CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
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 a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.
The Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2 makes a decent NAS server for homes and small offices that need lots of storage space.
Given its relatively low price, the Seagate Business Storage 4-Bay NAS is worth the investment.
For a low-cost entry-level network storage device, the WD My Cloud is very impressive both in performance and features, making it one of the best deals for home users.
The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.
The lack of Gigabit Ethernet in many ways cancels out the Netgear R6100's support for the fast 802.11ac standard and makes it just an average Wi-Fi router.
With stellar performance and support for the new HomePlug AV2 standard, the PLEK500 is an easy recommendation.
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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