Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers of 2022

Unnati Nigam
Unnati Nigam June 22, 2022
Updated 2022/06/22 at 6:50 PM

Whether they are standalone units or part of a mesh networking system, the best Wi-Fi 6 routers provide excellent data transfer speeds, a strong signal, and best-in-class device management.

Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax) provides a significant connectivity upgrade for all of your home’s devices, completely displacing the older Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac standard. Better battery life for mobile and connected home devices will result from more efficient connection management.

Whether they are standalone units or part of a mesh networking system, the best Wi-Fi 6 routers provide excellent data transfer speeds, a strong signal, and best-in-class device management.

Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax) provides a significant connectivity upgrade for all of your home’s devices, completely displacing the older Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac standard. Better battery life for mobile and connected home devices will result from more efficient connection management.

1. Asus RT-AX86U

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
  • Number of antennas/removable: 3/Yes
  • Ports: 1 WAN/1 Multi-Gig WAN/ 4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
  • Measured peak throughput: 929.7 Mbps
  • Size: 9.0 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches

The Asus RT-AX86U is a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that delivers great speeds, killer gaming features, and awesome customization options for less than $300. With top-tier performance and lifetime protection against intrusions and malware, it is also an excellent choice for securing your entire home network, offering long-term protection without a subscription fee and backed by a two-year warranty.

The real allure of the Asus RT-AX86U is its performance, which approaches the magical 1-Gbps mark to provide quick and easy connectivity for all of your devices.

The RT-AX86U is equal parts general-use router and elite gaming router, with excellent range and performance — even through walls and between floors — and the collection of features and ports it offers is a steal compared to some of the top-performing gaming gear. The Asus RT-AX86U is the best Wi-Fi 6 router for the entire household.

2. Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Tri-band
  • Number of antennas/removable: 8/No
  • Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
  • Measured peak throughput: 2.396 Gbps
  • Size: 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.3 inches

The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 was the first Wi-Fi 6e router to be released, and the results are astounding. The Nighthawk RAXE500 achieves category-leading performance by adding a 6-GHz band to the already impressive capabilities of Wi-Fi 6.

The tri-band device, which has an AXE11000 rating, more than lives up to the hype, delivering nearly 2.5 Gbps of real-world data. When you combine this with the slick design and highly customizable configuration options, the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 becomes one of the best routers we have ever reviewed, if not the fastest.

3. Linksys Atlas Max 6E

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ax
  • Number of Antennas/Removable: 12/No
  • Ports: Router: 1 WAN/4 LAN; Satellite: 4 LAN
  • Peak Throughput: 1.189 Gbps (at 15 feet)
  • Size: 9.6 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches

In terms of overall throughput, the Linksys Atlas Max 6E was the first mesh Wi-Fi router we tested that outperformed the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6E (RBKE963). The Atlas 6E had a data throughput of 1.189 Gbps at 15 feet, which remained strong at 25 feet (1.008 Gbps), before dropping to 382.2 Mbps at 50 feet.

Each Atlas Max 6E device includes 12 amplified antennas, a 5Gbps WAN input port, four downstream gigabit LAN ports, and a USB 3.0 port for connecting a storage device. Moreover, during setup, each can be configured as the host router or satellite. We also like how it comes with a three-year warranty and lifetime support, which far outweighs the competition.

4. Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6E (RBKE963)

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Quad-band
  • Number of antennas/removable: 12/No
  • Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN (base unit), 4 LAN (satellites)
  • Measured peak throughput: 1.009 Gbps
  • Size: 11.1 x 7.5 x 3.0 inches

Netgear’s Orbi RBKE963, the world’s fastest mesh-router system, is also the most expensive. However, if you have a lot of money, a gigabit broadband connection, and a large house, this is the mesh system for you.

The RBKE963 can cover up to 9,000 square feet; add a third satellite and the coverage increases to 12,000 square feet. The router’s 6-GHz channel delivered more than a gigabit of throughput at a distance of 15 feet, making it the first mesh router to do so in our tests. Each unit has 12 antennas and four Ethernet ports (one of which is rated at 2.5 Gbps), and the system generates channels on the 2.5, 5, and 6-GHz bands, as well as a fourth 5-GHz band for inter-unit backhauling.

Trial subscriptions to Netgear’s Armor security software, which includes Bitdefender antivirus and parental controls, are available. After 90 days, you will also have to pay for tech support. However, if you can afford this mesh system, you will not mind. If not, the Wi-Fi 6-based Orbi RBK852 further down this page is a viable option.

5. Netgear Nighthawk XR1000

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
  • Number of antennas/removable: 4/Yes
  • Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN gigabit per second, USB 3.0
  • Measured peak throughput: 860.7Mbps
  • Size: 11.6 x 7.9 x 2.5 inches

The Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 is a powerful gaming router with Wi-Fi 6 speeds that outperforms other gaming routers in terms of speed and gaming enhancements.

The XR1000’s high-throughput, low-latency design is loaded with customization options and built-in security, providing protection from hackers as well as excellent Wi-Fi 6 performance. With a range of 105 feet, it is also ideal for slightly larger homes, easily covering that extra space that other routers can not quite reach. If your current router is not up to the task of keeping up with your gaming abilities, the XR1000 is one of the best gaming routers we have ever seen.

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