CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
The Linksys WRT54GS is especially well suited for networks with both 802.11g and 802.11b connections.
If you need a way to connect your 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g adapters with Ethernet, the Linksys WRT55AG is the best solution to date.
The Linksys WRT160N Wireless-N broadband router has consistent performance, good range, a helpful software application, and a good set of networking features. Its lack of Gigabit and USB support are the only major knocks against it.
If you don't need extended range from a router, the Linksys WRT54GX2 is a good choice if you want to take advantage of MIMO technology but can't afford the hefty price. Still, Belkin offers a better performer that costs less.
The WR850G is a decent family router at a very affordable price, but it lacks the long range and speed enhancements of new MIMO gear.