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Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Outgoing Standard’s Near-final Collection Of Excellence

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You’ll find in this post the comprehensive top-five lists of “the best” standalone Wi-Fi 6 routers.

For Wi-Fi 6 mesh, check out this list of the best Wi-Fi 6 systems instead.

The Wi-Fi 6 standard’s first router became available in early 2019, and since then, I’ve reviewed dozens of them, but only those I’d use for myself make it here. And I’ve been updating this post regularly.

As the standard is on the way out — Wi-Fi 6E has been available for a few years, and Wi-Fi 7 is on the horizon, those mentioned here are likely the final bests of their category.

The only noteworthy Wi-Fi 6 router left on my radar is the Asus RT-AX88U Pro which is a variant of the RT-AX88U (below) and might or might not make it to this list.

Any routers you find here will likely work out well — it’s a matter of degrees depending on your situation.

Find the one that seems to fit your needs the best here and give its in-depth review a good read before making the purchase. Or you can make a quick decision and get one now! Chances are it’ll work out just fine.

Tips

A Wi-Fi broadcaster comes with a bandwidth indicator. For Wi-Fi 6, that’s the “AX” prefix (short for 802.11ax) followed by a number that shows the collective bandwidth of its bands.

For example, an AX6000 router can theoretically handle up to 6000Mbps of total Wi-Fi bandwidth at any given time. Individually, each of its bands can only deliver part of that.

A higher number generally means more bandwidth, which can be used as one factor to judge its capability.

Before we get to the lists, let’s cut to the chase and jump right to why you’re here: The very best Wi-Fi 6 routers, all things considered. Yes, routers, as in plural.

Or you can open the drawer below and check out the performances and shopping links for all routers mentioned here first. This is a long post — the table of content will come in handy.

The jump-to-conclusion drawer

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: Quick links and performance charts

You should read this entire post to have a complete picture of the Wi-Fi 6 landscape. And then, follow the link to the in-depth review for more.

But sometimes, most of the time, we need to make a quick decision. That’s when this portion of the content comes into play.

Quick links

Pick a tab below — each represents a top-five list — to purchase or read the review of a router that suits your need.

Performance charts

I test Wi-Fi 6 routers using 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 clients, which are currently the fastest in the market. In best-case scenarios, they have ceiling speeds of 2.4Gbps.

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: Performance with Wi-Fi 6 clients

Best Wi Fi 6 Routers AX 5GHz Long Range PerformanceBest Wi Fi 6 Routers AX 5GHz Short Range Performance
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: Sustained Wi-Fi speeds when hosting a 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 client.

Wi-Fi 6 routers: performance with Wi-Fi 5 clients

I use two types of Wi-Fi 5 clients when testing routers. One is a 4×4 client (1733 Mbps) that works in the close-range test. I use a 3×3 (1300 Mbps) client for the long-range test.

Best Wi Fi 6 Routers AC 5GHz Long Range PerformanceBest Wi Fi 6 Routers AC 5GHz Short Range Performance
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: Sustained Wi-Fi speeds when hosting a 5GHz Wi-Fi 5 client.

Wi-Fi 6 routers: Performance on the 2.4 GHz frequency band

Due to the ubiquitous usage, the 2.4GHz frequency band’s throughput tends to be slow and may fluctuate wildly. For years, this band has been considered a backup or used for backward compatibility purposes.

Hint: It’s slow.

Best Wi Fi 6 Routers 2.4GHz Long Range PerformanceBest Wi Fi 6 Routers 2.4GHz Short Range Performance
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: Sustained Wi-Fi speeds when hosting a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 6 client.

Dong’s note: I first published this frequently revised post on November 11, 2019, and last updated it on February 5, 2023.

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The shortlisted top-five

It’s tough to call one router, or anything for that matter, “the best.” It’s impossible to find a router that gives us everything.

And even those on this short list don’t have everything. But selectively, they are the best in their grade. I use the broadband connection as the main criterium, except for the case of the TP-Link Archer AX10.

But to qualify as (one of) the best, all of them share the following excellent highlights in common:

  • Fast speed, extensive Wi-Fi coverage (for the specs), and reliable performance.
  • A comprehensive set of networking features.
  • Local management via a robust web user interface.
  • An optional well-designed, and helpful mobile app.

Again, it’s important to note that none of these is the perfect router. But, if you’re in a hurry and want a “safe” purchase, you won’t go wrong with any of them.

This list is sorted in bandwidth order from low to high.


TP-Link Archer AX10 (AX1500): Best low-cost Wi-Fi 6 router

TP Link Archer AX10
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The TP-Link AX10 is an inexpensive Wi-Fi 6 router that’s not cheap.

