What if we could proudly show off our Wi-Fi router instead of hiding it in a corner?
Wi-Fi routers are vital in the modern household but only a few have taken on the challenge of redesigning their look without compromising its functionality.
With the changes and uncertainty the global pandemic has brought into our lives we have been forced to carry out most of our activities online and fully depend on our internet connection. This abrupt change and dependency led to an increase in the average of internet-connected devices within our homes, meaning that nearly two-thirds of the global population possess a Wi-Fi router in their home. In an already hyperconnected world, the internet has become a necessity for people, a necessity that not only affects our social development but also the progress across the globe.
In order to keep us connected all day long, we rely on an essential yet inconspicuous product, the router. Routers connect your devices to the Internet and create a local network that allows your laptop and phone to transfer data to each other. According to Linksys, households around the world have more than 10.5 billion devices capable of connecting to their home Wi-Fi, so if these routers are so essential in our homes, why does it seem that their aesthetics do not match their importance?
We all seem to do our very best to keep our routers unseen, but did you know that the more you hide your router the more you are decreasing your Wi-fi reception? Such a dilemma can only be solved with creativity, and once again, designers come to your rescue!
In this clear battle between form and function, we have compiled the incredible solutions for router design from companies like Google, Amplifi, and Huawei that not only create a beautiful balance between aesthetics and functionality but also are finally making the internet look physically good. Among the beautiful designs you can actually purchase, you’ll find a list of design concepts by a few who have taken on the challenge of creating routers meant to be placed out in the open. With such a plethora of options, which one will you choose?
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Add to cart! Pretty routers currently available on the market
Onhub router powered by Google
Taking a look at OnHub Makers’ router design, you will see how artists and designers are creating their own interchangeable shells for the TP-LINK OnHub router. Designed to be a nice addition to your home, these limited edition shells are available in a variety of colors and finishes suitable for any style.
Price: €54.40 on Amazon
Google Nest Wifi
A home router system and home assistant in one. The Google Nest Wifi’s minimal design is inspired by ceramic objects to better integrate with modern home interiors.
Price: €139 on Google Store
Asus Blue Cave
In the design of the Asus Blue Cave, the location and orientation of the antennas relative to each other and to the internal circuitry were carefully decided to give the best possible Wi-Fi signal in all directions.
Price: €109 on Amazon
SEJESS Wireless Access Point Router WiFi
Wireless and easy to configure, SEJESS features a catchy and futuristic design. It combines advanced functionalities, such as stability of the signal, with compact and geometric shapes.
Price: €49 on Sejess
HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro
HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro learns and adapts to the changing Wi-Fi environment every day and automatically optimises the Wi-Fi to avoid interference. Your router will actively remember your online surfing habits to understand and support you for more efficiency in daily tasks.
Price: €99.90 on Amazon
Amazon eero 6
Eero can connect up to 75+ devices and communicate with Alexa while giving you full coverage. Its purchase also includes signal extenders connected through a USB port.
Price: €294.43 on Amazon
Netgear Nighthawk AX12
Nighthawk uses active high-performance antennas to provide full coverage from the family room to the garage. It has a futuristic aesthetic, which perfectly matches with the super-fast speeds provided for streaming, gaming, or video conferencing.
Price: $499.99 on Netgear
SuperPods by Branch for Plume
The Plume Pod and Super Pod by Branch are the results of a close collaboration between design and engineering. It uses adaptive Wi-Fi which means that Plume is always learning about how you use your internet to allocate more capacity to the devices that need it the most
Price: $99 (including 1 year membership and 1 SuperPod) on Plume
Starry by The Collected Works
The Collected Works built a powerful router with a touchscreen display in order to fulfil their mission of making users “visualize the internet”. Beautiful enough to showcase on a desk and user-friendly, its design language consist of floating colored spheres representing the devices connected to a network.
Price: €126 on Amazon
Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System
Linkysys’ new router merges function and aesthetics with its minimal design that promises to bring WiFi to the parts of your home that can’t usually get it. Thanks to its super-advanced technical features, it is an honoree of the CES 2021 Innovation Awards.
Price: $449.99 (not yet on sale)
Norton Core router
The Core router improves the security of your Internet-of-Things devices. It is designed as a dome sculptural product, that you can easily picture as a decorative piece in your living room.
Price: €159 on Amazon
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K-Design Award winner Yeo Jaewon’s RADAR Router
Inspired by the functionality of satellite antennas, the RADAR router redesign is based on the idea of using an aluminium can as a signal amplifier.
Wi-Fi Router Model Y by Ninety Studio
Ninety Studio reconstructed a router’s form to make two parts into one. Joining together the body and the antennas they are reorganized into a “Y” shaped shell creating a unique look and style.
Giraffe router Animal as part of IoT Device fam design project by S2Victor
Giraffe Router by S2Victor design uses the long neck of the giraffe as an antenna and its utilities include built-in voice recognition and motion sensors that allow the user to set its different functions.
WYFY Mesh WiFi router by ENVARY
The design of the WYFY router is connected to its AI-assisted mesh technology which sets it apart from any other router. The product changes colour adapting to the number of devices connected to it.
Wall-mounted router – house by 田面 DESIGN
Instead of wasting space on a desk or shelf, this router is designed to integrate nicely into the home and decorate walls through a minimal and playful form, while providing few simple information such as weather and time.
Rosenthal PorceLAN Vase designed by Rolle Rebbe
PorceLAN combines classic porcelain with technology. The vase consists of two pieces that fit together via magnetic bases. Flowers can be placed directly in the top, while the router remains hidden from view in the bottom section.
Smart Router by Xia Kai
The Smart Router’s minimalist shape makes reference to its function. It looks like a planet, and thus reminds us of connectivity, and has ridges that invoke the Wifi logo.
Bium router and wireless charger by Jonghoon Yoon
The Bium design defies its purpose of connectivity, by fostering a calm, meditative environment through its incense holder shape. It aims at helping us clear our minds from digital distractions, with a setting that switches off the internet temporarily.
Piano Wifi router by Lee Haupenn
The Piano router is designed to complement the comfort of our home by resembling a harmonious instrument. The black keys of the piano lift up to become the antennas.
Kinetic Wi-fi Router by JeongHwan Sohn
The Kinetic router looks like a sculpture that you want to place in the center of your home. It has multiple antennas that rotate to indicate that the modem is connected to the internet.
Jellyfish by Gihawoo Design
Designed to match with home accessories through its organic shape and warm color, the Jellyfish router balances aesthetics and functionality. The wires of the router that usually create visual stress, are used here in a clever way as jellyfish tentacles.
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