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Speed and performance of the available Internet are important factors to an intense gamer. A gaming router provides a fast and stable connection that is optimal for streaming games and watching videos. Staples® carries a line of gaming routers as well as gaming computers and accessories.

Reasons to Purchase a Gaming Router
A gaming router is one of the best ways to improve your Internet performance for streaming games and video. Other users on the network can also benefit from the higher speeds and reliable connection. This type of router improves browsing, downloading times, and upload speed. With this sort of router, you can wire a gaming console directly to the router to achieve maximum speeds, which only the speed of your ISP connection can limit.

Faster processors prevent the decrease in speed that occurs when other processes run on the computer or when others are accessing the same WI-Fi connection. These routers identify and prioritize gaming data packets, so a gamer's needs come first when the router allocates and routes the Internet from the ISP modem.

Available Options for a Gaming Router
The best routers for gaming are those that use advanced technologies that typically aren't part of a standard router's offering. Extra ports let you set up devices for access within the network. Connect a USB flash drive for sharing gaming profiles and software programs, or set up a printer to generate activity reports. A gaming router also doubles as a way to charge a smartphone or other media device when using the correct cable.

These devices have high bandwidth ranges, so multiple users can play on the same network without a lag. Dual-band and tri-band designs also allow for flawless multiple device connections. Choose a router with a high-frequency range of at least 5GHz so you aren't sharing the web space.

What's the Difference Between an Ethernet Switch and a Router?
A router channels the internet connection from a modem to multiple users within the same network. It takes the internet connection and broadcasts it for access to all users. A switch connects multiple internet devices to one another and can route information to a specific computer, which makes it more selective than a router.

How Do You Increase Security on a Wireless Gaming Router?
To boost the security on a wireless gaming router, it's important to set up a password to the network. To do so, you must access your router settings within an internet browser.

