Best Black Friday Router Deals: Upgrade to Aries or Wi-Fi 6 at a discount

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Holiday buying season is in full swing Black friday in full swing. As with all variants, this is a good time to grab a deal on the new router New Trap Options On the market, as well as new routers that support Wi-Fi 6The newest and fastest version of Wi-Fi. To do my best with most of us Stay at home as much as possibleQuarterbacking the right router can make a difference to your home network.

If a new router sits on your shopping list, bookmark this post – I’ll keep updating it regularly through Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday And all of the best home networking deals we’ve seen all over the web. With the big Friday still a day away, we already have some bird deals worth watching, so check out.

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It is still expensive, but you can currently save $ 50 on a two-piece Netgear Orbi AX6000 Mesh router setup, reducing the cost from $ 700 to $ 650. With full support for Wi-Fi 6, a triband design with an additional 5GHz band for system transmission, and a WAN port capable of accepting incoming wired speeds as 2.5 Wbps, AX6000 is Netgear’s hardcore OSB system. – And it remains the fastest, best-performing mesh router we’ve ever tested.

Netgear told me that the deal will go live until November 30, which is Cyber ​​Monday. I can stop clicking the button to buy to see if a better Orby offer comes out until Black Friday, but I haven’t heard of any other AX6000 deals yet. At any rate, if you are waiting for a sale on the fastest, most reliable mesh system we have ever tested.

Meanwhile, if you need more than one range-spanning satellite to cover a large house, you can consider the AX4200 version of ORBI. It’s not quite as fast as the AX6000 version, but it’s still a tri-band mesh router with full support for Wi-Fi 6 and hey, don’t you know it, Netgear is currently offered with a four-pack Doing the main router and three extender for $ 660, which is $ 90 less than normal. Read our Netgear Orbi AX6000 review.

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It doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6, but the Nest WiFi Mesh router still punch well with enough advanced features to make its weight feel stable, reliable performance, and like an upgrade. The system’s main router is a slightly larger device to the left in the image above, and it will work on its own without a Nest WiFi Point smart speaker without any limitations. It usually costs $ 169, but this week, Google is offering it for $ 139.

It’s not a bad deal, but if you’re starting from scratch, you’re better off getting a two-pack with router and an extender at the usual $ 269 combo price (those extender costs $ 150), however, If you use the first-gen Google WiFi trap system in your home, you can swap in a Nest WiFi router and use your first-gen Google WiFi Extender for faster speed and better performance. Read our Nest WiFi review.

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Here’s another Nest WiFi deal, this time from Budig: a two-pack of Nest WiFi routers for $ 219, plus two free Deco Gear Smart Plugs once you add the deal to your cart.

Some things to know here. First, the Nest WiFi router is the central brain of the Nest WiFi network, and does not include a built-in Google Assistant smart speaker such as the range-expanding Nest WiFi numeral. That said, you can also use a second Nest WiFi router as a range extender, so the deal is basically the same as a Nest WiFi two-pack, which typically costs $ 269. You are just replacing the Range Extender with another router.

This means you are missing the built-in Google Assistant voice control, but you may also see slightly better performance (the router range is slightly stronger than Extender). As a smart plug, I’m not familiar with Deco Gear and we haven’t tested their stuff, but they claim to work with both Alexa and Google Assistant. If you already use one of those voice assistants, the deal just got a little better. Read our Nest WiFi review.


The Eero Pro 6 is the hardcore version of Amazon’s new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router, and it helps improve system performance in faster speeds and additional 5GHz bands. It has been well tested, and offers great value even at full price with a $ 599 three-pack, which is $ 400 less than the comparable Netgear Orbi AX6000 setup.

Now, for Black Friday week, Amazon has marked the three-pack all the way down to $ 479, which is about the same price as I have ever seen for a three-piece, Tribend Mesh router that Y -Supports Fi 6. It’s back until December 18, so you’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive, but the deal is now live and Amazon is taking orders. Read our Eero Pro 6 review.

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It’s not the newest version of Eero that supports Wi-Fi 6, but last year’s Eero Mesh router has been well tested in the CNET Smart Home, and you can get a three-piece for $ 174 on Amazon right now. Can setup setup, saving you $ 75.

