7 Best Routers for AT&T U-verse in 2022

This is our review of the best routers for AT&T U-verse in 2022.

Best router for att u-verse

The plan offering from AT&T might be too broad to choose a single best device.

But after testing dozens of different routers, we can confidently recommend the TP-Link Archer AX50 as a device that will not disappoint regardless of your bandwidth.

TP-Link Archer AX50
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TP-Link Archer AX50 AX3000

Best Overall

  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 690.52 Mbps
  • Recommended for: 500 Mbps plans or below
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6 
  • Warranty: 2 years

However, you might get away with spending much less and have the same performance depending on your speed.

Let’s take a look at the different options and how they suit different situations.

Keep reading to learn more.

Top 7 Routers For AT&T U-verse

Here are the best routers for AT&T U-verse. With both traditional routers and mesh Wi-Fi to choose from. 

  1. TP-Link Archer AX50 (Editors Choice – Wi-Fi 6 Router)
  2. TP-Link Archer A7  (Budget-Friendly – Wi-Fi 5 Router)
  3. TP-Link Archer AX10 (Best Value – DSL – Wi-Fi 6 Router)
  4. ASUS RT-AX3000 (Best Value – Fiber – Wi-Fi 6 Router)
  5. ASUS RT-AX88U (Best Performance – Wi-Fi 6 Router)
  6. TP-Link Deco S4 (Budget-Friendly Mesh System – Mesh Wi-Fi)
  7. Orbi RBK852 (Premium Mesh System – Mesh Wi-Fi)

Best 7 Routers for AT&T U-verse

Here are short overviews of the best router for AT&T U-verse.

#1 Editor’s Choice (Best Overall) – TP-Link Archer AX50

TP-Link Archer AX50
  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 690.52 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T 500 Mbps plan and below
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6
  • Warranty: 2 years

Let’s start with what was, without a doubt, the most challenging choice of all. 

It’s not every day we can recommend a sub $150 router as the best overall. But if you’re with AT&T, you are in luck.

Considering that 8 out of 9 AT&T plans are below 500 Mbps, the TP-Link AX50 is almost a no-brainer. 

At 5 feet on the 5 GHz band, it registered speeds of 690.52 Mbps while on Wi-Fi 6. Plenty for all but the most extreme AT&T plans. 

Even its Wi-Fi 5 speeds are more than enough, clocking 533.97 Mbps during our tests. Again, still more than capable of handling all but the fastest plan. 

Placing ourselves a bit farther away, at 25 feet, it still measured a respectable 371.87 Mbps. But it did degrade significantly past that distance. 

At 50 feet, we were only able to get around 155 Mbps. Still, it should suffice for most small and medium-sized homes without any problems.

The AX50 does not lack features, especially taking its price into account. 

It offers TP-Link’s HomeCare™ parental controls. Allowing you to add and customize things like profiles, content filtering, blocking applications, URL filtering, and time limits.

HomeCare™ also includes application QoS (Quality of Service), enabling you to direct most of your bandwidth to your favorite applications.

But you also have the option to configure QoS by device using the router’s regular menu.

Other features like guest networks, security notifications, and more are also present.

All in all, the TP-Link AX50 is a powerhouse for almost all AT&T plans at an almost unbeatable price point.

Read the full review.




#2 Budget-Friendly – TP-Link Archer A7

TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750
  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 438.39 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T 300 Mbps plan and below
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 5
  • Warranty: 2 years

If you have any AT&T internet plan below 500 Mbps, this $60 router might be all you need. 

At 5 feet, the TP-Link Archer A7 came in at a respectable 438.39 Mbps on the 5 GHz band during our tests.

If you are on a tight budget, you can get away with using it even with the 500 Mbps plan. Yes, you’ll be losing some bandwidth. But at 25% of the price, the difference might be negligible.

That would only work for small-sized homes, though. As the Archer A7 did not fair too well at more considerable distances. It measured 123.51 Mbps at 25 feet and only 57.31 Mbps at 50 feet. 

So, while it does have a good range, degradation is significant when distance comes into play.

But at the proper distance, the Archer A7 is more than capable of handling HD streaming and regular browsing for a family of 2-4 people without any hiccups.

As you might expect from its price point, it does not have the latest features in the market. But it does bring some great functionality that will be enough for most.

For starters, it is compatible with TP-Link’s OneMesh™. So you can pair it up with another compatible TP-Link router and create a seamless mesh network.

However, that means buying yet another router. In this case, you will usually end up better off just purchasing a mesh system.

