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WIRELESS
ROUTERS
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CONTENTREVIEWS
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ASUS RT-AC68U
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BELKIN
BILLION
AC 1200 DB
BiPac 6300NXL
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Home Hub 5
BUFFALO TECHNOLOGY AirStation Dual
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DSL-3580L
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YOUR WIRELESS ROUTER isn' t the most
exciting bitof kit you own but if it' s slow and
unreliable it can be one of the most annoying
bits of technology Unfortunately a lot of us
are likely to be lumbered with slow unreliable
routers thanks to the often poor routers that
are bundled with new broadband deals.
A BT HomeHub 4 released in 2013 for
example managed a maximum of 46.7Mbit / s
in our tests which is slower than the fastest
broadband the company offers Likewise the
first Virgin Media Super Hub managed just
42Mbit / s in our tests Both companies
have since released newer routers but with
many of us stuck on these or older models
slow throughput and a lack of range are
problems we' re all likely to have.
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Fortunately there' s something you can do
about it upgrade your router We' ve reviewed
13 of the latest wireless routers to help you
find your perfect model Thanks to the latest
802.11ac technology we' ve seen throughputs
of over 150Mbit s using a USB adaptor not to
mention better range Asyou can see a new
router can make a massive impact.
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your ISP is probably
slow andunreliable These 13 models willgive
you a real speed boost - and they start at just £21
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STANDARD BEARER
The first thing you need to do when you buy
a new router is to work out which type you
need If you have an ADSL connection you
need a router with built-in ADSL capabilities.
This connects directly to your telephone line
giving you an internet connection without
the need for any additional boxes.
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If you' re on a fibre service from anyone
other than Virgin Media such as BT Infinity
things are a little more confusing These
services are ' fibre to the curb' ( FTTC ) which
means there' s a fibre cable to the green box in
the street but the last leg is run over your
copper telephone cables using a technology
called VDSL In addition to a wireless router
this requires an additional box which is the
VDSL router When you replace your router
you' llneed to keep the VDSL unit and opt for
a router with an Ethernet WAN port.
If you' re with Virgin Media your existing
router will have the fibre modem built-in As
you can' t buy routers with integrated fibre
modems you need to leave the old router in
place disable its wireless and attach a second
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networks nearby channel-bonding is bound to
cause interference and can actually degrade
performance sorouters are required to have
this turned off by default to gain official Wi-Fi
certification Some routers refer to channel
bonding as turbomode while others talk
about speed :for example 300Mbit s mode.
There are fewer problems with 5GHz so
channel bonding isa good thing Typically
802.11ac routers which typically refer to the
technology as 20 / 40 / 80Hz mode handle
channel bonding automatically.
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This has better range but suffers from more
interference as lots of devices- including
wireless door chimes and baby monitors
also use this spectrum With 5GHz you get
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range butless interference which can
dramatically improve performance For the
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most flexibility a dual-band router can run
networks on both bands simultaneously so
you can run old and new devices together
using 5GHz when you can All 802.11ac routers
can use both bands simultaneously
but it' s
rare to see this option on 80211n models.
Each band is divided into slices called
channels When setting up your router you
have to choose a channel you want to operate
your network on although many routers will
automatically pick the bestone If you' re
having problems with speed or reliability
changing the channel can improve things.
It' simportant to understand how channels
work before you change anything A channel
is a slice of the available spectrum For
example in a 2.4GHz network channel 1 is a
slice from 2.4GHz to 2.422GHz while
channel 2
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goes from 2.405GHz to 2.427GHz This means
neighbouring channels overlap causing
interference so it' s bestto use only channels
1 6 and 11 which don' t overlap This has been
resolved for 5GHz which has a larger range of
non-overlapping channels so you simply pick
the onewith the best performance for you.
Most routers offer the option of channel
bonding whereby they send the signal over
two adjacent channels taking up double the
bandwidth For 2.4GHz if there are other
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PROTECTION & PRIORITY
All wirelessrouters support Wi-Fi Protected
Access 2 ( WPA2 ) wirelessnetwork security
encryption It' s important to use this as
otherwise anyone can access your network
piggy-backing on your internet connection or
even accessing files on your local network.
