You'll pay a lot for the Asus RT-AC88U, but it has everything you'd want in a router. If you have the money, this is the router to get.
The top routers that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market. Since there aren't that many of them, all of those on this list are the best of their kind.
TP-Link's first Wi-Fi router, the SR20 Smart Home Router, has a touchscreen and features built-in support for Internet of Things (IoT) wireless protocols.
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The new Google Asus OnHub is a reliable, fun-to-use router that's grossly overpriced for its limited in functionality.
At the IFA electronic trade show, Asus unveiled its latest Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC5300. It has two 5GHz bands that each can deliver up to a 2,167Mbps data rate and one 2.4GHz band with up to 1,000Mbps, by far the most powerful specs on the market.
The cool design and easy setup of Google's OnHub router can't make up for its lack of features and average performance out of the box -- though the promise of future software updates offer the potential for big improvements.
The SBR-AC3200P, when coupled with the SBX-AC1200 power line Wi-Fi extender, is a sure way to cover your residential home with Wi-Fi, if you can stomach their combined high cost.
If you need a powerful Wi-Fi solution for a large home, the X4S is a great choice.
With Amazon Alexa integration, this router allows you to control your home via voice. It starts at $149.
If you have an extremely fast broadband connection and want an all-powerful home network, the Linksys EA9500 fits the bill. But a different router with more modest specs will satisfy most.
Though not perfect, the DIR-879 is a well-performing router that fits most homes' needs and budget.