What Is the Difference Between a Wireless Router and a Wireless Extender?
The main difference between a wireless router and a wireless extender is the ability to route information from one computer to the next. A router can act as an extender, but an extender cannot act as a router. An extender, or repeater as some people call it, lengthens the range of the connection. They often become part of an overall solution to cover dead zones within a home or office. Unlike a router, an extender does not offer any type of firewall or security protection.
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000-100NAS)
Item : 280401
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  • AC1900 Wi-Fi delivers fast speeds up to 600 + 1,300 Mbps speeds
  • Built with gaming, streaming and mobile devices in mind
  • WORLD'S FASTEST AC1900 WIFI. Speeds Up to 600 + 1300 Mbps
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NETGEAR AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R6400)
Item : 1895945
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  • AC1200 WiFi-300+867 Mbpsspeeds
  • External antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage
  • Ideal for homes with 8 or more WiFi devices
129.99 $129.99
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NGHTHWKX4S AC2600 WIFI ROUTER
Item : 2103625
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  • X4 Architecture for more high-fidelity streams
  • 160MHz, MU-MIMO, and Quad-Stream technology
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo®/Alexa™ – Control your home network using voice commands
229.99 $229.99
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NETGEAR R6220 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router
Item : 1694155
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  • AC1200 WiFi-300+867 Mbpsspeeds
  • External antennas for improved WiFi coverage
  • Ideal for homes with 8 or more WiFi devices
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NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router
Item : 886778
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  • N600 technology delivers speeds up to 300 Mbps + 300 Mbps
  • WPA/WPA2-PSK protocols, integrated firewall, and DDOS attack prevention
  • Simultaneous dual-band technology accommodates multiple devices
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NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000)
Item : 1116779
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  • High-speed router delivers Gigabit speeds up to 3.2 GHz
  • Built for streaming, gaming and lag-free downloading
  • Tri-Band Wi-Fi offers fast, interference-free Wi-Fi for multiple devices
279.99 $279.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wi-Fi Router MU-MIMO Dual Band Gigabit (R7000P)
Item : 2581523
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  • AC2300 WiFi with up to 1625+600 Mbps wireless speed
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
199.99 $199.99
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NETGEAR Orbi High-performance AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi System (RBK50)
Item : 2428175
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  • Orbi home WiFi System includes an Orbi WiFi router and satellite that delivers a stronger, faster WiFi signal throughout your home.
  • Two Orbi cover up to 5,000 square feet with high-performance WiFi
  • Tri-band WiFi creates a dedicated wireless connection between the Orbi router and satellite delivering the fastest Internet speeds similar to a wired connection
369.99 $369.99
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Linksys AC3200 Tri Band Smart Gigabit WiFi Router - EA9200
Item : 1381575
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  • 802.11ac wireless router delivers exceptional speeds
  • Connects up to 10 devices in large homes
  • Ideal for video streaming, heavy browsing, and next-generation online gaming
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Google WiFi AC1200 Dual-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System (3-Pack) - NLS-1304-25
Item : 2502752
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  • A new type of home Wi-Fi system that replaces your router for seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, helping eliminate dead zones and buffering
  • Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices
  • A simple app get you set up quickly and allows you to see what's connected, prioritize devices, and more
299.0 $299.00
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NETGEAR AC1750 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router
Item : 822201
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  • Wi-Fi speeds up to 450+1300 Mbps
  • Gigabit wired connections are ideal for HD gaming and video
  • Quick, easy setup for iPad, tablets, smartphones, and computers
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NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Wi-Fi Router (R9000)
Item : 2438839
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  • AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi. Up to 4600+1733+800 Mbps wireless speed
  • 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi . Fastest WiFi technology for instant downloads and backup
  • Plex Media Server. Organize, stream and share your personal photos, videos, music and movies.
449.99 $449.99
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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 24x8 WiFi Cable Modem Router (C7100V)
Item : 2613468
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  • Three-in-One. High-Speed Cable Modem, WiFi Router and XFINITY Voice.
  • Built-in DOCSIS 3.0 modem (24x8 channel bonding) enables up to 960 Mbps download speeds.
  • High-speed cable modem router with AC1900 WiFi speeds up to 1.9Gbps. Get fastest Internet speeds for your WiFi devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles and more.
279.99 $279.99
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NETGEAR AC1000 Dual Band WiFi Router (R6080)
Item : 2707011
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  • WiFi speeds up to 300+900 Mbps
  • Upgrade your WiFi to support new AC devices
  • Works with all N150, N300, N600 and AC devices
54.99 $54.99
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NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home AC2200 Tri-band Wi-Fi System (RBK30)
Item : 2676220
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  • This kit includes an Orbi WiFi Router and Wall Plug Satellite that cover up to 3,500 square feet with high performance Wi-Fi.
  • Wall Plug form factor for easy placement. Just plug the Satellite into any electrical socket to extend Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Innovative Tri-band Wi-Fi helps maximize the Internet speeds available in your home.
249.99 $249.99
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NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (CM400)
Item : 1247261
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  • Eliminate monthly rental fees and save money over time
  • Up to 340 Mbps download and upload speeds
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for faster access and downloads
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ARRIS SURFboard SBG6700AC Cable Modem with AC1600 WiFi Router
Item : 1748644
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  • Requires CABLE Internet Service, if not sure your provider is CABLE call them to confirm
  • Compatible with ALL Major CABLE providers like Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House.
  • Internet speeds based on your Cable providers service - up to 343 Mbps download and 131 Mbps upload
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NETGEAR Orbi™ Add-on Satellite – Expand your Orbi Tri-Band WiFi System (RBS50)
Item : 2478642
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  • Expands your Orbi WiFi System to cover up to an additional 2,500 square feet with strong WiFi signals.
  • Tri-Band WiFi enables max speed Internet.
  • Package Includes one (1) Orbi Satellite (RBS50), one (1) 6.5 ft Ethernet cable, one (1) 12V/3.5A power adapter, and the quick start guide.
223.99 $223.99
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ARRIS SURFboard SBG6900-AC Cable Modem with AC1900 WiFi Router
Item : 2112552
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  • Requires CABLE Internet Service, if not sure your provider is CABLE call them to confirm.
  • Perfect for Comcast Xfinity Internet Extreme! TWC MAXX approval in process, stay tuned
  • Internet DOWNLOAD speeds up to 686 Mbps and UPLOAD speeds up to 131 Mbps based on your Cable Internet provider service subscription.
169.99 $169.99
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NETGEAR PowerLINE WiFi 1000
Item : 2103626
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  • Deliver high-speed wired and wireless Internet to every room in your home using existing electrical wiring for all your gaming and streaming activities
  • Very fast speeds-up to 1000Mbps
  • Gigabit PowerLINE WiFi speed
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NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home WiFi System AC2200 Add-on Wall Plug Satellite (RBW30)
Item : 2676218
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  • Only compatible with Orbi Home WiFi System
  • The Wall Plug Satellite extends your WiFi signals and maintains one network name throughout your home.
  • Available in a wall plug form factor, for easy, hassle-free placement. Just plug the Satellite into any electrical socket to extend WiFi coverage.
149.99 $149.99
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TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Router (Archer C50)
Item : 2696798
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  • Supports 802.11ac standard - the next generation of Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 867Mbps connections for 1.2Gbps of total available bandwidth
  • 2 dual band external antennas provide stable wireless connections and optimal coverage
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Linksys AC1900 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router -EA7500
Item : 2103618
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  • MU-MIMO Technology-Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time and same speed.
  • Smart Wi-Fi app for monitoring and managing your home Wi-Fi from anywhere
  • Monitor your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the mobile device
159.99 $159.99
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LINKSYS MAXSTREAMAC5400 ROUTER
Item : 2191384
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  • 8 Gigabit ports for wired devices including printers, consoles, and Smart TVs
  • 8 external antennas for enhanced coverage
  • WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall keep your Wi-Fi safely connected
399.99 $399.99
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