Everything you need to boost the Wi-Fi signal in your home – CNN
These days, a fast and reliable Wi-Fi signal is akin to basic utilities like electricity, water or gas — an essential, whether you’re still working from home or just need an optimal experience for all your wireless devices. And though it may seem daunting, choosing the best products for your individual household’s needs is the best way to achieve your lofty, yet necessary, wireless goals.
We put dozens of wireless products to the test — from routers to Wi-Fi extenders — assessing everything from Internet speeds to smart home connectivity. From that testing, we’ve compiled a guide to all the products you need to get the best Wi-Fi coverage in your home whatever your needs.
The best wi-fi router overall
After long-term testing, we found this Wi-Fi 6 router the best choice for small- and average-sized homes with demanding networks. The Asus RT-AX86U has excellent speed and range, and can handle several people streaming 4K video, playing online games, working from home and taking video calls at the same time.
The best wi-fi extender
The Wi-Fi 6 compatible TP-Link RE605X was easy to configure and use, plus it consistently provided us with high performance as well as the best wireless signal over the widest area of all the extenders we tested.
The best mesh wi-fi router
Eero 6 is the best mesh router we tested. With its foolproof setup process, nearly unrivaled speeds and coverage areas, this mesh router is worth the investment and promises to be future-proofed for several years, thanks to its support of the latest standards.
The best gaming router
This sleek Wi-Fi 6 router is the absolute best for video games with specific gaming features that won’t slow it down. The Asus RT-AX86U can handle several people streaming 4K video, playing online games, working from home, and taking video calls at the same time.
The Asus RT-AX86U offers incredible performance in a relatively smaller footprint at a reasonable price. With some of the best speeds at the longest range on our hardest tests, it also handled multiple devices better than any other router we tested and includes advanced features like 2.5Gbps Ethernet, link aggregation, guest networks, Wi-Fi scheduling and an OpenVPN server. Specifically, it was an exceptional router for larger homes packed with devices, and even better if you have an internet plan above 200Mbps.
The RT-AX86U takes up less shelf-space with its vertical design and its browser-based configuration portal makes it easy to set-up. It also prompts you to download the latest version of the router’s firmware, which is an …….