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.
Current power-line users with large homes will benefit from the ZyXel PLA4231's network extension capabilities; however, there are alternatives that offer similar benefits for less.
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled LED light that can you can customize to suit your lifestyle. It works via an Android or iOS app, and you can currently preorder the bulbs for $89 each.
The voice control options are extremely basic, and the price increase just doesn't match the value added. Save some cash and get the $249 model or a Nest.
Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat can compete directly with the Nest Learning Thermostat on features, but it doesn't match the Nest's intuitive design.
The Actiontec gets the job done for those who want to quickly extend their home network without much concern about performance.
Netgear debuts a new universal Wi-Fi range extender.
Amped Wireless will showcase its latest high-power Wi-Fi devices at CES 2014, including the RTA30 router and the REA33 Range Extender, both offering a combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 1900Mbps on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency bands.
The Linksys EA6400 is a good router, but for its current price, its Wi-Fi performance is rather disappointing.
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.