Best bang for buck home router in south africa

I have used about 4 different home routers in my time from various brands: D-Link, TP-link and Mikrotik.

So far the most cost effective for the feature set is the mikrotik hap ac2. Currently it is R600 on takealot. Although even at R1000 I think it kills the competition.

takealot-mikrotik-hap-ac2

Note: This router is for fibre connections you cannot use it with a LTE sim card. If you have a telkom sim I would recommend the Wireless Dual band TP-Link AC750

Reasons

Why is it superior?

  • Strong Wifi signal strength and Wifi coverage: a very important attribute these days. You don't need to get wifi extenders. It uses a 20W power supply, many other routers are 10W.- I think this is the reason the wifi coverage and signal strength is stronger. Radius is about 20m with walls in between.
  • Deals with congestion better - automatic priority seems to be given and some devices never dominate the network.
  • You can install openwrt on it
  • Detailed information is available for deep dives into how the router works

Negatives:

  • RouterOS (mikrotik routerboard operating system): Interface is not as intuitive as others...a bit of network experience is required.