The best Wi-Fi 6 routers of 2024

The best Wi-Fi 6 routers can give your home network a major upgrade, especially if you’re still using an older Wi-Fi router or one from your Internet Service Provider. Besides providing you with excellent speeds and a strong Wi-Fi signal, Wi-Fi 6 routers come in two varieties: Wi-Fi 6 routers and Wi-Fi 6E routers.

In order to determine which Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers ended up on this list, we put them all through extensive real-world testing but we also used networking benchmark software like iXChariot and iPerf3. This way, we could simulate what it would be like to use them in a crowded home with lots of connected devices. From here, we tested each of these routers at 5, 50, 75 and 100 feet to measure both their range and throughput.

While a Wi-Fi 6 router will improve the performance and speed of your home network, a Wi-Fi 6E router gives you access to the new 6 GHz band along with the 2.5 and 5 GHz bands. Not only does this prevent network congestion as your most important devices can use this newer band, but the 6 GHz band is dramatically faster, albeit at a much shorter range. We’ve rounded up the best Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers for apartments as well as both small and large homes with all of the features you need to completely upgrade your home network. 

The quick list

Below you'll find everything you need to know at a glance about the best Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers. Whether you need a mesh Wi-Fi system for a larger home or a traditional router for an apartment, there's something here for every budget. More expensive Wi-Fi 6E routers are at the top while cheaper Wi-Fi 6 routers are at the bottom of this list. However, if you want the latest and greatest networking gear, be sure to check out our roundup of the best Wi-Fi 7 routers.

The best Wi-Fi 6 routers you can buy today

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The best Wi-Fi 6E router overall

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A Wi-Fi 6e speed demon

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Tri-band
Number of antennas/removable: 8/No
Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
Measured peak throughput: 2.396 Gbps
Size: 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Top speed with 6-GHz band
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Customizability
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Security software

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Throughput declines quickly with distance

The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 was the first Wi-Fi 6e router to hit the market, and the results are mind-blowing. By adding a 6-GHz band to the already impressive capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, the Nighthawk RAXE500 delivers category-leading performance. 

With an AXE11000 rating, the tri-band device more than lives up to the hype by delivering nearly 2.5 Gbps of real-world data. Add this to the slick design and highly customizable configuration options, and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 becomes one of the best routers we've ever reviewed, and possibly the fastest.

By adding access to a slew of new data-delivering channels in the 6-GHz spectrum, the tri-band Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 takes the lead as the first high-performance Wi-Fi 6e router. While it’s best at close quarters and is quite expensive, the RAXE500 is worth every penny if you have the need for speed.

Read our full Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 review.

The best Wi-Fi 6E router for performance

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The best Wi-Fi 6e mesh router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ax
Number of Antennas/Removable: 12/No
Ports: Router: 1 WAN/4 LAN; Satellite: 4 LAN
Peak Throughput: 1.189 Gbps (at 15 feet)
Size: 9.6 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches

Reasons to buy

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Great overall performance
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Able to push a strong signal through walls
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App or online configuration
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Three-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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No added security protection
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Large and bulky
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Expensive

The Linksys Atlas Max 6E was the first mesh Wi-Fi router we tested that beat the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6E (RBKE963) in terms of overall throughput. At 15 feet, the Atlas 6E had a throughput of 1.189 Gbps of data, which stayed strong at 25 feet (1.008 Gbps), before dropping to 382.2 Mbps at 50 feet. 

Each Atlas Max 6E device has 12 amplified antennas, one 5Gbps WAN input port, four downstream gigabit LAN ports and a USB 3.0 port for attaching a storage device. Just as significantly, each can be configured as the host router or satellite during setup. We also like the fact that it comes with a three-year warranty and lifetime support, which blows away the competition. Also, if the Linksys Atlas Max 6E is too bulky or too expensive for you, it might be worth considering the Linksys Velop AX4200 instead.

Read our full Linksys Atlas Max 6E review.

The Best Wi-Fi 6E router for range

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Insane performance at an insane price

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Quad-band
Number of antennas/removable: 12/No
Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN (base unit), 4 LAN (satellites)
Measured peak throughput: 1.009 Gbps
Size: 11.1 x 7.5 x 3.0 inches

Reasons to buy

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Best mesh performance ever
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Easy to set up and configure
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Optional security software, parental controls

Reasons to avoid

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Extremely expensive
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Just 90 days of free tech support

Easily the fastest mesh-router system on the planet, Netgear's Orbi RBKE963 is also the most expensive. But if you have money to burn, a gigabit broadband connection and an enormous house, this is the mesh system for you. 

