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Tested: We push six 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapters to the limit

You have an 802.11ac router, and now you need adapters for your networked devices. But not just any old model will do. Our reviews show significant differences in performance and price.

Trendnet TEW-805UB review: Low-priced adapter delivers lackluster performance and features

This 802.11ac Wi-Fi client USB adapter is small and cheap, but it's also slow.

Netgear A6200 review: Good up close and flat-out fabulous at long range

This adapter finished in second place up close, but it took first place when the client was far away from the router.

Buffalo AirStation WI-U2-866D review: Decent performance for a low price

This isn't the best 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapter, but it boasts an excellent price-to-performance ratio.

Asus USB-AC56 review: Feature-rich and very fast

Asus makes the fastest 802.11ac router and the fastest 802.11ac adapter.

Linksys WUSB6300 review: Mediocre performance doesn't jibe with higher price

There just aren’t many reasons to consider this 802.11ac Wi-Fi client USB adapter.

D-Link DWA-182 review: A solid performer at all distances

There’s a lot to like here, including compact dimensions, a handy cradle, and decent performance.

802.11ac routers

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

Find out which routers rose to the top and which ones sank to the bottom after we subjected them to our comprehensive lab tests.

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

If you want the best Wi-Fi on the market, it’s this or the Asus RT-AC68U

Trendnet TEW-812DRU V2 router review: Barely the basics

Sometimes, cheap means inexpensive; other times, it just means cheap. This router may save you a little money, but don't expect anything beyond basic features and performance in return.

Linksys EA6900 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Too expensive for what’s delivered

This 5GHz 802.11ac router delivers its best performance as an 2.4GH 802.11n router.

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Respectable feature set, mediocre performance

It’s better—and cheaper—than Trendnet’s TEW-812DRU V2, but that's still not saying much for this also-ran router.

D-Link DIR-868L 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Fast and surprisingly inexpensive

You’ll find all the performance and most of the features you need in this bargain-priced router.

Asus RT-AC68U review: The best router on the market, priced accordingly

This is a great 802.11ac router for both home and small-business use

Skydog review: Tomorrow’s network-management features; yesterday’s hardware

This router's awesome cloud-based management features are undercut by its ultraconservative hardware, which is based on the old 802.11n standard.