9 Best Routers Under 1000 Rupees in India [Seamless Connectivity]

The internet is influencing our daily lives in an unprecedented manner. Our appetite for internet-run devices doesn’t seem to shrink. It provides us with smart solutions to our modern issues. It lets you turn on your air conditioner even before entering your house for an on-the-go optimum temperature.

Similarly, you can turn on the LED Tube lights of your room as you park your car (which is super convenient, right?) That being said, it also lets you control all of your smart electronics be it printer, home music system, TV Box, or any other device that is compatible with WiFi.

It’s no denying that the heart of good internet experience is a router. The router is the life and blood of your internet connection, which lets you access anything, anytime. Whether you need one for your small office or work from home, these routers have got you covered. While your internet speeds and bandwidth are based on the plan you choose with your ISP (Internet Service Provider), a router drives the quality of your connectivity with smart devices.

Identifying a router that follows through on your purpose is vital. A robust and reliable network covering a large area is key to the quality of your internet experience. That being said, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a decent router. Yes, you can get a good quality router under 1000 rupees as well!

We have tested over 17 routers from different brands such as TP-Link, D-Link, Tenda, and after using them for around two weeks, we have compiled a hand-picked list of routers that are sure to put your quandary to rest. These easy to set up devices will go easy on your wallet while letting you seamlessly connect all of your devices.

So, to help you get the best one, shall we begin?

Best Routers Under 1000 Rupees in 2021

Before we get to the list, let’s quickly glance through some factors imperative to arrive at a good decision while purchasing a router:

  • Wi-Fi Bands: Dual-band Wi-Fi routers accommodate 2 bands, 2.4 GHz, and 5 GHz. Both bands bring a different feature to the table. The 2.4 GHz band provides more extensive Wi-Fi coverage. On the flip side, the 5 GHz band is useful for those who seek faster speeds.
  • Wi-Fi Standards: The routers priced below 1000 rupees work on the 802.11n standard, also known as the Wi-Fi 4, which allows dual-band routers to use both frequencies, the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. There are other standards, but Wi-Fi 4 tops the chart in the Rs.1000 price segment.
  • Number of ports: If you plan on using a mini USB port or prefer using wired connections for two or more devices, it is prudent to learn how many ports the router of your liking accommodates.
  • Coverage: A common issue that becomes apparent when you have smart devices at various locations of your house is the router’s range. Lack of coverage renders the router pointless for one or more of your smart devices.

With this in mind, let’s jump to the reviews.

1. Best Overall: TP-Link N300 TL-WR845N

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: 2 Bedroom Houses
  • Number of Antennas: 3
  • Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

The TP-Link N300 TL-WR845N is our top pick with its feature-intense offering. The 2.4GHz router sports 3 fixed antennas to form a signal boosting array to cover a larger area. As additional ammunition, it offers a Range Extender Mode to boost the coverage in your room. However, a modem is missing from this device.

The impressively sleek router delivers a splendid performance with its 300Mbps speed. On the router, you’ll find one WAN and four LAN ports if you prefer wired connections. It comes with the 802.11n wireless connection standard, which means it supports both a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band and covers a 2-bedroom house comfortably. The router’s parental controls have a URL-blocking feature that will allow you to restrict web access for your children or staff.

The N300 has a slim build with three antennas providing a pleasing symmetry. The powerful Tether app and the router’s fairly intuitive web interface will let you fast-track the set-up process. The TP-Link Tether app works on your smartphones to give you an option to remotely control the router.

The temptingly priced router pulls together all the essentials of an ideal router. As our top pick, the N300 outperforms all its competitors in a jiffy.

Pros
Pros
  • 3 antennas
  • Range Extender Mode
  • URL-blocking
  • Slim build
  • Easy set-up with the Tether app
Cons
Cons
  • No modem
  • No Gigabit Ports
  • A bit out of budget

2. Best Runner Up: D-Link DIR-615

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 300 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 2
  • Rating: out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

The router-cum-repeater offers 300Mbps of speed at a 2.4GHz frequency and comes with the 802.1b/g/n wireless connection standard. Unfortunately, a modem is missing on the D-Link DIR-615. The router is an effective home or office router with a decent wireless throughput speed and range.

