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Best Wi-Fi routers for 2022

Best Wi-Fi routers
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Adding one of the best Wi-Fi routers to your house is the easiest way to upgrade your home network and well worth doing now that we’re spending even more time online. Swapping out your existing router with a new, up-to-date one can make it seem like every laptop, smart TV, game console and doorbell camera is working a lot faster.

In addition to giving you a speedier Wi-Fi connection throughout your home, many of the latest routers ship with built-in network security software, mobile apps to configure their settings on the go and easy-to-use parental control software to help you limit the amount of time your kids spend online.

Whether you’re working from home, streaming content online or even gaming, there’s no substitute for the top-notch performance offered by one of the best Wi-Fi routers. Though it always helps to pair a top Wi-Fi router with the best home internet network quality.

In order to find the right models for a wide variety of needs and use cases, we thoroughly test each and every router we review. This way we can help you find one that works for you and fits your budget. These are the best Wi-Fi routers you can buy today.

Best Wi-Fi routers in 2022 - the top two

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Best overall: Asus RT-AX86U
This Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse delivers great speeds, which approached 1Gbps throughput in our testing. Better still, it was able to push its signal through walls and between floors, making it a great option for those who don't want or need a mesh router. It also has great gaming features, lots of customization, and lifetime protection against intrusions and malware.

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Best mesh system: Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E (RBKE963)
This quad-band Wi-Fi 6e mesh router, which costs $1,500, can cover up to 9,000 feet with a base station and two satellites. At a distance of 15 feet, it delivered throughput of more than a gigabit per second, the first mesh router to do so in our tests. Netgear offers trial subscriptions to its Armor security software, which includes Bitdefender antivirus; we just wish tech support were longer than 90 days. 

Back to school and the best Wi-Fi routers

Summer is here, which means lots of us are thinking about back to school sales. The best Wi-Fi routers are always in high demand as school starts up again, so it pays to start shopping as early as possible. Whether you’re heading off to college or going back to school, you’ll want a great router suitable for both work and play.

Many of our favorite picks are currently on sale, making now a great time to buy some of the best Wi-Fi routers. Be sure to follow our back to school guide for all of your shopping needs this season!

What are the best Wi-Fi routers?

Based on our in-depth testing, the best wireless router is the Asus RT-AX86U, a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that has the chops to power a whole home's worth of connected gear, providing pure power for gaming and secure every gadget you own. It's equal parts general-use router, serious gaming gear and cybersecurity safeguard. And with its reasonable price, there should be no surprise that it's our Editor's Choice.

For a justifiably more expensive option, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) Wi-Fi 6 router blows the doors off of most competing routers. The newer wireless standard offers the best throughput we've ever seen, and will easily handle a whole house full of connected devices.

For larger homes, you need coverage that reaches farther and extends to multiple floors as needed, and that means one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems. In our testing and evaluation, the Nest WiFi is the best mesh Wi-Fi solution you can buy. It offers excellent performance that blankets a whole house in signal, and it features a built-in Google Home smart speaker for intuitive voice control.

But if price is no objection, then the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6e is the fastest mesh-router system we've ever seen, and one of the fastest routers, period. Just be aware that its price is well into four figures.

Best Wi-Fi routers right now

Asus RT-AX86U router review

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Great for a full house, and for gaming

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
Peak Throughput: 929.7Mbps
Size: 9.0 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent throughput and performance
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Security software with lifetime updates
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Multi-Gig input and port aggregation

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks advanced gaming features like geofencing and ping heat map

The Asus RT-AX86U is a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that delivers great speeds and killer gaming features, as well as awesome customization options. 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 in our testing approached the the magical 1Gbps 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

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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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Costs $1,500 for router + 2 extenders
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Just 90 days of free tech support

Netgear's Orbi WiFi 6E (model number RBKE963) is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems on the planet — and also one the most expensive. But if you have money to burn, a gigabit broadband connection from your ISP and an enormous house, then this is probably the mesh system for you. 

The Orbi WiFi 6E 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 per second, 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. 

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

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) review

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A great router overall

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/5 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 1.389 Gbps
Size: 12.0 x 8.0 x 6.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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High performance
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Includes malware apps
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Good configuration options

Reasons to avoid

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Throughput falls off quickly with distance

With the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) Wi-Fi 6 router, top performance and enhanced security go hand in hand, combining throughput that smashes through the gigabit per second barrier with malware protection and Disney’s Circle app for blocking inappropriate content and managing family network use. And with excellent performance through walls and floors, the Nighthawk AX8 will work just as well in the real world as in the lab.

