Highly Rated 3rd-Party 802.11ax routers

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

Note: See this article for more info: Using your own router with Ting Internet

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. They are not endorsements or direct recommendations on Ting's behalf, but simply a list of competent products that have favourable reviews online.

  • Asus RT-AX86U
  • Asus RT-AX88U
  • TP-Link Archer AX73
  • Netgear Nighthawk RAX45
  • Netgear Nighthawk RAX80

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

  • Netgear Orbi RBK50 (802.11ac)
  • Netgear Orbi RBK752
  • eero Pro 6
  • eero 6
  • Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD

If your home is larger (>2500 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.

 

Do I have to pick a router on this list?

No! This isn't a "compatibility list". There are many 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 or 802.11ax which are the latest Wi-Fi standards, meaning they support fast wireless speeds
  4. They support Gigabit Ethernet, meaning you can take advantage of Ting's symmetrical Gigabit speeds is using 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.

 

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.

 

What is 802.11ax or "Wireless AX"?

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

In order to see any benefits from the new technology, both the router and the device you're using need to support Wi-Fi 6 - otherwise they'll just talk on the older Wi-Fi 5. So while it's not a bad idea to pick up a Wi-Fi 6 router to "future-proof" your network and be ready for this next wave of wireless technology, just know that it may not be until 2022 or 2023 when smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices commonly support this new standard. Check the device specs before buying.

Note: 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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