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Razer Sila Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Feb 5, 2019 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Razer

Final Thoughts

 

I have had the Sila since November, for a large portion of this time I have used the Sila as my main home router. This allows me to get a good feel on how it operates day to day in streaming, gaming along with troubleshooting any issues that come up. I'll start by saying I absolutely love the aesthetic of the Sila. The matte black colorway is fantastic and having the antennas internal only add to this minimalist feel of this platform. The Razer logo on top glows green at a medium level that's not to bright even at night.

 

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As far as performance goes the Sila performs the same as any 2:2 Radio mesh platform. Evidence of this is in the testing results, nearly all modern mesh platforms are 2:2 with 400 on 2.4GHz and 867Mbps on the 5GHz. Where the Sila sets itself apart is the fantastic backhaul using a separate 4:4 radio, similar to Orbi. That said, in testing 2.4GHz was below average at 98Mbps and the same can be said for the 5GHz band, reaching only 421MBps. With that the backhaul was strong enough for full Wi-Fi throughput at 506Mbps.

 

A large part of the mesh platform is the software. Now with the Sila you have two options. Use the mobile app for your device or enable the Web UI during setup and use it. I chose to use the iOS app and with that went through setup without issue. After setup I did find the app to be basic with controls for SSID, Traffic Management and a few others. Notably, Sila doesn't allow you to manually configure your Wi-Fi channels, instead you are pushed into using their Zero Wait DFS technology, the main feature that sets this router apart from all others. That said, you can separate bands for legacy devices or go further into compatibility options along with configuring prioritization features.

 

 

As mentioned in the beginning, the Razer Sila carries an MSRP of $249.99 with one-year warranty. This puts it at the higher-end of AC3000 Class platforms, as a two-node system will cost you $500 USD. As a comparison you can get an Orbi RBK50 for $329.99 two nodes included.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance79%
Quality83%
Features78%
Value75%
Overall TweakTown Rating79%

The Bottom Line: The Sila is easily the best looking router of 2018. That said, looks don't equal performance and the Sila could use a few firmware updates to iron things out.

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