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Best Five Wi-Fi 7 Routers of 2024: Consider one of These Cutting-edge Routers Today!

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You’ll find in this post the current best five Wi-Fi 7 routers to bring home today.

With more routers supporting the latest wireless standards on the horizon, some of those mentioned here might be replaced relatively soon. Still, in the meantime, they are all excellent options to consider when you need a new router or about to upgrade yours.

All Wi-Fi 7 broadcasters will work well with existing clients of older standards—as long as it’s not too old. So, other than the cost, it doesn’t hurt to get a Wi-Fi 6 router today if all you need is a single broadcaster.

Looking for a solution for a large home? Pick multiple units of Asus routers in this post to form an AiMesh system—preferably via wired backhauling—or check out this list of Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems.

Best Five Wi-Fi 7 Routers
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: Wi-Fi 7 hardware comes in all shapes and sizes.

Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The real-world tested list and an extra

You need a support client and a broadcaster to enjoy the new Wi-Fi standard.

On the client side, most flagship phones released in the second part of 2023 and newer, such as the  One Plus 11 5G or the Pixel 8 Pro, support the new standard, and there are also upgrade options based on the Intel BE200 adapter, for your existing Windows computers.

On the broadcasting side, below is the list of top Wi-Fi 7 routers you can bring home today. This list is sorted in the recommended order, with the best on top—the numbers are the ranking. Nonetheless, all of these routers are very close in ratings, as you’ll note in the quick table below.

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1. Asus GT-BE98 Pro

Asus GT-BE98 Pro
Top five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The GT-BE98 Pro is Asus’s latest flagship gaming router.

The GT-BE98 Pro, as the name suggested, is the flagship gaming router. It’s a clear upgrade to the RT-BE96U below by having more Multi-Gig ports and tons of gaming-related features. However, the splitting of the 6GHz band can be complicated, and the result is that it’s not available in many parts of the world where the non-pro GT-BE98 version takes its place.

Like all Asus routers, you can use multiple units of the GT-BE98 Pro or add the RT-BE96U below to form a formidable AiMesh Wi-Fi system.

Asus GT-BE98 Pro's Rating

8.5 out of 10
Asus GT BE98 Pro Gaming Router with Aura light
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Quand-band with top-tier Wi-Fi 7 support and excellent real-world performance

Lots of free, in-depth, and valuable networking features and settings (VPN, AiProtection, Parental Control, Guest Network Pro, Bandwidth monitoring, etc.); tons of gaming-related features; AiMesh-ready

Two 10Gbps and four 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports with WAN/LAN flexibility; supports Dual-WAN and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

No vendor required login account; fanless design; silent performer

Cons

Bulky design; lots of plastic wraps

MLO and AFC not available at launch

Unavailable outside of America


2. Asus RT-BE96U

The Asus RT BE96U is out of the retail box
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The Asus RT-BE96U is an all-around excellent router.

The RT-BE96U is the first Wi-Fi 7 router to give you real experience with the new wireless standard, provided you have computer-based clients to pair with it. As an AiMesh member, the new router also offers many networking settings and features.

In an AiMesh setup, the RT-BE96U should be the primary router unless you add the more powerful GT-BE98 Pro above.

Asus RT-BE96U's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus RT BE96U
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 support; excellent performance; AiMesh-ready

Lots of free, in-depth, and useful networking features and settings (VPN, AiProtection, Parental Control, Bandwidth monitoring, etc.)

Two 10Gbps Multi-Gig ports with excellent port flexibility; supports Dual-WAN and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

No vendor required login account; run cool and quiet

Cons

Only two 10Gbps ports; Wi-Fi 7 is still in draft

Bulky design, not wall-mountable

Lots of unnecessary plastic wraps


3. TP-Link Archer BE550

TP Link BE9300 Archer BE550 Wi-Fi 7 Router
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The TP-Link Archer BE9300 / Archer BE550 is the most compact Wi-Fi 7 standalone router so far.

Also available as the Archer BE9300 variant, the Archer BE550 is currently the most affordable Wi-Fi 7 router you can get. In return, it has modest Wi-Fi specs, but modest Wi-Fi 7 is still fast. Additionally, with five 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports, it can quickly turn any network multi-Gigabit. And the compact design doesn’t hurt.

