Router Recommendations

Atlas services are provided via ethernet, so you will not need a modem of any kind to use our services.  You will want a wireless router, however, to provide basic security and your wireless network.  Not all routers are created equal, however, so we've produced a list of routers that we've tested and know to work with our services:

ASUS RT-AC56U AC1200 Dual-band Wireless Router

($)     (support)

ASUS RT-AC66U_B1 AC1750 Wi-Fi 4-Port Gigabit Router

($$)   (support)

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (ME918LL/A)

($$)   (support)

Linksys AC1200 Smart Wireless Router EA6350

($)   (support)

Linksys AC1750 Dual-Band Smart Wireless Router EA7300

($$)   (support)

NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit R6300v2

($)   (support)

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band WiFi Router R6700

($$)   (support)

TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Wireless Router

($)   (support)

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless Router

($$)   (support)

 

$ = $50 - $100
$$ = $100 - $200

*Prices are off their respective Amazon product page. This is by far not a complete list of routers that will work on our network, but more so a guide to help to get a feel for what you should be looking for in a router.*

These routers are all affordable and should get the job done. The most important features for your router are that they uses 802.11AC technology, are dual band capable, and have a gigabit WAN/Internet port.  All of these features ensure that you can take full advantage of your Atlas connection.

802.11AC technology – The latest and greatest WiFi standard.
Dual Band - This means your router will emit 2 networks of different frequencies (2.4 & 5GHz).  Older routers may only use the 2.4GHz band.  Devices that can connect to the 5GHz network will experience faster and more stable connections than connections to the 2.4GHz network, because the 2.4GHz band is more susceptible to interference from nearby WiFi networks.

Want to read more?  We found this artcle handy, which goes into more depth about the two WiFi frequenices and the different acronyms you'll likely run into while shopping for a router. 

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