Best wireless routers of 2016


Looking for the best Wi-Fi router for your home? You're at the right place. CNET editors rigorously test not only the Wi-Fi speeds and range but also the features and reliability of hundreds of networking devices per year. We try out most, if not all, setting options and setup scenarios to make sure a device work as intended and sometimes even try hacking it from outside to see how safe it can keep your home network. The devices you find in these frequently updated lists are the top result of that process. They are our favorites.

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The Lexus of wireless routers

Asus RT-AC88U Router

Why we chose it: The Asus RT-AC88U is the dual-band router with by far the most to offer. With 8 Gigabit LAN ports, excellent Wi-Fi performance and a tons of features, this is great router for anyone, including gamers, those with a large home or run a small office.

4.5 stars Outstanding The Lexus of wireless routers

An excellent router for those with fast home Internet

Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Why we chose it: The Linksys WRT1900ACS is the best router from Linksys to date. The router is easy to use and comes with a mobile app for you to conveniently manage your home network when out and about.

4 stars Excellent

Feature-rich but still too expensive

Asus RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

Why we chose it: The RT-AC3200 is an excellent router for homes with lots of 5Ghz Wi-Fi clients, thanks to its two 5Ghz bands. On top of that it has excellent performance and lots of features.

Price: £198.99 - £209.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

A solid network and storage powerhouse

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7000)

Why we chose it: All things considered, the R7000 is the best router from Netgear to date. The router has long range, fast Wi-Fi speed and can also dub as a viable network storage solution when coupled with an external hard drive.

4 stars Excellent

Best 802.11n router.

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router

Why we chose it: The Asus RT-N66U is not a latest router on the market, and only supports the older 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. But for those with modest needs, this is an excellent router to share the Internet at home while keeping your home network secure.

Price: £53.69 - £84.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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