Problems with slow internet? It’s probably your subpar wifi modem/router

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70% of all Australian’s are facing a similar issue of slow NBN Internet connections.

It can be quite easy to play the blame game and point your finger at your Internet Service Provider. We’ve done some research into various NBN connections and various routers to see just what routers performed better.

What became apparent in our testing is that a subpar modem/router will actually cause your internet connection speeds to be considerably poorer than if you were using a middle market to top end modem/router. The difference in speed can be over a 10Mbps increase when using the right modem/router.

We tested some of the low-end D-Link and TP-Link wifi modem/routers. The NBN connection was an average of 30Mbps over 20 consecutive tests.

We then moved our testing to a few top end ASUS, D-Link, Netgear wifi modem/routers to find that the same connection was able to provide a 46Mbps speed over 20 consecutive tests. Test was using the same Internet provider and performing the same tests.

In reality what it all boils down to is a few key things that you should be looking for when purchasing the right wifi modem/router.

  1. The CPU speed of the wifi modem/router is extremely important and is directly going to dictate how fast you can download and upload. A wifi modem/router with a 1GHz CPU is going to give you some pretty good NBN Internet connections speeds.
    (this should not be mistaken with the CPU of your own device, notebook or computer, wifi modem/routers have their own CPU too)
  2. The wireless technology used in the wifi modem/router is also going to dictate if you are going to be prone to interruptions from other networks and electricals around you, how far your wifi signal may reach, and what the coverage is like.

Consumers should not get so hung up on price as the way to measure what a subpar wifi modem/router looks like. We’ve seen the D-Link DSL-2877AL AC750 Wireless VDSL2/ADSL2 Modem Router for sale at a few online stores for $69, yet a few retail stores are selling the same wifi modem/router for $152.

So how do you know what is a subpar wifi modem/router? Stay tuned for our next article where we road test a bunch of wifi modem/routers for performance and give you the results.

Author’s Bio
Chet Carter is an IT Professional of 22 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries. Chet Carter is a business owner but shares his knowledge and experience through posts like these.


I'm a product researcher at Product Reviewer. I help fellow Aussie consumers make better buying decisions.

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