Its $199 Portal router (sold first on Kickstarter, and now available for pre-order on Amazon) is easy on the eyes, and can offer expanded coverage via mesh networking. But its potentially killer differentiator is its unique ability to move your Wi-Fi devices onto their own dedicated slice of wireless spectrum, thereby eliminating what the company claims is the true enemy of home Wi-Fi — congestion.
Testing for most Wi-Fi router reviews (including previous versions of this guide), consists mostly of connecting a single device to Wi-Fi at various distances, trying to get the biggest throughput number you can, and declaring the router with the biggest number and best range the winner, at least in terms of raw performance.
ASUS RT-AC86U Dual Band Wireless Router AC2900 WiFi with 4-port Gigabit LAN, 1.8GHz Dual-Core Processor, USB 3.1 Gen1 and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro. Dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) AC2900 wireless router with the latest 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology for data transfer speeds up to 2900 Mbps.
Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y) Relaxing in the yard with your tablet is a pleasant way to spend a weekend, but you're going to need a Wi-Fi connection to make it perfect. The Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite ($329.94 at Amazon.com) extends your Wi-Fi network outside your home, to the yard, garage or pool.
With the D-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-842), you don't have to spend a lot to cover your home with effective dual-band wireless networking. The router is a snap to install, and delivers fast throughput for the money, especially on the 5GHz band, but it lacks USB connectivity.
Phicomm Smart Home Wi-Fi router (K3) The Phicomm K3 smart home router has fast speed and good range on 2.4GHz but the user interface is lacking. For $230, you get high-end hardware inside a "normal"-looking device (as opposed to the extraterrestrial designs favored by other router makers).
Talon AD7200 uses the latest, most powerful wireless technology to provide speeds of up to 4600Mbps on the groundbreaking 60GHz Wi-Fi band, completely revolutionizing your definition of fast. The AD7200 uses Multi-Band technology to run three distinct Wi-Fi bands at once, with the combined Wi-Fi ...
Network management just a tap away, with the Nighthawk App. Nighthawk App makes it easy for you to install your router and get quick access to your network information. Features include: Quick Setup. Get connected in just minutes. Pause Internet. Pause the Internet to any device. Internet Speed Test. Check the broadband speeds from your service provider.