Only those who do a lot of local intensive tasks via Wi-Fi, or who can appreciate the Asus RT-AC3200's excellent feature set, will find this router worth the investment.
The top routers that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market. Since there are not many of them, all of those on this list are the best of their kind.
Netgear announces its latest Wi-Fi router, the Nighthawk X8 R8500 that has a total bandwidth of up to 5300Mbps and six Gigabit LAN ports. The router is slated to cost $400.
$50 a month gets you 10GB of data through this no-contract carrier; $25 a month gets you only 1.5GB.
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The RTA2600 is a solid router that excels with multiple connected devices, but its competitors are faster and less expensive.
The Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD router is too expensive for what it has to offer. Skip it and pick one of many better options out there.
The Philips Flex works OK for casual listening at midlevel volumes, but your dollar can go further with other models that sound much better.
Even when it's working well, the Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router has nothing to justify its expensive price tag.
Despite its powerful hardware, the R7500 doesn't have the performance and features to justify its premium price tag.
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.
Despite a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.