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CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
The Zyxel X-550N is a Gigabit wireless router that's best used for wired connections, especially those with VPN needs.
The Zyxel X150N is an inexpensive, entry-level Wireless-N router and should be used only for casual and light wireless networking needs.
Despite having long range, because of its terrible wireless throughput and stability performance, the Zyxel X-550NH Wireless Router should be used only as a wired router.
Aside from its potentially worrisome heat output, the Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router is a networking dynamo with chart-topping performance and a sleek (maybe too sleek) design.
The Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N forces you to pick either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz band for your wireless network. Given that, it's not an ideal choice for an environment with both types of wireless clients. The router offers good wireless performance and features a high-speed wired network that caps at 1,000Mbps.
The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market.
The Asante Smart HotSpot Wireless N Router AWRT-550N could make a good investment for a public wireless hot-spot, but its log-in security is overkill for home or office use.
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The Trendnet TEW-639GR Wireless N Gigabit Router is a decent investment for Wireless-N home networking, offering a decent package at an affordable price.
The Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router R10000G would be a good choice for those who need exceptional Wi-Fi coverage.
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.