Top 5: The Best Wi-Fi Routers

Chart: Having a house or office full of the latest, most bleeding-edge computing, mobile and tablet hardware is awesome, but it's all for nought if you don't have an easy way to hook them all up to the 'net. A new 802.11ac router gives you the best possible wireless transfer speeds, the longest range and the best new features. Here are the five best 802.11ac wireless routers available in Australia as of July 23, 2015.

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Gizmodo includes scores (out of 100) on Australian reviews: full 'How We Rate' info is available here. That scoring is reflected in this chart, along with scores from a selection of other leading tech sites. In doing so, our goal is to make this meta-chart as useful as possible to you.

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There are a huge number of Wi-Fi routers of all brands and varieties available in Australia, so we've narrowed the list down to some of the best of the best, and even then to a list of some that are easily available from a wide selection of retail stores around the country. Our list shows that if you want a solid Wi-Fi router with good range, good speed and good features, then you should take a look at well-regarded brands like D-Link, Netgear and Linksys. Our list has one or two from each brand, based solely on their aggregate scores from four different review websites including Gizmodo Australia.

Note: We've not included pricing in the table as this can change regularly, and differs between various telco plans. Use the Dick Smith links to get a guide to current costs.


Top 5 Chart

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Netgear Nighthawk R7000

Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys EA8500

Netgear Nighthawk X6

D-Link DSL-2900AL

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
85
Gizmodo Australia
85
Gizmodo Australia
93
Gizmodo Australia
82
Gizmodo Australia
81
  PC World US
90
PC World US
90
PC World US
60
PC World US
80
PC World US
N/A
  PC World AU
80
PC World AU
70
PC World AU
N/A
PC World AU
N/A
PC World AU
80
  CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
60
CNET
60
Key Specs
Speed AC1900 AC1900 AC2600 AC3200 AC1900
Gigabit Ethernet Yes, 4 Yes, 4 Yes, 4 Yes, 4 Yes, 4
USB Ports Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modem No No No No Yes
Dimensions 285x185 x50mm 248x195 x51mm 249x196 x51mm 296x227 x55mm 123x102 x220mm

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