What Are the Best Routers for Nintendo Switch?

Well, it’s been a little over half a year with the Nintendo Switch, and a little over a month since Super Mario Odyssey‘s release. Suffice to say, we’re barely able to drag ourselves away from the system long enough to write this post.

Surely there are many like us. But, unlike us, not every Nintendo Switch obsessive has taken the necessary steps to support their new favorite gaming system with a top-of-the-line router.

So if your online play is lagging or freezing, FlashRouters can change that. Learn how you can make your Nintendo Switch gaming experience state of the art.

The Basics of the Nintendo Switch

For the uninitiated, the Nintendo Switch is the latest video game console from the fine folks at Nintendo, released in March 2017.

Aside from the games it offers, the Nintendo Switch distinguishes itself with its transportability. That is, though it’s primarily a home game system, you can remove the main unit and use it as a transportable tablet with an LCD touchscreen. You can even turn the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller into a handheld device, a la the Wii controller.

The Joy-Con Controller

As to that special controller we were referencing above, you’re in for a treat. Not only is the Joy-Con Controller similar to an interactive Wii remote, it can be broken down to 2 controllers, which can be shared with a friend or just used on your own. What’s more, you can slide it onto either side of the Switch, making the whole system portable.

And that’s just the beginning of this controller’s flexibility. It can be used sideways or straight. You can rely on buttons or the motion control tech. Plus, there’s the HD rumble tech for added engagement, as well as a state of the art IR Motion Control Camera. Basically, it’s whatever control you want it to be.

Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games

And then there are the games. We’ve already mentioned the highly addictive Super Mario Odyssey, but there’s also plenty more where that came from. Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V, L.A. Noire, NBA 2K18…and there’s a slate of classic Nintendo games coming to the Switch in 2018. That means Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros, and many more. For a mixture of modern and classic gaming, the Switch is hard to beat.

Nintendo Switch Specs

CPU: Four ARM Cortex A57 cores (theoretical max 2GHz)
GPU: 256 CUDA cores (theoretical max 1GHz)
Nintendo Switch Chip Architecture: Nvidia second-generation Maxwell
Texture: 16 pixels/cycle
Fill: 14.4 pixels/cycle
Memory: 4GB
Memory Bandwidth: 25.6GB/s
VRAM: Shared
Storage: 32GB, max transfer rate 400MB/s
USB: USB 2.0/3.0
Nintendo Switch Video Output: 1080p60
Nintendo Switch Display: 6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1280×720 pixels, 10-point multi-touch support

How A Good Router Improves Your Nintendo Switch Experience

Now, if your intention is to simply play your games on your own or with whoever is in your house, then you’re all set. No router needed.

But for those interested in the online game play Nintendo Switch offers, a powerful router that can process lots of incoming data at lightning speed with no lags or freezes is an absolute must. And FlashRouters devices are designed with just that type of high-bandwidth activity in mind.

FlashRouters takes already strong WiFi routers, ditches their faulty stock firmware, and replaces it with open source alternative firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato. These firmwares are more powerful and adaptable to modern WiFi network needs like online gaming and streaming.

With the help of a FlashRouter, you can manage your wireless settings and prioritize the Nintendo Switch in your network. By offering devices equipped to let our users manage their QoS (Quality of Service) settings, FlashRouters enables a more flexible, intuitive wireless experience. Noticing slowdowns with high bandwidth activities like Skype calls or video game streaming? Set your own WiFi priorities with a FlashRouter.

Best Routers for Nintendo Switch

Best Netgear DD-WRT

Before we give you our top router choices for Nintendo Switch users, we should mention we offer a wide variety of wireless routers that cover a range of prices and capabilities. And if you’ve checked out our store and are still confused about what you’re looking for, our router finder located on our home page will help you narrow down your search by seeking your specific needs.

Additionally, using an Open Source FlashRouter will allow you to integrate a VPN into your router network.

Without further ado, here are FlashRouters favorite routers for Nintendo Switch:

  1. Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT – Everyone loves the Nighthawk (we’ve even got another version further down the list), and this latest version leaves its predecessors in the dust. And that’s saying something.
  2. Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 DD-WRT – You want fast gaming speeds from your wireless router? Well, this beauty has our fastest processor, part of what makes it so perfect for wireless coverage in large homes.
  3. Asus AC5300 DD-WRT – Our most high-end Asus model with 8 external antennas for maximum WiFi range.
  4. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Tomato – Our most popular Netgear router, and preferred as a top router for online console gaming. Also available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.

Using a VPN with Nintendo Switch

Like most game consoles, the Nintendo Switch has no native Virtual Private Network support. Using a FlashRouter alongside your Nintendo Switch will allow you to encrypt all of your gaming by changing the geo-location of your network.

Furthermore, with a FlashRouter all connected devices will go through the VPN tunnel. Looking to secure your entire network with NordVPN or the China specialists in ExpressVPN? A FlashRouter is a one-stop-shop for total network encryption.

Have More Questions about Nintendo Switch, WiFi or VPN?

Still not sure what you need or what is best for you? Just ask us and we’re more than happy to assist!

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