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Want better Wi-Fi? These routers can help.

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Looking to improve the Wi-Fi coverage in your home or office? Or maybe your vintage 2004 access point is just about to give up the ghost. These four routers are judged by CNET among the best and most up-to-date to be had on the market.

Asus RT-AC88U router

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/asus-rt-ac88u-router/#ftagCAD187281f

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding)

The good: The Asus RT-AC88U router has eight superfast Gigabit LAN ports, speedy Wi-Fi performance and lots of useful features. Its Web interface is smartly designed and easy to use.

The bad: The router’s USB 3.0 port is awkwardly placed, and when coupled with an external hard drive, its NAS performance is just average.

The cost: $299.99 to $360.00

The bottom line: You’ll pay a lot for the Asus RT-AC88U, but it has everything you’d want in a router. If you have the money, this is the router to get.

T-Mobile Personal CellSpot

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/t-mobile-personal-cellspot/#ftagCAD187281f

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The T-Mobile Personal CellSpot delivers top Wi-Fi performance, has powerful home networking features, and works well as a Wi-Fi calling supporting device. There are no monthly fees after an initial deposit.

The bad: This rebranded version of the Asus RT-AC68U doesn’t have all the features of the original.

The cost: $99.00

The bottom line: The Personal CellSpot is an all-around excellent home Wi-Fi router with no monthly fees that also works very well with Wi-Fi calling.

Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi router

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/linksys-wrt1900acs-dual-band-gigabit-wi-fi-router/#ftagCAD187281f

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: With powerful hardware, the Linksys WRT1900ACS Wi-Fi router delivers fast Wi-Fi performance at a really long range. It has brisk network storage speed when hosting an external storage device. Plus, the router boasts a cool retro stack-able design.

The bad: The router is expensive and unfortunately for Mac users, the storage feature doesn’t support Time Machine backup.

The cost: $229.99 to $314.28

The bottom line: Though pricey, the WRT1900ACS’ long range and rapid Wi-Fi will deliver fast Internet to places in your home that other routers might struggle to reach.

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/apple-airport-extreme-base-station-802-11ac/#ftagCAD187281f

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Apple’s compact and beautiful AirPort Extreme Base Station supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, is easy to use, and offers solid performance.

The bad: Other than the new design and 802.11ac, there are no other improvements over the previous generation. The router is inflexible and offers no support for Time Machine backup or media streaming via the USB storage.

The cost: $159.95 to $199.00

The bottom line: Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.

CNET offers independent reviews of personal technology products: www.cnet.com.

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