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Asus RT-AC5300U router

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 router is slated to be available by the end of the year.

By September 2, 2015

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Best wireless routers of 2015

The top routers that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market. Since there are not many of them, all of those on this list are the best of their kind.


Google OnHub Router

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.

By August 31, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating August 31, 2015
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Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router

Netgear announces its latest Wi-Fi router, the Nighthawk X8 R8500 that has a total bandwidth of up to 5300Mbps and six Gigabit LAN ports. The router is slated to cost $400.

By October 1, 2015

MSRP: $399.99


Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena Wi-Fi router

The RTA2600 is a solid router that excels with multiple connected devices, but its competitors are faster and less expensive.

By August 30, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating August 30, 2015

Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless 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.

By April 16, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating April 16, 2014

Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1900 DD-WRT NXT Wireless Router

The Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD router is too expensive for what it has to offer. Skip it and pick one of many better options out there.

By June 18, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating June 18, 2015

Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Homes with lots of devices will benefit from the Linksys EA8500's speedy Wi-Fi and storage performance, but those with modest needs should look for something cheaper.

By May 14, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating May 14, 2015

Linksys WRT1200AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.

By April 30, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating April 30, 2015

Asus RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

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.

By February 15, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating February 15, 2015

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi DIR-890L/R Router

Unless you love the radical design, the D-Link DIR-890L/R doesn't have enough to justify its hefty cost.

By March 10, 2015

3.5 stars Editors' rating March 10, 2015