Updated February 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in January of 2019. The brand-new 802.11ax standard is poised to change the way devices communicate wirelessly, thanks to clever, new mechanics that increase packet sizes; maximum concurrent transmissions; and even the battery life of devices. You will, of course, need the latest and most advanced equipment to take advantage of this new technology, so here are some of the best (or only) routers currently available. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best wi-fi 6 router on Amazon.

6. Ruckus R730

5. Aerohive AP650X

4. Aruba AP-515

3. Asus ROG GT-AX11000

2. Asus RT-AX88U

1. Netgear RAX80

Editor's Notes

February 04, 2019:

It's often nice to be at the forefront of the newest standards, and if you're in the market for an 802.11ax router, chances are you know more than a little about technology. As far as early adoption goes, there are only a few viable models currently available, topped with the surprisingly user-friendly Netgear RAX80, also known as the Nighthawk AX8. Aside from it and the Asus AX88, there are very few routers marketed to the general public. And even though we're seeing the bleeding edge of Wi-Fi 6 development right now, and will likely remain so for much of 2019, both of these are solid picks for anyone who wants to guarantee top-of-the-line connectivity in their home or small business. The Asus ROG goes just a step further, offering a 2.5-gigabit Ethernet connection, which players of high-end, ultra-competitive games will appreciate. The ROG also claims superior wireless prioritization, so if you're gaming without the LAN connection, it should still push your packets through first, helping to cut latency to just a few milliseconds, in the right settings. After those three, we approach some seriously powerful, interesting, and expensive choices, all suited for various professional applications. The Aruba was purpose-built for large lecture halls and laboratory departments in modern schools, and it supports up to around 250 simultaneous users, helping all students to "get their learn on." The Aerohive is the latest revision to one of the first widely-available AX routers, and if your place of business requires it, it's a great pick. The Ruckus is particularly noteworthy for its focus on high-end security, and in fact, it offers some such features than many endpoint devices don't yet support. So it's important to do as much research as you can while setting up your Wi-Fi 6 system.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on February 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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