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Last updated: 30 October 2018

How good is your NBN device? We tested and compared the basic modem-router (gateway) provided by each of the top-five NBN providers: Telstra, Optus, TPG, iiNet and Internode.

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  • Do you have a terrible performing NBN gateway? We also test wireless routers that connect to the gateway for better wireless performance.

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Connecting to the NBN is a minefield of providers, plans and technologies. One area where you don’t get much choice though, is in what internet gateway you get to use. Most ISPs give you a basic unit with your plan, but you’ll have to pay extra for an upper-range model.

We measured and ranked the internet connection performance of each unit, as well as its home network performance, both wireless and ethernet. We also compared the ease of set-up and use and the features of each unit.

Our expert testers give every modem-router a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • deliver the internet connection speed
  • provide the best local Wi-Fi speed
  • have the best local ethernet (wired) network speed
  • are the easiest to use

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which modem-routers have the best connection speed outside your home to the internet and which have the best within your home network on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. We also tell you which have key features such as support for guest users and parental filter controls, and the types of ports they have for connecting other devices.

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Price not listed separately as each unit comes with a connection plan. These are the basic units on offer by each supplier. Other units may be available at extra cost of with a different plan.

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USB 2.0 ports

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The number of USB 2.0 ports included.

Wall mountable

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Whether the device is designed to be optionally mounted on a wall.

Guest network

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Lets you give visitors access to the internet, but not your local network.

DLNA support

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Whether the router supports Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) guidelines that make connection to other networked devices and streaming media files across your network easier.

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Wi-Fi type

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Type of 802.11 Wi-Fi standard support included.

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Speed (throughput, Mbps) 2.4GHz

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The fastest achieved throughput result on the 2.4GHz band. The gateways tested are all dual-band devices (2.4GHz and 5GHz bands) only. Mbps = megabits per second.

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Speed (Mbps) 5GHz

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The fastest achieved throughput result on the 5GHz band. The gateways tested are all dual-band devices (2.4GHz and 5GHz bands) only. Mbps = megabits per second.

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  • Ease of use score
  • Internet speed score
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  • Speed (throughput, Mbps) 2.4GHz
  • Speed (Mbps) 5GHz
  • Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
  • Antenna placement
  • Mimo support
  • Beamforming support
  • USB drive sharing
  • DLNA support
  • Installation wizard
  • Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
  • Parental filters URL/keyword
  • Preset parental filters
  • Supports 3G/4G via USB dongle (not supplied)
  • Warranty (months)
  • Website
  • Comments
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Wi-Fi type
  • Tri-band router
  • Antennas
  • NBN ready
  • Gigabit ethernet LAN ports
  • USB 2.0 ports
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Default Wi-Fi access
  • WPS support
  • Guest network
  • QoS (quality of service) support
  • Built-in modem (VoIP support)
  • Wall mountable
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