Best 802.11ac routers

Updated April 14, 2014 2:39 PM PDT

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard (aka 5G Wi-Fi) is the latest on the market and offers up to 1.3Gbps of wireless connection speed. First introduced in 2012, the new standard can now be found in many routers. These routers, for backward compatibility, also come with Wireless-N (802.11n) and hence support all existing Wi-Fi clients, both the legacy and the newer and faster ones. Following are the top routers that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market.

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac)

Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.

Price: $179.99 - $361.53 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

The D-Link DIR-868L delivers as an advanced 802.11ac-enabled home router despite its underwhelming mobile apps and usage inflexibility.

Price: $129.23 - $285.47 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

The Trendnet TEW-812DRU is the most affordable 802.11ac-enabled router on the market, and it offers excellent performance.

Price: $131.49 - $283.79 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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