It may be expensive — most of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers are — but the RAX80 was easy for us to set up and lets you configure the router exactly the way you want it. It's also got a 90-foot range, but we found it delivered better performance at distances of 50 feet, making it better suited to medium-sized homes. By almost any measure, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) is the Wi-Fi-6 router to get if you don’t want to compromise on speed and safety.

Read our full Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) review

Best Wi-Fi routers: Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

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The best Wi-Fi 6 gaming router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 1 2.5-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 731.4 Mbps
Size: 9.4 x 9.4 x 2.8 inches

Reasons to buy

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First Wi-Fi 6 (802.11AX) router
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Performance improves with distance
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Plenty of customization
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Impressive 2.5Gbps wired connector

Reasons to avoid

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Big

The first gaming router we tested that features Wi-Fi 6, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is a gamer's delight, with speed that improves over longer range, low latency and all the features that gamers expect. Add it all up and most other gaming routers are now second best.

The GT-AX11000 is large, with a gargantuan base, eight swiveling antennas, and massive 10.8Gbps maximum throughput. This wireless router has connectivity in droves, thanks to its tri-band design and four downstream Gigabit LAN ports, a single 2.5G Base T Ethernet connection, and two USB 3.0 ports. 

Built-in customization and gaming-oriented optimizations provide plenty of control, and you can even pair it with other Asus routers for mesh networking to cover a larger home. At $450, it is expensive, but this is one of the best gaming routers for gamers wanting an edge online.

Read our full Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 review.

Best Wi-Fi routers: Nest WiFi

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A great mesh router with built-in smart speaker

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/dual band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 4/No
Ports: Two 1-Gbps LAN
Peak Throughput: 653.2 Mbps
Size: 4.3 x 4.3 x 3.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Good performance
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Google Assistant built in
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Easy setup

Reasons to avoid

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Short range
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Minimal configuration options

The Google Nest Wi-Fi combines an excellent mesh Wi-Fi router with a smart home speaker, giving you whole-home connectivity along with the benefits of Google Assistant, wherever you are in your house. Although they lack WI-Fi 6, they have both Bluetooth and 802.15.4 Thread mesh networking built in to efficiently connect with low-power home-automation devices. 

While the overall throughput of the Nest Wi-Fi isn't the best among mesh routers — it had a peak throughput of 653.2 Mbps in our tests — we liked that each satellite was small and unobtrusive, so it wouldn't look out of place on a bookshelf. All in all, this is a great little mesh Wi-Fi system at a reasonable price.

Read our full Nest WiFi review.

Best Wi-Fi routers: TP-Link Archer AX6000

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The best value-priced Wi-Fi 6 router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/8 LAN gigabit per second, USB 3, USB C
Peak Throughput: 884.4Mbps
Size: 10.3 x 10.3 x 2.4 inches

Reasons to buy

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8 LAN ports
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Extra security

Reasons to avoid

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Limited configuration options in app
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Hard to remove Ethernet cables

Wi-Fi 6 routers aren't cheap, but value is the name of the game for the TP-Link Archer AX6000 router, our favorite budget-friendly Wi-Fi 6 router. It may lag on performance and range but it offers Wi-Fi 6 speeds for less than competing Wi-Fi 6 models. Think of the Archer AX6000 as the affordable router for the first generation of Wi-Fi 6 devices.

With eight wired networking ports and the ability to pair two together to create a 2Gbps stream of data, TP-Link’s Archer AX6000 router leads the way for Wi-Fi 6 routers that are just as good with wired devices as they are at Wi-Fi. By adding in router-based security, the Archer AX6000 stands alone as one of the best routers you can get, at a price that's hard to beat.

Read our full TP-Link Archer AX6000 review.

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 review

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The 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
Throughput: 2.396Gbps
Size: 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Top speed with 6GHz band
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Customizability
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Security software

Reasons to avoid

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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 the new 6-GHz band to the already impressive capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, the Nighthawk RAXE500 delivers category-leading performance — but at $599, it's not cheap.

This tri-band device more than lives up to the hype by delivering nearly 2.5Gbps of real-world data in our testing. Add this to the slick design and highly customizable configuration options, and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 becomes one of the best wireless routers we've ever reviewed. While it’s best at close quarters and is one of the most expensive routers you can buy, the RAXE500 is worth every penny if you have the need for speed.

Read our full Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 review. 

