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Best 802.11ac routers of 2014

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

For advanced and professional users, the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, and bounty of useful features.

Price: $199.00 - $209.99 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: $249.45 - $249.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7000)

The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.

Price: $186.00 - $349.59 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $279.99 - $279.99 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: $168.99 - $199.99 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: $195.99 - $199.99 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: $139.95 - $258.59 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: $134.95 - $158.49 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Performance meets affordability

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: $99.99 - $169.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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