The TP-Link AX1500 doesn’t have much to brag about. It’s an entry-level device designed for those with highly modest needs. However, considering the price tag, it’s a safe buy for anyone wanting a genuine Wi-Fi 6 experience.

Living alone or with a low-key roommate in a small apartment? This is the one to get.

TP-Link Archer AX10's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX10 Front
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Affordable

Excellent performance for the specs

Easy to set up and use

Cons

Subdued feature set, no USB port

No support for the 160 MHz channel bandwidth


Ubiquiti UDR: Best for sub-Gigabit broadband

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router UDR Front 1
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR) has a unique design and feature set.

Ubiquiti’s UniFi Dream Router is probably the most exciting home router because it’s an advanced enterprise-grade PoE-ready controller in a home-friendly design that can handle multiple hardware segments, with Wi-Fi and networking being one.

Unfortunately, it has no Multi-Gig port — its four network ports are all Gigabit. Consequently, it’s only applicable to homes with sub-Gigabit sustained speeds.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR)'s Rating

9 out of 10
Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Built-in support for all of Ubiquiti's business hardware segments (Network, Protect, Talk, and Access)

Reliable Wi-Fi performance, excellent range, mesh-ready

Tons of useful networking features, a comprehensive web user interface, and a mobile app

Compact and beautiful design, two PoE ports

Comparatively affordable, quiet operator

Cons

No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation; middling Wi-Fi specs and modest processing power; only one additional app (Talk, Protect, or Access) is supported at a time

Security feature reduces Wi-Fi 6 speed, Power over Ethernet doesn't support PoE+ or PoE++

Requires an account with UniFi, not wall-mountable, internal fan


Synology RT6600ax: Best for Gigabit to Gig+ broadband

Synology RT6600ax Wi Fi 6 Router 5
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Synology RT6600ax looks like a typical Wi-Fi router

The RT6600ax is the first router from Synology in years and the first that features the 5.9GHz portion of the 5GHz spectrum.

Running Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system, this new router is the most comprehensive and can also work as an excellent mini NAS server.

Unfortunately, it has just one 2.5Gbps port, meaning it won’t be able to deliver a connection speed faster than Gig+. But if you’re happy with that, it’s easily one of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers to get.

Synology RT6600ax's Rating

9 out of 10
Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi with support for 5.9GHz UNII-4 spectrum, mesh-ready

Robust, comprehensive yet user-friendly SRM 1.3 firmware with excellent web interface and DS Router app

Lots of useful built-in settings and networking features, helpful add-on packages with accompanying mobile apps

Can work as a full-featured NAS server

Practical design, wall-mountable

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port

No Link Aggregation, awkward Multi-Gig WAN, rigid default WAN port

Only client-based QoS, 5.9GHz clients are scarce


Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: Best for Gigabit to 2.5Gbps broadband

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is another powerful gaming router.
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The GT-AX11000 Pro is a powerful gaming router and one of Asus’s best efforts in design.

The GT-AX1000 Pro replaces the GT-AX6000 (below) at this spot. It’s a much more potent variant of the GT-AX1000 (also below) and one of a few that sports two 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports.

Consequently, if you have Gig+ and faster broadband, it’s among the must-haves.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus GT AX11000 Pro Close up
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-F performance; UNII-4 support

Lots of free and useful networking features and settings, including all gaming features collectively found in Asus routers

Two Multi-Gig ports with excelling port configuration; supports LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

No vendor required login account; improved design

Cons

UNII-4 clients are nonexistent; no 6GHz band

Only one 10Gbps port

Bulky design, not wall-mountable


Asus RT-AX89X: Best for up to 10Gbps broadband

The Asus RT AX89X Router Entennas Folded
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus RT-AX89X sure is a conversation starter.

The Asus RT-AX89X has the X (and not U) at the end of its name — I explained that in this post on Asus routers — for a good reason.

It’s the first on the market that features two 10Gbps network ports — one Multi-Gig and one SPF+. It also has eight Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port.

The SFP+ port is a bit less common and might require a supported switch, such as the Zyxel XS1930-12HP, before you can have a full Multi-Gig experience.

Nonetheless, it’s one of a few, if not the only, Wi-Fi 6 router that can give you 10Gbps connections on both the WAN and LAN side — it’s a must, for now, for those with 10Gbps broadband.

For a more viable 10Gbps Mulit-Gig router, you’ll have to venture into Wi-Fi 6E options.

