NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000
The Nighthawk R7000 is NETGEAR's flagship AC1900 router sporting sleek looks inspired by the stealth fighter it's named after. Living up to the high standards set by NETGEAR, it offers everything you'd expect from a high-end router including best-in-class download and upload speeds, the fastest processor in any home router (Broadcom's dual-core 1 GHz BCM4709A), 256 MB of RAM, 128 MB of ROM, DLNA, two USB ports including a USB 3.0 one on the front, support for network printers, 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a lot more.
On the software side too, you get everything you'd expect from NETGEAR's flagship, including support for IPv6, DLNA, WPS connections, easy access to connected USB storage from any of your connected devices, FTP server, automatic backups of your computers on the connected USB storage (including Time Machine backups of Macs), smartphone, tablet and computer apps for easily setting up and managing all the router's features, VPN, parental controls, a robust firewall, guest networks, bandwidth prioritization for data-intensive tasks such as streaming high-def videos, online gaming etc., and the list goes on... And should you choose to install custom router firmware such as DD-WRT or OpenWRT on it, the possibilities are limitless.
The Nighthawk R7000 also offers unmatched range in the AC1900 class, thanks to its three large antennas with x3 amplification. While AC1900 devices that can fully utilize the simultaneous dual-band maximum download and upload speeds offered by this behemoth might be scarce at the moment, it should definitely be the router of choice for those who do have or plan on buying such devices in the near future, while enjoying best-in-class wired as well as wireless throughput on all your existing devices in the meantime.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 is available for $189, which might seem a bit steep for a home router, but gets justified by all the features you get.