If you’re happy with your Wi-Fi, you don’t need a new router—it’s as simple as that.
If you have a larger family, or a large house—more than 2,000 square feet, or more than one floor—you should probably look at our mesh-networking guide instead.A good rule of thumb is if you’ve considered adding a wireless extender or extra access point in your house, get a mesh system instead.What you don’t want to do is blindly buy either the cheapest or the most expensive router you can find.Quality doesn’t necessarily scale with price, and a router with a bigger number on it may not actually solve your Wi-Fi problems.On most routers, you have to make two separate network names—such as “mynetwork2.4” and “mynetwork5”—and then decide which of your devices should join which network.
If you don’t give your networks different names (SSIDs), in practice all your devices end up piling onto one 5 GHz band, and you’ll experience slower speeds, delays, and even dropped connections when several of them are online and busy at the same time.
In the meantime please make sure to look out for firmware updates and keep up on security patches, and we’ll keep you posted.
Netgear’s R7000P is a dual-band, three-stream 802.11ac router with simple, functional, load-balancing band steering, which minimizes frustration by automatically distributing your connected devices between the router’s two wireless bands.
We spent more than 100 hours running new tests on 18 routers, and we think the Netgear R7000P is the best one for most people because it’s easy to set up, has good range and speed, and its load-balancing band steering helps it handle busy networks with lots of devices.
Our runner-up, the Asus RT-AC3200, offers three wireless bands instead of the typical two and can perform better than the R7000P, but it’s considerably more difficult to configure.
After spending over 100 hours testing 18 routers, we think the Netgear R7000P is the best wireless router for most people.