TP-Link Archer BE550/Archer BE9300's Rating

8 out of 10
TP-Link Archer BE9300 BE550
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 and Multi-Gig support; competitively priced

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings

Useful (optional) mobile app; EasyMesh-ready; compact and practical design

Cons

No 10Gbps ports or Dual-WAN; Ethernet discrepancy in Archer BE9300 model; limited EasyMesh hardware

Online protection and advanced parental controls require a HomeShield Pro subscription

Wi-Fi performance for legacy devices and overall range could be better; internal fan

Unnecessary variants with incorrect product descriptions


4. TP-Link Archer BE800

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Back Side
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The TP-Link Archer BE800 router starts a new design that was followed by the BE550 above.

The TP-Link Archer BE800 is the souped-up version of the Archer BE550 above. It’s much larger, has more and faster Multi-Gig ports, and better Wi-Fi specs. Overall, it’s worth the extra cost for a home with multi-Gigabit broadband that needs a single broadcaster, though the bulky design can be a downer—it can topple easily. It’s definitely a better option than the more expensive Quad-band Archer BE900.

TP-Link Archer BE800's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi Fi 7 Router Side Angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 support; plenty of Multi-Gig ports with two supporting 10Gbps; excellent overall performance; competitively priced

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings

Useful (optional) mobile app; EasyMesh-ready; interesting LED lighting

Cons

No option for 2.5Gbps WAN or Dual-WAN; limited EasyMesh hardware

Bulky design; HomeShield Pro costs extra and requires a login account; Tether app needed for LED light

Wi-Fi 7 is still in the early stage, with no computer-based clients


5. Netgear Nighthawk RS700S

The Netgear RS700S Wi-Fi 7 router
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The Netgear RS700S Wi-Fi 7 router has a new design compared to previous Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers in the Nighthawk family.

The Night Hawk RS700S is Netgear’s best standalone router to date, and it has excellent performance. Unfortunately, its firmware shares the same app-oriented approach and might not be suitable for advanced or business users. Still, this is an excellent option for any home users needing a single Wi-Fi 7 broadcaster.

Netgear Nighthawk RS700S' Rating

8 out of 10
Netgear RS700S retail box
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Top-tier Tri-band specs with Wi-Fi 7 support

Two 10Gbps Multi-Gig ports

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Practical fan-less design; runs cool and quiet

Cons

Only two Multi-Gig ports; no standard Remote Management via Dynamic DNS

Online protection and Parental Controls require the Nighthawk mobile app and premium subscriptions


Extra: ARRIS SURFboard G54—the first Wi-Fi 7 retail Cable Gateway

ARRIS SURFboard G54 with retail box
Best five Wi-Fi 7 routers of 2024: The ARRIS SURFboard G54 residential Cable gateway

The ARRIS SURFboard G54 is the first residential Cable Gateway with Wi-Fi 7—a perfect candidate for those who want to replace the ISP-supplied hardware and stay on the cutting edge.

The hardware has some oddities, but if you can overcome those—some of which will be lessened or removed via firmware updates—it’ll pay for itself if you’re still renting the equipment from your Intenet provider.

Only cable Internet subscribers who need a single Wi-Fi broadcaster should apply.

ARRIS SURFboard G54's Rating

7.3 out of 10
ARRIS SURFboard G54 box content
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
6 out of 10
Ease of Use
7 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 with one 10GBASE-T LAN port and a built-in DOCSIS 3.1 modem

Full web-based local user interface

Reliable Wi-Fi performance with good coverage; small footprint; runs cool and silent

Cons

Frustratingly ill-thought-out security requirements (at launch); no standalone router or access point mode

No 160MHz channel width on the 5GHz bands; no advanced networking features (VPN, QoS, Link Aggregation, web-based remote management, etc.)

Only one Multi-Gig port; large physical design that can topple easily


The final thoughts

Wi-Fi 7 is here, but it will still take a while to mature fully. That said, there’s no rush to get a new router that supports the standard today.

But there’s no downside in getting one, either, other than the cost. If you want to experience the new standard in all of its stages as it evolves, getting into Wi-Fi 7 today can be a fun and gratifying experience. You can start with a router and build yourself a Windows-based client or two.

