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.
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.
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 Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.
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.
If you can afford the hefty price tag, the Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router is easily one of the best home routers on the market.
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.
Despite its powerful hardware, the R7500 doesn't have the performance and features to justify its premium price tag.
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.
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.