Routers with a pre-set wirelesspassword are
secure from the moment you plug them in.
All routers also have built-in firewalls to
protect your network from intruders and all
support Universal Plug and Play ( UPnP ,
which automatically opens ports required by
devices such as media streamers If you
want to run a service that doesn' t use UPnP
such as your own web server you need to
configure port forwarding This passes traffic
on a given port ( such as port 80 for web
traffic ) to a designated PC on your network.
If you use port forwarding a great deal but
don' t have a static IP address assigned by
your ISP many routers support Dynamic DNS.
This automatically updates your URL so it
directs visitors to your current home IP
address If your ISP changes your IP address
asmany of them do if you switch off your
router the URL updates the new address.
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antennas at the same time to improve signal
reception and transmission speeds To take
full advantage of this you' ll need a matching
Wi-Fi adaptor for your laptop or other
connected devices Because of the limitations
of USB adaptors you won' t always be able to
reach the maximum potential throughput of
an 802.11ac router using one For this reason
we' ve tested all our 802.11ac routers with a
three-antenna internal PCI-E wirelessadaptor.
There are two different 802.11ac
standards which are usually labelled as
AC1300 and AC1750 Adding to the confusion
you' llsometimes encounter AC1200 and
AC1900 devices These figures are arrived
at by taking the maximum 2.4GHz speed
300Mbit s 450Mbit s or 600Mbit s and
roughly adding it to the maximum 5GHz
speed the router supports ( 867Mbit / s or
,300Mbit s In our table we' velisted the
maximum theoretical 5GHz throughput
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CHANNEL TUNNELS
Wireless signals are transmitted on one of
two bands 2.4GHz or 5GHz All devices
THE WIRE
If you want to connect wiredas well as
wireless devices to your network you should
pay attention to the type of network ports on
offer Most routers this month have 10 / 100 /
,000Mbit s ( Gigabit ) Ethernet ports but many
cheaper routers use 10 100Mbit s Ethernet
ports Even a 10 100Mbit s connection is
faster than most wireless networks
particularly over distances above 10 metres.
However if you' re planning to use network
storage and will be transferring lots of large
files between deviceson a wired network make
sure your router has Gigabit Ethernet ports.
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looked at here have multiple input multiple
output MIMO technology which uses several
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wireless router choosing a model with an
Ethernet WAN port Our guide on upgrading
your router ( page 106 ) tells you how to switch
your ISP' s router while our table ( page 108 )
tells you the type of modem each router has.
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speed although the actual tested speeds are
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out 13 different tests on 802.11ac
routers Our test environment includes
common problems encountered when using
Wi-Fi in an urban environment such as lots
of potential interference on the 2.4GHz band
in particular Our results are representative
of a challenging real-world environment
rather than one designed for optimal
performance A good performance in our
tests is a meaningful achievement.
To test throughput we time how long it
takes to copy a 100MB file over the
network which gives us speed figures in
megabits per second ( Mbit / s ).
Most people connect to routers using
their laptop' s integrated wireless adaptor.
In keeping with this we use a Centrino 2
laptop to connect to both the router' s
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distances of lm and 10m away within the
same room and20m away in another room.
The same tests are repeated using the same
laptop but with each manufacturer' s own
USB wirelessadaptor if one is available.
All the 802.11ac adaptors are USB2 which
meant that on our laptop speeds peaked at
158.45Mbit / s However the routers may well
have a bit more headroom Testing using
an 802.11ac bridge which connects to a PC
via Ethernet we' ve seen throughput of
279.6Mbit / s This means plenty of these
routers have a lot more headroom than you
may see now but as you upgrade and buy
a laptop with built-in 802.11ac aerials or
vendors start selling USB3 802.11ac adaptors
you' ll see more speed in the future.
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ASUS RT-AC56U
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£112
inc VAT " From www.dabs.com
VERDICT
Excellent SGHz performance and lots of features
but we' d have liked better 2.4GHz performance
AS ONE OF the first manufacturers to make
an 802.11ac device we expect quite a lotfrom
Asus Its RT-AC56U is certainly off to a good
start on paper With a four-port Gigabit
Ethernet hub Ethernet WAN port USB and
USB3 ports it' s got everything we' d want.
