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.
The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.
Netgear announces the availability of two cable modem-Wi-Fi router combo devices for home users, the C3700 and the C3000, both support DOCSIS 3.0, 802.11n and Gigabit Ethernet.
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 its extensive setup help, new design, and content-filtering features, the RP614 will appeal to families looking to build an affordable and secure home network.
Despite a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.
Unless you live in a very small home and need a color router to match, skip D-Link's latest DIR-818LW in favor of more powerful options.
Though feature-rich, the Skydog's hardware is too slow and limited to justify its high cost and ongoing subscription pricing.
The AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router is an excellent choice for savvy users who want deep levels of customization.
The Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro's superfast 4G LTE speed and exceptionally long battery life make it a great buy on its own, but its juice pack feature sweetens the deal that much more.