Recently, I installed and set up one of the best AT&T U-verse routers in my home. Earlier, I was using an out-dated router paired with AT&T Uverse ISP.
As I said, I just subscribed to AT&T U-verse top speed tiers plans. Its modem was okay for the plan, but the router was completely out-dated. So I decided to upgrade to the best AT&T U-verse routers available on the market.
Here are some massive changes that I noticed after upgrading to the new AT&T U-verse compatible Wi-Fi router:
- Amazingly faster wireless connection,
- extended range and coverage,
- more options, more controls, and advanced settings,
- A more secure and reliable connection.
3 Best Routers for AT&T U-verse 2021
|Netgear Nighthawk R7000||Overall Best (small – medium-sized homes)||4.9|
|TP-Link Archer AX50 (AX3000)||Future-Proof||4.9|
|Amazon eero Pro||For large Homes||4.9|
1. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 – Overall Best
- 802.11ac wireless standard
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1800 square feet Wi-Fi coverage
- Netgear Armor
- Nighthawk app
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is equipped with a dual-core 1GHz processor. Therefore, it can handle up to 30 devices at once and provides excellent maximum speeds for them without compromising on performance. It is a dual-band router and delivers the fastest possible speeds up to 1.9Gbps.
It boasts an advanced technology that allows the router to select the fastest band between the bands as per connected devices. Streaming & HD online gaming is very smooth because of its combined 1900Mbps Wi-Fi speeds. In order to connect multiple wired devices (PCs, gaming console, and other ethernet-enabled devices), it offers 1Gbps high-speed four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.
When it comes to management and controls, it offers Circle Smart App. The App allows you to manage internet contents and other features, such as usage time limit, screen time, website filter, etc.
Pros & Cons:
What I like:
- Excellent coverage up to 1800 square feet.
- It handles up to 30 multiple device connections with ease.
- Netgear Armor protection for cyber threats and viruses.
- Outstanding performance while HD gaming and streaming simultaneously.
- Easy and straightforward setup; it takes only five minutes.
I don’t like:
- Its reboot time.
The Netgear Nighthawk will be perfect for AT&T U-verse. It offers pretty much everything, whether it is App or security. I recommend this router to everyone looking for their small-sized to medium-sized home. I consider this router one of the best routers for apartments.
2. Tp-Link Archrer AX50 (AX3000) – Best WiFi 6 router AT&T U-verse
- Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11ax)
- OFDMA & MU-MIMO
- Wi-Fi coverage up to 2,000 square feet
- HomeCare protection
- TP-Link’s Tether App
Unlike Netgear Nighthawk R7000, The TP-Link Archer AX50 (AX3000) uses the latest wireless standard 802.11AX —also refers to the Wi-Fi 6 technology, as the company claims that Wi-Fi 6 achieves up to 3x more speeds than the previous Wi-Fi 5. However, in my testing, it was not 3x faster but 2x.
With the next generation Wi-Fi technology, it ensures the fastest incredible combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3Gbps using both bands – the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. These excellent Wi-Fi speeds are enough when it comes to 4k gaming and streaming.
It also lets you connect more than 40 devices simultaneously using its advanced OFDMA and MU-MIMO technologies. In other words, you won’t see any lag while heavy-duty tasks. It ensures more strong, more reliable, and coverage of up to 2,000 square feet when it comes to Wi-Fi coverage.
One of the best technologies of the router is Target Wake Time technology. It extends your devices’ better life and lowers power consumption. However, it works better with Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices, not Wi-Fi 5.
Pros & Cons:
What I like:
- Excellent Wi-Fi coverage of up to 2,000 square feet.
- The next-generation Wi-Fi 6 4-stream dual-band technology with OFDMA & MU-MIMO.
- Simultaneously multiple devices connections (up to 40+).
- It handles heavy-duty tasks with ease, such as 4k gaming, streaming, video chatting, etc.
- The router can be set up within minutes using its TP-Link Tether App.
I don’t like:
- Fewer options for QoS.
The TP-Link Archer AX50 is another great router for AT&T U-verse. It is a future-proof and more advanced router for your home networks. However, I took this at the second position because of new Wi-Fi technology.
And, it will benefit you when you have Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices in your home. However, it is backward compatible and supports all the previous wireless standards, such as 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.11a.
3. Amazon EERO Pro – Best AT&T U-verse Mesh Wi-Fi System
- WiFi coverage up to 1750 square feet.
- Tri-band (1×2.4GHz + 2x5GHz)
- WPA2 compatible
- Apple HomeKit enabled
- a 1-year warranty & 30 days guarantee
Amazon EERO Pro is one of the best whole-home Mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market. It is a tri-band router that provides excellent coverage up to 1750 square feet. It can be used as an extender or a standalone router.
