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Routers make a BIG difference when it comes to getting the best out of your home internet connection. We’ve put together our thoughts on the top five most popular routers to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Quick Summaries

AmpliFi HD
Excellent price to performance with a great app, 10/10 WiFi range and robust family features.

Nighthawk D7800
Highly customisable router, great WiFi range, suited for confident users.

TP-Link VR1600v
Great entry-level modem/router, supports VoIP and most advanced features.

NetComm NF18ACV
Great VDSL modem, end of life so mostly used for bridging VDSL services to high-performance routers.

D-Link Taipan
Good for multiple WiFi devices, its inbuilt SmartConnect software changes each device to the appropriate band for better performance. Suited for gamers and those who want to stream on multiple devices.

AmpliFi HD

Highly Recommended!👌

With an excellent price to performance, a great app, 10/10 WiFi range and robust family features, the Amplifi HD is a serious unit without the serious price tag.

A key feature is the ‘Mesh Point’ technology. This provides enterprise-strength network capabilities with at-home simplicity, allowing you to get great internet speeds throughout your entire home.

The team here at Pentanet can't recommend AmpliFi enough! Check out our blog on why AmpliFi is the answer to your Wi-Fi prayers here: AmpliFi - The answer to your Wi-Fi prayers.

Pros:

  • Mobile App
  • Current throughput
  • Device Control
  • Parental Control
  • AmpliFi family mesh support
  • Band steering - only one Wi-Fi name
  • Touch screen
  • Appealing to the eye - can set the display date/time

Cons:

  • Limited advanced configuration (specific internal IP range, no internal VLAN option)
  • No way to remember admin password

Where to buy:

Pentanet

Nighthawk D7800

Highly customisable with an excellent WiFi range, the Nighthawk D7800 is an excellent choice for the more advanced user.

The Nighthawk also comes with Alexa voice control, a nice additional feature.

Pros:

  • Fully customisable user interface but requires experience
  • Great WiFi performance
  • Alexa voice control
  • Good QoS (Quality of Service)

Cons:

  • Some limitations on WiFi customisability, some features inter-linked
  • Not aesthetically pleasing
  • Multiple external antennas
  • External Netgear Genie app is not very reliable

Where to buy:

Scorptech

TP-Link VR1600v

Decent entry-level modem/router with a simple interface and 4G backup option. Supports VoIP and several more advanced features.

Good for smaller living spaces, not great for larger homes.

Pros:

  • Cheap and cheerful
  • Reliable like a Holden Commodore
  • Simple interface
  • Basic features included
  • VoIP support
  • 4G backup - via USB
  • Compatible with all NBN service types

Cons:

  • ISP supplied only
  • Might be locked or unable to customise VLAN (ISP dependant)
  • Wi-Fi not suited for larger homes (eg. 2 storey)
  • No emulator

Where to buy:

Pentanet
Most major registered service providers

NetComm NF18ACV

A great VDSL modem, the Netgear NF18ACV does a solid job bridging VDSL services to high-performance routers, offering VoIP and emulator support.

Good for smaller living spaces, not great for larger homes.

Pros:

  • Entry-level router
  • Good DSL router for use in bridge
  • VoIP support
  • Emulator support

Cons:

  • Not suited for larger homes
  • Older firmware might have WiFi instability
  • the web interface does not work on all devices/browsers

Where to buy:

Scorptech
Dick Smith
Some RSPs

D-Link Taipan

The D-Link Taipan is another advanced option for the more experienced router user. Its inbuilt SmartConnect software changes each device to the appropriate band for better performance, making it an excellent option for users regularly streaming from multiple devices.

As we move into an internet-of-things world (everyday home appliances will all be connected to the internet), ‘smarter’ routers like the D-Link Taipan will be industry standard.

Pros:

  • Easy to use initial setup wizard
  • Tri-band WiFi

Cons:

  • The physical device is quite large (not aesthetically pleasing despite red and blue colours)
  • Price for performance
  • Advanced setup requires previous router config experience

Where to buy:

Officeworks