It has basic parental controls, allowing you to filter URLs and set time limit schedules for your kids. No application filtering is available, though. 

QoS is present, but only for devices. Meaning you can throttle the speed of specific endpoints, but not by service or application.

Overall, the TP-Link Archer A7 is one of the best budget options out there. It’s more than capable of handling all but the fastest AT&T Fiber 500 and 1000 plans. 

Read the full review.




#3 Best Value (DSL) – TP-Link Archer AX10

TP-Link AX10
  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 651.97 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T 500 Mbps plan and below
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6
  • Warranty: 2 years

It’s hard to beat the value vs. performance proposition of the TP-Link Archer AX50 mentioned above.

But if you have any of the DSL plans (or even the 300 Mbps AT&T fiber plan), you can get away with paying less for the AX10 without sacrificing performance.

The TP-Link Archer AX10 measured 651.97 Mbps using the 5 GHz band and Wi-Fi 6.

That means plenty of bandwidth (as long as your AT&T plan supports it) for streaming movies, gaming, video calls, or heavy browsing without skipping a beat.

That is considerably close in performance to the AX50. However, when on sale, it is not uncommon to find the AX10 at half the price of the AX50.

Once we moved to about 25 feet from the router, we were able to get 351.81 Mbps. Again, very close performance to the AX50 and still suitable for AT&T plans of 300 Mbps or below.

This is about as far as the similarities go. Once we get into the feature list, it’s clearer to see why the AX10 is a cheaper option.

Parental controls are limited to URL filtering and time schedules; no other options are available. It might be good enough for most. But it means you cannot block specific apps, which is something parents usually look for.

Similarly, Quality of Service (QoS) is limited to devices only. Meaning you can only throttle specific devices to slower speeds, but not applications.

Thankfully, TP-Link OneMesh™ support is supported.

So you can pair up the AX10 with other compatible TP-Link devices and create a mesh network. As always, we recommend getting a dedicated mesh Wi-Fi system instead of pairing routers, though.

In short, unless you have the AT&T Internet 500 or 1000 plans, the AX10 is probably the way to go for those who don’t mind the limited featured.

Read the full review.




#4 Best Value (Fiber) – ASUS RT-AX3000

ASUS RT-AX3000
  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 889.41 Mbps
  • Recommended for: Any AT&T Plan
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6
  • Warranty: 2 years

The usual “problem” with fiber connections like AT&T Internet 500 and 1000 plans is that you end up paying for more bandwidth than you can use. The culprit is usually the router.

Having a router that can’t handle all of your bandwidth is wasted money, but getting one that does might prove expensive. This is why we’ve chosen the RT-AX3000 as the best value option.

It is an incredible performer, paired up with an incredible price tag. Sure, it’s still slightly over $150. But when you look at the performance, that’s almost a bargain.

The ASUS RT-AX3000 came in at an impressive 889.41 Mbps using the 5 GHz band and a Wi-Fi 6 client at a distance of 5 feet. 

Even at 25 feet, the RT-AX3000 was able to output 534.55 Mbps. Still great, but we did find that anything further than that might cause a significant decline in performance. So we recommend this router for small to mid-sized homes.

Regardless, the RT-AX3000’s output is enough to support a family of 4 streaming 4K content, gaming, downloading big files, or any network-intensive task.

The features are good, as expected from its price point. Full-featured parental control is present, allowing you to customize what and when your kids can access.

The router also offers excellent traffic control. Including adaptive QoS, so your most important activities always get the bandwidth they need. Additionally, it supports bandwidth limitation, traffic monitoring, and traffic analysis.

It’s hard to go wrong with the ASUS RT-AX3000, but make sure you pair it up with a good-enough AT&T Internat plan (500 or 1000). Otherwise, you’ll be paying more than you need to for speeds you can’t use.

Read the full review.




#5 Best Performance – ASUS RT-AX88U

ASUS RT-AX88U
  • Type: Wi-Fi Router
  • Tested Max Speed: 927.17 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T Internet 1000 plan
  • Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6
  • Warranty: 2 years

The ASUS RT-AX88U is the way to go if your only concern is reliable high-performance. It will easily handle any AT&T internet plan available.

But at this price point, you’d really want to pair it with the fastest AT&T Fiber 1000 plan. Otherwise, it’s way too much overkill.

At 5 feet on the 5 GHz band, the RT-AX88U came in at an impressive 927.17 Mbps, taking it to a different league compared to our previous options.

A little further away, at around 25 feet, we could still get 571.36 Mbps.

