2019 was a particularly interesting year for wireless networking, and that’s thanks toand its promise of . Now, in 2020, the advent of new, options is worth paying attention to as well — particularly since so many of them are so much less expensive than the systems that came before them.
It’s good timing, too. With most of us spending more time at home than ever during, a reliable internet connection has never been so critical. That makes it a good time to upgrade to a router you and your family can depend upon.
All of that has given us a long list of new Wi-Fi router models to test out. We’re still dutifully working through them (there are a lot), but we’ve already found plenty of great picks that are easy to recommend. Whether you’re interested in, , — or if you just want something decent that won’t break the bank — we’re here to point you in the right direction.
Expect regular updates to this post as we continue our tests on multiple devices. When we find a new router that merits strong consideration, we’ll add it to this list with links back to our most recent test data.
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest, fastest version of Wi-Fi, and we’re expecting to see lots of new models that support it in 2020. And, if you want, you can upgrade to a Wi-Fi 6 router from a budget router right now to get faster, more efficient Wi-Fi performance from connected devices that support the new standard (the iPhone SE and the Samsung Galaxy S20 are two high-profile examples, but the list is growing). Wi-Fi 6 is backward compatible, so your older devices will still be able to connect, too — but your new wireless router won’t do anything to speed them up.
All of which is to say that it’s probably still too early for most of us to get a new Wi-Fi 6 router (and don’t forget that you’ll need a really, really fast internet connection in order to notice the difference in the first place).
That said, if you’re looking to make the upgrade now, or if you need a new wireless router and you want something future-proofed for the next generation of devices, then go for the TP-Link Archer AX6000. It basically aced our performance tests, delivering the fastest top transfer speeds we’ve ever recorded, plus excellent range and low latency.
The AX6000 debuted at a price of $350, but we’ve seen it marked down as low as $270. It definitely isn’t cheap even at that price, but if you can catch it on sale, it’s a worthy way to upgrade to a robust Wi-Fi 6 network. And if you can, consider waiting a few months, because TP-Link has two new AX6600 routers coming later this year: the $300 AX90 in April and the gaming-centric GX90, which will cost $330 this summer. If nothing else, that’ll probably mean a price cut for the 2019 model. Read more on CNET.