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Revealed! The best, and worst, 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers of 2013

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Netgear Nighthawk review: One of the best 802.11ac routers you can buy

At a Glance
  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router

    PCWorld Rating

    Netgear's Nighthawk 802.11ac router boasts a strong feature set, delivers exceptional range, and is reasonably priced. It's the best Wi-Fi router on the market, at least for now.

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Netgear's Nighthawk 802.11ac router boasts a strong feature set, delivers exceptional range, and is reasonably priced. It's the best Wi-Fi router on the market, at least for now.

    Pros

    • Excellent range
    • Extremely fast file transfers from USB 3.0 storage devices
    • Compelling feature set, including downstream QoS

    Cons

    • Requires second Nighthawk configured as 802.11ac bridge for top performance
    • Exceedingly large wall wart

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