home WiFi routers price and review

popular WiFi routers and mesh prices

Netgear with ArmorAX1800$150
Ubiquiti UniFi APAC2200$165
Google routerAC2200$200
G mesh access pointAC1200$130
G Nest WiFI Pro routerAXE4200$349
G Nest WiFI Pro APAXE4200$100
Optus 4G WiFi modemAC1200$216
Netgear Orbi mesh, Router + SatelliteAC3000$350

AC1200 offers up to 1200 Mbps, and AXE4200 offers up to 4200 Mbps speeds. AC is Wi-Fi 5, and AX is Wi-Fi 6 standards.

Netgear RAX10 AX1800 router

Netgear WiFi router with antivirus

This Netgear has a feature called Armor - a built-in Bitdefender antivirus. It protects computers and mobile phones on the network without antivirus.

Router has 2.4GHz and 5Ghz WiFi bands of 1800MHz total bandwidth, hence the name.

It is suitable for a small office with a hundred devices or a gamer. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and is compatible with HFC and other NBN modems. It costs around $150 plus a $100 per year antivirus subscription.

It is an updated, simplified version of the popular R7000P without USB input. There is also RAX20 for an extra $40 if you want to run a media server on a USB external drive.

Latest Google Nest WiFi Pro

google wifi-6 router

The latest Google Nest Wifi Pro mesh network, featuring Wi-Fi 6E, provides faster speeds, lower latency, and greater capacity. It ensures seamless coverage throughout your home, supports up to 4200 Mbps bandwidth, and is equipped with advanced security features. The package, which includes a router and two satellites, is priced at $495.

Nest Wifi Pro is not compatible with other mesh. It comes with a two-year limited warranty and includes five years of updates from the release date.

Google WiFi router and mesh

old google wifi router

Google WiFi usually sold as a set of 2 or 3 to form a WiFi mesh. Yet you can switch each point to WiFi router mode too. It also has 802.11.k/v standards, an automatic client roaming. It is seamless switching between WiFi access points while you walk around the house. However, the implementation of this feature varies from manufacturer to manufacture. 802.11.k/v standard ensures the best compatibility with all devices such as iPhones and Sonos.

Google WiFi has both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands 1200Mhz combined. But I found that the speed on Google WiFi is exceeding that of other AC2000 devices. Built-in 2x2 antennas have beamforming, achieving the best WiFi reception with less power. 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports ensure easy connectivity with other devices.

Google WiFi router controlled via the mobile app only. It is compatible with NBN modems if configured as a router. The price was very reasonable for the specifications $165 brand new. Officially discontinued, it is still automatically updated and available from some retailers for a $100 refurbished.

TP-LINK modem and router

TDW9960 nbn wifi router

This router is the replacement for the popular TD-W9970. The price is even lower - $30. It has 100Mbs output ports only. That corresponds to a little outdated VDSL networking protocols used by NBN, specifically ITU-T G.993.2 profile 12b. Hence the maximum connection speed to NBN may not exceed 68Mbs. This speed is fine if you pay for NBN plans of the maximum of 25 or 50Mbs download seeds. But on the 100Mbs NBN plan, this modem may underperform. On the bright side, this router is well supported.

When new routers improve WiFi speed, and when not?

WiFi routers must have the internationally allowed maximum WiFi power for various reasons, mostly for optimised performance and safety. Because of this, no router is substantially better when it comes to the WiFi range. Typically, routers and extenders provide WiFi within 30 metres in open space, less through the walls.

Although routers differ significantly by features and ability to handle high speed WiFi connection with many connected devices simultaneously.

Some WiFi routers are more stable than the others. They may use better antennas and other features such as beamforming - focusing power on the WiFi device in use. The WiFi quality also depends on your device's compatibility with the WiFi router. Expensive routers may not even connect to some devices such as older Sonos models if not configured accordingly.

And, of course, WiFi speed never exceeds the incoming internet speed you're paying for, regardless of how good your router is. For example, if you pay for a 25Mbs NBN package, the speed of WiFi will be no more than 25Mbs even though your $1000 WiFi mesh system has a 2000Mbs capacity.