The market for routers is dynamic, and given that it has been a while since we have last published an overview covering the state of affairs surrounding 802.11ac routers on Hardware.Info, it's high time for an update. We've tested 20 different models, including a number of the already third generation 802.11ac routers.
802.11ac saw a definitive breakthrough in 2013, and was finally officially ratified in January of 2014. Almost all brands have brought an 802.11ac router onto the market by now, and most manufacturers have an entire line-up of 802.11ac models nowadays. One thing is certain: 802.11n dual-band routers won't be holding on much longer. Let's take a look at Linksys, for example: the EA2700 is their only dual-band router which does not yet use 802.11ac for the 5 GHz band.
For this article, we have tested the following 802.11ac routers (click a device to view an individual review, if available):