The single band wireless router lacks a USB port and includes one WAN and four LAN ports, all of which are regular 10/100 Ethernet. This means you’ll miss out on leveraging the power of Gigabit Ethernet ports. The coverage of the DIR-615 is average and will easily cover your 2-bedroom house.

The rectangular router sports a traditional design that measures 4.6 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches. The antennas on the router are placed on its rear. Ideally, you’d want them on the sides so they don’t restrict access to the ports.

The Quick Router Setup program is included in the CD that accompanies the router. The program is straightforward so router installation is unlikely to give you a hard time. You could alternatively point your browser to the router by putting in 192.168.0.1 in the address bar after you plug in the router. It will take you to one of the most intuitive set-up web-interface out there.

The router gives you all that you need for home or office use and a little more. If you want to take a safe bet that has the backing of a reputable brand, this router should do you well.

Pros
Pros
  • Works a repeater
  • Intuitive web-interface for easy set-up
Cons
Cons
  • No modem

3. Best for Office Use: Tenda N301 Wireless-N300

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 400 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 2
  • Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

Tenda’s N301 is perfect for everyday activities such as streaming videos on a projector and online gaming and also works as a client router that enables you to wirelessly connect the ISP network. The Tenda N301 non-modem router has a frequency range of 2.412 GHz – 2.472 GHz and comes affixed with two 5dBi omnidirectional antennas.

The 300Mbps router eliminates the dead zones and facilitates lightning speeds with gigabit ports. On its rear, you’ll see a 10/100Mbps WAN Port, 3 10/100Mbps LAN Ports, a power button, and a WPS button. It comes with the 802.11n standard, which supports both, the 2.4GHz band and the 5GHz. The N301 covers about 400 meters of area, perfect for home or a small office.

The router has a clean design and measures 127.4 x 90.5 x 26mm. A quick installation guide forms part of the package content and will help you navigate through the very brief installation process.

This router is right for you if you are looking for a product that will work with all your heavy-use smart devices on a wafer-thin budget.

Pros
Pros
  • Works as a client router
  • Easy to setup / configure
  • Excellent range of up to 400 meters
  • Comes with RJ-45 Connector
  • Gigabit Ports
Cons
Cons
  • No modem

4. Best for Everyday Use: TP-Link TL-WR841N

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 15 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 2
  • Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

This high-speed router from TP-Link is a perfect home networking, high-definition streaming, gaming on a smartphone, and sharing large files.

With an on-paper speed of 300Mbps, the TL-WR841N works on the 802.11n single-band Wi-Fi standard with the dual-stream setup. The router only works on the 2.4GHz band, though. It carries 2 detachable antennas on the back and does not work as a modem.

Plenty of appliances already use the 2.4GHz band leading to congestion. This might keep the router from delivering its full potential speed.

The TL-WR841N comes with one WAN, and 4 LAN ports, all of which support the Fast Ethernet Standard. Don’t let the name misguide you, this standard has a peak speed of 100Mbps. The router will provide decent connectivity for a two-bedroom house. The Range Extender Mode also provides some additional coverage.

The flat-surface router also incorporates holes on its underside so you can wall-mount it. It is supported by TP-Link’s powerful Tether app enabling you to manage the network settings from your iOS or Android smartphones. The set-up is breezy and won’t take you more than a few minutes.

This TP-Link router is excellent for small households or studio apartments. If you’re not looking for large coverage, the WR841N is an excellent choice.

Pros
Pros
  • Works well for small households
  • Range Extender Mode
  • 4 lan connectivity ports
  • Easy set-up with the Tether app
  • Supports parental control
Cons
Cons
  • No modem
  • No Gigabit Ports

5. Best for Work From Home: Mi Router 4C

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 37 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 4
  • Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 1 year

Mi’s curvy router that came out this year is aimed at providing a stable wireless connection at your 2 BHK house or small office.

