TP-LINK Archer C7 v2
The Archer C7 v2 is a high-end AC1750 router with a price tag that can be considered a bargain for this class, especially considering its best-in-class routing performance. TP-LINK is a manufacturer generally associated with inexpensive, low-end routers that work fine enough but are usually no match for routers from the bigger names in the same class. They also don't offer much in terms of extra hardware features, and ship with only the most basic router software that can feel a bit complicated to configure for the casual user. While the C7 doesn't come with many extra bells and whistles, offers only a USB 2.0 port for connecting portable storage compared to USB 3.0 that's become a standard for high-end routers, and ships with software that can't match offerings by the likes of NETGEAR, ASUS and Linksys, where it really shines is what matters most for a majority of users: performance and Wi-Fi range, which is unrivaled even by most AC1750 routers from the aforementioned big names, which has earned it our recommendation as the router of choice for most users, especially considering its low price for its class.
And you don't exactly get the same software as that found on entry-level TP-LINK routers either; despite its software shortcomings, the Archer C7 still offers a decent firewall with scheduling options, guest networks, bandwidth allocation, printer support, FTP and media server capabilities for storage connected to its two USB 2.0 ports, IPv6 support etc. And there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports for your wired LAN needs.
If you're looking for a fast, reliable AC1750 router for getting the best throughput and range on your Wi-Fi AC devices, and extras like USB 3.0 storage, advanced software features and the guaranteed ability to flash third-party router firmware like DD-WRT or OpenWRT aren't your priorities, you can't go wrong with the C7.
The TP-Link Archer C7 v2 is available for $99.99.