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The Best WiFi Small Office VoIP Routers

Getting the very best router at a reasonable price is not only possible, it's doable and you'll have several to choose from.  They all have one very important feature, they can operate with DD-WRT or Tomato, two excellent choices of open source Linux firmware that turn a really good router into a robust powerhouse. One that will handle your VoIP network with QoS and traffic shaping tools and other must have "big router" important features.

The 5 best routers December 2016.

1) Netgear R7000 Nighthawk X6 AC1900 Wifi Router

Tomato and DD-WRT FirmwareThe sleek Nighthawk AC1900 has been around for about two years, so has had the chance to be tested.  And the reviews have been excellent.  This router with either DD-WRT or Tomato delivers without making a huge dent in your pocketbook. Great for a small office when the combination of its speed, power and features will make the employees happy.  If you don't want to flash the router yourself then there is this option, however as we mention DD-WRT and Tomato are open source and free: Ready to go: Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 Router with DD-WRT Installed

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 with DD-WRT firmware.

  • AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds
  • 128MB Flash Memory and 256MB RAM
  • High-powered Amplifiers with 3 External Antennas
  • 1 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • PC Mag's Editor's Choice

      PC Magazine's Editor Choice 


2) Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wifi Router

DD-WRT Firmware.With plenty of power BigBrother R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 delivers maximum performance today while future-proofing growing demands on your your WiFi setup. The Netgear Wireless-AC3200 Router with DD-WRT installed offers the open source firmware networking options and controls that will keep quality VoIP connections and also supports legacy devices (Wireless-N & Wireless-G), making this choice outstanding.  With more and more small offices needing to support numerous handheld wireless devices, this router will make that task very easy and that is why this router is a top choice for those that don't mind spending just a few more dollars.

  • Netgear-Nighthawk-R8000 DD-WRT RouterTri-Band Gigabit Wireless
  • High Powered Amplifiers and 6 High Performance External Antennas
  • Broadcom 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Dual Core Processor
  • Best-in-Class RAM 256MB/128MB Flash Memory in a Wireless Router

 


3) Linksys WRT1900AC AC1900 Router 

DD-WRT Open Source Router firmware.Linksys has brought back one of the great small routers (WRT54G) and put it on steroids.  The WRT1900AC has power (make sure it is placed in a well ventilated spot) and fantastic throughput and can be flashed with DD-WRT.  Bigger than its ancestor and with 4 external antennas, this router offers very good range and should handle up to a 10 person small office.  

Linksys WiFi WRT1900AC Router 

  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core ARM Processor
  • Dual Band AC1900 Mbps Wireless
  • Beamforming Technology
  • 4 External Adjustable High-performance Antennas
  • PC Mag's Editor's Choice

 


 4) Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Dual Band Router

Tomato & DD-WRT capable.The Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 has been a choice for flashing for some time now and has delivered very good performance.  With both versions of Tomato and DD-WRT firmware available for this model, there a quite a fAsus RT-AC68U AC1900 ew of these routers in homes and very small offices offering excellent speeds and very good signal distance.

 

 

  • 800 MHz Broadcom CPU
  • 256 RAM and 128 MB Flash Memory
  • 3 High-powered External Antennas
  • Tomato or DD-WRT Capable
  • 1900 Mbps Wireless-AC (600 2.4 Mbps & 1300 5.0 Mbps

 

 

 

 


5) TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Router

TP-Link's Archer C7 has been getting very good reviews from all sources, making this affordable router a great choice for the money and it can run DD-WRT with all the features that the firmware brings.  Coming with enough processing power to comfortably handle an environment with about 5 users, the signal coverage is quite good.  Yes, there are later models from TP-Link, but all in all, the C7 (ver 2) is a great bang for the buck. TP Link Archer 7 Router

  • 720 MHz Broadcom CPU
  • 128 RAM and 16 MB Flash Memory
  • 3 External dual band detachable 5dBi Antennas plus 3 Internal Antennas
  • Top-level Dual Band Wireless-N Speeds


 

 

 

Flashing Firmware

Installing firmware like Tomato or DD-WRT can be done without too much difficulty.  There are many great tutorials that will guide you on the process.  Just get your router and locate the specific version of the firmware that goes with the model of router.  However, sometimes you may just want to purchase the router with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware already installed and ready to go.  In doing so the flashed router will cost more, however these routers are still bargains compared with equivalent proprietary manufactured models.  Firmware is open source and free to anyone, but you still pay a markup for the service of having it installed and that is reasonable.

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small office voip Rule - get a good router

The cost of a good Wi-Fi router, one able to handle numerous connections at high speeds, pass traffic without bottlenecking, offer security, and offer QoS has come down to very reasonable levels.  As one of the primary components of any office network, having a good late model router will pay dividends with performance and stability. 

 

 

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