The USB ports mean you can connect a
printer or external hard disk to share over a
network More impressively you can connect
a 3G dongle so you can sharea mobile
broadband connection which could be useful
if your regular internet connection goes down.
The RT-AC56U is rather stylish , standing
upright with no external antennas to spoil its
appearance On the front is a bank of lights
that keep you informed on the status of your
connection and Wi-Fi On the right-hand side
are buttons for WPS ( if you want to join a
device with push-button security ) and for
Wi-Fi so you can quickly turnoff wireless.
Most of the management has to be done
through the web interface Asus' s interface is
clear and easy to use with a setup wizard that
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helps you secure the open-by-default wireless
networks There are plenty of features but
some are hidden under non-standard names.
For example to enable QoS you to have to
click on a tab marked Traffic Manager.
The router isn' t happy in 2.4GHz mode
particularly in areas with lotsof other signals
using the same band The worst results came
using our laptop' s integrated wirelessadaptor
38.2Mbit / s at 1m and 36.6Mbit / s at 10m both
of which are acceptable but we couldn' t do
the test at 20m This isdisappointing as most
people still use integrated 2.4GHz laptop or
mobile chipsets with their wireless routers.
Asus' s £60 USB-AC53 USB wireless dongle
improved things quite a bit We managed a
connection at 20m although the 5.3Mbit / s
throughput was poor however performance
at 10m improved to 56.7Mbit / s and
throughput at 1m was a blistering 90.1Mbit s.
Something we couldn' t complain about
was the router' s 5GHz performance Getting it
to work with our laptop' s 802.11 Centrino 2
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wireless chipset required no
tweaking or adjustment at all and produced
speeds of 74.1Mbit s at 1m 60.2Mbit / s at
10m and 25.6Mbit/ s at 20m Performance was
even more impressive with Asus' s USB
adaptor a consistent 158.5Mbit / s at both 1m
and 10m dropping to 66.2Mbit / s at 20m We
got the best performance at 20m by using the
£70 Asus PCE-AC68 PCI-E wireless adaptor
installed in a desktop PC With a transfer
speed of 81.6 this was one of the fastest
throughputs we' ve ever seen at that distance.
Although the RT-AC56U' s performance at
5GHz is excellent we were disappointed by its
2.4GHz performance in an area cluttered with
rival 2.4GHz signals The BT Home Hub 5 is
only a littlemore expensive and has a similar
range of features making it a better buy.
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ASUS RT-AC68U
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HUMP
£177
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VERDICT
This high-end router' s price is justified by its
astonishingly fast wirelessperformance
ASUS MEANS BUSINESS with its 802.11ac
router range The RT-AC68U uses TurboQAM
to take its 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection up to a
theoretical maximum speed of 600Mbit s
while its 5GHz wireless has a theoretical
throughput of 1 ,300Mbit s The router has a
Gigabit WAN port so you can connect it to a
cable or fibre modem supplied by your ISP.
For connecting other devices the
RT-AC68U has four Gigabit LAN ports a USB
port and a USB3 port that latter two of which
you can use to connect an external hard disk
plug in a mobile broadband dongle to provide
an in-case-of-emergency
' net connection or
share a USB printer over your network.
The router' s wireless networks are enabled
but unsecured by default so your first step
should be to connect to the router' s web
interface and run through the configuration
wizard This also establishes your internet
connection and prompts you to secure your
router with a password The web interface
isn' t particularly attractive but it' s easy
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includes some extremely
useful features.
These include up to six
wireless guest networks threeon
each band These are ideal if you want to
give visitors access to the internet but not
your local network and you can even set a
time at which they' ll expire which is
particularly useful if you want to leave them
open rather than protecting them with a
password There are also basic parental
controls a time-management screen lets you
determine when specific devices are allowed
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Wi-Fi The next step was testing
with Asus' s £60 USB-AC53 Wi-Fi
adaptor which achieved speeds
of 64.8Mbit/ s at 10m and
23.6Mbit / s at 20m.
In our 5GHz test even our
laptop' s integrated wireless chipset
worked well with the router to produce
speeds of 63Mbit / s at 10m and 25.5Mbit s at
20m Using an 802.11ac wireless dongle again
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speeds of 158.5 at 10m which slipped to a still
fantastic 70.7Mbit/ s at 20m Even better was
the router' s performance in conjunction with
the £70 PCE-AC68 PCI-E wireless adaptor
which saw it maintain a transfer speed of
149.9Mbit / s at a distance of 20m.
