(Pocket-lint) - Whether it's on a console or PC, avid gamers know all too well the struggle that bad Wi-Fi can bring.
Dodgy connections are often caused by a router that just can't hack it when it comes to sending signals through walls or floors.
However, replacing your ISP's stock router with one specifically aimed at gamers can be a great way to boost speeds and stability, and all the models we've gathered here today offer absolutely bleeding-edge connectivity.
You should notice the difference in range and connection quality, which all adds up to fewer obstacles in your way while you game online.
Best gaming routers available to buy today
Netgear Nighthawk XR1000
This router from Netgear has been powering our gaming for a good few weeks now, and it's an absolutely brilliant unit. With a huge range and support for speeds of up to 5.4 GB/s, it should be able to support your needs even if there are more than one person gaming or streaming at once.
It's Wi-Fi 6 enabled, which partly explains the high price, to ensure that it's futureproofed, and also lets you easily geo-fence your location in case you have specific servers that you know serve you up with low-latency games.
Setup is easy with the Netgear app, and four ethernet ports make multiple wired connections an easy option as well. The design might not be super subtle, but it's also miles more subdued than many others on our list.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300
You can expect some fairly outlandish design when you delve into the world of gaming routers, but, even still, here's an absolutely remorseless one from Asus. It's got a distinctly fantasy-castle look to it, so it might depend on your taste a little.
If you don't mind the looks, you'll get a seriously compelling package that offers comparable speed capacity to the Nighthawk model XR1000, and actually packs in eight ethernet ports to make for brilliant hub connectivity, if needed.
A handy programme called the ROG Gaming Centre also lets you quickly check on key stats like lag and traffic, and setup is once again nice and simple.
TP-Link Archer C5400
This router from TP-Link isn't aimed as squarely at gamers, but its powerful options make it a great shout for it nonetheless. We also like how it basically looks like the business-centric version of the Asus router above.
It can't quite match the speeds of the last two routers, but is a little less pricey in fairness, and still offers a really impressive range to ensure that it can work for a decent-sized house without needing any mesh support. Like the Netgear XR1000 router, it's got four ethernet ports on its rear, too.
The most normal-looking router on our list by a little distance is this Asus model, which is a good chunk less expensive too. You get really solid tri-band Wi-Fi for the price, and handy built-in antivirus protection as added peace of mind.
A clever game boosting mode lets you prioritise your game's connection when it's detected, a handy way of ensuring that the network doesn't betray you if someone else in your home starts streaming a video at a pivotal moment in your match.
Once again, four ethernet ports are offered up for wired connections, and setup is similarly straightforward as the others we've selected.
TP-Link Archer C5400X
This router is strikingly similar to the Asus Rapture model on our list, in design and specs, although the loud red accents on its antennae do make it probably the loudest of all the options on the table.
It's got great speed and range to offer up, matching the best on this list, and can power Tri-Band Wi-Fi in your home to give plenty of options on your end. Plus, it's got eight ethernet ports to make it one of the most adaptable choices as well.
Still, the fact that we'd want it hidden in a cupboard does play against it somewhat, sadly.