The R7000 is the latest from Netgear and is the best the networking vendor has to offer general consumers to date. This new router offers stellar Wi-Fi speeds, superfast network storage performance (when coupled with an external hard drive), and a host of great features. It also comes with support for third-party firmware, making it the best gift for your geeky friend who wants a powerful device to tinker with.
Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router
The Asus RT-AC68U redefines "cutting-edge." It's currently the fastest Wi-Fi router on the market and also comes with a host of useful features. If a friend of yours wants a Wi-Fi router that has it all, this is the ultimate gift.
The Motorola SBG6782 is the only modem/router combo device on this list, and it will make a great gift because both the modem and the router parts are top-notch. The device's coaxial port also works as a MoCA connector, making it a great deal and an excellent present for a cable Internet subscriber.
The Zing is Netgear's first step into cellular mobile hot spots, and it does its job well. In fact the only thing that holds it back is Sprint's 4G LTE service, which is still sparse. But if you live or travel within Sprint's coverage, the Zing will definitely offer you the best Sprint has to offer, and will make a great mobile companion that keeps you connected with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices when you're out and about.
This is the latest Time Capsule from Apple, and like the new AirPort Extreme, it makes a great-looking gift. On the inside, however, the device is the best Time Capsule to date, with great Wi-Fi and storage performance. This is an easy gift recommendation for those who own a few Apple computers, especially one of those new 802.11ac-enabled MacBook Airs.
Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router
The Trendnet TEW-812DRU is a frills-free 802.11ac router that's also one of the most affordable on the market. The router offers great Wi-Fi range, fast data rates, and a very stable Wi-Fi signal. It'll make a great present for somebody who just needs a reliable and fast Wi-Fi network.
Tiny, fast, and extremely affordable, costing just around $30 for two units, the Trendnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter is a perfect gift for anybody who wants to quickly extend his or her wired network in the home without having to run network cables.
T-Mobile's Samsung LTE HotSport Pro is the first cellular mobile router on the market that also works as a juice pack, and delivers in both roles. The device makes an excellent gift for anybody who's in need of bringing both fast Internet and extra battery life on the go, which is most of us these days.