Netgear Orbi AX4200 RBK752 review

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96%

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 verdict: Almost flawless

It’s a phenomenal mesh router that is easily one of the best we’ve ever tested. If it’s in your budget and you want a simple device that will send swift internet throughout your home then this is your best bet.

Pros
  • Incredible ability to handle several demanding devices at once
  • Fantastic range and coverage
  • Tri-band helps device load
Cons
  • Large bulky nodes
  • Expensive

Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review

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95%

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 verdict: Peerless mesh system

Wow, what a system. No mesh system is simpler, slicker or swifter. It’s the best money can buy.

Pros
  • Phenomenal coverage
  • Incredible speeds even with several devices connected
  • Wi-Fi 6 is lightning fast
  • Simple to setup
  • Loads of advanced features
Cons
  • Some people won’t need all the advanced features

Asus RT-AX92U review

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93%

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 verdict: Excellent Best Buy

The Asus RT-AX92U is a very powerful router. With Wi-Fi 6 enabled, and when using a Wi-Fi 6 enabled device, speeds are stunningly fast. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Brilliant coverage
  • Good for streaming
  • Good speeds on default setting
  • Deals with multiple devices well
  • Lots of Ethernet and USB ports
  • Can act as a mesh with an additional unit
Cons
  • App is a bit too busy

TP-Link Archer AX90 AX6600 review

£200.00Typical price

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92%

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 verdict: Extraordinary speeds

It’s a phenomenal router that does far more than the casual user needs. If you have the devices and internet package to get the most out of this beast, it’s a fantastic choice.

Pros
  • Spectacularly fast speeds
  • Still quick with multiple devices connected
  • Some of the best wi-fi 6 performance we’ve seen
Cons
  • Too advanced to be worth it for the average user

Asus RT-AX58U review

£179.00Typical price

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91%

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 verdict: Future-proof router

Asus’s RT-AX58U might be expensive, but for the features and performance it’s perfect for advanced users. If you’re looking for a Wi-Fi 6 model that can offer you the very best speeds and cope with whatever you throw at it, be it loads of people online at once, gaming, or large downloads and transfers. It’s one of our highest-scoring Best Buys.

Pros
  • Amazing coverage
  • Great speeds with Wi-Fi 6 devices
  • Handles stress well
  • Simple to set up
  • Lots of settings and controls
Cons
  • The app is over-stylised and the interface is a little clunky.

Linksys MX5300 WiFi 6 review

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90%

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 verdict: Pricey modern mesh

It’s a speedy, modern and intelligent mesh system, which is easy to configure and gives a boost to your home network. Speeds are high, and we saw lightning-fast performance with a demanding device connected – all around the home. It even holds up with lots of devices on the network and is brilliant with Wi-Fi 6 devices (like the latest Apple MacBook) too. It easily earns our Best Buy recommendation.

Pros
  • Great for streaming
  • Fast speeds
  • Great coverage
  • Easy to use
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6 devices
  • Lots of features in the partner app
Cons
  • Extremely expensive

Netgear Nighthawk MK62 Wifi 6 AX1800 review

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90%

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 verdict: Magnificent mesh system

This is one of the best mesh systems we’ve ever tested. It’s Wi-Fi 6-enabled, so if you’ve got the latest devices you can utilise all the benefits – including faster speeds and less congestion. Even without using Wi-Fi 6, the MK62 offers outstanding coverage. You can be confident it can deal with everything – from light streaming to fast online gaming. The only thing that lets it down slightly is that the advanced settings are a little buried, and you need to rely on the web interface for anything complicated.

Pros
  • Outstanding coverage
  • Copes with stress easily
  • Good speeds with Wi-Fi 6 devices
  • Partner app with brilliant monitoring
Cons
  • We had issues with the iOS app during setup
  • But this seems to be an app issue rather than a device issue
  • Advanced settings are a little buried
  • Have to rely on the web interface for complicated settings

Netgear Orbi RBK352 Wifi 6 mesh review

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90%

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 verdict: Elite mesh system

Aside from its Wi-Fi 6 performance, the spectacular RBK352 gets five stars across the board. It’s a fantastic system that’s simple to set up, has great range and blistering speed. We love it.

Pros
  • Fantastically consistent speeds
  • Great range
  • Works well with lots of devices connected
Cons
  • Other Best Buys have quicker Wi-Fi 6 speeds

Amazon Eero 6 extender (with base router) review

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90%

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 verdict: The complete mesh package

Coupled with the Eero 6 router (87%) Amazon’s mesh system is an accomplished package that’s easy to set up and gives you excellent speed even if you’re using loads of devices at once.

Pros
  • Great coverage and speed
  • Simple to set up and control with the app
  • Copes well when connecting multiple devices
Cons
  • Some useful features require a paid subscription

BT AX3700 Premium Whole Home WiFi System (2pack) review

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89%

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 verdict: Great coverage

While we’re not too keen on the misleading naming of the AX3700, it’s a high-performing mesh system which uses Wi-Fi 6 technology between nodes. Coverage is excellent, and it’s a worthy Best Buy. However, it’s not the best at dealing with lots of devices, so another mesh might suit you better if you have a particularly busy home.

