setting up or troubleshooting connectivity issues if you supply your own router. The following routers are listed because they are well reviewed and support modern Wi-Fi standards, not because our staff can directly diagnose or resolve issues related to them. 

  • Asus RT-AC68U
  • Asus RT-AC88U
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS
  • TP-Link Archer C7 (v2 or v3)
  • TP-Link Archer C9
  • Google onHub by TP-Link
  • 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 (1st gen) or Nest Wifi (2nd Gen)
  • Netgear Orbi
  • eero Home Wifi
  • Linksys Velop
  • Ubiquit AmpliFi HD

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 mesh network will often perform much better than a single router. These mesh kits 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, and do so with greater ease than range extenders.

 

What is 802.11ac or "Wireless AC"?

802.11ac is the 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.

 

Do I have to pick a router on this list?

No! This isn't a "compatibility list" and there are dozens of routers that will work great with Ting.

The routers listed above simply fit the following four criteria:

  1. They are well rated/reviewed online (easy to set up, generally reliable, etc)
  2. They are "standalone routers" rather than being modem+router combo devices designed to only work with Cable or DSL
  3. They support 802.11ac, also known as "wireless AC" or "Wi-Fi 5" which is the current mainstream Wi-Fi standard, meaning they support fast wireless speeds
  4. They support Gigabit Ethernet, meaning you can take advantage of Ting's symmetrical Gigabit speeds (over a hard-wired Ethernet connection)

If you wish to use a different router, you are free to do so as long as it fits these criteria. If you're not sure if your router will fit the bill, please get in touch.

 

Can I use a "Wi-Fi 6" router?

Released in 2019, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the newest Wi-Fi standard. It's the next generation of Wi-Fi technology boasting improved speeds, reduced interference, and lower latency.

As of early 2020 though, most Wi-Fi 6 routers are still quite expensive (as is often the case with newer technologies) and there are very few devices that support it. In order to see any benefits from the new technology, both the router and the device you're using need to support WiFi 6 - otherwise they'll just talk on WiFi 5 and the additional expense won't make a difference.

So while you're free to pick up a Wi-Fi 6 router to "future-proof" your network and be ready for the next wave of wireless technology, it may not be until 2021 or 2022 when smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices start supporting this new standard. Check the device specs before buying.

Important: Wi-Fi 6 is a hardware specification. There is no software update you can download or install to gain its benefits.

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