Fast, cheap and secure are the watchwords for TP-Link's Archer C2300. The router excels in Wi-Fi performance and is among the least expensive available routers that include antivirus protection.
Netgear's Nighthawk XR700 Pro Gaming Router — with data-sharing tools, a firewall, blazing speeds and some of the best networking software available — is worth the hefty price.
With excellent security to help keep your family’s digital lives intact, Asus’ Blue Cave delivers superior performance at a distance, but its short-range capacity is lacking. Its look and design are like nothing else on this planet.
While its security software and an easy installation app distinguish the Deco M9 Plus from the mesh networking crowd, its otherwise midrange performance is marred by sometimes erratic behavior.
Asus's RT-AC86U router may not be the top performer at short range but it more than makes up for that where it counts: at long distances.
Big and twisted, the Gryphon Secure Mesh System looks like no other router on the planet. It provides excellent throughput and a phalanx of security measures to protect a family's data and digital identity.
It may be big and expensive, but TP-Link's Archer C5400X combines first-rate speed, range and built-in security to rule over all other gaming routers.
Among the best-performing home-networking devices available, Netgear's Orbi Voice performs a trick that no other mesh network kit can: It combines Alexa voice control, data and audio in an extension that sets the pace in performance and music.
The Motorola MX1200 can inexpensively help fill in Wi-Fi dead zones with the combination of reasonably good performance and an easy setup routine.
Netgear's Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming Router lives up to its name by delivering the online goods for serious gamers with a low-latency, high-performance design. The XR500 leaves other gaming routers in the digital dust.
Simple, small and straightforward, the Netgear EX6120 AC1200 Essentials Edition Wi-Fi range extender is a snap to set up, but it disappoints on performance, and the company provides support for only three short months. It's a likely letdown for users.
Need to beef up your Wi-Fi network but don't want an extender that stands out? The easy-to-hide Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Wi-Fi range extender is a great choice when you want to fill dead zones.
If buying the cheapest Wi-Fi extender is all that matters, get the $26 Coredy E300, but be ready for disappointing performance and range.
Bigger can be better when it comes to filling in the gaps in your home's Wi-Fi network. Netgear's Nighthawk X6S tri-band Wi-Fi mesh extender has the power to blast data farther and fill pesky dead zones. It's expensive but potentially more than worth it.
It might be big for a plug-in extender, but TP-Link's RE650 has the power to extend a network into uncovered areas. But it could cost as much as your router and could block adjacent AC outlets.
Looking for the best of everything in a router? Netgear's Nighthawk X6S delivers tri-band technology, speed and a slew of features.
Samsung's Connect Home Pro combines a home automation hub with a powerful Wi-Fi router, showing what the future of wireless at home looks like. We just wish it was more customizable.
With a design aimed at reducing the network lag for gamers, the Linksys WRT 32X combines a Killer Prioritization engine to apportion a home's bandwidth with a quick setup and an excellent interface. Alas, this yields mediocre performance.
Not only is the Norton Core a high-performance router that pumps out the data, but it inspects every data packet entering your network.
By combining a router, security appliance and local software, F-Secure's Sense can add extra protective layers for your home network, but the router has limited customization potential and lags on performance.
Ignition Design Labs' Portal WiFi is the rare piece of networking gear that combines easy setup with good performance at an inexpensive price.
Google Wifi is easy to use, more affordable than competing mesh routers and delivers solid performance (if you get the three-pack).
The Netgear R7000 combines excellent 5-GHz speed with Netgear's handy Genie software, but this router doesn't have the best range.
A versatile tri-band design, easy setup and long range make Netgear's R8000 a strong router for a house filled with data hogs.
Featuring excellent data speeds, reasonable range and a bounty of LAN ports, the Netgear Nighthawk X8 router is worth the high price for power users.
It may not be the fastest or cheapest mesh networking kit around, but the Ubiquiti Networks AmpliFi HD Home WiFi System is one of the easiest ways to reliably fill a home with Wi-Fi.
Expensive and with midrange performance, the Luma routers are small, easy to use and let you set up a mesh network in your home for greater coverage, but the devices don't let you customize much of anything.
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