802.11ac routers review: 20 models tested

The third generation of 802.11ac has arrived

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Introduction

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):

  • ASUS RT-AC56U
  • ASUS RT-AC66U
  • ASUS RT-AC68U Black
  • AVM Fritz!Box 7490
  • Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (ME918Z/A)
  • Belkin AC 1000 DB WiFi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router
  • Buffalo WZR-1750DHP
  • D-Link DIR-810L
  • D-Link DIR-860L
  • D-Link DIR-868L
  • Edimax BR-6478AC
  • Linksys EA6400
  • Linksys EA6700
  • Linksys EA6900
  • Netgear R6300
  • Netgear R7000 Nighthawk
  • Sitecom X8 AC1750
  • TP-Link AC1750 Archer C7
  • ZyXEL NBG6503
  • ZyXEL NBG6716


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