Only those who do a lot of local intensive tasks via Wi-Fi, or who can appreciate the Asus RT-AC3200's excellent feature set, will find this router worth the investment.
The top routers that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market. Since there are not many of them, all of those on this list are the best of their kind.
At the IFA electronic trade show, Asus unveiled its latest Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC5300. It has two 5GHz bands that each can deliver up to a 2,167Mbps data rate and one 2.4GHz band with up to 1,000Mbps, by far the most powerful specs on the market. The router is slated to be available by the end of the year.
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The cool design and easy setup of Google's OnHub router can't make up for its lack of features and average performance out of the box -- though the promise of future software updates offer the potential for big improvements.
The RTA2600 is a solid router that excels with multiple connected devices, but its competitors are faster and less expensive.
$50 a month gets you 10GB of data through this no-contract carrier; $25 a month gets you only 1.5GB.
Homes with lots of devices will benefit from the Linksys EA8500's speedy Wi-Fi and storage performance, but those with modest needs should look for something cheaper.
The Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD router is too expensive for what it has to offer. Skip it and pick one of many better options out there.
The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.
The versatile Jetpack MiFi 6620L is an excellent mobile hotspot for those who live and travel within Verizon's 4G LTE coverage.
A new, icon-driven smart home programming interface brings some user-friendliness to Securifi's newer Almond router/smart-home hub hybrid boxes