We cord cutters don't need cable to enjoy our favorite content. But we do need a few other key tools to make sure that we're always streaming the highest-quality videos. One of those things is a reliable router, which will make sure that you can always enjoy content anywhere in your home without having to deal with a poor Wi-Fi signal. Your ISP may have given you an all-in-one modem and router, but you'll find that using a separate router can really boost your Wi-Fi signal and make your life easier as a cord cutter. With a great wireless signal, you can stream off of mobile devices, unite your streaming boxes with your Plex media server, use your cell phone as a Roku remote, and much more. So which router should you get? We've put together this list based on reviews from the most reliable sources on the net. We consulted CNET reviews, Amazon user ratings, and other top routers lists to put together this ultimate list. You can't go wrong with these routers! 1. Asus RT-AC88U Price: $269.99 This is a product that two of our most trusted sources – PC Mag and CNET – both agree on. Both put the Asus RT-AC88U on their list of top routers of 2017, and that's good enough to make our aggregated list. Asus also makes the more affordable RT-N66U router, though that router made only one list (CNET's) this year. On a side note, this is the first of several routers on our list that look like invading alien spacecrafts. 2. D-Link AC3200 Price: $232.99 This tri-band Wi-Fi router is an absolute monster. It looks great and is incredibly fast. Of course, it also comes with a high price tag and is a pretty large device. PC Magazine adored this router and named it one of the ten best of 2016. They kept it on their 2017 list, too. Amazon users are fans of it as well. 3. Google Wi-Fi Price: $129.00 CNET calls this product “the best Wi-Fi system on the market.” That's high praise from one of the most trusted tech reviewers around, and it makes Google Wi-Fi a shoo-in on our list. The Verge and Engadget love this product, too. 4. Linksys WRT1900ACS Price: $174.99 This pricey but powerful router made two lists for the best routers of the year in 2016: CNET's and PC Magazine's. It returned to CNET's list this year. Those are very reliable sources, so you can be sure that this is a really respected product. This router is particularly good at getting Wi-Fi coverage to places in your home that other routers just can't reach. CNET gave it an 8.3 rating. 5. TP-Link Archer C7 Price: $86.99 This router got the stamp of approval from The Wirecutter, which named it the best router available in their 2016 article (the most recent available at the time of this writing). Amazon users approve of this product as well, and it's dropped quite a bit in price since CNET evaluated it, so you're getting more bang for your buck these days. This is a high-quality router at a fair price. 2 thoughts on “The Best Wireless Routers” Looking into cord cutting, with that my existing Wi-Fi service will go too. My question: If I purchase a router, do I have to tie myself to a new Wi-Fi provider? Or this is a plug and play system? Thanks for your help, Gonzalo Reply We have a netgear 26 is this good for cord cutters? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.