Pros
  • Good for streaming
  • Excellent coverage
Cons
  • Slower under a heavy load
  • Wi-Fi 6 connectivity isn’t available to the user

Netgear Nighthawk X6 EX7700-100UKS review

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89%

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  • Wi-fi extender

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 verdict: Extraordinary extender

This is the best extender we’ve tested, and it’s clear why. Compared with other models on the market the Nighthawk X6 offers fantastic coverage and range, especially for such a simple device. It’s pricy, but you can be confident that it will blanket your home in signal and it can handle more than just light streaming or browsing.

Pros
  • Amazing coverage and range
  • Handles stress well
  • Good for multiple devices
  • Simple to set up
Cons
  • Expensive
  • There are Issues with the iOS app during set up
  • Need to rely on the web interface for anything complex

Netgear Orbi RBK50 Whole Home WiFi System review

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88%

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verdict: Ideal for large homes

We found the Orbi RBK50 simple to set up and use, and it provided a strong and reliable wi-fi connection in every room of our test house. It’s packed with features and has a decent level of security built in. With so many plus points we didn’t hesitate to make it a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Speedy wi-fi
  • Excellent coverage
  • Easy to use
  • Plenty of features on the partner app
  • Strong home security
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Nodes are quite large and intrusive

BT Smart Hub review

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88%

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 verdict: Best of the best

The BT Smart Hub is an excellent wireless router. It’s the best ISP model we’ve tested overall, along with the EE Smart Hub. Plus, it’s supplied free of charge with a broadband deal. It’s also available as an upgrade to existing BT customers for a fee.

Pros
  • Free with BT contracts
  • Simple setup process
  • Excellent wireless speed and coverage
  • Especially on 5GHz frequency
  • Good for multiple devices
Cons
  • More advanced third-party routers available

Netgear AX1800 EAX20-100EUS review

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88%

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  • Wi-fi extender

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 verdict: Strong extender

For an extender, this device is really impressive, and one of the best we’ve ever tested. It’s simple and, while speeds aren’t quite what you’ll see with the best mesh systems on the market, it offers fantastic coverage to banish ‘not-spots’ and it works well with Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices. It was let down a little by issues we had with the iOS app.

Pros
  • Solid coverage
  • Good at dealing with stress
  • Good for multiple devices
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Had issues with the iOS app during setup

TP-Link Deco X60 review

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88%

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verdict: Ideal for all but the most demanding users

The X60 doesn’t disappoint. Speed is superb and the range is great. Higher-scoring mesh systems work better with multiple devices connected at once, but it’s a great option.

Pros
  • Fantastic speeds
  • Good range from each node
  • Straightforward setup
Cons
  • Not the best for Wi-Fi 6

Linksys Velop MX4200 review

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88%

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verdict: As slick as it gets

Linksys’ latest white tower of plastic is the answer to your internet prayers. Speed was excellent in all our tests, and it’s simple to setup and tweak.

Pros
  • Reliably swift speeds
  • Blissfully simple setup
  • Solid coverage
  • Copes well with multiple devices
Cons
  • Would be better as a mesh system with one node

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 WiFi 6 mesh/extender (EAX80) review

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88%

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 verdict: Fantastic extender mesh hybrid

There’s no better way of extending your home wi-fi without getting a mesh network. The high price of this extender means this is something you should consider, but it’s an excellent device that’s quick and gives superb coverage.

Pros
  • Incredible speed and coverage
  • Simple to use and configure
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • We couldn’t use the app to set it up

EE Smart Hub Router review

£0.00Typical price

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88%

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verdict: The very best

The EE Smart Hub, alongside BT’s Smart Hub, is the highest-scoring internet service provider (ISP) router we’ve tested. It’s brilliant. Streaming is flawless, it’s capable of fast speeds, no matter what room you’re in and it can handle a busy home – even if you’re all downloading large files.

Pros
  • Great coverage
  • Good for streaming
  • Handles stress amazingly
  • Good for a busy home
  • Four ethernet ports
  • Automatically optimises performance
Cons
  • Only negative is that the interface and app settings aren’t the best we’ve seen

Linksys Velop Whole Home Intelligent Mesh WiFi System, Tri-Band review

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87%

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 verdict: Excellent

We were very impressed with this mesh system and it’s very effective at banishing wireless dead spots in a large home. Yes it’s expensive – but it’s easy to use and gives fantastic long-range coverage, so we didn’t hesitate to make it a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Brilliant for increasing your wireless speed and coverage
  • Easy to use
  • Plenty of features
Cons
  • Nothing major

Amazon Eero 6 router review

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87%

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 verdict: Simple setup and superb speeds

It’s an excellent router that’s a breeze to set up and provides consistently high speeds when streaming and using the internet. Other routers do better with multiple devices connected, but only just. It’s fantastic.

Pros
  • Excellent speeds at short and mid-range
  • Simple to set up
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6
  • Copes well with multiple devices
Cons
  • Several useful security features require subscription