For stay-at-home workers who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might be putting the pieces together for a home office. You’re likely trying to replicate an office environment with a desk, a computer — and consistent access to the Internet. If you’ve been struggling to pick the right Wi-Fi router that provides security and extra features, here are the best options available that are new, affordable, and easy to configure and use. These routers connect to your cable modem or Internet service and let you access Wi-Fi from anywhere.
1. Arris Surfboard Max Plus Mesh AX7800 Router
A mesh router extends the signal of your Wi-Fi all over the house using a second device. This pair will cover an entire 6,000 square foot area. Check it out.
2. Netgear Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router R9000
The design for this router is quite innovative — it looks like a robotic drone. In reality, it pumps out Wi-Fi over a 2,500-square foot area at blazing fast speeds. Check it out.
3. Plume SuperPod AC3000 Tri-Band Whole Home Wifi System
By using these “pods” around your home, you make sure the Wi-Fi signal is available from any room or office. You can add extra pods for even more coverage. Check it out.
4. Google Nest WiFi
These small Wi-Fi routers (which come in a two-pack) extend your signal around the home. The Google app helps you configure all of the settings like you are signing up for Facebook. Check it out.
5. Asus ZenWiFi AC Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh System
Another mesh router that ensures good coverage, the Asus ZenWiFi uses a simple three-step setup process. Speeds are fast enough for any 4K movie streaming after work hours. Check it out.
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