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.
The Zing is a robust and capable mobile cellular router, but make sure you're happy with Sprint's 4G LTE coverage first before getting it.
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So long as you're not a networking newbie, the Totolink A2004NS AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is a good deal for those living in a small or medium home.
The Netgear Centria is a good buy for those who are looking for an all-in-one router/storage combo or who want to replace a Time Capsule.
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.
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 Netgear X6100's awkward design and frustrating performance make it suitable only for casual networking tasks.
Despite a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.
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.