You don’t necessarily need a fast internet connection to make your home smarter. But many home automation system need WiFi to work. The Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router happens to be a powerful router with a 1.4GHz dual core processor, dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization by application, and four high-performance external antennas. You get speeds up to 2.33Gbps (600 +1733 Mbps).
The router is great for gaming, streaming, home automation, and more. The companion app enables you to control your home network for your iOS or Android device. The router has 2 USB 3.0 and eSATA ports for external storage. Sets you back $279.99.