The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.
CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
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.
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.
Unless you love the radical design, the D-Link DIR-890L/R doesn't have enough to justify its hefty cost.
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.
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.
Though it's easy to use and having an extra band can result in higher speeds, the Linksys EA9200 doesn't have enough to justify its over-the-top price tag.
The AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router is an excellent choice for savvy users who want deep levels of customization.
Though not as innovative as it should be, the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router E8350 is still a very good router thanks to its fast 5Ghz Wi-Fi performance and comparatively friendly pricing.
Despite its powerful hardware, the R7500 doesn't have the performance and features to justify its premium price tag.