The good thing about EERO pro is that you can pair with two other EERO Beacons in order to extend the coverage. However, a single pack is perfect for medium-sized houses.
It is a second-generation Wi-Fi system and includes two auto-detecting gigabit Ethernet ports. One of the ports can be used to connect your AT&T compatible modem, and the other one can be used to connect devices, such as Ethernet switch, printer, PCs, and many other Ethernet-enabled devices.
It also supports Apple HomeKit and provides world-class security with WPA2 internet protocol compatibility. Unlike typical routers, this mesh Wi-Fi system is more secure, robust, reliable, and set up within minutes.
Pros & Cons:
What I like:
- It is future-proof, more reliable, more secure, and excellent coverage.
- Its overnight automatically updates ability and backward compatibility with first-gen EERO routers.
- Well-designed, light-weight, and looks fantastic.
- Tri-band (2.4GHz + 5.2GHz + 5.8GHz).
- Super easy to set up and install. It can be set up as a standalone router or an extender.
What I don’t:
I picked this router for medium-sized to large-sized homes. With the excellent Wi-Fi coverage, it ensures exceptional performance while performing heavy-duty tasks, such as your online gaming, streaming, and multi-tasking simultaneously on multiple devices. Moreover, you can extend its coverage of up to 5,000 square feet, depending on the Beacons you add.
Buying Guide: How to choose the best router for your AT&T U-verse ISP?
There are many considering factors that should be in mind before shopping for any AT&T Uverse router. I’ll not include self-explanatory features in this buying guide—for example, Wireless standards, speeds, range, ports, buttons, LEDs, etc. I have only crucial factors. Let’s see what they are:
Coverage and devices:
It is always better to figure out the overall area of your house and simultaneous devices. For example, five devices with up to 450 square feet require a router from the AC1900 series. The ac1900 series router is suitable for hefty usages, such as heavy downloads, multiple simultaneous connections, video conferencing, gaming, streaming, etc.
Related: Best Long-range Wi-Fi Routers 2021
2.4GHz & 5GHz:
Cheapest routers operate on a single 2.4GHz band. That’s why they don’t provide good coverage and speed. On the other hand, premium routers’ can operate on both bands or dual bands: the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. A dual-band router can switch between them in order to provide better speed and range. However, there are tri-band routers also available on the market, but they are expensive. If you’re a heavy user or running a business, then consider them.
Beamforming & MU-MIMO:
Make sure your router supports these advanced technologies. However, they are expensive, but most modern routers offer them. The beam-forming technology sends narrow and more focused signals towards your connected device. As a result, you get a better range and speed.
On the other hand, MU-MIMO technology allows multiple devices to be connected simultaneously, and its supported routers come with Omni-directional antennas than directional antennas.
FAQ: Most Common Questions Asked About AT&T U-verse routers
1. Can I buy my own AT&T U-verse modem?
Ans. Unfortunately, no. Unlike other Internet Service Providers, AT&T U-verse doesn’t allow you to buy your own modem from the market. In other words, you’ve to use the one they provide you. However, you can upgrade your Wi-Fi router.
2. Should I buy my own AT&T U-verse router than renting?
Ans. Renting the modem from AT&T u-verse is acceptable, but I never recommend you use a rental router too. Because a modem technology doesn’t change much, but a router’s technology is changing every other day. Therefore, it becomes very challenging for your AT&T ISP to provide you the lastest and up-to-date router.
So the answer to your question is yes. You should definitely buy your own AT&T U-verse compatible router than renting from them.
3. Which Wi-Fi AT&T Uverse router does PMCM recommend for the budget?
Ans. Without a doubt, you should go for the first router on the list – Netgear Nighthawk R7000. It is one of the best routers under 100 dollars.
Q.4 Which AT&T U-verse router is future-proof?
Ans. You should try TP-Link AX3000. It uses the latest wireless standard 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6). It is budget-friendly, future-proof, robust, and comes with many high-end advanced features and technologies.
Q.5 I live in a large house. Which AT&T router will provide the best range and coverage?
Ans. As you said, you’re living in a large home; chances are there must be many dead zones too. In this case, you can create a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi network in your home. For that, you should try Amazon eero Pro. It is a mesh Wi-Fi system and provides excellent coverage and performance.
It is always better to buy your own AT&T Uverse compatible router than renting. However, you can’t buy AT&T modem from the market, as AT&T doesn’t allow you to do so. Though, you can upgrade your router and take advantage of high-speed internet.
Anyway, I’ve shared with you the three best routers for AT&T U-verse of 2021. You can pick any one of them that suits you better. However, please read the FAQ section above and the buying guide if you’ve any questions in our mind.