Meanwhile, the new version of Eero is on sale, too (it’s called the Eero 6), but it wasn’t reliable in my tests like last year’s version, so read my review before making a purchase. Read our Eero (2019) review.


The Archer AX20 is one of TP-Link’s entry-level Wi-Fi 6 routers. With the dual-band design and AX1800 speed, it’s not going to be a game-changer for your entire home network, but it will still help you perform slightly faster Wi-Fi than any Wi-Fi 6 devices. . Myself, which can make it a sensible upgrade for someone who has just bought a new iPhone.

The router typically sells for $ 130, but TP-Link has marked down to $ 100 as an early special for Black Friday week.


This TP-Link Mesh router is basically the same as Amazon’s Eero 6, at least as far as specs are concerned. Both are dual-band AX1800 systems that support Wi-Fi 6, and both three-packs typically sell for $ 270. But right now, you can grab the TP-Link system for $ 230, which saves you $ 40.

Don’t care about Wi-Fi 6? The TP-Link Deco M5 system is last year’s Wi-Fi 5 model – that three-piece system is usually priced at $ 170, but it’s available now for $ 150, which will save you $ 20.

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The typical starting price for this high-speed Wi-Fi 6 router is $ 300, which is very harsh for dual-dual models with no additional 5GHz band. However, sit tight, because on Saturday, November 28 (the day after Black Friday), Best Buy would have marked it below 50% on the $ 150 selling price. This is a great deal for a router that is capable of hitting top speeds up to 4.8Gbps.


If you’re not looking for a router upgrade, and instead, just want a good deal on something simple and functional, then you can consider the Linksys 21650. This is a great Wi-Fi 5 router, but it will work for browsing and streaming light.

Starting on Saturday, November 28 (again, the day after Black Friday), Best Buy will offer it $ 55, which is $ 15 less than the current selling price and $ 35 less than the normal retail price.

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These offers appear to be over or out of stock – we’ll keep an eye on them and update this post if we make changes.


It does not support Wi-Fi 6, but the AC1200 version of Netgear Orbi is still a solid and reliable mesh router, and when we tested it in the CNET Smart Home, it was impressed with the surprisingly strong signal strength. Next, I called the two-piece version of this system a terrific price at $ 129 – now, as an early Black Friday special at Walmart, you can get a three-piece version with an extra range extender for only $ 99 Huh.

A three-piece mesh system like this is the best way to cover a large-sized home with a stable, reliable Wi-Fi connection, and $ 99 is as low a price as you would ever get from a well-reviewed Will look for the name. -Brand options like this. If you have a lot of land to cover your home Wi-Fi network and you are sick of dead areas, this is a way to consider. Note that some CNET employees appear to be out of stock, but not others, so availability (and perhaps price) may depend on your location. Read our Netgear Orbi AC1200 review.


I have not reviewed this particular model, but one of my CNET predecessors on the Wi-Fi beat was a fan of its previous version in 2017, calling it “a proper router for smaller homes”. This one, the Linksys MR8300, is almost identical to one – an AC2200 router with four antennas and two 5GHz bands.

The best thing about it is Tribend Design, and the fact that you can use it with other Linkage Max stream devices so that you can build your own mesh network. The extra 5GHz band will help keep the speed up throughout your home should you choose to go that route. Now, ahead of Black Friday, you can get it for $ 30 on Best Buy, where it boasts a review average of 4.6 with over 1,000 five-star reviews.


Amazon-owned Ero released two new Mesh routers this fall: the Ero 6 and Ero Pro 6. Both include full support for Wi-Fi 6, but the Ero Pro 6 boasts faster speeds and has a dedicated backhall Adds a second 5GHz band for transmission between the router and its range-extending satellites. This is a significant upgrade if you want your mesh router to make maximum use of Wi-Fi 6.

The Eero Pro 6 isn’t cheap at $ 599 for a three-pack, but you’ll spend for other high-end, Tribe Mesh routers that support Wi-Fi 6, including our top picks such as the Asus ZenWiFi AX And the AX6000 version of Netgear Orbi. And, if you are willing to wait additional days for delivery, Amazon will include a free Fire TV cube for those who shop via the link below. This is a leftover deal from Prime Day, but it is a good proposal for an Aries system that has been well conducted in our tests. Read our Eero Pro 6 review.

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