This is one of the most expensive routers
around and few people will be able to justify
the price of both this and the PCI-E adaptor
required to achieve its optimal transfer
speeds However if you need the fastest
Wi-Fi the RT-AC68U is the ultimate router.
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capabilities with our Centrino 2 laptop' s
integrated Wi-Fi adaptor but this is relatively
old hardware now and can' t match the full
speed of an 802.11ac router at 5GHz nor does
it support 2.4GHz TurboQAM At 2.4GHz we
saw transfer speeds of 32.8Mbit / s at 10m and
9.7Mbit / s at 20m when using our laptop' s
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1200 DB
BELKINAC
£125
inc VAT " From www.argos.co.uk
VERDICT
This ADSL 802.11ac router is capable but a littleoverpriced
compared to others with similar features and performance
THOUGH IT'S DESIGNED for use with ADSL
theBelkin AC1200 DB doesn' t actually have a
built-in modem Instead it ships with an ADSL
modem built into the power supply This
makes the power connector look like a bulky
HomePlug unit but means you need only one
plug socket for both modem and router The
plug socket has a built-in RJ-45 port but this
is actually an ADSL input and takes your RJ-11
phone cable It' s unusual but everything works.
There are two cables from the modem /
plug one supplies power and the other
connects to a yellow WAN port marked
Modem You can' t use a standard Ethernet
WAN connection because the current
firmware doesn' t support this There also are
four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB
ports for connecting external hard disks and
sharing printers over your network.
The AC 1200 DB stands upright and looks
fairly snazzy but you can' t wall-mount it.
There aren' t many status lights either just
one at the front with a WPS button below it.
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The AC 1200 DB' s web interface
doesn' t take the glossy simplified
approach but it' s easy to see
what' s what Worth noting is the
content-filtering option which allows
you to use one of three block categories
malicious sites malicious and adult sites and
malicious adult and non-family-friendly sites.
Custom content filtering isnot available
though The router' s Intellistream QoS feature
doesn' t give such fine control as some but it' s
easy to use Enable it and automatic priority
will be given to high-bandwidth low-latency
services such as voice chat video streaming
and online games With this enabled the
router will also plot a chart of your internet
traffic by type.
Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi networks
are secured by default using the supplied
security key A 2.4GHz guest network is also
enabled by default allowing you to give
visitors access to the internet but not your
network We tested the router using both our
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wireless chipset and Belkin' s £20
80211ac F9L1106v1 USB wireless
adaptor Our laptop supports both 2.4GHz
and 5GHz but only up to 80211n speeds The
router uses the AC1200 standard which has a
theoretical maximum speed of 867Mbit / s.
Using our laptop' s wireless chipset at
2.4GHz we saw transfer speeds of 34Mbit / s
at 10m and 11.4Mbit / s at 20m This compares
to the Belkin adaptor' s performance of
51.7Mbit / s at 10m and a poor 4.9Mbit / s at
20m On the 5GHz band our laptop achieved
33Mbit / s at 10m but failed to maintain a
connection when we took it into the next
room for the 20m test Using the own-brand
adaptor we saw 76.3Mbit / s at 10m and
26.4Mbit / s at 20m These are decent results.
If it were cheaper this capable ADSL
router would have earned four stars despite
its unconventional non-integrated modem.
However BT' s Home Hub 5 isfaster costs
roughly the same and is a little easier to use.
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BILLION BiPac 6300NXL
£80 inc VAT " From www.ilgs.co.uk
VERDICT
This business-orientated router has lots of features an SMB might need
but isheld back by poor wireless performance and a relatively high price
S CHUNKY ROUTERS aren' t much
to look at but the company has forged a
reputation for reliablehardware with all the
features a home small or medium-sized office
needs The BiPac 6300NXL is a Gigabit Ethernet
router that can also connect to the net via a
4G mobile broadband dongle It' s described as
a fibre router but it doesn' t actually have a
built-in modem for this so you' ll still have to
connect it to the one supplied by your ISP.
