Best Modems / Routers

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to keep up to speed with a NBN modem, looking to buy a wireless modem or router, wanting to upgrade your system with mesh Wi-Fi, or something else entirely - you don’t need to be a tech genius to learn what to look for. Continue reading...

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ASUS RT-AC68U

ASUS RT-AC68U

4.3  (139)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Marty
MartyQLD15 posts
 
The BestHave a few around the house and is a fantastic product. 10 years and counting and they just keep on ticking. User interface can be a bit overwhelming for a newbie but you'll be right. AiMesh works great. NBN FTTP no dramas and Wi-Fi multiple devices just fine. Good app for parental control. Show details
TP-Link AC1200 Archer VR400

TP-Link AC1200 Archer VR400 🏆 2024

4.4  (65)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Rahul V
Rahul VWA
  V3
Great Customer SupportGreat customer service by Aurelia for solving the problem. She was so patient and helpful during the process. Appreciate the support. Show details
TP-Link AC2100 Archer VR2100

TP-Link AC2100 Archer VR2100 🏆 2024

4.4  (43)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,733 Mbps
Sam M.
Sam M.QLD
 
AwesomeAbsolutely satisfied with the help I received from Sonia in regards to setting up my router properly. I spent hours on phone calls to multiple people including tp link and Sonia was the only person to help connect me via chat. Amazing support and definitely deserves a raise!! Show details
TP-Link AC1600 Archer VR600 / VR600v

TP-Link AC1600 Archer VR600 / VR600v

4.0  (67)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199 to $209
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Fartikus
FartikusNSW22 posts
  Verified VR600v
ASUS AC1900 DSL-AC68U

ASUS AC1900 DSL-AC68U

4.0  (40)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Chris L
Chris L20 posts
 
TP-Link AC1200 Archer VR300

TP-Link AC1200 Archer VR300

4.9  (16)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Clay O
Clay O
  AC1200 Archer VR300
Agent supportThe agent Christy Lu helped me set this up, she got straight to the point and got me set up very quickly. First time setting up internet so was already a little stressed, but the agent helped sort things out with no problems. Show details
TP-Link AX1500 Archer AX10

TP-Link AX1500 Archer AX10

4.9  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,201 Mbps
Hadleigh
Hadleigh
 
Excellent serviceRouter works great. Excellent coverage. A huge thanks to Cassiel who helped me set it up correctly! Amazingly helpful Show details ·  1
TP-Link AC1900 Archer VR900

TP-Link AC1900 Archer VR900

4.8  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
MaS
MaS
 
Ok product but sign can drop out at timesProduct does the job well but sometimes it randomly drops out which can be frustrating. The TP Link hotline is helpful though in troubleshooting issues.
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TP-Link AC1900 Archer D9

TP-Link AC1900 Archer D9

4.1  (27)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Johnnyk35
Johnnyk35QLD7 posts
  Verified
Netcomm AC1600 NF18ACV

Netcomm AC1600 NF18ACV

3.4  (81)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,600 Mbps
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Rob
Rob
 
TP-Link AC1300 Deco M5

TP-Link AC1300 Deco M5

4.4  (20)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Paul
PaulSydney45 posts
  AC1300 Deco M5
D-Link Python AC1600 DSL-2888A

D-Link Python AC1600 DSL-2888A

3.8  (31)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249.95
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Gbanger
GbangerVIC35 posts
 
TP-Link TD-W8960N

TP-Link TD-W8960N

3.4  (56)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $39.99
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
Alan D
Alan DVIC3 posts
  Verified
D-Link Taipan AC3200 DSL-4320L

D-Link Taipan AC3200 DSL-4320L

3.4  (56)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $549.95
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
canuckdownunder
canuckdownunderVIC
 
TP-Link AC1600 Archer VR1600v

TP-Link AC1600 Archer VR1600v

3.1  (111)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
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D.Knapp
D.Knapp
 
Quick fixDaria promptly fixed my issue after our chat over the phone. Show details ·  1
Netgear Orbi

Netgear Orbi

3.1  (89)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $649
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
wcochrane
wcochraneNSW
  Orbi
Huawei E5186

Huawei E5186

3.6  (33)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
Adqm
AdqmVIC17 posts
 
Good during the day but at night it sucksThe speed this has during the day is fine, it's nice and does what it's meant to. But as soon as somebody else starts to use the internet or it's dark out it totally falls flat. Other then that I'm perfectly content with this. Show details
TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20

TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20

4.1  (20)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,201 Mbps
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Pitpat
PitpatTAS140 posts
  Verified AX1800 Deco X20
ASUS RT-AC88U

ASUS RT-AC88U

4.0  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $379
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,167 Mbps
Michael
MichaelSA6 posts
 
TP-Link AC2100 Archer VR2100v

TP-Link AC2100 Archer VR2100v

4.4  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,733 Mbps
Ingolf
IngolfQLD39 posts
 
Ubiquiti AFi-R AmpliFi HD

Ubiquiti AFi-R AmpliFi HD

4.4  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.78
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Nigel D
Nigel DVIC2 posts
 
