Top 10 wireless modem/routers

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Gone are the days where you needed a separate modem, router, firewall, wireless access point and VoIP device. Today's home or small office can take advantage of multitasking devices that can handle all of these features and more, minimising the bewildering array of electronic devices that we need, cutting down greatly on the spaghetti-like mess of cables, reducing cost, power consumption, wasted space... and confusion!

Below are the top 10 wireless modem/router products that we've reviewed recently — keep in mind that this doesn't include standalone routers without modems! Looking at reader comments, it seems that everyone has a horror story about the router they've purchased, so perhaps there's still some way to go before the devices become the one-click set-up that they need to be. If you've had a good or bad experience, jump in and leave your comments under each review.

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AaronG2 posted a comment   

Hi Guys,

Any chance of doing another one of these reviews for 2014? Need to upgrade my network and wouldn't mind some updated reviews.



hatchy posted a comment   

i have a telstra next G mobile modem (sierra wireless). I use it with my laptop but now my kids are a little older, they would like to use the internet also via their laptops, ipods and mobile phone. Which router is recommended. My service is pretty quick. Please note that my internet connection is mobile ;)


SiobhanC1 posted a comment   

I need to get a wireless modem with around 50 metre range, does such a thing exist?


Inkjetkiosk posted a comment   

I have HUAWEI B593 it should be one of the best router.


bbbpeterson posted a comment   

Nothing for the poor old cable people.


DarinShears posted a comment   

hi Eddie i have a Thomson TG585v8 and i was thinking about buying a TP-Link TD-W8960N 300M Wireless N ADSL 2 Modem Router for faster download speed around the house what do you think
Thanks for your time mate


JohnS14 posted a comment   

100 % same prob with me as said by Mr. Eddien...
Plz guide..


eddien posted a comment   

Hi, the modem/router I'm using is the netgear came along with Optus's plan, it was working so far so good, until we have bought the iPad and iPhone, we found that the modem will stop working in early morning....normally between 05:00 and 06:00am, and needs to switch off and turn it back on again before it works again! Wondering why it happened like this?! I have called the tech-support of Optus, and they have tested my network, seems ok, they turn around and said that it probably because of the modem due to that we have pc, laptop, ipad and iphone going wifi at home, but they just can't do anything about it! Is there anything we can do about it, and if I want to get a more stable and powerful modem, can you recommand me a good one, as I will be networking the home security camera soon, so that I can monitor my home when I'm not home! Therefore, I need a good modem.... please advice! Many thanks from Eddie in Perth (my email is


SeanM3 posted a reply   

Hi Eddie, Im using PC, iMac, iPhone and iPad. I am connected to net via D-Link G604T modem router which is old now - at least 6 years old and never have any problems at all.
Hope that helps.


Shannon.Roberts posted a reply   

I'd be checking Apples WiFi issue posts with regards to Netgear products and among others, there are known Wifi issues with Apple Devices ever since the IOS 6 came around. If your Optus Netgear product is ancient, it might be worth while investing in some other model / brand.

If you like Netgear so much, check the review for this one:

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