At the back of the router are connectors
for its two detachable wirelessantennas The
ports are also at the back one Gigabit WAN
port four Gigabit LAN ports and two USB3
ports There' s also a power switch a factory
reset button and a WPS button.
The wirelessnetwork isn' t protected by a
password by default so your first move is to
follow the instructions in the supplied manual
to secure your Wi-Fi Although Billion' s web
interface may look daunting it' s clearly laid
out and the Quick Start wizard helps you
configure all the critical features including
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connecting to mobile broadband The router
supports a wide range of dongles details for
most major UK networks are in the manual.
Wireless performance was disappointing.
Only the 2.4GHz 80211n standard is supported
but even so transfers were unacceptably slow.
Our test environment is admittedly cluttered
by devices using the same band but other
routers including many from Billion have
performed better in the same circumstances.
Using our Centrino 2 laptop' s integrated
wireless adaptor we saw speeds of 18.9Mbit / s
at 1m 19.5 Vlbit s at 10m and 7.9Mbit / s at
20m Billion' s BiPac 3010ND adaptor fared
even worse 18.7Mbit s at 1m 14.9Mbit / s at
10m and 71Mbit s at 20m These were the
best results we were able to obtain after
significant trial and error using different
channels The router' s ineffectiveautomatic
channel detection always defaulted to channel
11 which was cluttered and slow in our labs.
If wireless isn' t that important this router
is otherwise well equipped You can set up
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should your main internet
connection fail isolate different Ethernet
ports to create separate virtual networks and
set port ranges or IP addresses for QoS traffic
prioritisation Unlike other routers in this test
you have to configure this manually rather
than use menus that let you choose popular
programs or types of traffic to prioritise but
this also gives you a great deal more control
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over what gets dibs on your net connection.
No concessions are made to those who
aren' t comfortable with networking or
prepared to read through the documentation
even for something as simple as plugging in
an external USB drive and making it accessible
to the network Even if you are a fan of
Billion' s no-nonsense interface £80 is a lotto
pay given this router' s failings We prefer the
similarly priced Tenda W1800R which
supports the latest 80211ac Wi-Fi standard 4.
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BT HomeHub 5
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£129
inc VAT " From www.shop.bt.com
VERDICT
This eminently capable and easy to use
router is oneof the best money can buy
THE HOME HUB 5 is BT' s first 80211ac
router Its long narrow shape makes it one of
the smallest AC routers we' ve seen sadly this
design also makes it unstable when you have
Ethernet cables connected to the back of it
despite its little swivel-out feet We had to
prop it up to keep it from falling on its face.
The Home Hub 5' s modem supports ADSL
and VDSL connections and there' s also a
Gigabit Ethernet WAN port to connect to a
cable modem as you can use this router with
any ISP There' s a USB port for hard disk or
printer sharing and four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
You access the modem' s web interface by
bthomehub.home where a guided
visiting http
configuration process will help you get online.
By default both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
are secured using the password printed on
the device and use the same SSID If you want
to be able to choose which band you connect
to you' ll have to rename one of them.
The Home Hub 5' s interface isless dense
and cluttered than most and although the
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the essentials The firewall s port forwarding
interface includes a drop-down list of popular
games and applications but you can still
define ports manually as you may require.
Smart Setup isenabled by default and
detects when new devices connect Provided
the router is connected to BT Broadband a
setup wizard appears the first time the device
connects to reveal the available BT services
such as parental controls The wizard is a little
annoying and stopped our home automation
box working so we recommend disabling it in
the settings menu.
For many it' s the absence of overwhelming
settings as well as the clear plain English
descriptions that will appeal The other key
factor is performance Although our Centrino
2 reference laptop and its internal wireless
adaptor are a bit old the 2.4GHz throughput
rate it produced in our tests was among the
fastest we' ve seen achieving 87Mbit / s at 1m
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BT couldn' t supply us with an 80211ac
wireless adaptor to match the router though
it does produce such an adaptor Instead we
used a Buffalo AC866 which performed well
in most of our transfer speed tests as did the
router In our 2.4GHz test we got 1m and 10m
transfer speeds of 61.5Mbit s and 64.6Mbit / s
but couldn' t get a stable connection at 20m in
our interference-riddled
test environment At
5GHz we saw a fantastic 158.5Mbit s at 1m
149.2Mbit s at 10m and 58.2Mbit s at 20m.
