13 Best Wi-Fi Routers, Tested and Reviewed by Experts (2024)


We’ve tested a few other routers that we like and have several more in the pipeline. These aren’t as great as the options above, but they’re worth considering.

Netgear Nighthawk RS700 for $699: Although I had setup issues that required a factory reset, there’s no hiding this router’s top-notch performance. It’s a Wi-Fi 7 tri-band router with two 10Gbps Ethernet ports, four Gigabit ports, and one USB 3.2. The tower design is new to the Nighthawk line and it looks great. This router will match our bulky Asus Wi-Fi 7 pick far better and it was slightly faster on the 6-GHz band, though not on the 5-GHz or 2.4-GHz bands. It misses out on a recommendation mainly because it’s more expensive. We’re already seeing discounts on the RT-BE96U and Asus offers free security software and parental controls. The “S” at the end signifies a free year of Netgear Armor if you pick up the Nighthawk RS700S

Vodafone Pro II from £39 a monthThose looking for a new internet service provider (ISP) in the UK should check out Vodafone’s Pro II. While ISPs have traditionally provided their customers with substandard routers, it looks like that’s changing. The Vodafone Pro II is a tri-band router that supports Wi-Fi 6E, and it delivered lightning speeds on par with many of my above picks in my tests. Range is limited, particularly on the 6-GHz band, but the service comes with a range extender that appears as part of the same network. You can also get a 4G backup that connects to Vodafone’s mobile network to keep you online if your regular internet connection fails.

Firewalla Gold SE for $449This unique portable device is perfect for those who are concerned about security and privacy. It offers comprehensive tools for monitoring all traffic in and out of your home, robust and detailed parental controls, ad blocking, and enhanced security with a built-in firewall and VPN option. It acts as a router, but you’ll want to add another router in access point mode for the Wi-Fi in your home. It’s expensive and may prove intimidating to inexperienced people, but it offers deep insight into your network and an impressive depth of security features without an additional subscription. The Gold SE has two 2.5Gbps ports and two gigabit ports and is suitable for those with 2-gigabit connections. If your internet is only one gigabit, try the more affordable, but slightly less capable, Firewall Purple ($359) (8/10, WIRED recommends).

TP-Link Archer BE800 for $500: With a new design that’s more desktop PC than router, the BE800 (8/10, WIRED review) tri-band beast came in or near the top in my tests on the 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, and 6-GHz bands, proving impressively fast for file transfers and downloads. It has a plethora of fast ports, a great but somewhat useless customizable dot-matrix LED screen, and the Tether app offers QoS and remote management for a guest network, IoT network, VPN server or client, EasyMesh, device prioritization. It was our Wi-Fi 7 pick, but the Asus RT-BE96U beat it in my tests and doesn’t require a subscription. TP-Link’s Security+ ($5/month, $36/year) and Advanced Parental Controls ($3/month, $18/year) offer full-featured parental controls and network security.

Raye RG-E6 for $144: This affordable gaming router from Reyee came very close to beating our budget gaming pick (the TP-Link Archer GX90) after some impressive test results. It’s only a dual-band router, but speeds were very good on the 5-GHz band, with support for 160-MHz channels. It has 2.5-Gbps WAN/LAN and three gigabit LANs, but no USB ports. Reyee’s app offers prioritization for devices, ports, and gaming traffic, separate guest and IoT networks, and basic parental controls. What it lacks is any security, and the app is poorly translated. But if that doesn’t bother you, it’s probably the best gaming router you can get for the money.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 for $170: While this tri-band router makes Wi-Fi 6E affordable, its performance was mixed. The 6-GHz band offers fast speeds at close range but drops off sharply with distance. I found the 5-GHz band somewhat inconsistent, recording fast performance in most of my tests but relatively slow results on a few occasions. You also need a subscription if you want full-featured parental controls and network security, and all four Ethernet ports are limited to 1Gbps.

Synology WRX560 for $220: If you already have the Synology RT6600ax listed above, the WRX560 is a good additional device for setting up a mesh network. I had some issues with setup that required a factory reset, but once up and running, the WRX560 delivers a strong and stable signal on the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands. However, it’s hard to find a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router selling at this price, so if you just need one, it’s worth spending the extra $80 for the RT6600ax.

TP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro for $200: This dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router is almost identical to the Archer AX73 except for the 2.5 Gbps WAN port. It offers relatively fast speeds on the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands and boasts a 160-MHz channel width on 5 GHz. Range is good, easily covering my home and garden, but performance was inconsistent. It was also relatively slow at transferring files locally. There’s support for TP-Link OneMesh, VPN, and QoS, but you only get basic parental controls and network security unless you subscribe.

MSi RadiX AXE6600 for $161: This Wi-Fi 6E tri-band gaming router has that familiar red and black Sith spider look, though you can customize the lighting. It proved very fast in most of my tests, coming close to the top of the table at short distances on the 6-GHz band and offering average performance on the 5-GHz and 2.4-GHz bands. But the mobile app had limited options, a confusing layout, and bugs (it crashed for me more than once). The web interface was better, with more options, including OpenVPN, simple parental controls, guest networks, and QoS optimization for gaming. Unfortunately, performance was inconsistent, and I encountered random drops twice in a week of testing.

Linksys Hydra Pro 6E for $200: One of the first Wi-Fi 6E tri-band routers (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz) to hit the market, its price has dropped significantly since release. It proved easy to set up, and its app is pretty straightforward, though it was often slow to load. It has a 5-Gbps WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports. Performance proved reliable, and if you have a device that supports Wi-Fi 6E, it’s possible to get lightning-fast speeds at close range. Coverage and speeds were average at mid- and long-range. Free are basic parental controls that enable you to block sites and schedule downtime, but only on a per-device basis (no profile creation or age restriction filters). You can split the band and prioritize up to three devices if you want. There’s also a guest network option and easy Wi-Fi sharing. Another positive is that this router works with any other Linksys intelligent mesh router (including the Velop mesh range).

Linksys Hydra 6 for $100: Specs-wise, this compact router is very similar to our top pick (the TP-Link Archer AX55). It’s a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router with one gigabit WAN and four gigabit LAN ports. Setup was easy, and it uses the same Linksys app as the Pro 6E above, so you get free parental controls, guest networks, priority, and band splitting. It proved fast at close range and not bad at mid-range, but it might struggle if your home is larger than 1,600 square feet. However, as an intelligent mesh router, it can mix and match with other Linksys routers or its Velop mesh system. Linksys suggests a limit of 25 connected devices. Although it managed more than 40 without issue in my testing, busier households will likely need something more powerful.

Raye RG-E5 for $100: Based solely on performance, this dual-band, Wi-Fi 6 router impressed me. It offered great coverage, very fast speeds on the 5-GHz band, and solid stability. It can also form a mesh with other Ruijie routers, and there are free parental controls in the app. On the downside, security is lacking (no WPA3, no 2FA, no anti-malware), you have to create a Ruijie cloud account (Ruijie is the Chinese parent company), and the poorly translated app is a bit confusing.


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