OUR TOP PICKS
To make your selection process easier we compiled a list of wifi routers and accessories that have had the highest number of sales and good reviews for a good period from the best suppliers.
TP-Link’s Archer A20 is easy to set up and has three wireless bands instead of the usual two, which helps it handle more connections at once. It’s big, but it is our top performer, and it includes advanced features, such as link aggregation, that will appeal to the technically inclined.
The TP-Link Archer A7 is great for smaller spaces. It’s an excellent performer, it typically costs less than half as much as our top pick, and firmware updates have improved it significantly.
With fast wireless speeds, simple setup and helpful, easy-to-use app controls, Google Wifi was our top mesh router pick for the past three years. Its second-gen follow-up, Nest Wifi, is faster, more affordable and just as easy to set up and use. Plus, the range-extending Points double as Google Assistant smart speakers now. That, coupled with a new design that comes in multiple colors, is aimed at getting you to keep these things out in the open, where they'll perform better.
The Synology RT2600ac has only two wireless bands instead of three, but it still offers excellent performance. It’s easy to set up, you can expand it into a mesh network, and you can fine-tune its wireless settings to improve performance
If you need a new wireless router that feels like an upgrade -- but you don't want to spend hundreds on it -- then make sure the D-Link DIR-867 is on your list. It impressed us with steady Wi-Fi speeds and decent features for the price
It isn't as fully featured as systems like Nest Wifi, and the app controls you'll use to set everything up aren't nearly as slick -- but aside from that, the new, budget-friendly Netgear Orbi system stands out as a clear value pick in the mesh category. At just $150 for a two-device setup with the Wi-Fi router and a single range WiFi extender, it's about as inexpensive as a mesh network gets
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