Networking supertest: router reviews

Want to create the best hardware setup for your home network? Nathan Taylor rounds up the top routers and accessories available today.

5 things to look for in an 802.11ac router and adapter

The back of Netgear’s D6300 modem router. You’ll notice there is both an ADSL port and an Ethernet Internet WAN port so it’s ready when the NBN comes along. Upgrading to the new 802.11ac wireless will likely double your current 802.11n performance – even more so if you’re on one of the older 802.11n standards…

Linksys WUMC710 802.11ac bridge review

Price: $200  |  Website: Linksys.com.au Releasing a simple bridge for 802.11ac was a very clever move by Linksys. The WUMC710 is a box approximately the size of a small router with four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back. Its sole function is to take data from an 802.11ac router and put it on to the…

Netgear R6300 802.11ac router review

Price: $270  |  From: netgear.com.au At first glance it’s hard to tell the difference between the Netgear D6300 and R6300. They both have the same oversized chassis with glowy Netgear logo very similar firmware twin USB ports wired Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for 1300Mbps 802.11ac. But there are differences; most notably the R6300 doesn’t…

Netgear D6300 802.11ac modem router review

Price: $340  |  Website: netgear.com.au The sole ADSL router we were able to acquire for this feature the D6300 is perfect for those who have ADSL2+ but want to be ready when the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre comes along. As has become the trend in new ADSL routers it includes both an ADSL2+ port…

Linksys EA6500 802.11ac router review

Price: $280  |  Website: Linksys Maybe it was because of a vendor advantage with the client station we used for testing also from Linksys but the EA6500 blew through our tests faster than any other router we looked at. At its top speeds it was rivalling Gigabit Ethernet for data rates and that’s something we…