CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range.
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.
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.
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.
The Netgear X6100's awkward design and frustrating performance make it suitable only for casual networking tasks.