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Question Need help in choosing a router?

Jul 24, 2019
Here there community!

For the last few weeks i was digging up the whole internet searching for the best router for my budget. My budget was 40-42$ (ish) converting our currency in USD.

So I found these options available in my country:

1. TP-Link Archer C5 V4 AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router
link: https://www.tp-link.com/bd/home-networking/wifi-router/archer-c5-v4/

2. TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router
link: https://www.tp-link.com/bd/home-networking/wifi-router/archer-c6/

3. Mercusys AC12G AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router
link: http://www.mercusys.com/en/product/details/AC12G

4. DLink DIR-825 AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router
link: https://dlinkmea.com/index.php/product/details?det=TzVzUzQ0a3YyZ0hpNjlkaFdVSENLUT09

5. Tenda AC10 AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router
link: https://www.tendacn.com/en/product/ac10.html

I am really confused in buying which one. Can anyone suggest me? Hope to get suggestions from a person who knows which one will be good for me.

This is not a question someone else can really answer for you. I am going to bet internally these devices likely use the same cpu and wifi radio chips. Almost no router maker actually makes their own chips.

So the main difference will be software features. Some may have a better interface or maybe some feature like parental controls etc. Only you can say how much value these have.

Performance wise these routers will all likely be similar.

The only other difference between brands is their customer support. Larger companies in general provide software fixes sooner and if you have a warranty issue a larger company may respond better.


Jul 2, 2019
I will second bill001g's observations. All of the routers you list are AC1200 devices, which means their theoretical performance is the same (or very darned near to it).

You may want to do a bit of research on each with regard to customer ratings, and look for large numbers when doing so, not just, say, 5 customers. It can give you a sense of whether a device is generally "set it and forget it" or on the finicky side as well as how well it broadcasts its signal in different settings. You can also sometimes get a much better idea of how the manufacturer supports the device, if that becomes necessary.

In the end, though, as far as performance specs on paper this is a list of "six of one, half a dozen of the other."