CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
The Netgear X6100's awkward design and frustrating performance make it suitable only for casual networking tasks.
You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range.
The hefty price aside, the Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U is the most complete 802.11ac router to date, capable of satisfying all your home networking needs.
With top performance and friendly pricing, the Trendnet TEW-818DRU is a excellent choice for those wanting a robust home network.
For advanced and professional users, the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, and bounty of useful features.
Despite a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.
Current power-line users with large homes will benefit from the ZyXel PLA4231's network extension capabilities; however, there are alternatives that offer similar benefits for less.
The Amped Wireless RTA15 is a decent Wi-Fi router, but better firmware is needed for it to live up to its high cost and our expectation.
Unless you live in a very small home and need a color router to match, skip D-Link's latest DIR-818LW in favor of more powerful options.
The Actiontec gets the job done for those who want to quickly extend their home network without much concern about performance.