Best 802.11ac Wireless AC Routers 2013
Posted 11 October 2013 by Simon Fabrizio, Views (5530)
Best Wireless AC Router

The 802.11ac Wireless standard (aka 5G Wi-Fi) is the latest on the market and offers up to 1.9Gbps of wireless connection speed. First introduced during CES 2012, the new standard can now be found in many routers. These wireless routers, for backward compatibility, also come with Wireless-N (802.11n) and hence support all existing Wi-Fi clients. Hardware clients that are 802.11ac-capable, however, are still very scarce on the market. Following are the best Wireless AC Routers (in no particular order) that support the new 802.11ac standard on the market. Since there are not many of them, all of those on this list are the best of their kind in 2013 so far.

Please note: As Wireless-AC is still in its infancy we have chosen not to add reviews to the routers featured in this article. As a guide we have included a price scale (subject to change).

NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1900Mbps)

NETGEAR R7000

The NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk delivers AC1900 Wireless-AC, a powerful dual core 1GHz processor and advanced upstream QoS for optimised online game play on consoles like the Xbox One or PS4. Currently number one on the smallnetbuilder.com wireless performance charts!

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ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1900Mbps)

ASUS RT-AC68U

The ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router is one of the world's first 802.11ac router with blisteringly fast combined AC1900 data rates of up to 1900Mbit/s. An ideal pairing for BT Infinity or Fibre FTTC Broadband.

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NETGEAR D6300 AC1650 Simultaneous
Dual-Band ADSL 2/2+ Wireless-AC Router (1650Mbps)

NETGEAR D6300

The NETGEAR D6300 AC1650 Simultaneous Dual-Band ADSL 2/2+ Wireless-AC Router is ideal for larger homes with multiple devices. It is the only Wireless-AC Router on our list that supports ADSL 2/2+ and it includes a personal dashboard, allowing you to manage, monitor, and repair your home network.

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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1750Mbps)

TP-Link Archer C7

The TP-LINK Archer C7 is 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivers a combined simultaneous dual-band wireless data transfer rate of up to 1.75Gbps. The TP-LINK Archer C7 comes at a great budget friendly price and offers extremely good value considering all the feaures it offers.

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Linksys EA6400 AC1600 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1600Mbps)

Linksys EA6400

The Linksys EA6400 AC1600 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router includes Linksys 'SMART Wi-Fi' to give you visibility into your home network from anywhere at any time. An excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

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Edimax BR-6478AC AC1200 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1200Mbps)

Edmiax BR-6478AC

Edimax BR-6478AC AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router is for a high-standards, low-ego type of user: it's not something you can show off aesthetically, but it's a powerhouse for a robust, fast home network, both for now and tomorrow.

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Buffalo WZR-D1800H AC1300 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless AC Broadband Router (1750Mbps)

Buffalo WZR-D1800H

For advanced and professional users, the Buffalo WZR-D1800H AC1300 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC Broadband Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, bounty of useful features and wireless speeds up to 1300Mbps.

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ZyXEL NBG6716 AC1750 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1750Mbps)

Zyxel NBG6716

The ZyXEL NBG6716 AC1750 Wireless AC Router intelligently identifies, classifies and manages all the traffic on your home network to dynamically give each application the bandwidth and speed it requires for the best online experience.

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D-Link DIR-868L AC1750 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1750Mbps)

D-Link DIR-868L

What does the D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC Router mean for your home network? Flawless HD video streaming, faster gaming, and lag-free Skype and Facetime calls, all with less Wi-Fi interference for smooth, lightning-fast performance. For its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance it's one to consider!

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TRENDnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (1750Mbps)

TRENDNet TEW-812DRU

The TRENDnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router features Beamforming technology that directs the strongest signal to each connected device, while multiple-MIMO technology enables communication with multiple devices simultaneously.

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D-Link DIR-810L AC750 Simultaneous
Dual-Band Wireless-AC Broadband Router (750Mbps)

D-Link DIR-810L

The D-Link DIR-810L can be up and running in no time right from your couch using the QRS (Quick Router Setup) Mobile app on your iOS or Android device. Simply plug in the router, open the app, and follow a few easy steps to get your home network connected without having to touch a computer.

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