All the Cyber Monday gaming router deals arrived hours ago, and are still chugging along. If you need new networking—and it isn't one of those situations where you need a new router right now because the damn internet isn't working—you've come to the right place. We've searched high and low for all the best gaming router deals, specifically those which include the sorts of features you want if you'll be playing online games. Routers that actually do their jobs. Cyber Monday is nearing an end, however, so if you've put off getting a new router, this might be your last chance to grab one at a killer price.
The best practice for online gaming is to connect your PC to your router with an ethernet cable, but not everyone has that luxury. Apartment owners don't always appreciate it when holes are drilled in their walls, even though they should be grateful for the free wiring work. If you're playing games over Wi-Fi, pay the most attention to new routers that offer Wi-Fi 6, the artist formerly known as 802.11ax. The new standard just launched, and promises improvements to just about every aspect of wireless internet.
Good routers for gaming will also feature Quality of Service (QoS) options, allowing you to prioritize your gaming traffic over traffic that's less affected by lag. They also tend to be designed like alien artifacts, which may or may not suit your tastes. Whether you proudly display your inverted spider temple or tuck it away is up to you (though stuffing it in a cabinet is likely to reduce your signal range).
While a new gaming router isn't as exciting a purchase as a new graphics card or gaming monitor, replacing a dated router can improve your multiplayer experience significantly. As always, we'll only recommend router deals if we think they're worth the full price, too.
Best gaming router deals right now
Asus RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual-Band Wifi Router | $249.99 (save $50)
The Asus RT-AX88U is our all-around favorite router, and this is the lowest price we've seen it at. Not an astounding deal, but that's still $50 you can spend elsewhere.
TP-Link Archer C5400X | $219.99 (Save $180)
This is the lowest price on one of our favorite gaming routers, with strong QoS features, great 5 GHz speeds and surprisingly easy-to-use software.
Netgear Nighthawk AX8 | $279 (Save $70)
This Wi-Fi 6 router often goes for around $350, so we're calling this a $70 saving and not a $120 saving like Amazon. Still, that's a pretty good deal on a high-end router.
ASUS ROG Rapture | $189.99 on Amazon (Save $60)
This great entry-level router is back with a better discount, way more than the $4-off it was previously. It has excellent 5GHz speeds and glandular QoS controls, among other way to make sure you're getting the bandwidth you need.
Netgear Nighthawk R7800 | $120.99 (save $129)
The NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router is at its lowest price yet this Cyber Monday. This AC2600 router features the latest router technology including MU-MIMO and coverage up to 2500 sq ft.
Netgear Nighthawk R6700 | $62.20 (save $22.00)
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 R6700 is one of the best budget-friendly routers around and it's at its lowest price ever on Amazon for Cyber Monday.
ASUS RT-AC3200 | $178 (save $21.99)
If you're in need of a high performance router with three separate transmit and three separate receive antennas, the ASUS RT-AC3200 is just slightly lower off than its usual price on Amazon.
Netgear Orbi Mesh Router (2 pack) | $276.97 (save $93.02)
If you're looking for a mesh wireless router system, Amazon is giving a nice $93 drop to $277 for the Netgear Orbi, from a previous price of $370. For a reliable wifi blanket over your whole house, only a mesh will do.
How to save money on routers during Cyber Monday
1. Use a price comparison tool like CamelCamelCamel. This is something we do frequently as we search for deals, because retail sites will try to convince you that you're getting the deal of a lifetime, whether or not you really are. The most common trick is to display massive discounts off the manufacturer's recommended price even if the product in question hasn't been sold at that price for ages.
As an example, say a product launched in 2017 for $200 and steadily became cheaper over the years, down to $120 even when it's not on sale. A retailer might discount that product to $100, and then claim we're getting 50 percent off because the original price in 2017 was $200. The truth is that you're only getting around 17 percent off, and there might be a newer, better product that's actually discounted more steeply.
2. If you rely on Wi-Fi for gaming, look for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support. That's the latest and greatest standard, and buying a brand new router without it doesn't make much sense. Since it's so new, we haven't done a lot of testing yet, but it'll certainly give you a faster connection than previous Wi-Fi Alliance standards. Note that while Wi-Fi 6 will work with older adapters, you'll need to upgrade to a Wi-Fi 6 adapter if you want to take advantage of its improvements. In the right situations, Wi-Fi 6 can even outperform gigabit Ethernet.
3. If you see an Asus RT-AX88U on sale and it's within your budget, your research is done. It's our favorite high-end router of the year, and offers everything we want from one in 2019. It's pricey, though, so the discount may have to be big for it to fit into your plans. A cheaper option that still includes Wi-Fi 6 is the Netgear Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream.