Most people, however, don’t need mesh Wi-Fi and can do just fine in smallish homes and apartments with a regular router. Wi-Fi 5 (and some Wi-Fi 4) laptops, phones, and other devices will continue to dominate your home for the next few years, and the premium that Wi-Fi 6 demands just isn’t worth it yet. It’s a bit slower overall than our upgrade pick, but that’s like saying an eagle isn’t as fast as a falcon, and it’s easy to set up and manage. The XT8 is almost a mirror twin of our pick, the CT8, but it includes extras such as Wi-Fi 6 compatibility and WPA3 security. It’s the upgrade pick for those who need the latest technology to squeeze out the fastest connection, always.