Asus RT-AX89X's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT AX89X Box
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance

Uniquely cool design with two 10Gbps network ports

Eight Gigabit network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation

Super-fast network-attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive

Tons of useful features, including free-for-life real-time online protection and AiMesh

Cons

A bit buggy at launch, relatively expensive

Bulky physical size with an internal fan — potential heat issue in hot environments

Web interface needs work

Not wall-mountable, no universal backup restoration


Have more time? Check out the following lists. You’ll find something that fits your needs and budget even better.

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The comprehensive top-five lists

Similarly, these lists are in reviewed order, with the latest on top. Consequently, the number in front of each product’s name is numerical and not the ranking.

There are a few lists for different home sizes, including small, medium, and large, determined by the number of users and not necessarily space — again, you need a mesh for a large home.

Looking to see the routers mentioned here stacked against one another at real-world speeds? Scroll to the bottom for the performance section. Or check out these Wi-Fi 6 matchups to see how they pan out as direct rivals.


Best budget entry-level (AX1500) and mid-range (AX3000) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a small home

This list includes dual-band 2×2 routers that range from affordable to semi-affordable. They all have a bandwidth cap of 2.4 Gbps or lower when used with 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 clients — there are currently no faster devices.

These generally are routers for the budget-minded or those living in a small or medium home with modest bandwidth needs.

5. Synology WRX560

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Synology WRX560 Router Front
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Synology WRX560 comes in an exciting design. It’s an excellent Wi-Fi 6 router… of yesteryear.

The Synology WRX560 is an excellent entry-level Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router. It is the only one among its peers that features the UNII-4 portion of the 5GHz band.

Released in late 2022, it’s a bit late to the game. Still, it’ll be relevant and a safe buy for a long time.

Synology WRX560's Rating

8 out of 10
Synology WRX560 Router Front Angle on Table
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi, 160MHz and 5.9GHz UNII-4 support, mesh-ready

Comprehensive and user-friendly firmware, excellent web interface, useful DS Router app

Lots of useful built-in settings and features, valuable add-on packages

Can work as a full-featured NAS server

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port, no practical UNII-4 application

No Link Aggregation or dedicated backhaul in a mesh setup, rigid WAN setting

Impractical port design, not wall-mountable


4. Asus GS-AX3000

Asus ROG STRIX GS AX3000 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000 comes with a cool color-changing Aura light on the front. It’s an excellent entry-level gaming router.

The GS-AX3000 is somewhat of a gaming version of the RT-AX3000 below, and as such, it’s an excellent option. This new router, part of Asus’s ROG STRIX series, has many gaming and non-gaming features for a small household.

In many ways, the GS-AX3000 replaces the Asus RT-AX3000, which used to be on this list.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus ROG STRIX GS AX3000 Gaming Router 9
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent performance

Feature-laden, including those for gamers

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN

No Multi-Gig network port

Network storage performance, when hosting a portable drive, could be better


3. Netgear WAX204

Netgear WAX204 Wi Fi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Wireless Access Point is out of the box
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Netgear WAX204 Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Wireless Access Point is actually a Wi-Fi router. It’s a valuable budget Wi-Fi 6 router.

The Netgear WAX204 sure is different. Netgear calls it an Access Point, but it is a Wi-Fi 6 router. And it’s a catch!

Indeed, with a sub-$100 price tag and solid performance, the WAX204 is an excellent buy for a small home with a sub-Gigabit broadband connection.

Netgear WAX204 Access Point's Rating

8.3 out of 10
Netgear WAX204 Wi Fi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Wireless Access Points right angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9.5 out of 10

Pros

Affordable

Strong and reliable Wi-Fi coverage

Can work as a router or access point

Straightforward local web user interface

Useful Wi-Fi settings

Compact design, wall-mountable

Cons

Entry-level Wi-Fi specs

No Multi-Gig port

Limited Wi-Fi settings and features

No remote web-based management

No PoE support


2. Asus RT-AX68U

Asus RT-AX68U
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus RT-AX68U is a surprisingly excellent semi-budget entry-level mesh-ready router.

The Asus RT-AX68U is a bit odd. It’s the only 3×3 Wi-Fi 6 router I’ve tested. But it proved an excellent choice as a standalone router or a member of an AiMesh system.

Asus RT-AX68U's Rating

8.9 out of 10
Asus RT AX68U
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast performance, excellent range, reliable

Tons of helpful networking features and settings, including AiMesh 2.0

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Excellent NAS performance and features when hosting a storage device

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No Multi-Gig ports or 160MHz channel width support (at launch)

Not wall-mountable


In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

TP-Link Archer AX50
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The TP-Link Archer AX50 is a typical-looking Wi-Fi router. It’s definitely worth the cost.

The TP-Link Archer AX50 ( not to be confused with the similarly specced Archer AX3000) is a dual-stream (2×2) mid-range Wi-Fi 6 router.

