So, we wish to pick an Editor’s Choice for the best router for Google Fiber. Google Fiber, as we all know, is the new fiber-optic internet and television service provided by Google, in some selected cities of the US, to allow up to 1Gbps upload and download speed. The service subscribers are provided with a Network box with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, a DVR storage box with a data storage capacity of 2TB, TV boxes for every TV or HDTV used with the Fiber service. The service also includes Google Nexus 7 tablet device which can be used both as a viewing device and remote control and 1TB cloud storage via Google Drive.
The most incredible offer of Google Fiber is, of course, the mind-blowing speed of 1GBit/s. Technically, it means one can record up to eight television shows simultaneously! That is huge! Along with this, some of the other advantages of Google Fiber are a powerful Wi-Fi throughout the subscribers home; there are no installation fees, no annual contracts and termination fees, excellent customer service, enables routing of calls to landline. Besides, at a $300 installation fee, the company is offering a seven years free Internet service at current 5Mbp/s speed.
Best Router For Google Fiber in 2018
GOOGLE WI-FI SYSTEM
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Unlike most routers, Google Wi-Fi system does not have a web-based interface. The system can only be set up and controlled by the new Google Wi-Fi mobile application. All Google Wi-Fi units are similar. When multiple units are used, the first unit works as the chief router that connects to an internet source, like a broadband modem.
The Google Wi-Fi system has a minimalist design. It looks like a thick, hockey-puck with a diameter of 106mm, height 69mm, and weight of 340g. Both router and mesh Wi-Fi points seem identical. The Google Wi-Fi can be purchased as a single unit, double or a pack of three.
Google Wi-Fi may not be the fastest router but where it scores high is its excellent coverage. A 600 square foot apartment is well covered by 250 Mbit from the Google Wi-Fi connection. A highly efficient boost mode ‘Priority Device’ allows the user to give network priority to any device within 1-4 hours. However, even with the Wi-Fi speed of more than 470Mbp/s, Google Wi-Fi is not one of the fastest routers.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The Ubiquiti Edgemax Edgerouter Lite Erlite 3 supports the routing protocols: OSPF RIP and BGP, providing complete IPv6 support. The router allows the graphical user interface so the user can see the workings of the network or the Command Line Interface (CLI), routes data of 1 million packets per second for 64-byte packets, 3 Gigabit routing ports.
Not one of the sleekest design one would expect, the Ubiquiti Edgemax Edgerouter Lite ERLite 3 is a black, rectangular console look. It has an RJ45 serial console port for Command Line Interface (CLI) management with RJ45-to-DB9 serial console cable and two ethernet ports. LEDs on the left side of the panel allows Amber flash when the system is starting and Green when it is on.
The EdgeRouter™ Lite router comes to our attention at an amazingly low price of $99 and has a wire-speed record of up to 1 million packets per second. The router offers the support of routing protocols: OSPF RIP and BG0P with good DHCP services firewall policies and NAT rules.
MIKROTIK ROUTERBOARD RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The company Mikrotik offers the RB2011Ui as a low-cost multi-port device series. RouterBOARD 2011UiAS-2HnD provides most of the features and interfaces like other Wireless routers. It is powered by Atheros 600MHz 74K MIPS network processor, has 128MB RAM, has 11 ports: five Gigabit LAN ports, five Fast Ethernet LAN ports and SFP cage, 802.11bgn wireless AP, RJ45 serial port, USB port and RouterOS L5 license. The RouterOS supports dynamic routing, hotspot, firewall, MPLS, VPN.
RouterBOARD 2011UiAS-2HnD is a sleek, rectangular set-up box with red and black color, with a height of 35mms and width of 9.1cms, and weight of 739gms. It comes along with an LCD panel and power supply.
Regarding performance, the hardware is pretty sturdy. It is easy to install and update the system. All one needs to do is download the firmware from the Mikrotik website and restart the router. Everything is done in real time. However, the Wi-Fi routing performance is not all smooth journey all the time.
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High-Performance Beam-forming Antennas (DIR-890L/R)
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The D-Link router AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band, as the name suggests, comes with three band speeds (1 x 600 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 2 x 1300 Mbps in 5GHz). Other features include a 1GHz Dual Core processor for reliable wired and wireless speeds. Also, the router is equipped with Advanced SmartConnect to allocate the best possible band for maximum Wi-Fi, 3 x 3 data streams and six high-performance antennas.
This is router is definitely by far the best when it comes to Router design. With its Red and black pentagonal body and six high-performance beam antennas sticking out, it resembles a red-back spider!
The D-Link AC3200 offers the ultimate Wi-Fi performance due to the 6 high performing beams. More devices can be connected to the high-speed home network and the range spread in the house is extensive. The router delivers Wi-Fi speed of 3200Mbps, 1GHz Dual Core processor allows faster network speed. The router supports working on both old and new devices. It ensures that the old gadgets will not hamper optimal performance.
We have four fantastic routers to talk about when it comes to supporting the Google Fiber. Which one to choose will, however, depend on the user’s requirements. For Looks and Design, we have the Google Wi-Fi and D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High-Performance Beam-forming Antennas (DIR-890L/R). For speed and performance, even though we have the D-Link Series and Ubiquiti Router, we need to remember that Google Fiber by itself offers a fantastic pace. One needs to have a good reason to go for such ultra-speed.