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Best wireless routers of 2014

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The wireless router is arguably the most important piece of computer equipment in your home (and even when traveling), since it connects the rest of your gadgets to one another and the Internet. As there are so many choices on the market, it's always hard to find the best one for your money. This is a list of the current top routers I've reviewed so far. They come with different feature sets and prices, but all of them share great performance and have earned high CNET ratings.

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Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U Dual-band Wireless Gigabit Router

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.

Price: $264.95 - $269.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Wi-Fi and storage powerhouse

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.

Price: $220.00 - $249.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Performance meet affordability

Trendnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

Trendnet's TEW-818DRU is a straightforward high-end AC1900 router with great performance, and its friendly pricing is a welcome bonus. Check out CNET's full review.

Price: $146.96 - $179.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Fast and beautiful

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac)

What it lacks in functions and features, the new AirPort Extreme more than makes up for that in its great new look and fast performance.

Price: $169.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

DD-WRT firmware is a game changer

AirStation Extreme AC 1750 Gigabit Dual Band DD-WRT Router

The AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router is an excellent choice for savvy users who want deep levels of customization.

Price: $155.43 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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