The RBKE963 can cover up to 9,000 square feet; add a third satellite and you can go to 12,000 square feet. At a distance of 15 feet, the router's 6-Ghz channel delivered throughput of more than a gigabit, the first mesh router to do so in our tests. 

Each unit has 12 antennas and four Ethernet ports (one rated at 2.5 Gbps), and the system creates channels on the 2.5, 5 and 6-Ghz bands, plus a fourth 5-Ghz one for backhaul between units.

Netgear offers trial subscriptions to its Armor security software, which includes Bitdefender antivirus, and parental controls. You'll also have to pay for tech support after 90 days. 

But if you can afford to pay for this mesh system, you won't mind. If not, the Wi-Fi 6-based Orbi RBK863SB makes for a worthy alternative.

Read our full Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E (RBKE963) review.

The best value Wi-Fi 6E router

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Best value mesh Wi-Fi 6E system

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: AX5400/Tri Band
Number of antennas/removable: 4/No
Ports: 1 WAN/2 LAN
Measured peak throughput: 1.220Gbps (at 15 feet)
Size: 6.8 x 4.1x 4.1 inches

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Excellent data throughput
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Built-in security software and two-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Only three Ethernet ports

The Deco XE75 from TP-Link is available in either two-packs or three-packs and this mesh router system provides an inexpensive way to create a Wi-Fi 6E network that can fill your whole home with Wi-Fi. Each of the two (or three) nodes can act as either a satellite or a router and they all have three Ethernet ports that can be used to hardwire devices or as a wired access point.

In our testing, the Deco XE75 had excellent data flow through walls, clause up and at middle distances with a throughput of 1.220 Gbps at 15 feet. While you can use the 6GHz band to connect newer computers and phones, you can also use it for wireless backhaul between the unit designated as the router and the satellites. One downside to the XE75 is that its Ethernet ports only support 1Gbps which is why TP-Link just released the Deco XE75 Pro which features a 2.5G Ethernet port for multi-gig connections.

Read our full TP-Link Deco XE75 review

The best Wi-Fi 6E router for gamers

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The best Wi-Fi 6E router for gamers

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: AXE11000
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/No
Ports: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 2.96Gbps
Size: 12.7 x 12.7 x 2.4 inches

Reasons to buy

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Incredible throughput
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Excellent customization options
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Built-in security software
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Gaming accelerator

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Throughput falls of quickly with distance

The Asus GT-AXE11000 is a Wi-Fi 6E gaming router that delivers excellent speeds, killer gaming features and awesome customization options. This tri-band gaming router also uses seven high-performance 160MHz data channels in the 6Hz band to help distribute a lot of data to nearby devices.

At the back of the GT-AXE11000 you'll find a 10G and a 2.5G WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 1 port and a USB 2.0 port to connect all of your wired devices and even to transfer data from a hard drive across your home network. There's also Asus' built-in AiProtection security software to keep everyone and everything on your home network safe online. 

In our testing, the GT-AXE11000 was able to reach a maximum speed of 2.96 Gbps at 15 feet with an overall range of 85 feet. It's dedicated gaming features are nothing to slouch at either. If you want a powerful gaming router that's futureproof thanks to its multi-gig ports, the GT-AXE11000 should be your first choice.

Read our full Asus GT-AXE10000 review.

The best Wi-Fi 6 router design

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Best budget mesh Wi-Fi system

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6E/Tri-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 10/No
Ports: one 2.5Gbps WAN, one 2.5Gbps LAN and two Gbps LAN
Throughput: 1.277Gbps (at 15 feet)
Size: 4.6 x 4.6 x 9.8 inches

Reasons to buy

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Built-in security
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Two-year warranty
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Impressive app interface
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Excellent performance close to router

Reasons to avoid

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No 320MHz data channels
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Only available in two-packs

The Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 is a mesh router with Wi-Fi 6E which is available in a two-pack or individually but you can't buy a three-pack. Two units should be enough for most homes though as together, they can can cover up to 6,000 square feet with a strong Wi-Fi signal. The Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 does come at a premium though with a two-pack selling for $800 while a single unit costs $430 which is more than the price of a three-pack for some other mesh Wi-Fi systems. It does go on sale quite often but even then, you'll likely find only $100 knocked off its price.

The Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 design is one of its best features and this mesh router almost looks like a desktop model of a skyscraper, thanks to its clear top and prominent chrome accents. From overhead, you can see several of each unit's 10 antennas through the clear top and they are positioned in such a way that they create a spherical transmission pattern since they're aimed at a 45-degree angle. There are also black cutouts on the sides of the Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 which act as vents to bring cool air in. During our testing, the units never exceeded a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

As for the download speeds we saw during testing, the Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 was able to reach 1.27 Gbps at 15 feet with an overall signal range of 90 feet. If you have a multi-gig internet plan, you'll be able to make the most of this mesh router since it has a pair of 2.5 gigabit Ethernet ports at the back along with two gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting your other Wi-Fi devices. Asus also includes its AiProtection Pro security software for free to help keep your home network secured.

Read our full Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 review.

The best Wi-Fi 6 router for multi-gig

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An improved Wi-Fi 6 mesh system with faster speeds and better range

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Tri-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/No
Ports: Router – 1 10Gbps WAN/4 1Gbps LAN; Satellite – 4 Gbps LAN
Measured peak throughput: 806.9Mbps (at 15 feet)
Size: 10 x 2.8 x 7.5 inches

Reasons to buy

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Extended range
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Improved mid-range Wi-Fi performance
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Can create a separate network for smart home devices

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Slow set up process

The Orbi RBK863SB picks up where the the Orbi RBK852 left off and features improved performance as well as a new all-black color scheme which is sold exclusively through Netgear's website. 

There's also an innovative new antenna design that we found helped boost mid-range Wi-Fi 6 performance during our testing with speeds of up to 547.7 Mbps at 50 feet with a total range of 90 feet. Netgear has even added the ability to create a separate networking channel just for your smart home devices which can be really useful. 

Netgear also provides its built-in Armor security software with the Orbi RBK863SB for free for one year. However, after this trial period expires, it costs $100 annually. As for ports, there isn't a USB port for sharing data across your network but there is a 10 Gbps WAN port as well as four gigabit Ethernet ports. Like the other devices in Netgear's Orbi line, the Orbi RBK863SB is quite expensive at $1,100 for a three-piece kit but if you have a large home you want to fill with a strong Wi-Fi signal and want excellent performance, this mesh Wi-Fi system just might be for you.

Read our full Netgear Orbi RBK863SB review.

The best Wi-Fi 6 router for customization

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The best Wi-Fi 6 router overall

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of antennas/removable: 3/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/1 Multi-Gig WAN/ 4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
Measured peak throughput: 929.7 Mbps
Size: 9.0 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent throughput
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Security software with lifetime updates
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Multi-Gig input and port aggregation
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2-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks advanced gamer tools

The Asus RT-AX86U is a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that delivers great speeds and killer gaming features, as well as awesome customization options, all for under $300. With high-end performance and lifetime protection against intrusions and malware, it's also a great option for securing your entire home network, providing long term protection without a subscription fee, and carrying a two-year warranty.

But the real draw of the Asus RT-AX86U is the performance, which approaches the the magical 1-Gbps mark to provide speedy and effortless connectivity for all of your devices. 

With excellent range and great performance — even through walls and between floors — the RT-AX86U is equal parts general-use router and elite gaming router, and the collection of features and ports it offers are a steal compared to some of the top-performing gaming gear. If you want the best Wi-Fi 6 router for the whole household, the Asus RT-AX86U is it.

Read our full Asus RT-AX86U review.

The best Wi-Fi 6 router for smart homes

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Mesh Wi-Fi 6 with unbeatable convenience

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6/Tri-band
Number of antennas/removable: 7/No
Ports: 2 Ethernet (RJ-45) on each unit
Measured peak throughput: 438.2Mbps
Size: 5.3 x 5.3 x 1.9 inches

Reasons to buy

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Great range
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Dynamic tri-band operation
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Easy and fast setup
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Echo Dots devices can be used as mesh Wi-Fi extenders

Reasons to avoid

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Devices have only two Ethernet ports
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Moderate throughput close up
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No USB ports

The Eero Pro 6 combines tri-band Wi-Fi 6 networking with a mesh setup that's quicker and easier than pretty much any mesh system we've reviewed, making it the best way to get great performance throughout your home without much hassle. With a single unit covering 2,000 square feet with reasonably fast Wi-Fi, the three-pack Eero Pro 6 will blanket up to 6,000 square feet with ease — and we set up the three-piece system in about 11 minutes.

It may not have the highest throughput, but the Eero Pro 6 mesh kit does well at mid-range distances where others peter out, is quick to set up and automatically adjusts just about everything. 

If you want granular customization, then tools like band steering, local DNS caching and home automation tools, it's got those, too. But the Eero Pro 6 does it's best when it lets you set it and forget it, giving you speedy Wi-Fi 6 without the hassles.

Read our full Eero Pro 6 review. 

The best budget Wi-Fi 6 router

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An affordable yet feature-packed Wi-Fi 6 router