But since there are only 2×2 clients on the market, this router can still deliver the top Wi-Fi 6 speeds, especially considering it supports the 160 MHz channel width.

On top of that, the affordable pricing, plus an excellent set of features, make it a great deal.

TP-Link Archer AX50's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Archer AX50 Right Angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

160 MHz channel support with fast and reliable performance for mid-tier router

Tons of helpful networking and Wi-Fi settings

Useful features, including free real-time online protection

Comparatively affordable

Compact design, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig network port or Dual-WAN

HomeCare requires a mobile app and login account with TP-Link to work

Slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Runs a bit warm


Best mid-tier (AX5400) Wi-Fi 6 routers

These dual-band routers mix high-end (4×4) 5 GHz bands and a subdued 2×2 2.4 GHz band. They also have no Multi-Gig network port and relatively modest processing power.

However, considering we tend to care more about the 5 GHz bands and most homes only have Internet of 500 Mbps or slower, these are great deals since they deliver where it matters.

4. Asus TUF AX5400

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus TUF-X5400 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus TUF-AX5400 directly rivals the GS-AX5400 below. It’s an easy recommendation for gamers.

The TUF-AX5400 is a different shape from the GS-AX5400 below. It has the same hardware inside but is part of the more affordable TUF product that’s more popular in Asia and the EU than in the US.

If you need a budget-friendly yet well-performing (gaming) router, this router is it.

Asus TUF-AX5400's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus TUF AX5400 Gaming Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Excellent overall performance, comparatively affordable

AiMesh 2.0 support, including system-wide Guest network

Excellent web interface, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Lots of useful features, including those for gamers

Cons

No Multi-Gig port

Performance as a NAS server could be better

Not wall-mountable, small Aura RBG lighting


3. Asus GS-AX5400

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The GS-AX5400 is another excellent gaming router from Asus.

The GS-AX5400 is a better version of the GS-AX3000 above and an excellent alternative to the RT-AX82U below.

It’s another t gaming router from Asus, and it proved to be a solid performer for any small or medium home. And like all Aus Wi-Fi 6 routers, it can also work as part of an AiMesh system.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400 Gaming Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent overall performance

Complete AiMesh 2.0 support, including system-wide Guest network

Robust web interface, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Lots of useful features, including those for gamers

Cool-looking front-facing AURA Game light

Cons

No Multi-Gig port or Gamer VPN (WTFast)

Performance as a NAS server could be better

The ROG logo doesn't light up, a bit boring


3. TP-Link Archer AX73 (AX5400)

TP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Routers antennas
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The TP-Link Archer AX73 starts a new design for TP-Link routers.

The TP-Link AX73 has an excellent combo of features, performance, design, and cost. It’s one of the most sensible Wi-Fi 6 routers you can find.

TP-Link Archer AX73's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Router is relatively light
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi with an excellent range

160MHz Channel width support

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with lots of useful settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds

Mobile app and login account required for advanced features

Mobile app not reliable

Write performance for network storage when hosting a portable drive could be better

2. Asus RT-AX82U (AX5400)

Asus RT AX82U Front
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus RT-AX82U has unique programmable front-facing Aura RGB lighting. It’s possibly the coolest-looking router to date when in action.

The Asus RT-AX82U is almost identical to the RT-AX86U above in performance and features. “Almost” because it’s a lesser option with less processing power and no multi-gig network port.

In return, it’s the only router with awesome-looking programmable front lighting — much cooler than the GS-AX5400 or GS-AX3000 above. On top of that, chances are you’ll love the combo of excellent performance and a relatively friendly price tag.

Asus RT-AX82U's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT AX82U 19
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent performance

Beautiful design with tons of helpful networking, game-related features, and settings

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN

No multi-gig network port

Network storage performance (when hosting a portable drive) could use some improvement

Not wall-mountable


1. Netgear Nighthawk RAX50 (AX5400)

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Netgear RAX50 Router 7
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The RAX50 is a compact and good-looking Wi-Fi 6 router. It’s a just-right option for most homes.

I called the RAX50 a just-right router because it can offer the same 5 GHz performance as the higher-end, like the RAX120, yet much more affordable.

Among other things, it does so by giving you lesser specs in the 2.4 GHz band, of which the higher tier generally doesn’t necessarily give you faster speeds anyway.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX50's Rating

8.5 out of 10
Netgear RAX50 Nighthawk AX5400 Router will get Get Smart Parental Controls
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi performance

160 MHz channel width support

Excellent NAS performance when hosting a storage device

Responsive web user interface, useful mobile app with built-in online protection

A good set of network features and settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

A bit pricey

No multi-gig port, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

Limited Wi-Fi settings

Mobile app requires a login account with the vendor


Best high-end (AX5700 – AX6000) Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers

This list includes 4×4 routers with a cap Wi-Fi bandwidth of 4.8 Gbps when used with Wi-Fi 6 clients. These Wi-Fi 6 routers are great for a medium or possibly large home with an average number of devices and a fast Internet connection.

