Asus RT-AC5300U Router
At the IFA electronic trade show, Asus unveiled its latest Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC5300. It has two 5GHz bands that each can deliver up to a 2,167Mbps data rate and one 2.4GHz band with up to 1,000Mbps, by far the most powerful specs on the market.
Google TP-Link OnHub (Blue)
The cool design and easy setup of Google's OnHub router can't make up for its lack of features and average performance out of the box -- though the promise of future software updates offer the potential for big improvements.
Amped Wireless RTA2600 Athena AC2600 WiFi Router w/MU-MIMO
The RTA2600 is a solid router that excels with multiple connected devices, but its competitors are faster and less expensive.
$50 a month gets you 10GB of data through this no-contract carrier; $25 a month gets you only 1.5GB.
Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1900 DD-WRT NXT Wireless Router
The Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD router is too expensive for what it has to offer. Skip it and pick one of many better options out there.
Extollo LANSocket 1500 Powerline Adapter Kit
The Extollo delivers everything you'd want in a power-line adapter, and its pass-through feature makes the somewhat awkward beefy body easily forgivable.
D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Network Extender Kit (DHP-701AV)
Though fast, the D-Link DHP-701AV power-line adapter kit is only slightly faster than less-expensive alternatives. Skip it for now and go with something cheaper.
Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Homes with lots of devices will benefit from the Linksys EA8500's speedy Wi-Fi and storage performance, but those with modest needs should look for something cheaper.
Netgear Powerline 1200
The Netgear Powerline 1200 kit is the affordable answer to those needing a reliable, fast and convenient solution to extend their wired home network.
Linksys WRT1200AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.