Sold exclusively at Walmart, the Jetstream AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gaming Router ($109.99) is a midrange model that uses three Wi-Fi bands—two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz—to help balance network traffic in homes where online gaming and 4K video streaming vie for network bandwidth. It’s very easy to install and turned in respectable scores on our close-range throughput performance tests, but its long-range performance was spotty. Although the Jetstream AC3000 has an affordable price and a second 5GHz band that will help distribute Wi-Fi traffic, it’s worth paying $90 more for the Editors’ Choice Asus RT-AC86U if you need a gaming router with advanced features like device prioritization and parental controls.
A shiny black wedge-shaped enclosure that measures 1.9 by 9.2 by 6.0 inches (HWD), the Jetstream AC3000 can sit on a desktop or be hung on a wall using the mounting holes on the base. The router has eight nonremovable, adjustable antennas, and around back you’ll find four gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, a USB 3.0 port, and power and reset buttons. The front of the cabinet contains LED indicators for Status, Wi-Fi, WAN, and all four LAN ports. Also up front are a WPS button and a Turbo button that can be used to flush the router’s internal memory. The Turbo button is supposed to provide optimized performance, but I saw no noticeable improvement in my tests.
The Jetstream AC3000 is a tri-band router powered by a dual-core processor running at 800MHz and 1GB of RAM. It has one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands and can reach speeds of up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, up to 867Mbps on one of the 5GHz bands, and up to 1,733Mbps on the secondary 5GHz band. It uses Wave 2 802.11ac technology which supports MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) simultaneous data streaming…