Even at 50 feet, where most other routers are severely capped, the RT-AX88U clocked 472.95 Mbps—making it an excellent option for medium-sized homes without needing a mesh system.

It goes without saying that this router can handle even the most demanding users. 4K streaming, gaming, and large file downloads are all easily managed without stuttering.

As expected, the RT-AX88U is not lacking any modern features.

It supports ASUS AiMesh, enabling you to pair it up with other ASUS devices to create a mesh network. 

We would usually advise against this in favor of getting a dedicated mesh system.

But if you value the performance this router offers and budget is not an issue, the RT-AX88U could make a great option for a high-performance mesh.

Also present are parental controls. Allowing you to control the websites, devices, apps, and schedules your children can access.

With the included adaptive QoS, you can analyze your traffic and reserve your bandwidth for high-priority activities or devices.

The ASUS RT-AX88U might not appeal to those on a tight budget. But given its mid-range price, it is an option of incredible value considering its performance and its long list of features.

Read the full review.




#6 Best Budget-Friendly Mesh System – TP-Link Deco S4

TP-Link Deca S4 Overview
  • Type: Mesh Wi-Fi
  • Tested Max Speed: 317.27 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T 300 Mbps plan and below
  • Wireless Standard: WiFi 5
  • Warranty: 2 years

For those with one of the seven AT&T internet plans below 300 Mbps and a large home, the TP-Link Deco S4 is almost an obvious choice.

You can get a whole mesh system for the price of a single, mid-level router. It doesn’t get better than that if you are on a tight budget but need to cover larger areas.

The Deco S4 system measured 317.27 Mbps at 5 feet on the 5 GHz band. Not bad, considering it’s a Wi-Fi 5 router.

Doing the same test, but at 25 feet, we found the Deco S4 could achieve up to 169.59 Mbps.

That is still suitable for most AT&T plans, but it might be worth considering that if you are in the 300 Mbps plan, you could lose significant bandwidth at this distance. 

After 25 feet, degradation is exponentially high, especially for satellites connecting back to the main router. At 50 feet, we could barely get 38.73 Mbps which is borderline unusable. 

Don’t let this discourage you, however. The whole point of a mesh system is that you will always be relatively close to one of its beacons. 

Features are what you might expect for the price. Parental controls are present but limited to URL filtering and time controls. And QoS is limited to devices only.

If a single router will just not do for the size of your home, and budget is an important consideration, it’s hard to go wrong with the Deco S4. 

That is, as long as you are in the AT&T Internet 300 plan or below.

Read the full review.




#7 Best Premium Mesh System – Orbi RBK852

Netgear Orbi RBK852
  • Type: Mesh Wi-Fi
  • Tested Max Speed: 851.86 Mbps
  • Recommended for: AT&T Internet 1000 plan
  • Wireless Standard: WiFi 6
  • Warranty: 2 years

If you have both a large home and the fastest AT&T Internet plan available, your options might be limited.

But fret not. The Orbi RBK852 is here to fill this exact need. 

At almost five times the price of the Deco S4, Orbi makes sure to deliver on its promises. At 5 feet, the RBK852 achieved an impressive 851.86 Mbps on WiFi 6. 

A little further away at 25 feet, our tests clocked 540.76 Mbps. Which is still more than the second fastest plan AT&T supports. Hence our recommendation is to pair it with the top-of-the-line 1000 Mbps fiber plan. 

The Orbi will be capable of handling most of what you can throw at it. 4K streaming, gaming, large files, and large families. None should make the RBK852 even stutter.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Orbi RBK852  was made with only performance in mind because it lacks even basic additional features.

Parental controls and QoS are not present at all. There are some workarounds to set schedules in the advanced settings, but it gets just way too complicated for most. So, the RBK852 might not appeal to those with young children. 

However, it does offer beamforming and MU-MIMO for increased signal and better performance. Again, it seems maximum throughput is the only focus of this system, which might be more than enough for those looking exclusively for speed.

Read the full review.




AT&T Router Buying Guide

AT&T Internet plans cover a lot of ground. They go from 10 Mbps DSL all the way to gigabit fiber plans.

One of the most critical decisions when choosing a router is to ensure that you get one that goes hand in hand with your available bandwidth. 

This is to avoid overpaying for a router you don’t need or bandwidth you can’t use.

Speed

AT&T Internet is divided between DSL and fiber plans.

DSL plans go from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Meaning any router on this list will do. We recommend going for the budget options if you are in DSL because there will be no benefit in performance by getting the more expensive options.

