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.
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.
The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.
The Linksys EA6400 is a good router, but for its current price, its Wi-Fi performance is rather disappointing.
Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.
Plagued by issues, the Linksys EA6900 Smart WiFi Wireless AC Router AC1900 is only as good as a single-band router and hence not worth its premium price.
802.11ac standards officially hits a new speed with the Asus RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router Wi-Fi router.
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The AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router is an excellent choice for savvy users who want deep levels of customization.
With top performance and friendly pricing, the Trendnet TEW-818DRU is a excellent choice for those wanting a robust home network.
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