With excellent overall performance and a
great set of features the BT Home Hub 5 is
one of the most capable 80211ac routers
around Whatever you need to connect it to
it' s up to the job making it well worth its
price It wins our Best Buy award.
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AirStation Dual Band HAG WZR-1166DHP
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Powerful capable and easy to use this is
one of the best 802.11ac routers around
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dual-band router with a 2.4GHz 80211n and a
5GHz 80211acnetwork the latter' s theoretical
maximum throughput being 866Mbit / s.
The router is fairly chunky but its matt
black finish means it can sit in a dark corner
without being too noticeable It' s a standard
Ethernet router without an ADSL or VDSL
modem built into it which makes it ideal for
usewith cable or fibre services where you' re
given a modem and left to get on with it.
At the back is a four-port Gigabit Ethernet
hub and a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port Above
those is a USB3 port to connect a printer or
external hard disk We were pleased to find an
eject button so you can safely remove
connected disks without having to log into
the web interface to unmount them.
In a well-considered design touch as well
as the copy of the default Wi-Fi password
being on the bottom of the router it' s also on
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the computer you' re trying to connect It
would have been even more convenient had
Buffalo labelled its 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks
as such rather than as A and G.
Using our laptop' s built-in Centrino 2
wireless chipset we saw 2.4GHz transfer
speeds of 46Mbit / s at 1m 36.1Mbit s at 10m
and 11.5Mbit / s at 20m all fairly respectable.
We were pleased to find our laptop could
connect to the router in 5GHz mode without
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1m 87Mbit / s at 10m and 42.6Mbit / s at 20m.
Using Buffalo' s own dongle didn' t boost
2.4GHz performance but 5GHz speeds were
remarkable In our 2.4GHz test we saw speeds
of 41.7Mbit / s at 1m and 36.9Mbit / s at 10m.
It failedto connect at 20m The 5GHz transfer
speeds on the other hand were very quick
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The web interface' s
main page makes it easy
to adjust critical features such
as your wirelesssettings and
passwords Norton ConnectSafe content
filtering and QoS to determine what kind of
content gets priority access to your internet
connection Advanced settings include options
to customise a wireless guest network run a
media server and download content via an
integrated BitTorrent client as well as the
usual port forwarding and IP filtering options
you' d expect to find in any decent router.
At a little under £100 the WZR-1166DHP
is reasonably priced for an 80211ac router
while its very quick performance excellent
interface and wide-ranging features make
it one of the best we' ve reviewed to date.
However the Tenda W1800R also performs
well and costs a fair bit less.
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D-LINK DSL-3580L
£100 inc VAT " From www.dabs.com
VERDICT
Plenty of options but a slightly unfriendly interface and poor 2.4GHz
performance at distance means there are better alternatives
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MOST ROUTERS are happy for you to just
plug them in but a large orange label slapped
over the DSL-3580L s ports insists you use
the setup CD first While this may be useful
for thoseunfamiliar with router configuration
the setup disc' s long-winded approach is likely
to irritate more experienced users not to
mention those on optical drive-free laptops.
You' ll need to set Wi-Fi passwords for
both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections which
are not secured by default Therouter has a
built-in ADSL modem but also supports
Ethernet WAN connections such as those
from a cable or VDSL modem and even 4G
connections via a USB dongle The USB3 port
can also be used to share a printer or connect
an external hard disk which you can use as
the target for the router' s built-in storage
server a simple single-disk NAS.
D-Link hasn' t gone out of its way to
simplify its web interface You have easy
access to a wealth of detailed configuration
options for everything from your ADSL
settings to QoS to prioritise
different kinds of traffic and
business-oriented features such as support
for SNMP remote management tools.
Like most 80211ac routers the DSL-3580L
is quite chunky It stands upright has a glossy
black finish and a bank of status lights At the
back of the router are the ADSL Gigabit
Ethernet WAN and USB3 ports along with
four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports There' s a
power switch for the router and separate
buttons to enable and disablethe 2.4GHz and
5GHz wirelessnetworks A WPS button is
located on the right of the device.
