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Last updated: 25 February 2019

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 review models to help you find the best wireless router for you. 

Our buying guide will help you know what features to look for.

  • 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 and tri-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 VoIP support and which have the best parental filter controls. 

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

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Guest network

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

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.

Modem built-in

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A built-in modem can connect to the internet via your ISP.

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.

Tri-band router

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A router that includes two separate 5GHz wireless networks in addition to a 2.4GHz network.

Preset parental filters

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Inbuilt filters that use a managed list to block known malicious and inappropriate sites.

Specifications

Wi-Fi type

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Type of 802.11 Wi-Fi standard support included.

Mimo support

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Whether the router supports MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), which uses multiple antennas to improve Wi-Fi performance.

Beamforming support

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Beamforming uses multiple antennas to direct the Wi-Fi signal more precisely to your client devices.

Antennas

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The number of built-in antennas (Select the "Compare all products" button and see Antenna placement for more information).

Features

VPN server

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A combination of VPN hardware and software technologies that enables hosting and delivery of VPN services to VPN clients.

VPN client

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Supports devices configured with VPN third-party client software.

VPN passthrough

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This feature allows any devices connected to the router to establish outbound VPN connections.

Test results

Speed (throughput, MBps) 2.4GHz

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

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Speed (MBps) 5 GHz single band

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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

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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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