Home internet has gotten pretty darn fast, but one thing you may notice is that your actual speeds aren’t as advertised. Is your cable company lying to you? Perhaps. More likely though is the fact that your wireless (you don’t have your entire house hardwired, do you?) router is the bottleneck. Try plugging in directly – see what I mean?

A list of best-in-class Wi-Fi routers for your home that give you the best bang for your buck, and come highly recommended by networking professionals considered an authority on the subject will do the trick. The folks at Connectedly have done all the work. For the money and performance, they’re showing off routers that all do the job without completely crushing your wallet. Your tablet and laptop will thank you:

  • NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 (AC1900 class). The top pick and a little pricey, but well worth is ($188)
  • TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 (AC1750 class). A remarkable machine from a lower end vendor. Priced right at $99
  • NETGEAR R6250 (AC1600 class). Sitting in between the first two on price ($150) it gets the job done against the TP-LINK in every way except for dollars.
  • Edimax BR-6478AC (AC1200 class) This is a budget machine, but for the money it’s great. $65
  • NETGEAR Centrai WNDR4700 (N900 Class) A little outdated, but has quite the feature set (more so than many of the above). $75

Need a new router? Depends on how you answered my initial question. Enjoy!

The top 5 Wi-Fi routers for your connected home | Connectedly.