The Almond 3 is a good router and smart-home hub, but we couldn't get our unit to work as a mesh network solution. We recommend the Eero or Netgear Orbi instead.
With top Wi-Fi speeds of 4.6Gbps, Netgear's new router is only the second on the market with the 802.11ad standard. Small hitch: It costs $500.
The high cost aside, the Orbi System is a sure and easy way to cover a relatively large home with high-speed Wi-Fi coverage.
The new Amped Wireless Ally Plus claims to cover up to 15,000 square feet of space and has built-in protection against online phishing scams and malware.
Though not a perfect router, the DIR-879 performs well and will fit most homes' needs and budget.
If you have an extremely fast broadband connection and want an all-powerful home network, the Linksys EA9500 fits the bill. But a different router with more modest specs will satisfy most.
The SBR-AC3200P, when coupled with the SBX-AC1200 power line Wi-Fi extender, is a sure way to cover your residential home with Wi-Fi, if you can stomach their combined high cost.
The RT1900ac is an excellent router by itself and a stellar one for those wanting to try out the world of network storage.
If you need a powerful Wi-Fi solution for a large home, the X4S is a great choice.
The Asus RT-AC3100 is essentially a stripped-down version of the RT-AC88U. It has only four LAN ports compared with eight on its big brother.
You'll pay a lot for the Asus RT-AC88U, but it has everything you'd want in a router. If you have the money, this is the router to get.
D-Link announces the availability of the DIR-885L/R which intends to be its answer to Asus' RT-AC88U. The new router boasts radical design and advanced features for the cost of $280.
The new Google Asus OnHub is a reliable, fun-to-use router that's grossly overpriced for its limited in functionality.
Only savvy users with a high-end server in their network should consider the Netgear R8500; for everyone else, there are many other router options that deliver as good or better performance for less.
Considering its insanely cheap price, the TP-Link TL-WR841N is a great buy for a small home with modest Wi-Fi needs.
Though pricey, the WRT1900ACS' long range and rapid Wi-Fi will deliver fast Internet to places in your home that other routers might struggle to reach.
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.
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.