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Last updated: 10 September 2020
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Whether you've got the NBN or you're still on ADSL, to get fast and reliable connections to all your wireless home-network devices you need a fast wireless router for your home Wi-Fi. We lab test and compare models to help you find the best wireless router for you. 

Our buying guide will help you know what features to look for. Our guide to how we test wireless and mesh routers explains our testing rigour.

Please note: This is a test of wireless routers, not modem-routers (gateways). We test major ISP-supplied basic NBN gateways as well.

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Our test covers dual-band wireless routers, all of them NBN-ready. 

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 support for VoIP, MIMO and guest network. 

Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Price as of July 2020

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 199 and 649

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    Wi-Fi type

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    The type of support included for the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) or the newer 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6).

      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.

        VoIP support

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         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.

          WPS support

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          Wi-Fi Protected Set-up (WPS) - lets you connect devices to your Wi-Fi network securely without having to enter a password.

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            • Yearly power cost ($)
            • Overall score
            • Performance score
            • Ease of use score
            • Privacy score
            • Short-range throughput (MBps)
            • Long-range throughput (MBps)
            • Wall penetration throughput (MBps)
            • 2.4GHz short range speed (MBps)
            • 5GHz short range speed (single band, MBps)
            • Dual 5GHz short range speed (MBps)
            • 5GHz long range speed (MBps)
            • Dual 5GHz long range speed (MBps)
            • 2.4GHz long range speed MBps
            • 5GHz wall penetration speed (MBps)
            • Dual 5GHz wall penetration speed (MBps)
            • 2.4GHz wall penetration speed (MBps)
            • Antenna placement
            • USB drive sharing
            • Installation wizard
            • Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
            • Parental filters URL/keyword
            • Supports 3G/4G via USB dongle (not supplied)
            • Warranty (months)
            • Country of origin
            • Website
            • Good points
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            • Brand
            • Model
            • Availability
            • Price
            • Tri-band router
            • Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
            • Wi-Fi type
            • Antennas
            • Mimo support
            • Beamforming support
            • NBN ready
            • Gigabit ethernet LAN ports
            • USB 2.0 ports
            • USB 3.0 ports
            • DLNA support
            • Default Wi-Fi access
            • Preset parental filters
            • WPS support
            • Guest network
            • QoS (quality of service) support
            • VoIP support
            • Wall mountable
            • Size (mm, W x D x H)
            • Weight (g)

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