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Dual-band wireless router reviews


We test and compare 10 dual-band wireless routers, including models from Apple, Asus and Netgear.

Last updated: 19th November 2013

There are few things more frustrating than a slow wireless network connection. Dual-band routers can give you faster Wi-Fi than single band units, and some models use the new 802.11ac standard – which aims to replace 802.11n as the fastest gun in town.

You have to ask yourself though, is the upgrade worth the asking price? We bought and tested 10 dual-band routers – half of which have 802.11ac – to see how they compare for:

  • speed
  • distance
  • signal penetration.
Prices range from $134 to $499.

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We tested 10 products against 41 criteria - these are the top criteria according to our experts.

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