TP-Link TL-WA850RE

TP-Link TL-WA850RE

4.1  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
annaliza
annalizaNSW30 posts
 
Biggest piece of junk ever madeTerrible experience trying to set it up. I just ended up throwing it away . Biggest piece of junk ever made. It worked for a while, then stopped working , then would connect , then not connect etc. JUNK .
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TP-Link AX3000 Archer AX50

TP-Link AX3000 Archer AX50

4.9  (10)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,402 Mbps
Alastair D
Alastair D
 
Cassie is by far the bestI have tried two other support agents with TP link and Cassie is by far the best. She understood my issue and fixed it quickly. She was friendly and very helpful. If I got put through to her first, I would have saved hours. Much appreciated!!!! Show details ·  1
TP-Link AX5400 Deco X73-DSL Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

TP-Link AX5400 Deco X73-DSL Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

4.2  (14)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed4,804 Mbps
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Nick K
Nick KVIC
 
Google Nest Wifi

Google Nest Wifi

3.1  (43)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
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Tracie S.
Tracie S.
 
TP-Link AX5400 Archer AX73

TP-Link AX5400 Archer AX73

4.8  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed4,804 Mbps
Lester
Lester
 
Excellent SupportI called into the TP-Link hotline when I faced some issues with my router. Mona Shan was extremely patient and resourceful when assisting me with the troubleshooting. The problem was eventually fixed. Super grateful! Show reply
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-A Series

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-A Series

4.4  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499 to $769
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz) and Tri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,167 Mbps, 4,804 Mbps, 6,000 Mbps and 16,000 Mbps
Beth Langley
Beth LangleyNSW19 posts
  GT-AXE16000
Perfect router phenomenal speedThe router is very good, a bit finicky to configure even with tha application getting you connected using it to replace an existing router would be good to set up ip address at same time as name and password for wifi
Netcomm NF10WV

Netcomm NF10WV

3.3  (31)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $130
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
Nicholas W.
Nicholas W.4 posts
  Fair Incentive
Aussie BroadbandI been with Aussie Broadband for 22 years now and I have my NetComm Wireless NF10WV for 7 years now what do ever no issue at all stll going st after 7 years Show details
TP-Link N300 TL-WR841N

TP-Link N300 TL-WR841N

4.3  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $35
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
KCA
KCA
 
Amazing Support TeamCassiel was the most amazing helper she stayed calm, informative and patient with me as I learnt how to configure my router. She taught me a lot today and I appreciate her patience. Show reply
TP-Link AX3000 Deco X50

TP-Link AX3000 Deco X50

4.6  (10)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,402 Mbps
Ova S.
Ova S.
 
Excellent customer supportCassiel Yang provided superb telephone support. She had excellent product knowledge, and got our devices configured and working. Very friendly and helpful. Very patient as we gathered the information needed; she waited for as long as it took. Excellent service. Show details

A modem with a plugged in cable in the foreground with a man on a computer in the background

What is the difference between a router and a modem?

Modems and routers are both essential tools in getting online.

  • A modem is a device that connects your home to the internet service from your provider. Alone, a modem will not provide you Wi-Fi.
  • A router delivers the internet connectivity that connects the devices in your home to Wi-Fi. They need to be connected to a modem with an Ethernet cable.
  • A modem-router is a single device that has everything you need to establish a wireless Internet connection in your house by acting as both a modem and router, connecting the Internet and your home network. If you ever hear a device referred to as a “WiFi modem”, it’s a modem-router.

Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will most likely provide you with a generic modem-router. While this may just get the job done for you, there are plenty of features on third-party routers that often boost Wi-Fi signal and improve upon the range, security, and stability of your network’s connection.

Frequently asked questions

Do you need a modem and a router?

If you want Internet access, then yes, you’ll need a modem and a router, as they have different functions that work together to keep you connected. Of course, if you get a combined modem-router, then you won’t need the two separate physical devices.

What's the difference between a LAN and a WAN?

When you’re shopping around, you may find the abbreviations LAN and WAN next to some ports on wireless routers.

LAN stands for local area network, and devices (often in the same building) using a LAN use it to connect to the internet, as well as directly communicate with each other through the LAN, without needing to go through the public internet. A LAN can be connected wirelessly, through a wire, or both.

WAN stands for wide area network, and this network connects your router to your service provider. It’s not geographically restricted as a LAN is. Technically, the Internet itself is a WAN.

To connect devices on your home network, use LAN ports. Connect a modem or any device connected to the public Internet to the WAN port.

Can the modem provided by my ISP be replaced with a different one?

Yes. While most modem-routers should be compatible with your ISP, check first with your provider to see if the one you’re considering buying is one that they support.

Factors to consider when choosing a modem or router

Frequency band

Most routers (including those supplied by your ISP) have dual-band technology, meaning they broadcast a 5 GHz signal and a 2.4GHz signal. Dual-band Wi-Fi allows you to host two Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, and lets devices connect to whichever frequency they’re compatible with - newer devices can usually connect to either.

Here are some pros and cons of dual-band routers.

