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Wireless router reviews

Last updated: 24 February 2016

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 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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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.

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

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Ease of use score
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The ease of use score is made up of: how easy it is to connect the router to the Internet; how easy it is to change wireless names and passwords; and how easy it is to implement extra features such as internet access controls or parental filters.

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The performance score is based on total throughput, which is a combination of 2.4GHz and 5GHz throughput, and tri-band router throughput is based on 5GHz combined throughput.

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Built-in modem (VoIP support)
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A built-in modem can connect to the internet via your ISP. 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.

USB drive sharing
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Whether the router supports the ability to plug in a USB hard drive and share its data across your network.

QoS (quality of service) support
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Lets you give particular devices or applications more of your internet bandwidth than others.

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

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  • Speed (throughput, MBps) 5 GHz single band
  • Speed (throughput, MBps) 5 GHz combined total
  • Speed (throughput, MBps) 5 GHz smart switching
  • Speed (throughput, MBps) 5 GHz manual switching
  • Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
  • Antennas
  • Antenna placement
  • Mimo support
  • Beamforming support
  • NBN ready
  • USB drive sharing
  • DLNA support
  • Installation wizard
  • Parental filters URL/keyword
  • Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
  • Preset parental filters
  • Supports 3G/4G via USB dongle (not supplied)
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  • Bad points
  • Price
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  • Tri-band router
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  • Gigabit ethernet LAN ports
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  • Guest network
  • QoS (quality of service) support
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