We tested the router with our laptop' s
integrated Centrino 2 wirelesschipset which
supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz 80211n Wi-Fi and
D-Link' s own DWA-182 USB Wi-Fi dongle
made to support the same AC1200 standard
as the router itself Sadly 2.4GHz performance
was poor and no amount of tweaking of
settings on our part made for any notable
improvement Both integrated chipset and
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2.4GHz connection at 20m
but the dongle performed
the better of the two
achieving 741Mbit s at 1m and 62.3Mbit/ s at
10m compared to 50.4Mbit / s at 1m and
45Mbit / s at 10m from the Centrino 2 laptop.
The best results were on the 5GHz band
with our laptop' s integrated Wi-Fi which
achieved a good throughput of 83.9Mbit/ s at
1m 74.6Mbit / s at 10m and 43.4Mbit / s at 20m.
Using the D-Link dongle at 5GHz we were
unable to maintain a connection at 20m but
saw 60.2Mbit/ s at 10m and 93.2Mbit / s at 1m.
Performance with our PCI-E Wi-Fi adaptor at
5GHz over 20m was 54.5Mbit / s which is
decent but not particularly notable.
The DSL-3580L is cheaper than most other
80211ac ADSL routers and even compares
well to some 80211n dual-band routers.
However its intimidating interface and poor
performance over long distances means we' d
rather spend more on the BT Home Hub 5.
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VERDICT
Plenty of features and a good hardware specification
are let down by poor performance in our speed tests
THE LINKSYS EA6900 is an AC1900 wireless
router so it should be one of the fastest It
has a theoretical maximum throughput of
,300Mbit s when using 5GHz 80211ac and
its wirelesschipset also supports the
standard which can theoretically bring
2.4GHz 80211n performance up to 600Mbit s.
There are threereplaceable antennas a
Gigabit WAN port four Gigabit Ethernet ports
one USB3 and one USB port These are all at
the back as are a power switch and a WPS
button Like most AC routers it' s a bit chunky.
The wireless network comes with a pre-set
password so there' s no chance of anyone
accessing your network while you' re setting
up the router By default both the 2.4GHz and
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you want to make it clear which one you' re
connecting to you' ll want to rename one.
The web interface' s smart setup wizard
automatically searches for firmware updates
and lets you change the default passwords.
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Account which enables the router' s optional
remote administration features.
Features include a wirelessguest network
and basic parental controls that let you define
when a device isallowed online and add a
blacklist of undesirable sites A QoS media
prioritisation tool not only lets you assign
priority to selected applications but also lets
you select specific machines so the living
room Netflix connection need never be
slowed just because someone' s playing online
games If you connect a USB drive you can
set it up as an FTP server network share or
DLNA media server you can also use a USB
port to share a printer across your network.
Sadly performance was poor compared
to most of its AC rivals when we tested the
EA6900 with both our laptop' s integrated
wireless chipset and the Linksys WUSB6300
adaptor which is expensive at £40.
At 2.4GHz neither adaptor could maintain
a connection to the router in our 20m test
which was disappointing though our test
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interference Speeds at 1m and 10m were
good with the laptop adaptor we saw speeds
of 37.3Mbit / s at 1m and 33.6Mbit s at 10m
while the Linksys adaptor managed a superb
87Mbit / s at 1m and 83.9Mbit / s at 10m.
At 5GHz our laptop' s 80211n adaptor
failed to maintain a connection at 20m but
managed speeds of 61.5Mbit / s at 1m and
57.3Mbit / s at 10m Unsurprisingly we saw
the best results using the 80211ac
WUSB6300 at 5GHz although its transfer
speeds of 83.9Mbit s at 1m 78.8Mbit / s at
10m and just 8.4Mbit / s at 20m were poor
compared to other AC routers Its speed in
our 20m test using the Asus PCE-AC68 PCI-E
adaptor was a decent 54.5Mbit/ s though.
The EA6900 haslots of features but the
cost of the matching wireless adaptor and its
poor performance means we' d rather save
some money and buy the BT Home Hub 5.