Best Wi-Fi routers: Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400)

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The best router to secure your whole house

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 3/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 2.0
Peak Throughput: 626.6 Mbps
Size: 11.2 x 7.3 x 2.0 inches

Reasons to buy

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Good performance
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Three years of security software
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Easy setup

Reasons to avoid

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Short range
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Not much to configure

It might be priced like a high-performance or gaming router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400) delivers in a different (and perhaps more important) area: cybersecurity. The RS400 may deliver solid performance and enough range to cover most homes, but the real value is protection, with a fistful of security features from Netgear and Bitdefender, including three years of protection from Bitdefender Total Security software.

The RS400 is built to safeguard your entire connected home, from your laptops and phones to a whole range of smart devices, from TVs to ovens, thermostats and doorbell cameras. With so many devices on today's home network, you have to be more vigilant, as a single poorly secured gadget can open you up to hackers and malware. The RS400 keeps your whole home safe, and is easy to set up and manage, too, making it our favorite cybersecurity router.

Read our full Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 (RS400) review.

Best Wi-Fi routers: TP-Link Archer A7

TP-Link Archer A7 (Image credit: TP-Link)
Our favorite low-priced wireless router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 3/No
Ports: Four 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 2.0
Peak Throughput: 647.4 Mbps
Size: 1.3 x 9.6 x 6.4 inches

Reasons to buy

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Costs less than $100
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Reasonable performance
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Two-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks deep customization options
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Limited range

The TP-Link Archer A7 is the best Wi-Fi router for those on a budget, delivering very good 802.11ac performance and a surprising number of features for less than most competing routers. The Archer A7 has great performance for the price — pushing through more data than most of the comparably priced routers we've tested — and features four Gigabit LAN ports and a USB 2.0 port for connecting devices.

In addition to solid performance and features, the Archer A7 also has a very easy setup process and useful parental controls, with an app that lets you monitor and control network use from anywhere. It may not be loaded with customization tools, but it offers parental control and Quality of Service (QoS) software that ensures better than average performance. It's the best value Wi-Fi router we've tested.

Read our full TP-Link Archer A7 review.
 

Best Wi-Fi routers: TP-Link Archer C5400X

TP-Link Archer C5400X (Image credit: TP-Link Archer C5400X (Credit: TP-Link))
Intense raw performance, optimized for gaming

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/No
Ports: 1 WAN, 8 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 2.0
Peak Throughput: 859.5 Mbps
Size: 11.2 x 11.2 x 7.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance and tri-band design
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Customization potential
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Security software

Reasons to avoid

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Big
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Can't aim antennas

The TP-Link Archer C5400X is the gaming router to beat, with some of the best performance you'll see in any single home networking device. It offers best-in-class tri-band performance, delivering 1Gbps over its 2.4GHz band and 2.167Gbps over each of its two 5GHz channels. It also has impressive coverage, with more than 100-feet of superb coverage that will blanket most homes in strong, clear Wi-Fi signal.

The spider-like 8-antenna design and red-on-black color scheme are sure to turn heads, but the real selling point is the collection of optimization and security features that will satisfy any power user. With excellent bandwidth-allocation controls to let you use the massive throughput as you wish, this router puts incredible performance into the user's hands, for gaming or anything else.

Read our full TP-Link Archer C5400X review

Best Wi-Fi routers: Linksys EA8300 Max Stream

Linksys EA8300 Max Stream (Image credit: Linksys EA8300 Max Stream (Credit: Linksys))
The ultimate router for power users

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 6/No
Ports: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 1 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 626.5 Mbps
Size: 8.5 x 6.4 x 2.2 inches

Reasons to buy

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Tri-band design with excellent performance
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Good software and options
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Compact design

Reasons to avoid

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Short range

For a truly customizable router, we recommend the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream, which is not only a great tri-band router, it's also loaded with tools to tweak and customize your router for optimal performance. The small black EA8300 Max-Stream can move lots of data, though it will do best in smaller homes. But even with shorter range, it offers impressive performance for a router that sells for less than $200.

Whether you're allocating bandwidth to prioritize gaming or media streaming, or just setting up parental controls, you can automate many features, make manual adjustments on the fly, and monitor it — all from your desktop or smartphone. With so many ways to customize your router’s performance, the Linksys EA8300 Max Stream is an easy pick for the power user.

Read our full Linksys EA8300 Max Stream review.