Mi Router 4C supports the 802.11n wireless connection standard that works with the 2.4 GHz band to give you data transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps (theoretically).

It comes with a 16MB flash memory and 64MB DDR2 RAM that allows as many as 64 devices to connect to the router. Of these, up to 24 devices can use it for data-intense activities such as gaming and streaming. This champion device will let you connect up to 40 IoT devices such as smart TVs, Google Home, among others.

The router’s coverage has been sharply improved over its predecessor the Mi Router 3C. 4 omnidirectional antennas give you a stable connection up to 20m without walls, and 10m through walls. It accommodates 2 Ethernet ports for manually connecting your devices.

The 225-gram device has an elegant design with curved edges. The aluminum-magnesium alloy underneath the device automatically cools the device to minimize overheating issues. You can control your network and optimize the bandwidth for data-heavy activities with low latency rates like video streaming and online gaming through the Mi Wi-Fi app.

Mi has introduced a game-changer in this segment which is loaded with features and priced considerably lower than other similar routers.

Pros
Pros
  • 4 omnidirectional antennas for greater coverage
  • Sleek design
  • An aluminum-magnesium alloy for cooling
  • Stable wireless connection
  • Connects with up to 64 devices
Cons
Cons
  • Only 2 ethernet ports
  • No USB ports
  • Shorter warranty period
  • Bit out of budget

6. Best Value for Money: Tenda F3

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 200 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 3
  • Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

The Tenda F3 router has been articulated focusing on the home networking life. The chip is a router’s heart and Tenda has powered this router with an Advanced chip that enhances the stability and speed of your wireless network. The device handles bandwidth-intensive tasks well and delivers a fluid Wi-Fi experience.

The router’s throughput performance is average and manages to peak at about 48.5Mbps on a close-proximity test. It uses a 300Hz Broadcom MIPS 74K System on a Chip (SoC) processor enabling 802.11n wireless connection over the router’s 2.4 GHz band. The maximum theoretical throughput for the Tenda F3 is 300Mbps.

The omnidirectional antennas cover an area of about 200 meters, which is ideal for a home user. The device is relatively small at 1.1 x 7.3 x 4.7 inches compared to other devices in its segment. It has a white finish, 3 detachable and adjustable antennas, and 8 LED indicators.

The installation of this device is child’s play. You just plug in the cord, point your browser to the router (192.168.0.1), and you’ll land the management console’s home page. Then, you select the Internet connection type (PPoP/DHCP) and input the Wi-Fi password, and you’re set!

This value for money router works best for those who want it for everyday use, such as light file transfers and web-browsing.

Pros
Pros
  • Easy and quick configuration
  • Advanced chip
  • Excellent management settings
  • Has LED indicators
Cons
Cons
  • No modem
  • Average Throughput 
  • Short range

7. Best for Large Rooms: Mercusys MW325R

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 500 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 4
  • Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

The Mercusys MW325R supports the wireless “N” with a peak speed of 300Mbps.

The router supports the 802.11b/g/n wireless standards and works on a 2.4 GHz frequency. It comes with 4 antennas to provide wide Wi-Fi coverage. The device does not function as a modem, though.

An additional feature that this router brings to the table is the MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technologies which facilitate data transmission through multiple channels. MIMO technology enhances your data output when you’re using multiple devices.

There are 3 10/100Mbps LAN ports, and a 10/100Mbps WAN port on the router. 4 5dBi antennas appear on the device (2 at the back, and 1 on each side) that provide a vast coverage of 500 square meters. It has an elegant design with a curvature towards the edge of the upper body.

Mercusys has simplified the installation process through its intuitive webpages. You can simply follow the step-by-step instructions without having to deal with any complicated configuration jargon.

If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly product with vast coverage, this feature-rich Mercusys router should emerge as a clear winner for you.

