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Last updated: 31 March 2017

Whether you've got the NBN or you're still on ADSL, to get fast and reliable connections to all your home-network devices you need a fast wireless router for your home Wi-Fi. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best wireless router for you. Our buying guide will help you know what features to look for.

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Our test covers dual-band wireless routers and tri-band wireless routers, all of them NBN-ready. Two models also include a built-in modem - the NetCommWireless NF13ACV and Fritz!Box 7490.

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

  • deliver the best local Wi-Fi speed
  • are the easiest to use
  • have the greatest number of features.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which routers have a built-in modem and VoIP support and which have the best parental filter controls. Note that this is a test of Wi-Fi routers, not modem-routers (gateways) and though two models have built-in modems we did not test the modem. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top. 

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


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Type of 802.11 Wi-Fi standard support included.

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The fastest achieved throughput result on the 2.4GHz band. MBps = megabytes per second.

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  • Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
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  • Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
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  • WPS support
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