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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.

  • Please note: This is a test of wireless routers, not modem-routers (gateways)
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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.

Note that though two wireless router models we tested also include a built-in modem, we tested them only as wireless routers.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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Price paid in December 2015

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USB 2.0 ports

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The number of USB 2.0 ports included.

USB 3.0 ports

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The number of USB 3.0 ports included.

Wall mountable

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

Guest network

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

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.

Specifications

Wi-Fi type

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Type of 802.11 Wi-Fi standard support included.

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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 (throughput, 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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  • Performance score
  • Ease of use score
  • Recommended
  • Speed (throughput, MBps) 2.4GHz
  • 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
  • Antenna placement
  • Mimo support
  • Beamforming support
  • 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)
  • Warranty (months)
  • Website
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Tri-band router
  • Wi-Fi type
  • Antennas
  • NBN ready
  • Gigabit ethernet LAN ports
  • USB 2.0 ports
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Default Wi-Fi access
  • WPS support
  • Guest network
  • QoS (quality of service) support
  • Built-in modem (VoIP support)
  • Wall mountable
  • Size (mm, W x D x H)
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