CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers.
Though it's easy to use and having an extra band can result in higher speeds, the Linksys EA9200 doesn't have enough to justify its over-the-top price tag.
CNET editor Dong Ngo picks the bottom five 802.11ac-enabled Wi-Fi routers. These are the ones to avoid when choosing a home router.
The Linksys EA6300 and Linksys EA6400 routers, Linksys' first products to be announced since it moved from Cisco to Belkin, are true dual-band and support 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi standard.
The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.
The Linksys EA9200 is the second tri-band Wi-Fi router on the market, but it's very expensive at $300.
Though not as innovative as it should be, the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router E8350 is still a very good router thanks to its fast 5Ghz Wi-Fi performance and comparatively friendly pricing.
Despite its powerful hardware, the R7500 doesn't have the performance and features to justify its premium price tag.
Linksys announces its next router in the Smart Wi-Fi EA series, the true dual-band EA6900, which offers a top combined speed of up to 1,900Mbps.
The Linksys EA6400 is a good router, but for its current price, its Wi-Fi performance is rather disappointing.