Comparison: Archer C8 vs ASUS AC68U vs Nighthawk R7000

Now that we’ve covered most current and high-in-demand wireless routers we can go one step further. How do the TP-Link Archer C8, the ASUS AC68U and the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 perform in comparison? Which one is (generally speaking) the best home router for you? This will be far more in-depth than the short overviews on each individual site and therefore cover that much more!

 TP-LINK Archer C8
TP-Link Archer C8 (m)
ASUS AC68U
ASUS RT-AC68U (m)
NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000
Nighthawk R7000 (ms)
Setup Easy to handle, no known issuesMany advanced options that won't bother you if you don't need them. Otherwise very simple.Sometimes struggles with devices that have static-IPs.
Design
Pretty small and white;
vertical position;
three external antennas
Average size in black;
horizontal position;
three external antennas
Large model in black;
horizontal position;
three external antennas
Software and featuresParental Control;
IPv6 support;
built-in-VPN server;
Guest Networking
Parental Control;
IPv6 support;
Guest Networking;
built-in-VPN server;
AiCloud
Parental Control;
IPv6 support;
Guest Networking;
built.in-VPN-server
Quality of Service / Application Prioritization
USB 2.0 ports111
USB 3.0 ports111
Maximum speed 2.4GHz450Mbps600Mbps600Mbps
Maximum speed 5GHz1300Mbps1300Mbps1300Mbps
SecurityWPA-PSK/WPA2-PSKWPA-PSK/WPA2-PSKWPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Connection stabilitySome issues but mostly very acceptable.No issues for me. Internet connection is reliable BUT the router is known to lose connection to wireless devices such as printers.
Connection reachGood coverage over an acceptable distance. Great coverage even in a larger home. Also great coverage even in larger apartments or houses.

So, what does that mean?

First of all: all of these routers are great choices. But I think especially between these three you can draw a clear line depending on what you need.

The TP-LINK Archer C8 is your choice for private use. You don’t have too many devices and don’t plan on watching too many HD videos online or playing video games all night? This home router is the best choice in terms of price-performance-ratio for you.

Your kids like to play their games online, your partner keeps on watching high-quality videos and your left with no bandwidth at all with your tablet? Go for the ASUS AC68U. There’s actually a reason behind the fact that this one is (in my opinion) the best wireless router overall. If you have no extremely special needs but need more power and reliability than the TP-LINK Archer C8 can deliver go for this one without hesitation.

You just bought this fancy house with a lake on the backside and don’t want to miss anything going on online while riding your horse through your very own forest? Go for ten NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000s. No, in all seriousness, if you have to cover a lot of ground and want to connect many devices with the Internet the Nighthawk R7000 is a good choice. The newer model (which can be found here) is actually even better but also a bit more expensive.