Fiber plans go from 300 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. Here, you will really want to get a router that can handle such speeds. Which one will depend on the internet plan.

What good is a 1000 Mbps gigabit connection if you have a router that caps at 300 Mbps? Not much!

Wireless Standard

As with any providers that offer fiber internet plans, it’s crucial to consider what wireless standards your router can operate in. AT&T Internet is no exception.

Wi-Fi 6 (along with Wi-Fi 6E) is the newest Wi-Fi standard to hit the mainstream market. It offers better security and greater speeds. But usually in exchange for a higher price tag.

Wi-Fi 5 routers might be cheaper while offering the same features but will be limited to around 600 Mbps no matter how premium they are. 

So, if you have any AT&T Plan above this output, you’d need Wi-Fi 6 in order to take advantage of it. 

On the contrary, while Wi-Fi 6 is sure to become the norm one day, it’s way too much overkill for any AT&T DSL plan at this point. 

For more info, check out our article on Wi-Fi 5 vs. Wi-fi 6.

Bands

All of the routers mentioned above are at least dual-band. Meaning they can use both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Usually, you will always want to be in the 5 GHz for better performance. [1]

This is because the 5 GHz offers better throughput. However, the 2.4 GHz band provides a much longer range.

Depending on your distance and bandwidth needs, your router will usually decide which one will work better for you.

But if this option is not available, always try to connect to the 5 GHz band if you are looking for performance.

Some newer routers are even tri-band. Usually by offering a second 5 GHz band, which is especially handy if you’re looking to build a mesh network.

This way, your mesh can communicate using this third channel and leave the usual bands free to use.

However, some newer Wi-Fi 6E routers can now use the 6 GHz band as their third band for even greater speeds.

Mesh Wi-Fi

A mesh network is a group of wireless access points connected between each other that look like a single network to end-users.

It comes in handy with larger houses, where a single router cannot cover the whole structure. Strategically placing the satellite access points enables you to have a Wi-Fi signal wherever you need it.

The drawback is, as you might expect, its cost. You need to buy several access points to create the mesh network.

And even if you get a package that includes both the router and additional satellites, it will be priced according to the number of devices included.

Your AT&T Internet plan speed isn’t necessarily critical here, as the point of mesh Wi-Fi is distance, not speed. But if you are using the AT&T Internet Fiber 500 or 1000, make sure your mesh system can handle such speeds. 

Features

The most common features consumers look for are parental controls, quality of service, beamforming, and MU-MIMO.

Parental controls allow you to set up schedules and block websites or devices. This way, you have better control over what your kids can access when using the internet.

Quality of service, or QoS, helps you route your bandwidth to the most important activities. This is especially important for AT&T Internet DSL plans where bandwidth is limited. 

As for beamforming and MU-MIMO, they help you achieve better performance by taking advantage of the router’s antennas. 

First, by using each antenna to connect to a different device. This way, the router is able to talk to several devices simultaneously.

And second, by virtually pointing the signal of each antenna towards each specific device for improved reception.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions regarding AT&T.

Do I Need a Modem for AT&T?

Yes. You will need a modem for AT&T DSL plans and an ONT for AT&T fiber plans. The bad news is that AT&T will force you to rent theirs. Unfortunately, it is not optional. [2]
 
More likely than not, AT&T will provide you with a modem that can also serve as a Wi-Fi router. These devices are sometimes referred to as gateways.

Can I use my own router with AT&T?

Of course! While there is no way to avoid using AT&T’s modem, you can always disable its router capabilities and pair it up with your own device.

This is especially important with the AT&T Fiber 500 and 1000 internet plans, where AT&T’s router will likely underperform any third-party options.

Which one is better, AT&T DSL or AT&T Fiber?

Considering AT&T pricing is so competitive amongst its own plans [3], always go with fiber when possible. It’s faster, more reliable, and will give you a better experience.

However, it’s important to know that AT&T fiber is not available everywhere DSL is. In this case, AT&T DSL is your only option. 

How do I use a third-party router with AT&T?

To use a third-party router with AT&T you will have to put your current device in something called bridge mode.

This mode will turn off the router and allow you to your third-party option. You can find AT&T’s guide on how to do that here.

Wrap Up

The most important lesson for AT&T Internet is starting with your plan and then looking at the router options that make the most sense. 

If you start by looking for the best router first, you might end up paying way more money than you need to for basically the same performance.

But if you want to go for the safest bet, the TP-Link Archer AX50 will not disappoint regardless of your AT&T Internet plan. Chosen by us, as the best router for AT&T U-verse.

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