Most of these routers come with a multi-gig network port, and they also tend to have many features and can all work as a viable mini NAS server when coupled with an external portable drive.

That said, these routers apply to a home with a Gigabit-class bandwidth requirement.

5. Asus GT-AX6000

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus ROG Rapture GT AX6000 47
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 is massive. Most importantly, it’s Asus’s ultimate Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router.

Like all Asus routers, the GT-AX6000 has robust firmware and valuable features. It’s also an official gaming router, supporting all of Asus’s high-end game-related features.

Most importantly, it has two 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig and four Gigabit flexible network ports, allowing it to handle up to 2.5Gbps of connection speeds on both the WAN (Internet) and LAN sides.

On top of that, when using multiple units, you’ll get yourself an AiMesh system with a Multi-Gig wired backhaul.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Dual Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN, Link Aggregations, and more

Tons of helpful networking features and settings, including AiMesh 2.0 and gaming-related applications

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Bold-looking design, no fan, runs cool

Cons

Lowest Multi-Gig grade (2.5Gbps), there could be more ports considering the router's massive physical size

A bit pricey

Impractical antenna design, bulky, not practically wall-mountable


4. Asus RT-AX86U (AX5700)

The Asus RT-AX86U is an Excellent Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: While mundane-looking, the Asus RT-AX86U has enough to once qualify as the best dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router.

I considered the RT-AX86U the “best dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router” for more than a year.

And the router is still excellent despite being “deposed” by the GT-AX6000 above. In fact, for the cost, it’s still an easy recommendation.

Asus RT-AX86U's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT AX86U 12
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast performance, excellent range, reliable

Tons of helpful networking features and settings

Useful settings for online gaming

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance and features when hosting a storage device

Comparatively affordable

Cons

Single, low-speed (2.5Gbps) Multi-Gig port

Not wall-mountable

Gaming features turn Adaptive QoS off

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN


The TP Link AX6000 Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: There’s nothing around in the TP-Link AX6000’s appearance, but it sure is a well-rounded router.

The TP-Link AX6000 is anything but round. However, it offers a lot, from reliable performance to a good feature set. Its main rival is the Asus RT-AX88U below, and the two are comparable in more ways than one.

If you live in a medium home and have a super-fast broadband connection, the TP-Link AX6000 can be an excellent fit.

TP-Link Archer AX6000's Rating

8.1 out of 10
TP Link Archer 6000 Box
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent QoS and Parental Control features

Robust web user interface, helpful mobile app

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig LAN port

Bulky design

Not mesh-ready

Certain functions of the interface could use some improvement

Mobile app requires a login account


2. Asus RT-AX88U (AX6000)

The Asus RT AX88U Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The RT-AX88U comes in a traditional design of a Wi-Fi router. It’s a much better clone of the Wi-Fi 5 version.

In many ways, the RT-AX88U is the Wi-Fi 6 version of the RT-AC88U, which is an excellent router. The two look almost identical and share many similar features, including the eight Gigabit LAN ports and the lack of a multi-gig port.

Asus RT-AX88U's Rating

8.4 out of 10
RT AX88U 2
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi performance

Tons of useful features

Eight network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation

Universal setting backup and restoration

Fast network-attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive.

Merlin firmware support

Cons

No multi-gig network port

Buggy firmware (at review)


1. Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 (AX6000)

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Netgear RAX120
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Netgear RAX120 is an all-around excellent router. It’s also one of the best-looking routers.

The Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 is a Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router uniquely with a 5Gbps Multi-Gig port.

So, apart from fast Wi-Fi speeds, it also delivers top network-attached storage performance when hosting an external drive. And like its cousin below, it, too, has a futuristic design.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX120's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Netgear AX12 Front
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware, fast performance

Beautiful design

Multi-Gig network port (5Gbps)

Well-organized web user interface

Ultra-fast network storage performance

Cons

Expensive

No online protection, gaming, or mesh features

A bit bulky


Best high-end Tri-band (AX6100 – AX11000) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a large home

These are currently the non-compromising Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market. They collectively have everything you’d want from a single router.

While they have similar Wi-Fi coverage as the 4×4 dual-band routers above, they feature a double Wi-Fi bandwidth thanks to the additional 5 GHz band. If you have lots of devices or Gigabit Internet, one of these is a must.

