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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Where the price is displayed as $0 the modem-router is supplied by an internet service provider (ISP). However, there can be extra costs associated with getting a modem-router from an ISP when signing up to a broadband plan.
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Modem-routers without Wi-Fi connectivity scored worse. These were the Billion BiPAC 8900X, DrayTek Vigor DV130, and Netgear DM200.
Overall DSL score
DSL = internet connectivity. We created a weighting system for DSL performance, based on a download score (60%) and an upload score (40%).
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Overall Wi-Fi score
A combination of router performance on the 5GHz band (60%) and the 2.4GHz band (40%).
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Internet service provider
Any unit that has "No" gigabit ethernet has the much slower 10/100 megabits per second (Mbps).
Best Wi-Fi standard
802.11ac is superior to 802.11n. The latest standard, 802.11ax (AKA Wi-Fi 6), is very new and was not supported by any modem-routers tested.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE score
- Overall DSL score
- DSL download score
- DSL upload score
- Overall Wi-Fi score
- 2.4GHz overall score
- 5GHz overall score
- 2.4GHz with interference degredation
- Retailer sourced modem
- Supplied by ISP
- Internet service provider
- Wireless router
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
- 5GHz Wi-Fi
- Best Wi-Fi standard
- Stated 2.4GHz Wi-Fi speed
- Stated 5GHz Wi-Fi speed
- Ethernet ports
- Gigabit ethernet
- USB ports
- Parental controls