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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price as of February 2022
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 149 and 649
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).
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 (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.
Long-range throughput (MBps)
Results are in megabytes per second (MBps). Straightline distance test conducted over line-of-sight at a distance of 40m. Fast 5GHz performance is anything over 50MBps and fast 2.4GHz performance is anything over 15MBps; sluggish 5GHz performance is anything under 40MBps and sluggish 2.4GHz performance is anything under 10MBps.
enter value/s in increments of i between 33.2 and 80
Short-range throughput (MBps)
Results are in megabytes per second (MBps). Testing 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands in a best-case short range scenario conducted over line-of-sight at a distance of 4m. Fast 5GHz is anything over 70MBps and fast 2.4GHz is anything over 20MBps; sluggish 5GHz is anything under 40MBps and sluggish 2.4GHz is anything under 15MBps.
enter value/s in increments of i between 54.9 and 92.6
Wall penetration throughput (MBps)
Results are in megabytes per second (MBps). Signal penetration test through a double-brick wall and a drywall. Testing is done using 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands and the wall penetration throughput is the sum of these tests. As a guide, fast 5GHz performance is considered to be more than 40MBps and sluggish 5GHz performance is under 30MBps; fast 2.4GHz performance is anything over 20MBps and sluggish is anything under 10MBps.
enter value/s in increments of i between 30.1 and 73.1
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- 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
- Good points
- Bad points
- Tri-band router
- Maximum claimed speed (Mbps) 2.4+5GHz
- Wi-Fi type
- 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 button
- Guest network
- QoS (quality of service) support
- VoIP support
- Wall mountable
- Size (mm, W x D x H)
- Weight (g)