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

TP-Link Archer GX90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The TP-Link Archer GX90 AX6600 is a cool-looking Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band “gaming” router. Among other things, it looks the part.

The TP-Link Archer GX90 replaces the Archer AX11000 on this list. And similar to its predecessor, it is not what TP-Link wants you to believe, which is a genuine gaming router.

But you can play games just fine with it, and most importantly, it delivers in the realm of Wi-Fi performance! And the fact it’s a cool-looking piece of hardware never hurts.

TP-Link Archer GX90's Rating

8.6 out of 10
TP-Link Archer GX90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band Gaming Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN

Excellent feature set and network settings

Robust full web user interface

Nice design and comparatively affordable

Cons

Thin on gaming

Single Multi-Gig port; no Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

USB-based storage performance could be better


4. Asus RT-AX92U (AX6100)

Asus RT-AX92U Tri-band router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus RT-AX92U is one cute little tri-band router that packs a considerable punch.

The Asus RT-AX92U didn’t make it to this list when I first reviewed it in early 2020. Now, with the latest firmware, it proved to be one of the best on the market. It’s a mini version of the much more expensive GT-AX11000 below.

If you live in a small home, it will make an excellent tri-band gaming router. Those in a large property can increase Wi-Fi coverage via AiMesh 2.0 by getting additional units.

ASUS RT-AX92U's Rating

8.5 out of 10
Asus RT AX92U Cuteness
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Compact design, tri-band specs

Good performance, large coverage

Excellent set of features, including online protection, WTFast VPN for gamers, and system-wide Guest network when working as a mesh

Link Aggregation and Dual-WAN support, wall-mountable

Comparatively affordable

Cons

Wi-Fi 6 available only on one of the 5GHz bands

No Multi-Gig port


3. TP-Link Archer AX90 (AX6600)

The TP-Link Archer AX90 Wi-Fi 6 Routers Antennas
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The TP-Link Archer AX90 Wi-Fi 6 has a new and radical design.

The TP-Link Archer AX90 is a well-performing Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router that won’t break the bank.

In return, it’s a frill-free Wi-Fi machine. There’s not much to talk about other than that it’s a reliable Wi-Fi broadcaster worthy of its friendly price tag.

TP-Link Archer AX90's Rating

8.4 out of 10
The TP Link Archer AX90 Wi Fi 6 Routers Top
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and fast Wi-Fi performance, excellent range

Tri-band, 160MHz, and a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with optional mobile app

Wall-mountable

Cons

Slow 5GHz-1 band

Mobile app, login account, and a monthly subscription are required for advanced features

Relatively slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive


2. Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien (AX7700)

AmpliFi Alien Front
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The AmpliFi Alien comes with a sleek touch screen and a bright status light ring. It’s a one-of-a-kind router.

The AmpliFi Alien is a bit weird. It’s the first tri-band router with two different 5GHz bands. As a result, its mesh capability is somewhat handicapped due to signal loss. Also, it has no multi-gig port.

But this router has fantastic features, a functional mobile app, and excellent performance.

Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien's Rating

8.5 out of 10
AmpliFi Alien
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and fast Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Sleek design, sufficient web interface, and well-designed mobile app

Convenient and free Teleport VPN

Built-in ad-blocking feature

Mesh-ready

Cons

Limited in conventional settings and features

Unconventional tri-band setup with no dedicated backhaul when used in a mesh setup

VPN requires an app or an Android emulator to work on regular computers

No Multi-Gig port, not wall-mountable


1. Asus GT-AX11000

In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus GT AX11000 Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Asus GT-AX11000 is massive and the first real Wi-Fi 6 gaming router.

The GT-AX11000 is the first Wi-Fi 6 router for gamers, and it delivers. Like the case of most Asus routers, this tri-band machine has so many features and settings, and you can spend hours figuring things out and probably have fun doing that.

Asus GT-AX11000's Rating

8.3 out of 10
Asus AX11000 Top 1
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance with an excellent range

Lots of useful features for home users

Unique and effective settings for online gaming

Multi-Gig network port, Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation

Mesh ready

Cons

Expensive

Bulky design, loose antennas, non-wall-mountable

Fewer LAN ports than the previous model

Long boot-up time, buggy (at launch), fluctuating Wi-Fi throughputs


The final thoughts

While it seems Wi-Fi 6 is no longer the latest and greatest kid on the block, it’s the best time to get it. The standard has matured, and the prices have come down significantly.

If you’re worrying about missing out on the new standard, check out this list of Wi-Fi 6E upgrade options. In some ways, adding a 6GHz band to a Wi-Fi 6 router is better than getting a new Wi-Fi 6E router, which is still quite expensive. That’s not to mention Wi-Fi 7 is around the corner.

