Your connected home will be a whole lot smarter with one or more of these working their magic behind the scenes.
Asus RT-AC87u dual-band wireless AC2400 gigabit router
If you're in the market for a router that won't snarl up your Call Of Duty sessions, try this pricey but whizzy wonder of tantalising tech. Four antennas ensure wireless signal coverage up to a gobsmacking 465m, while its combined dual-band data rate of up to 2,334Mbps is speedy enough to port huge quantities of 4K video content and provide low-latency online gaming. Natty with little dread.
Devolo PLC 1200+
It's all very well having a great Wi-Fi router, but what if your office is in the loft? Simple: plug in this two-in-one, 1,200Mbps powerline option that also includes Wi-Fi. Now, the kids can play on their tablets in the lounge while dad works in the attic.
This router is for those who devour the internet on a colossal basis. The WRT1200AC boasts a total bandwidth of up to 1,200Mbps, and comes with dual-band antennas and four gigabit Ethernet ports. You can even modify its settings via an app.
Fancy a router that looks more elegant than the norm? Look no further than this handsome devil. Dual-bandwidth tech ensures speeds of up to 1.9Gbps and very wide coverage. Download the mydlink cloud app and you can monitor things at home while sunning on a beach.
This 600Mbps dual-band Wi-Fi range extender can be set up using an app. Just plug it into the wall, follow the simple instructions and you can surf in places you never thought possible: “Harry! Where are you?” “Just checking my Apple stocks in the larder, dear…”
This powerline extender is ideal for those in need of solid internet speeds without the irritation of Wi-Fi dropouts. It features push-button connection, two gigabit Ethernet ports and an Atheros AR7500 chipset that delivers speeds in excess of 400Mbps.
This powerline kit comes with three Ethernet ports and is a great choice for those wishing to connect their Sky box, PlayStation and computer to the router using cable and not some flimsy Wi-Fi signal. A fast and functional option for media-mad households.
Wi-Fi products aren't generally the most attractive items in the household, but this little beauty bucks the trend. In the main, it performs well, delivering fast speeds of up to 1,200Mbps. And it's compatible with other service providers, too.
The two-in-one ZyXEL PLA4231 is cheap enough to have a bunch of them dotted about the abode. Installation is anything but simple – calling all tech heads – but at least it delivers a decent combination of both powerline and wireless access.
Netgear EX7000 Nighthawk Wi-Fi Range Extender
Netgear's products are among the most reliable in Webland, and this slab is the bee's knees when it comes to delivering high-performance internet to remote desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, TVs, games consoles and mansheds. The dual-band Nighthawk boasts speeds of up to 1,900Mbps, and comes equipped with three aerials and five gigabit Ethernet ports for other net-related household gizmos. Needless to say, it's as easy to set up as it is to boil a kettle.