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Hi Gizmodo, are you able to recommend a good modem? I'm with Internode. I need a modem router, with wired ports and wireless, and support for naked DSL. In terms of the wi-fi area it needs to cover, I'm in a pretty small townhouse. Someone's buying it for me as a gift, so price is flexible. Thanks, Mork

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If you're thinking of upgrading your home network, you've got a huge range of choice of which wi-fi router to buy. Within the $300 to $500 price, one strong contender is Synology's RT2600ac — an upgraded version of the excellent RT1900ac, it has even faster wi-fi and the same suite of excellent add-on features like an integrated media server and VPN client. If you like tinkering with your network, you could do a lot worse than the RT2600ac.

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Unless you've upgraded to a whole home Wi-Fi solution like Linksys' recently announced Velop, you're probably finding your wireless network struggling to keep up these days. If you're a gamer, the last thing you want is lag and dropped frames during online multiplayer matches because someone in another room is watching The Crown on Netflix. So Linksys has created a wireless router that puts gamers first.

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If you're a semi-regular Gizmodo reader, you've probably seen me bleating on in the past about how important having good wi-fi in your house is. A good router can fix all of your life's problems. You've gotta spend a bit, sure, but it's worth it. Netgear's new D8500 takes all the good stuff from its excellent Nighthawk X8 router and adds an internal modem for everything from ADSL to the NBN.

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According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is exiting the router business. Bloomberg report that, over the last year, Apple has started to shutter the division, which made the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products, instead opting to put engineers on other projects, including the Apple TV.

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If you're living in a house out in the sticks that doesn't have fixed-line internet, or even a house in the city with a terrible ADSL connection — like me — then you have an alternative, provided your download quota requirements aren't too high. D-Link's DWR-921 is a router that you can plug a SIM into and have instant fast 4G access, as long as you're happy to pay Telstra or Optus or Vodafone for mobile data.

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Anyone who's ever signed up for a NBN connection or even a regular ADSL line knows how frustrating it is to wait for a tech appointment. But eventually, one day that might be a distant memory. Telstra has just announced plans to release a home modem router early next year that includes integrated 4G as well as a fixed-line connection — cutting what can sometimes be a painful wait for customers to get their home 'net connected.

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If you're looking to build a new high-speed wired or wireless network for your McMansion or inner-city penthouse apartment, then you're flush with choices — and any modern Wi-Fi routers or modem-router will do a very good job. Routers are getting faster all the time, though, and Linksys has a new range that should be more than enough for even the largest and most technologically-advanced home — including a new router capable of wirelessly broadcasting 20 streams of high quality 4K video simultaneously, at a price $150 cheaper than the competition.

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Within the last two years, routers have gone from ugly boxes tucked away in shame to well-designed products, complete with a variety of new technologies and user-friendly interfaces. Led by ambitious Kickstarter projects like Eero, Luma and Starry, routers are having a gadget moment — and that could finally help people realise how important the little box really is.

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We've all struggled with online gaming while a friend or family member is downloading a bunch of data, or with Skype chats that drop out intermittently for no apparent reason. Synology's RT1900ac router lets you organise just about every aspect of your home's wired or Wi-Fi network, down to specific devices, specific Web addresses and specific speeds. If you want to make sure your Xbox or Playstation is getting a straight pipe to the 'net, or if you want to stop your kids from looking at Facebook on their laptops after 10PM, this is the device you need in the middle of your house.

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Synology is a name that you'd usually associate with network attached storage (NAS) boxes — y'know, the big black hard drive enclosures that you hook up to your router or modem to store your movies, music and photos. Synology does NAS very well — it's certainly one of our favourite brands — but it's also extending its reach into another networking device. The RT1900AC is the first router from Synology, and its hook is that just like a NAS, it runs an operating system that you can use to browse through your files, download stuff from the 'net, and monitor all your network traffic.

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Your router is the most horrible technology you deal with every day. This essential tool keeps your home connected to the internet, and yet, you keep it thrust in a dusty corner because it's a wretched, opaque box of confusion. Google's OnHub is a critical step towards helping you take control back from those miserable blinking lights.