Pros
Pros
  • 4 omnidirectional antennas for great coverage
  • MIMO technology
  • Intuitive installation process
Cons
Cons
  • No USB ports

8. Best Portable Router: TP-Link (TL-MR3020)

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 1 room
  • Number of Antennas: Internal
  • Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

TP-Link’s TL-MR3020 is a compact router with high compatibility with 4G/3G modems. It’s an excellent device that provides wireless cloud for iPads, Android phones, Kindles, and plenty of other Wi-Fi enabled devices. There are no external antennas or a modem on this device. The antenna on the TL-MR3020 is in-built and it comes with the 802.11n wireless communication standard.

Although it has an “N” wireless signal, it was astonishing to see how YouTube and Netflix streaming quality was at par with a wired connection. The router comes with a 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port, a USB 2.0 Port for 3G/4G modem, and a mini USB Port for convenient power supply. However, the router’s speed plateaus at about 150Mbps.

The device’s travel-sized design is compact enough to tag along when you hit the road so you can share your 3G connection wherever 3G coverage is available. The Travel Router Mode gives you the added convenience of setting up an internet connection through a hotel WAN cable. Its mini USB port lets you charge the device anywhere through your laptop.

If the marginally higher price doesn’t bother you, this router will definitely prove to be worth your money.

Pros
Pros
  • Mini USB port
  • Travel Router Mode
  • Compact size
  • Easy to carry around
Cons
Cons
  • No modem
  • Short range
  • Costly

9. Cheapest Option: Mercusys MW305R

  • Speed: 300Mbps
  • Range: Up to 100 meters
  • Number of Antennas: 3
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 years

Another Mercusys product that claimed a spot on the list is the Mercusys MW305R that carries 2 antennas and a MediaTek Chipset.

The device uses the 2.4 GHz band and works with the 802.11b/g/n wireless standard. However, it does not function as a modem. The 3 5dBi antennas provide coverage up to 100m, which is higher than most other routers in this segment.

The MW305R is a reliable router that performs all general internet-oriented tasks such as streaming and online gaming well with a theoretical speed of 300Mbps. It accommodates a 10/100Mbps WAN port and 4 10/100Mbps LAN ports on its rear.

The router has a unique design with two antennas popping out of the rear corners, and one antenna rising off the middle of the router’s body. Mercusys has also made installation a quick process with its three-step installation guide.

Mercusys has come out with a competitive router in the below 1000 INR segment with its MW305R. If you’re fine without the MIMO technology, and willing to compromise slightly on the coverage, this Mercusys router will serve you well.

Pros
Pros
  • 3 omnidirectional antennas for great coverage
  • Intuitive installation process
Cons
Cons
  • No MIMO Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

What is, on average, the expected life of a router below 1000?

The answer to this question varies based on the usage that the router incurs. But generally speaking, most routers in this price segment should work just fine for about three to five years. Yours may last more or less – either way, it is preferable to bring home a new router beyond five years considering the pace of technological development.

How is a modem different from a router?

They differ vastly. A modem connects you to the internet, while the router connects different devices. Essentially, both contribute to providing you an uninterrupted connection, but they do so in their own separate ways.

Why do I need a Wi-Fi router?

A Wi-Fi router, in addition to facilitating a wireless internet connection, lets you control all your devices centrally. With smart-home technology gaining traction, routers are set to be at the center of our modern lifestyle.

Verdict

The N300 tops the list with its delightful feature-centric router coming from a well-established name in the industry. Although the Gigabit ports are missing from the N300, it offers a host of other goodies that grab the spotlight on our list of reliable routers under 1000 INR.

D-Link’s DIR-615 is another router that closely follows the N300 given the tempting offerings it brings for the user. However, if you’re keen on hopping onboard the MIMO technology without expanding your budget, we recommend the Mercusys MW325R. Whereas if your priority is mobility, you may want to spend a tad bit more and go with the TP-Link 3G/4G Portable Router.

The router that will best serve your requirements will depend on a range of factors such as the inclusion of Gigabit ports, the area of coverage, the throughput performance, among others. Identify and prioritize the features you want in your router, and bring home the one that you feel will provide you a wholesome Wi-Fi experience.


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