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  1. Dong,

    Just stumbled upon your good work here and want to say, incredible content; thanks for the hard work.

    I am taking a hard look at the TP-Link GX90 you have recommended here. Can you help me understand why it replaced the AX11000 in this list? I have read both your reviews, and it sounds like the AX11000 has higher-end specs, but maybe I am missing something, does the performance of the AX11000 not match the spec bump compared to the GX90?

    All that to say, currently on amazon, the GX90, and AX11000 are very similarly priced; with that in mind, is the GX90 still the best option between the two for a tri-band router to use in a largeish home with a gigabit internet connection? My goal is a one-router setup rather than going down the mesh network path if possible.

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      • Oof, that reply knocked me down a peg or two. Must be something I missed. Sorry for not following the rules; my fault! I will reread to see what I must have missed!

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      • Oof, that reply knocked me down a peg or two. I must have missed something in the GX90 review; I’ll reread it. Sorry for the time waste!

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        • Alright, after a reread, am I to understand that the better firmware of the GX90 is worth more than the slight spec bump you get with the AX11000?

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        • No worries, Sam. We have lots of questions daily and would like to spend time only with those who have done their homework. It’s a no-nonsense website and that goes both ways.

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  2. Hi Dong. I need a router that can cover a large area (two story house with mostly wood structure, and a basement). I already have two Asus RT-AC68U in AiMesh mode but still there are parts of the house which have poor coverage plus I have hiccups in the connection sometimes. I was aiming at buying an AX88U (ordered it in BF from staples for 250CAD which was a very good price but the order got cancelled!). Since the regular price of the router is out of my budget, I was wondering if there is a router I can rely on to cover the whole house. I don’t mind using a WiFi 5 router. Also I prefer Asus routers for their features, so maybe I can buy another router with a good range and connect it to my AC68U via cable and use its features?

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  3. Dong

    Thanks for the answer. Actually my Freebox server is receiving a 10go feed but don t need that much. The 2.5go router will be more than enough. I had already read your article about the Zenwifi 12 but is far too expensive for my budget and impossible to find second hand. I will then go for the ax86U. I will let you know how it goes.

    Thanks again
    Pat

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  4. Hi dong
    What a great comparison…I keep referring to it but can’t find my answer. I have a 2 level house and fibre > 1 go but all my Ethernet wiring is cat 5. I want to replace my current Cisco e3000 and archer c7 routers by Wi-Fi 6 routers set as AP (instead of a mesh system). Both routers will be linked to the main fibre router by cable.
    I already have a NAS,don’t play games. I m just looking at fast routers with strong signal and stables.
    Looking at your reviews, some routers could be ok but not sure they re the 2022 good choice in regards to price, features and my day to day needs : rt-ac5300, rt-ax88u, archer ax6000, nighthawk rax80
    Any advice ?
    Thanks in advance
    Pat from france

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    • Of those you mentioned, I’d go with the RT-AX88U, Patrice. But if you want to take advantage of your fast Internet, I’d recommend the RT-AX86U instead and use its 2.5Gbps port as the uplink (backhaul) — that’s with the assumption that your Fiber-optic gateway support Multi-Gig. CAT5 can handle Multi-Gig fine — more in this post.

      Alternatively, you should swap the Fiber gateway for an ONT and use your Wi-Fi hardware router. In that case, I’d recommend the ZenWiFi ET12 or one of these Multi-Gig combos.

      If you still have questions, check out the articles in the Related Posts box in each post I linked in this reply for more.

      Bonne chance!

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  5. Hi Dong, really appreciate all your hard work. Which do you recommend between the AX86S, AX82U and TUF-AX5400 if the pricing is the same between the three? Thanks!

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  6. Hi Dong. Wich one would you recommend to get if the pricing is same between AX86U or AX88U? I only have 3 LAN devices, rest (10+) are WiFi and 1gb internet.

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  7. Hi Dong, excellent website!

    I am curious on your thoughts about Synology routers. The Synology RT6600ax seems like a top ten router after watching some nice reviews but I have not really hear much about them and how they hold up to other routers in the $300 price range.

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    • Here’s the review of the RT6600ax, Dan. Check the related posts for others. The gist is they are excellent, but you might want to wait for new firmware updates to work the kinks out on the RT660ax.

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  8. Hi Dong

    New reader who loves your content, reviews & reco’s tremendously. Quick question:

    -small apt, 475sq ft. using only 4 peripherals
    -currently using a 5-6 yr old Asus RT ACRH 13 (AC 1300)
    with sub-GB internet subscription.