Best Wi-Fi routers: Netgear Orbi LBR20

Netgear Orbi LBR20 (Image credit: Netgear)
The ultimate router for power users

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: AC2200/Tri-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 4/No; 2 LTE antenna ports
Ports: 1 WAN/1 LAN
Peak Throughput: 408.19Mbps
Size: 9.0 x 6.0 x 2.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Antenna ports
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Powerful LTE receiver
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Backup or live LTE data source distributed on mesh Wi-Fi

Reasons to avoid

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Wi-Fi 5
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Not fully compatible with Verizon and T-Mobile’s Sprint network

Netgear's Orbi 4G LTE Advanced WiFi Router (LBR20) gives you the choice of using either a wired broadband modem or LTE to provide data to your home network. However, you can also configure this router to use 4G as a backup option if there are problems with your internet service provider. Since the Orbi LBR20 is a mesh router, you can expand your network using other Orbi gear.

While the LBR20 is a great choice for those living in rural areas or in RVs as it can always serve up data if you're close to a cell tower, the device uses the older Wi-Fi 5 specification as well as 4G instead of 5G.

Read our full Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced WiFi Router review.

Is it time to update your Wi-Fi router?

Maybe you’ve noticed that your current Wi-Fi coverage feels slower than it used to, have been experiencing spotty reception, or maybe you just need something better equipped to handle the demands of the growing number of smart home devices at your house. If you’ve been dealing with any of these issues, a new router should be able to fix these common problems.

It’s also worth upgrading to a new Wi-Fi router if you’re still using older hardware. If you have an old Wireless-N or Wireless-AC (retroactively renamed Wi-Fi 4 and Wi-Fi 5 respectively) router in your home, you should definitely consider upgrading to something more current. Newer standards will not only provide faster connectivity but there are other benefits as well. For instance, your smartphone battery will last longer as a result of more efficient device management and your connected home gadgets will all feel much faster with these more capable standards.

The other big reason to upgrade your router is that you’re tired of paying a monthly rental fee for a router from your ISP. Since average equipment rental fees cost anywhere from $10-15 each mount, a new router can pay for itself in just a short amount of time while providing you with better service and features. Just don’t forget to pair it with one of the best cable modems if you want to entirely free yourself from the extra costs that often come with broadband internet packages. 

How to choose the best Wi-Fi router for you

When it comes to choosing the best wireless router for your home or small business, it’s easy to get lost in the complex networking jargon and obscure technology standards. However, all you really need to know is how to answer two key questions: What speed do you need for your internet connection? And what sort of coverage do you need?

Speeds and standards: The internet speed you need for your router is determined by the speed you get from your internet service provider as well as the speeds supported by your modem. For most people, a standard 802.11ac router will handle all but the highest performing plans, like Gigabit internet plans that aren’t available everywhere just yet. With average broadband speeds at around 100 Mbps, most wireless AC routers will be able to handle the job with ease.

The latest technology for routers is called Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax) which is a faster standard that’s better suited for households with a lot of smart home devices. There are many Wi-Fi 6 routers available today, though there’s an even newer twist on this standard called Wi-Fi 6e that takes advantage of a newly opened part of the radio spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6e-enabled devices, such as laptops and smartphones, are still few and far between. Unless you’re using a dozen devices at once, you likely won’t see much benefit from upgrading to Wi-Fi 6e at this time. See our article What is Wi-Fi 6E: Routers, devices and how it's better than Wi-Fi 6 to learn more. 

Coverage range: The other part of the wireless equation is coverage area. A basic standalone router will generally offer 50 to 100 feet of range, so that it can easily cover the majority of apartments and smaller homes. If you have a house with 3,000 square feet or more of space, you’ll want to consider a mesh router instead which use multiple devices to provide a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout larger homes. These are especially helpful in multistory houses or in homes with dead spots where the Wi-Fi signal drops out.

Ports: Though wireless connectivity is the main thing you want from a Wi-Fi router, you’ll also want to think about wired connections. Ethernet offers faster connectivity for devices like game consoles and smart TVs that use more bandwidth and USB ports are handy for connecting older printers or storage to your network.

Input is another issue, especially if you live in an area where Gigabit internet is available. With a Gigabit connection, an older router can be a bottleneck, slowing down your entire home. Some routers can even aggregate two inputs for even faster connectivity.

Price range: Current 802.11 ac routers often sell for less than $100 for basic, dual-band models. More expensive modems range up to $300 but offer better coverage and faster speeds, while gaming routers have built-in optimization features and typically sell for more. New routers using the Wi-Fi 6 standard (previously known as 802.11 ax) often cost $400 or more.

