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.

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Like most of Netgear’s Nighthawk series, including the R7000P, the R6700 features a smartphone-grade dual-core CPU, solid range, an easy-to-navigate interface, and handy extra features like a VPN server and a USB port for hard drives and printers.

Unlike the R7000P and RT-AC3200, it lacks band steering, and its range is noticeably shorter on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

That means right out of the box it will work better than any router you’ve ever had, and you’ll never have to decide which band to connect to.

The R7000P features noticeably longer range than previous Nighthawk routers on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, and its full-featured Web interface is easy for novice and expert users alike.

More specifically, I’ve lived and breathed networking and Wi-Fi for the last couple of years writing for Ars Technica and Wirecutter.

As a consultant, I deployed and maintained models of nearly every brand of network gear under real-world conditions; as a technical writer I obsessively test them, and listen to readers’ concerns to make sure I’m testing the right things.

Netgear’s aging R6700 is a great pick if you’re on a tight budget.

You’ll have to manage its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios separately, but you’ll still get solid performance and plenty of useful features. If you live in a small apartment or single-story home, or you just can’t spend the extra money, the Netgear R6700 will give you great throughput throughout your space for half the price of our main pick.

If you’re on a budget or if you have only a few Wi-Fi devices in your house, Netgear’s R6700 offers great range and speed for under 0.

We are aware of a newly publicized issue that potentially affects the security of a majority of Wi-Fi devices and we are trying to get info from manufacturers on forthcoming patches.

What you don’t want to do is blindly buy either the cheapest or the most expensive router you can find.