    My main concern is updated protection, as my current router runs on WPA2. After reading your recommendation of the Asus RT AX-68U for a situation like mine, would this still be advisable, as AI protection is not supported by my current router? Or is this more of a situation of, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
    I’ve had no issues with this router with the exception of just a few hiccups since I’ve had it. Also, I’m single, not a gamer, nor have children, so gaming features nor parental controls are a priority. I do stream movies frequently. Thanks in advance!

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      • Hi Dong

        Good website, lots of information but yet I haven’t found answer to my main question. Is there any WiFi 6 router that can match my 10+ year old Apple “hockey puck” Airport Express in long term reliability? Some set-it-and-forget-it-for-years-to-come device? Asus, Netgear, D-link, TP-link, Linksys, all riddled with inadequate cooling and/or poorly written software, therefore sooner or later needing weekly reboots and other workarounds. Is going semi-pro like Unifi or Omada the only solution nowadays or is out there some newer consumer router that just works?
        All I want is fast enough device that will never let me down. Just like my good old hockey puck.

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        • The Airport Express is a terrible device, Margus. It’s minimal and slow. But to answer your questions, there’s no device that’s fast enough and will never let you down — your demands are subjective, so is my opinion on the AE. So, either you adjust yourself to the real world or stay with your puck! Don’t waste your time looking for something that doesn’t exist. πŸ™‚

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          • Thanks, Dong for quick reply, but let me ask it again, maybe little better.
            I know one canΒ΄t have it all but if to put reliability, long term reliability on the first place, which WiFi 6 router is best? Speed, average will do. Features, average will do too. Even coverage isn’t too important as it will serve in an small apartment. But it should hold up network 24/7/365 for years. From that standpoint Airport Express has been anything but terrible. Hows Amplifi Alien from that side? Overheating, hiccups, coming back online from updates or net/current outages? Or is there any other WiFi 6 router you can recommend when reliability is above anything other?

          • Generally, we can’t have everything so if you want reliability, you need to sacrifice others like performance or features. Also, no router will run 27/7/365 since it will need to update firmware now and then which requires a restart. But for your case, I’d go with the Alien. We’ve used a couple for a few years with no issues. But many others will work well, too — more here.

  9. Well

    Tricky situation for people who need more than one contemporary interacting wifi-enabled unit.

    New routers – perennially OOS – vide Ubiquiti, Synology too apparently, despite ongoing advertising.

    Synology doesn’t have an MRxx00ax unit to mesh with. People looking to switch to Synology have to do with an RT/MRxx00ac that will be enabled in the future…..

    Asus – garish application interface that seems to be geared towards teenagers… Flashy lights….

    Ubiquiti – slowish processor for UDR….. Wifi APs with only one, Gigabit, ethernet port…. Always OOS too…

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    • It’s not that tricky, Kevin. We’ll never have everything until we sync our desire with what that’s available, Wi-Fi or not. (I can literally have all the Wi-Fi hardware I’d want in the world, yet I still haven’t found that perfect solution.) I’m sure you’ll do better than barely surviving with any of those you mentioned. Life is a matter of degree. Get whatever solves your biggest problem at hand. πŸ™‚

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  10. Hi Dong,

    Thanks for all the clear info. Using some columns (and old CNET videos of yours yours I set up the family networking using a shoe string budget maybe 5 years ago.

    Now I’ve finally upgraded to SONIC internet, and I’m trying to get the rest of the system up to snuff. Here’s my set up

    I’ve got an ONT coming in near the home office in a less than ideal spot in our 2000 square foot 2 story home. My router is an honest to god fossil-an apple time capsule. I run ethernet to the home upstairs office, and then I run an actiontec Moca Adapter/WIFi access point to the media center downstairs. We have an older home (plaster and lathe not drywall) that’s well insulated and divided up so I assume

    I’d like to upgrade the router, and have a wi fi set up that’s a little less quirky (we’ve got three separate networks that show up and sometimes if you aren’t on the right one you can’t trade files or use the printer). I also would like WIFI to work in the backyard (it’s tiny) and have network back up drive to replace the time capsule.

    So Should I upgrade now to a wifi 6 router? Should i replace the moca adapters with newer ones that don’t double as access points? and get the access points separately? Can I run two access points downstairs to cover the backyard?

    Please pardon the large number of questions, I seem to be able to figure out one at a time but when I try and wrap my head around the whole system my brain crashes

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  11. you said “The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 can couple with the RT-AX86U to form a powerful AiMesh system with a Multi-Gig wired backhaul”.
    Please help me understand if I could use aforementioned mesh capabilities if both devices will be in AP mode and connected to