Pros
Readily available.
Have solid range and speeds.
Less pricey than tri-band routers.
Cons
Can have slower speeds with multiple connections.
Can struggle to maintain steady connection through obstacles like walls and doors.

If you shop around you might also come across tri-band routers - these have an extra 5GHz band and can be suitable for those looking to support a higher number of devices. They're ideal if you have multiple people who game or stream lots of content in your household.

Here are some pros and cons of tri-band routers.

Pros
Designed to handle more traffic without loss in performance.
Have steadier connections and better top speeds.
Cons
More expensive than dual-band routers.
Typically more than what most households need.

Features

A lot of added features present in store-bought modems, routers and modem-routers won’t be found in your typical ISP-supplied device.

  • Beamforming: Beamforming lets you focus a wireless signal towards a specific device or devices, instead of the signal spreading in all directions as it usually would. A router with beamforming determines where your device is and casts a stronger signal in that direction, giving it a more speedy, reliable connection.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): QoS is a feature in routers that lets you customise the type of data that gets prioritised on your network. When your network becomes overloaded with Internet traffic, QoS lets you prioritise bandwidth-intensive activities like Netflix or online gaming to reduce lag, and direct less attention to the other things you’re doing on the Internet at the same time. You can also prioritise which devices get better service - often users will prioritise a desktop or a smart TV over mobiles.
  • Parental controls: This feature helps you keep your kids safe when they’re exploring online. It makes it easy to view a family member’s internet activity and the types of content they’re looking at, and lets you control their usage by applying content filters and scheduling block times.
  • External antennas: Most routers (and some modems) will let you connect an antenna directly to it, letting you focus the power in the direction you need it most, ultimately making for a high performance connection.
  • Mobile app control: Being able to manage your WiFi network on your phone lets you do things like block users, track data usage, set internet speeds across different devices, and troubleshoot problems.
  • Mesh compatible: A mesh network is a system of Wi-Fi extenders that increases and strengthens the range of your wireless network, and automatically switches you to the extender with the strongest signal. A mesh compatible router or modem will let you add these devices to the network to give you better coverage.
  • Built-in malware/anti-virus protection: This keeps your home network safe from viruses and hackers, and is particularly important when you connect lots of devices (not all of which you can realistically ensure are secure) to the same network.

Wireless speed

Wireless routers list their speed in megabits per second (Mbps). What your network needs depends on the needs of those in your home or office - for example, if it’s just you in your house, you may be fine with between 50 to 100 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds if you’re uploading sizeable files to the Internet.

You’ll need faster speeds as you add more people and connected devices to your network, or if you do more bandwidth-intensive activities, like video streaming, conference calls, or sending large files.

Wi-Fi standard

If you’re confused about all the numbers, letters, and acronyms that describe Wi-Fi standards, you’re not alone. Wrapping your head around Wi-Fi standards can help you cut through the noise and figure out what the differences between them mean for you.

Generally speaking, when choosing a router, you should go for one that runs on a newer standard, so you can take advantage of its better speed and signals.

Some quick pointers to help you out

  • The latest Wi-Fi standard is Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) - it’s faster and can support more devices than Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), its predecessor.
  • Earlier standards include 802.11n, g, a, and b.
  • Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 routers are often compatible with their earlier counterparts, which is why you may see routers with multiple standards listed.

Number of Ethernet ports

Ethernet or LAN ports let connected devices share data. Most routers have 4 Ethernet ports. If you want your network to accommodate more wired devices (such as multiple computers, a printer, or a network hard drive) on a network, then you should look for a router which lets you hook up all these devices to it simultaneously.

If you’ve found a router you love but you’re still left wishing it had more Ethernet ports, fear not. You can add Ethernet ports to your network by purchasing a switch, which connects to your router and has more Ethernet jacks for you to connect to.

Smart home capabilities

If you have a smart home system, then you’ll want a router that is compatible with your Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, or other device. Mesh router systems may offer more in terms of wider network coverage for your smart system than a traditional router.

Read reviews on app experience of routers you’re considering. If it’s too difficult to set up, configure, and manage, then having a fast connection may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.

Wi-Fi range

Routers usually only have a certain range (usually of around 50m), so you’ll have to measure the square footage of your home or office to see whether an individual router can keep your whole space connected.

Physical barriers such as walls can also interfere with signal, creating “black spots” around your home that don’t have any signal. You can increase the range of your Wi-Fi router with a Wi-Fi range extender that can be placed strategically to sidestep these obstructions and help transmit signal to these black spots.

Price

Prices for a modem, router, or modem-router vary greatly - you can find some for as little as around $50, while pricier devices can cost you up to $1000. Most will however set you back between $130 and $330.

Some routers only offer extra features - such as a mesh Wi-Fi system - as part of a subscription package. Decide for yourself whether such ongoing costs are worth it for you.

Wrapping up

It can be hard to look past the often free modem-router that your ISP gives you and fork out money for a third-party one. If you do decide you want a new modem, router, or modem-router, there are plenty of options on the market that give you great value for your money.

Ensure you’re considering what kind of support your home or office needs when shopping around, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a well-connected space.

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