Recommended Routers and Network Specifications
Play-Fi is compatible with all routers that are Wi-Fi certified and meet Wi-Fi standards. Uncertified routers may cause problems for your Play-Fi products. A list of known problematic routers is here.
For the best experience using Play-Fi, you'll want a router that supports:
- Wi-Fi 5 or newer
- This would include routers described as supporting 802.11ac, 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6.
- 1900 Mbps total throughput
- This will be the combined total data throughput of both wireless bands of the router, and will often be referenced in the name or description
Play-Fi does not require the above specifications, and can operate on networking components well below these current standards. However, routers that support the above will be able to better manage the media traffic of Play-Fi without interfering with other networking operations, and they will be far less likely to drop Play-Fi transmissions when there is other network traffic.
Examples of Routers that meet these specifications:
This series of routers has reliable and consistent performance in our internal testing, and they also has have great overall customer reviews. We’ve organized them in a “Good, Better, Best” format:
|Router||Description||Type of Home||Where to Buy|
|ASUS AC68||This router meets the recommended specs, is low-cost, and is superb for providing a quality Play-Fi experience||Apartment or Condo||Amazon|
|ASUS AX68||This router exceeds the recommended specs, provides faster speeds and greater ranges, and provides a superior Play-Fi experience||1-2 Story Home or Ranch Home||Amazon
|ASUS AX86||This router greatly exceeds the recommended specs, provides incredible speed and range, has the newest Wi-Fi standard, and provides one of the best Play-Fi experiences.||Large, Multistory Home||Amazon