Best Wi-Fi routers

Updated April 23, 2014 7:54 PM PDT

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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Excellent all-around

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

Looking for a Wi-Fi router that has it all? Asus' latest RT-AC68U will fit the bill.

Price: $208.98 - $249.08 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding A cutting-edge Wi-Fi router that has it all

Wi-Fi and storage powerhouse

Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

Belkin's Linksys EA6900 Smart Wi-Fi has all there is to be a great router in theory but it fails to deliver in practice.

Price: $249.99 - $389.81 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: $168.97 - $184.43 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: $179.99 - $361.53 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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