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Top Five Best Routers for 10Gbps Internet: The Ultimate List of the Cream of the Crop in Performace

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Since the first time I made the best lists of Wi-Fi broadcasters with multi-Gigabit wired capability, folks have been asking for the absolute best router for the ultimate residential broadband connection—10Gbps, which is as fast as it gets for the foreseeable future. And this post is my answer. It includes my current top five best routers for 10Gbps Internet—I can’t pick just one.

I’ve used all of these for an extended amount of time—from over a month to over a year—with my 10Gbps Sonic Fiber-optic plan, and I’m still using some of them right now at various locations with multi-Gigabit broadband.

The point is that all you’ll find below are real-world tested devices. Since I plucked them from the best lists of multi-Gigabit hardware, they are the best of the best. Still, whether or not they are good enough for your expectations is a different story.

A Fiber optic ONT with 10GbE broadband connection needs one of the best routers for 10Gbps Internet to deliver its bandwidth
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: This Fiber-optic ONT with a 10GbE broadband connection needs one as its companion.

Top five best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The list

There are about over a dozen 10Gbps-cable routers that I’d consider great. So, picking just five is still quite challenging. But five it is, and I’ll include comparable alternatives worthy of your consideration when applicable. And I’ve also used most of them to an extent.

A couple of more things to note:

To qualify for this list, the bare minimum is that the hardware must have at least two 10Gbps ports—one for the WAN side and the other for the LAN. With the help of a 10Gbps switch and proper wiring, it will turn the entire home’s bandwidth to the highest possible.

Furthermore, the hardware must also deliver excellent performance and have a good set of features for users to handle the bandwidth.

Finally, this list is sorted in recommendation order—the numbers are the ranking, and the lower, the better recommended.

As usual, you should check each device’s full review to see how it pans out in detail, but if you’re in a hurry, any of them will do you a solid. Note that none of these routers will give you the actual 10Gbps performance in real-world usage, but they are just indeed the fastest possible among consumer-grade options after overhead.

Notes on 10Gbps hardware

A router needs more than just a couple of 10Gbps Ethernet network ports to deliver (close to) true 10Gbps. It also requires high processing power and applicable firmware to handle this bandwidth.

Generally, Multi-Gig home and SMB routers, including top-tier ones, do not have enough to deliver (close to) true 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) throughputs. After “overhead”, they sustain at around 6,500Mbps on the LAN side and around 5000Mbps on the WAN side, give or take—the latter generally requires more processing power, especially when routing-related features are in use.

Most 10Gbps switches have similar characteristics, though they tend to have better real-world rates than routers.

That’s partially why more home Wi-Fi routers support the lowest tier of Multi-Gig, 2.5Gbps, than those with 10Gbps ports. In this case, these entry-level Multi-Gig devices can deliver close to 2,500Mbps in real-world speeds.


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5. Netgear Nighthawk RS700S: 2x 10GBASE-T

The Netgear RS700S in action (ports)
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The Netgear RS700S has two 10Gbps ports.

The Nighthawk RS700S is Netgear’s first standalone router with two Multi-Gig ports—both are 10GBASE-T. Despite its markedly different design, it has virtually the same hardware specs as the Asus RT-BE96U.

It likely will be the first removed from this list in future updates due to its neutered web user interface. The omission of the common and much-used web-based remote access feature alone is a deal breaker for many advanced users. In fact, that was the reason I stopped using it after a month.

It’s also the only router on this list that’s not mesh-capable—it only works out well for homes where a single broadcaster is enough. Still, if you have 10Gbps broadband, the Netgear RS700S has enough to make you happy.

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


4. Asus RT-AX89X: 1x 10GBASE-T and 1x SFP+

Best Multi-Gigabit Wi-Fi 6/E Routers: Asus RT-AX89X 10Gbps and USB Ports
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The Asus RT-AX89X is the first home Wi-Fi router with two 10Gbps network ports.

The RT-AX89X is the first home Wi-Fi router with two 10Gbps ports. It features Wi-Fi 6, so it’s sort of “dated” on this front. However, as a wired router, it’s still among the best, especially for those with an SFP+ ONT. It’s also the router I’ve used for the longest—a couple of years—including during my transition from a Gigabit Cable Internet plan to the current 10Gbps fiber-optic. It’s also the router I first used with Dual-WAN.

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Asus RT-AX89X's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT-AX89X USB
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance

Uniquely cool design with two 10Gbps network ports

Eight Gigabit network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation

Super-fast network-attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive

Tons of useful features, including free-for-life real-time online protection and AiMesh

Cons

No universal backup and restoration with other Asus routers

Bulky physical size with an internal fan

Not wall-mountable


3. TP-Link Archer BE800: 1x 10GBASE-T, 1x 10GBASE-T/SFP+combo, and 4x 2.5GBASE-T

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Back Side
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The TP-Link Archer BE800 has six Multi-Gig ports, two of which are 10Gbps.

The TP-Link Archer BE800 comes with two 10Gbps BASE-T WAN/LAN ports, one of which can also work as an SFP+ port. Additionally, it has four 2.5Gbps LAN ports. I used it for a couple of months and found it overall excellent despite the fact it doesn’t have the most to offer in terms of features and settings. The router features EasyMesh, but if you really need multiple broadcasters, check out the better options below.

