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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price as of February 2019
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Lets you give visitors access to the internet, but not your local network.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) lets you attach a phone handset and use a voice-over-internet-provider service to make phone calls over the internet.
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.
A router that includes two separate 5GHz wireless networks in addition to a 2.4GHz network.
Preset parental filters
Inbuilt filters that use a managed list to block known malicious and inappropriate sites.
Whether the router supports MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), which uses multiple antennas to improve Wi-Fi performance.
Beamforming uses multiple antennas to direct the Wi-Fi signal more precisely to your client devices.
The number of built-in antennas (Select the "Compare all products" button and see Antenna placement for more information).
A combination of VPN hardware and software technologies that enables hosting and delivery of VPN services to VPN clients.
Supports devices configured with VPN third-party client software.
This feature allows any devices connected to the router to establish outbound VPN connections.
Speed (Mbps) 2.4 GHz
The fastest achieved throughput result on the 2.4GHz band. MBps = megabytes per second.
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Speed (MBps) 5 GHz single band
Measures the fastest single 5GHz band throughput result. Tri-band routers may have a higher overall total throughput because they can transmit on two separate 5GHz bands simultaneously, to support multiple devices, but they do not aggregate the two bands to give a faster result to one client device. MBps = megabytes per second.
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Speed (MBps) 5 GHz combined total
This is the total throughput achieved on the 5GHz band. Tri-band routers have two 5GHz radios, hence their higher throughput in this test. MBps = megabytes per second.
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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
- Overall score
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- 5GHz 40m range test (MBps)
- 2.4GHz 40m range test (MBps)
- 5GHz wall penetration test (MBps)
- 2.4GHz wall penetration test (MBps)
- Yearly power cost ($)
- Speed (Mbps) 2.4 GHz
- Speed (MBps) 5 GHz single band
- Speed (MBps) 5 GHz combined total
- Speed (MBps) 5 GHz smart switching
- Speed (MBps) 5 GHz manual switching
- Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
- Antenna placement
- Mimo support
- Beamforming support
- USB drive sharing
- DLNA support
- Installation wizard
- Parental filters URL/keyword
- Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
- Supports 3G/4G via USB dongle (not supplied)
- Warranty (months)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Tri-band router
- Wi-Fi type
- NBN ready
- Gigabit ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0 ports
- USB 3.0 ports
- WPS support
- Default Wi-Fi access
- Preset parental filters
- Guest network
- QoS (quality of service) support
- VPN passthrough
- Modem built-in
- VPN client
- VPN server
- VoIP support
- Wall mountable
- Size (mm, W x D x H)
- Weight (g)