You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range.
CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
Netgear announced at CES 2012 its first range extender that supports concurrent dual-band, which extends the range of both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands at the same time.
Broadcom announced the first 802.11 Wi-Fi chip that enables mobile devices to transmit and receive data over the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands at the same time.
Belkin's brought a new member of its WRT router family to CES -- the Linksys WRT1200AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. Plus two new accessories add performance and features to its routers.
The BT Home Hub 4 is a dual-band router that connects with 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
The Amped Wireless RTA15 is a decent Wi-Fi router, but better firmware is needed for it to live up to its high cost and our expectation.