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Dong’s note: I first published this post on November 23, 2023, and last updated it on March 22, 2024. With plenty more Wi-Fi 7 hardware on the horizon, expect this post to be updated frequently.

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  1. Dong, excellent post. Do you think there is a router that is powerful enough to cover a 3000 sq ft house? Or do I need a mesh system?

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    • Nope, Carla.

      Wi-Fi range is limited generally by the band (5GHz, 6Ghz, 2.4GHz, etc.) and not how “powerful” a router is since it can have only so much in broadcasting power. No amount of compliment you’re willing to give out will help on this matter.

      For more on that check out this post of range. Chances are you need a mesh system. For that check out this post on mesh. Make sure you read and pay attention to the little details.

      Good luck!

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  2. Hi Dong,

    Apparently TP Link’s next generation WiFi7 routers have been launched in some markets like Singapore.

    TP Link BE 805.AFAIK this is the successor of the BE800. Apparently this does not have the 2.5 Gbps ports or SFP+ ports of the BE800 but has enabled MLO and has out of the box much more stable firmware. Also I think it looks better.

    This is apparently also available in the US now at Costco. Would be extremely happy if you could review this in the near future.

    TP Link BE805 is available in Singapore as an option for ISP Myrepublic’s 10 Gbps plan(One time payment of SGD 50 gets you this instead of the AXE300 which is the default router).The plan costs Sing$60/ month with a 24 month contract.

    I am in no way associated with Myrepublic ISP, just amazed at how good some countries have it in the broadband department.

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  3. I heard the firmware for ARRIS SURFboard G54 was updated, and some of the cons have been addressed.

    I hoping the G54 competes relatively well, because the main advantage I’m looking for is to de-clutter my office space: cable modem, router, power wires, ethernet wires. Would be nice to get rid of half that mess. And this assumes the G54 doesn’t topple easily. I can’t even keep the cable modem upright because of the cables pulling on it. And I’m just can’t commit to gluing it down either.

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  4. Hello Dong, I’m not as technical as you or others that comment on here. I get confused about the recommendations for Mesh Systems. Wiring my 2 story 3000sqft house is not an option. My 1gig Fiber comes in on one side of the house and the TV Streaming is done on the opposite side of the house. I need a WI-FI 6/6E/7 Mesh system with BIG range 100% wireless. I want something that I won’t have to change out in five years. Thank you

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  5. Hello Don, I’m not as technical as you or others that comment on here. I get confused about the recommendations for Mesh Systems. Wiring my 2 story 3000sqft house is not an option. My 1gig Fiber comes in on one side of the house and the TV Streaming is done on the opposite side of the house. I need a WI-FI 6/6E/7 Mesh system with BIG range 100% wireless. I want something that I won’t have to change out in five years. Thank you

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  6. Currently using the Asus RT-BE96U here. About the best wireless I’ve had so far, including the GT-AX6000. Looking very good with the one wifi-7 client that I have, using 6GHz. for it at this point. Hoping that Asus will implement the big features of wifi-7 on this one, am favorably impressed at this point with the stability of the early firmware. Hopefully Asus will keep the quality of the firmware up as it adds the wifi-7 features over time.

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  7. It was determined that the product did not arrive through AliExpress. Some TB stores in China have sales outlets. However, most of them are in very small quantities and the prices are high. The price I purchased was 328 yuan.

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  8. I recently purchased velop pro 7 to experience wifi7 and am currently waiting.
    I was also curious about what it would be like to use it on a desktop, so I ordered an additional wireless LAN module (QCNCM865).
    When I searched reddit, I found a user who confirmed that amd chipsets do not support be200 yet.
    I am not a reviewer who writes separate reviews, but I plan to test a few things.
    I may be having too high expectations when it comes to wifi7, but I have hopes that cutting off the LAN cable on the desktop will work.
    When the device arrives, I plan to play moba and fps games and test whether wireless gaming is realistically possible.
    Of course, this may not meet expectations.
    What’s a bit disappointing is that my internet environment is 1gbps, but I think it’s difficult to expect a dramatic increase in speed due to environmental factors. Most devices that can be measured are between WiFi5 and 6E.
    Except for upgrading wireless LAN, I don’t have a wifi7 device.
    Still, I’m going to check whether the speed and ping on my terminal have improved.
    I’m really looking forward to taking this test now 🙂

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