Keeping up on everything happening in the networking world can be difficult, so check out our helpful guides on the latest technology, like What is a mesh Wi-Fi router, and do you need one?  Or get the latest advice on how to fix your router's security problems, from simple steps to advanced protections. From router security to in-depth explanations of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e, we're always providing the latest info about the newest products and innovations. 

How we test Wi-Fi routers

We test every router we review to measure performance and range, in addition to hands-on use to evaluate the ease-of-setup and quality of settings and features.

Throughput describes how much data the router can move back and forth over its wireless connection. Higher throughput will serve you better in data-heavy uses, like streaming video, gaming, or connecting multiple users at once.

We measure throughput using IXChariot, first at a 5-foot distance without obstructions, so that we can gauge the maximum amount of data that the router can move. We then measure how much data the router can move at 50, 75 and 100 feet, so that you can also choose the best model for smaller homes and apartments, where short-range performance may be the priority.

We also test performance through walls and ceilings, to determine how well a router can provide signal in the Wi-Fi-dampening conditions common to many buildings and homes.

For mesh routers, we perform additional testing to determine how well the mesh system does sending a signal through both the main router and through a satellite unit.

Following out throughput tests, we also put the router through real-world tests by connecting a number of devices — laptops, TVs, smartphones, and tablets — and stream a number of games, TV shows and movies simultaneously to see how well the router performs under strain.

For more information, check out our how we test page for Tom's Guide.


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Anthony Spadafora
Senior Editor Security and Networking

Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home. 

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  • Mark Spoonauer
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomsguide.com/forum/id-2918690/routers.html
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  • frawenz
    I am not sure at all what to buy for a 3,800 sqft really old home with plaster in the walls. We will be renting three guest rooms that will all need access to good wifi and a separate password. I need very fast (preferably wired) and reliable internet for work that doesn't slow down when guests use the internet. I would really appreciate a recommendation with approx. pricing. However, a good system is a higher priority to price.
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  • avtella
    The Qualcomm CPU/WiFi chipset based Netgear R7800 has the best 5Ghz range/performance of any consumer router I have tested (am a beta tester) and a pretty good 2.4Ghz performance as well. Better than any on that list to be honest. If you want in depth reviews look at small netbuilder and CNET has some simpler reviews too but the R7800 in pretty much most sites, tops other routers in 5GHz performance and range. VPN performance is also better than the Linksys units as it has more powerful/newer gen CPU. Also its the only one with a properly working MU-MIMO implementation. The R7800 actually is more powerful CPU and WiFi chipset wise than the R8500, only advantage the R8500 has is the extra 5Ghz band which I don't think will help you that much and will definitely not increase range by any means. The Synology RT2600AC also uses the same hardware as the R7800 and is also a good alternative.

    Broadcom based routers from Netgear/Linksys (Marvell based units as well)/Asus can cause performance degradation with MU enabled, as Broadcom's implementation sucks. The Asus 86U is also close to the R7800 WiFi wise but its Broadcom based, though using an improved WIFi chip compared to older Broadcom units. FYI compared to the 88U (similar to R8500) the 86U is actually more powerful and using newer gen hardware, only reason the 88U is higher priced is due to extra lan ports.
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  • frawenz
    Thank you avtella, really appreciate it!!!
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  • robo21
    I would avoid Netgear like the plague, I have had the worst support experiences with them. 90 days tech support, lousy warranty and their technical support staff lies trying to sell extended support packages. They actually told me that I needed to upgrade my Internet Service File for $99.95. What a crock!
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  • r.s.lynn
    I want to buy a new wifi router that has the functionality to allow geographically distant family to download selected photos and videos from a USB-attached external hard drive. It would be convenient for me to know which wifi routers have US-based tech support. ASUS does not have, at least not at level 1, native English speakers, and the ones I spoke with had poor English skills.
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  • dnrcohen
    I have a backhouse that is about 75 feet away from the main house. We will be connecting a desktop (in the backhouse) , a laptop and a phone line (although none will probably be used at the same time. Which router would you recommend. Thanks!!
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  • ljctx49
    ATT is installing the BGW 210-700 Modem/Router as their latest unit.
    Questions:
    1 - ATT sells the AirTies 4920 as a match to establish a whole house mesh network. Any experience?
    2 - What is the average range of the BGW?
    3 - Why should I buy another router and bridge the BGW for $XXX AND added complexity?
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  • captjackny
    How about a review of the Edimax routers? Model 6208 V2 is under $50 and has a lot of features such as 802.11ac.
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  • pat.mccarthy07604
    How about the Norton router. Norton touts it as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Would like your opinion.
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