VoIP routers review

Using VoIP can save you money, but you need the right hardware to do it — so we put seven VoIP capable modem routers to the test.
 
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03.Product profiles

Netgear DG834GV

Price $195

Good points Netgear

  • Best ease of use overall.
  • Colour coded connections.
  • Two-year warranty.
  • Cheapest to run.

Bad points

  • No software included.
  • No visible QoS settings.

Open Networks 824RLW

Price $112 Open networks

Good points

  • Cheapest of units tested.
  • Relatively easy to set up and use.

Bad points

  • Power adapter takes up more than one slot on a power board.

Billion BiPAC 7401 VGP-M

Price $134 Billion bipac

Good points

  • Second-cheapest of units tested.
  • Relatively easy to set up and use.
  • Two-year warranty.

Bad points

  • Power adapter takes up more than one slot on a power board.

Belkin F1P2I242EGau

Price $279
Belkin
Good points

  • Equal second-highest ease of use score.
  • Colour coded connections.
  • Two-year warranty.
  • USB port for sharing USB storage devices across the network.

Bad points

  • Most expensive in this test.
  • Large size.
  • Power adapter takes up more than one slot on a power board.

Dynalink RTA1046VW

Price $190 Dynalink

Good points

  • Equal second-highest ease of use score.
  • Relatively easy to set up and use.

Bad points

  • Power adapter takes up more than one slot on a power board.
  • Most expensive to run.

Draytek Vigor 2700VG

Price $240 Draytek Vigor

Good points

  • Relatively easy to set up and use.
  • Good firmware update tool.
  • 30-day trial web content filter bundled in.
  • Two-year warranty.

Bad points

  • Relatively expensive.
  • No ADSL line filter included.
  • Jargon makes set up of QoS difficult.
  • Power adapter takes up more than one slot on a power board.

Netcomm NB9WMAXX

Price $180 Netcomm

Good points

  • Includes 3-month trial anti-spyware software.

Bad points

  • No ADSL line filter included.
  • Details for QoS are confusing.
  • No setup wizard.
  • Lowest score for ease of use overall.
 

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