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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 with a good set of network and Wi-Fi settings

Useful (optional) mobile app; EasyMesh-ready

Cons

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

Bulky design; HomeShield Pro costs extra and requires a login account; gimmicky LED lights


2. Asus GT-BE98 Pro: 2x 10GBASE-T and 4x 2.5GBASE-T

The Asus GT-BE98 Pro includes two 10Gbps and four 2.5Gbps ports
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The Asus GT-BE98 Pro includes two 10Gbps and four 2.5Gbps ports

The GT-BE98 Pro is Asus’s second Wi-Fi 7 router, the first being the RT-BE96U. It has two 10Gbps and four 2.5Gbps ports. Like the base of the GT-AXE16000 above, these ports are super flexible. Users can use them in various roles and configurations, including WAN, LAN, Link Aggregation, and Dual-WAN.

The new router is also AiMesh-ready.

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Asus GT-BE98 Pro's Rating

8.6 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
8.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Quad-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


1. Ubiquiti UDM-SE (non-Wi-Fi): 1x 2.5GBASE-T and 2x SFP+

UDM-SE SFP+ to TP link 10GBASE T Transceiver
Best routers for 10Gbps Internet: The UDM-SE has no 10GBASE-T port, which can be rectified using transceivers with its two SFP+ ports.

The Ubiquiti Dream Machine Special Edition (UDM-SE) is the only non-Wi-Fi router on this list, and that makes it the most versatile. You can add one or a couple of UniFi access points to create a robust mesh system. Its lack of built-in Wi-Fi means it’ll never become obsolete as long as 10Gbps wired networking is still relevant.

The UDM-SE has two SFP+ ports and a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port. It can handle a multi-Gigabit Dual-WAN setup while maintaining a 10Gbps local connection right out of the box. The included 8 PoE ports are handy extras.

Most importantly, it, by far, has the most to offer, enough to be the ultimate controller of any home or small business network. I’ve used it as my own since I tested it for the review, and it has never ceased to impress.

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Ubiquiti UDM-SE's Rating

9 out of 10
Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine Special Edition UDM-SE Front
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Powerful enough to run all Ubiquiti's business hardware segments simultaneously

Reliable and fast multi-Gigabit performance with robust Dual-WAN support

A complete set of useful networking features, including powerful security/web-filtering and WireGuard VPN; excellent web user interface; useful mobile apps

Built-in PoE support; comparatively affordable; no subscription required; quiet

Cons

Single Multi-Gig (2.5GBASE-T) port; limited multi-Gigabit LAN options; no PoE++

Requires an account with Ubiquiti to work; not wall-mountable; runs a bit hot


The takeaway

“Money is not an issue. Just tell me the best router to buy!” is the request I often receive.

If it were that easy. Networking, in real life or tech, is always a matter of nuance, and individual needs vary greatly. In most cases, you need to figure that out first, and only then money will help.

But again, if you have 10Gbps broadband, any of the routers above will perform well. If not, maybe you should check your expectations first.

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13 thoughts on “Top Five Best Routers for 10Gbps Internet: The Ultimate List of the Cream of the Crop in Performace”

  1. I’m surprised you included the UDM-SE but not the TP-Link ER8411. I’ve found TP-Link’s firmware to be more reliable that Ubiquiti’s.

    The main downside of the ER8411 is that it just has 2 x 10Gbps ports (SFP+) and 8 x 1Gbps ports. No 2.5Gbps. That’s fine for me since I have a MikroTik switch with 12 x 10Gbps ports.

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    • I find Firewalla’s firmware to be a bit limited in features and bloated with unnecessary options and notifications, Tank. I stopped using the Gold after less than a month. It got old fast.

      For the cost of the Gold Pro, any routers mentioned here is 10x better.

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  2. What about the TP-Link ER8411? At the prices of any one of these routers. This should be considered as well.

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      • I am thinking about switching over to this. Because I need a backup or failover Wan and qhora refuses to do this. They only offer a broken load balancing. And I already have omada EAPs and a controller. Might as well complete the system I guess. Unless there is something that is not great with this unit. Trying to find unbiased opinions.

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        • @Justin I’ve been using an ER8411 since its launch in November 2022, so around 18 months now. It works pretty well. I can get 8.4Gbps down in speed tests, which is the same as what I get if I connect my computer directly to the ONT.

          My main complaint was the lack of a IPv6 firewall (it used to allow all inbound IPv6 connections!) but this was fixed in firmware v1.1.1 around six months ago.

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  3. How about Unifi Switch Flex XG? since it has multiple 10Gb ports, do you think that’s a good candidate?

    Thanks,
    Wilson

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  4. I’m curious if you’ve had any experience with the Mikrotik switches, many of which can also do L3 routing (albeit much slower). Also do you have recommendations for NICs on the desktop side, specifically for Sonic’s 10Gbps plan?

    Finally, what gear do you currently use for your 10Gbps Sonic plan? I’m on PGE so electricity consumption is a factor.

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    • I have, but I find them a little behind the time. I talked in detail about my hardware in this post. Since then I’ve used all of these routers mentioned here with the current being the UDM- SE.

      I mentioned their energy consumption in the reviews. Also on PG&E, by the way.

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    • For MikroTik, you’d really want to get something from their router line (model numbers starting with CCR), not their switch line (CRS). The L3 offloading on the switches is mostly for inter-VLAN routing, with no NAT. It doesn’t support IPv6 routing well, and NAT slows it down quite a bit. The conntrack table is very small too, meaning the number of simultaneous connections that can take the “fast path”.

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