Wireless routers have become a staple in today’s society. They are in businesses, schools, home offices and anywhere else you find wireless internet.
With a wide variety of devices on the market, choosing the best VoIP router for your specific needs can feel daunting. When it comes to VoIP (Voice over IP), you will need a router that is fast and compatible with your hardware.
As you review our VoIP router buying guide, ask yourself what you’re really looking for:
Whatever you’re looking to do, we’re sure you’ll find it on our list. Feel free to jump right to the different types of routers and router features sections below.
The 10 Best VoIP Routers to Buy in 2019
We’ve combed through the vast number of routers online and compiled the 10 best VoIP routers to buy in 2019.
Sonicwall TZ Series – Best for its QoS capabilities
NetGear Nighthawk X10 Router – Best for Speed
Asus RT Series – Best for Performance
NetGear ProSafe – Best for Business-Class Network Protection
Linksys EA8300 Max Stream – Best for Power Users
Cisco 900 Series – Best for Small and Midsize Business
Sophos UTM – Best for Minimizing IT Security Risks
ZyXEL ZyWall – Best for Faster VPN and Firewall Performance
WatchGuard Firebox T35 – Best Call Quality
FortiGate 52E SMB Firewall – Best for Enterprise Branch Security
Of course, our list is not exhaustive. However, the selections were chosen based on what our customers are searching for and need. As always, it’s essential that you carefully pick the router suited for your needs.
Different Types of Routers
There are three types of routers: single-band, dual-band and tri-band. Before you choose, do note that in the world of Wi-Fi there is always a bit more variation when it comes to meeting one’s specific needs.
Once the network cable gets plugged into a router, that wirelessly transmits an internet signal to your devices. That radio wave signal will travel across one of two frequency bands: 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. Those different frequencies are what differentiates a single-band router from a dual-band and tri-band router.
A single-band router is limited to one frequency band—the 2.4 GHz frequency. Older, single-band routers operate on the 2003 – 802.11g standard which caps data speeds at 54 Mbps. Most iPhone 3G and 3GSs smartphones operated under that standard.
Some single-band routers operate on the 802.11n standard, known as “Wireless-N.” Those routers are running on a 2.4 GHz band which only offers speeds up to 800 Mbps. However, most will not see these speeds during day-to-day use, when you consider internet service limitations.
Dual- Band Routers
Dual-Band routers will support the 2.4 GHz Wireless-N standard and the 5 GHz, frequency band. With 5GHz connectivity, you have a stable and faster connection. This is beneficial if you live in a large apartment complex or densely populated city. This also makes dual-band routers better equipped for enterprise use than single-band.
Some dual-band routers have features older models won’t. For instance, most dual-band support MU-MIMO technology. That feature improves how Wi-Fi interacts with various devices. Routers without MU-MIMO can only interchange with a single device at a time.