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 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.
The RTA2600 is a solid router that excels with multiple connected devices, but its competitors are faster and less expensive.
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.
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.
The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.
The Comtrend PG-9172 G.hn Powerline Adapter has near-Gigabit performance but the suggested price is too high for what it has to offer.
D-Link announces the availability of the first AV2 2000 PowerLine kit, the DHP-701AV, that's capable of delivering much faster speed over a home's electrical wiring compared with existing power line adapters.
Unless you love the radical design, the D-Link DIR-890L/R doesn't have enough to justify its hefty cost.
With support for 3G, 4G and 4G+ networks, these affordable mobile hotspots let up to 32 devices connect at the same time.
Only those who do a lot of local intensive tasks via Wi-Fi, or who can appreciate the Asus RT-AC3200's excellent feature set, will find this router worth the investment.
If you've got a Web connection and a Lima, you can access your files anywhere -- take a photo on your phone and it'll appear on your tablet, whatever OS they run.
The Fritz!Box 7490 is a hugely-featured, well-performing box.
While a future firmware update could address most of the problems, for now there are better options out there.
If you're budget-conscious, the D7 could be the modem/router you're looking for. Then again, if you're budget conscious, why are you looking at 802.11ac routers?
If you don't need the extra features from competitors, TP-Link's Archer D9 is a compelling option.
Asus brings its A-game with plenty of options and performance.
Though not as innovative as it should be, the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router E8350 is still a very good router thanks to its fast 5Ghz Wi-Fi performance and comparatively friendly pricing.