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NETGEAR D6200
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£124
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VERDICT
range of features and fast 5GHz performance appeals
but the web interface leaves something to be desired
A wide
small inconspicuous router
to sit in the corner of your sitting room the
Netgear D6200 isn' t for you It' s a rectangular
black wedge a little larger than a hardback
book and sits upright on an integrated stand.
It' s also expensive but you get a lot of
features The D6200 supports 802.11ac 5GHz
Wi-Fi with a theoretical maximum throughput
of 867Mbit / s as well as the 2.4GHz band still
used by many mobile devices and laptops.
The router has both an ADSL modem and
a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port so you won' t
have to throw it away if you switch to a cable
or VDSL service There are also four Gigabit
Ethernet LAN ports and a USB port which
can be used to attach an external hard disk or
share a USB print server A power button and
recessed reset switch are at the back while
buttons to start a WPS connection and enable
ordisable the Wi-Fi are on the right.
Illuminated icons on the glossy front
surface show the status of various features
and connections The wirelessconnection is
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secured by default with a strong but easily
readable password When you first connect to
the router' s IP address it helps you establish
an internet connection Like Netgear' s mobile
and desktop apps the web interface uses
Netgear Genie branding and icons.
However we found the D6200 could be
slow in responding particularly if it failed to
detect an active internet connection We also
found that some aspects of the interface felt
disjointed For example clicking on Parental
Controls takes you to a download site where
Mac OS and Windowsusers can download an
OpenDNS content filtering plugin Even once
you' ve set up filtering you can' t access its
control screen directly from the router but
instead have to run an application on your PC.
The advanced options screen is better
and gives you access to a wide range of
features including wirelessguest networks
blacklisting for specific sites setting up a VPN
and using a built-in DLNA media server to
share content on an attached USB disk.
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We tested Wi-Fi using our
laptop' s integrated wireless
chipset and a Netgear A6100 USB
Wi-Fi adaptor In our 2.4GHz test the results
of our throughput tests were fairly close but
the laptop' s wireless chipset did a little better
getting 45.8Mbit / s at 1m 45.9Mbit s at 10m
and 11.8Mbit s at 20m The A6100 adaptor
failed the 20m test In the 5GHz test the
difference between the Wi-Fi standards began
to show While our laptop did fairly well
getting 76.3Mbit / s at 1m 74.2Mbit/ s at 10m
and 13.2Mbit / s at 20m the 802.11ac USB
dongle gave us139.8Mbit s at lm 135.9Mbit / s
at 10m and a speedy 48.4Mbit / s at 20m.
The flexible WAN connection options and
good performance in our tests are both points
in the D6200' s favour but its interface isa
little disjointed particularly when it comes to
optional elements such as content filtering.
It' s a good router but the BT Home Hub 5
has a better interface even though it doesn' t
have as many features as the D6200.
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If
you just need to get online at little cost this budget
modem router could be exactly what you need
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ADSL
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wireless ADSL modem routers around It has
two non-replaceable antennas and supports
MIMO for a theoretical maximum wireless
throughput of 300Mbit s It also has four
10 / 100 Ethernet ports one of which can also
be used as an Ethernet WAN port This adds
to the router' s flexibility if you switch from a
standard ADSL internet connection as you
can use it with an external cable or fibre
modem provided by your ISP.
Also on the rear is a power button and a
button that doubles as a WPS connection
button and if you press and hold it a factory
reset switch While this combination invites
mishaps we didn' t have any problems during
testing A bank of lights at the front tells you
which ports are connected whether there' s an
internet connection and if it's working properly.
The web interface is clearly laid out but
therearen' t a lot features If you want to use
your router to share USB hard disks or setup
a guest network for visitors you should look
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access vital features such as port
forwarding and wireless settings.
Sadly the router' s Wi-Fi connection
isn' t encrypted by default This means that as
soon as you connect to its wireless network
you should log into the web interface and set
a password to prevent unwanted guests using
your wirelessnetwork When you connect to
it via your browser it opens a basic settings
page that prompts you to set your location.
Do this accurately as it determines which
frequency bands can be used European Wi-Fi
bands extend from channels one to 13 while
the US is limited to using channels one to 11.
You' re also asked to enteryour internet
connection type username and password.
Finally enteran easily memorable passphrase
into the Security Key box This is your wireless
password vital in keeping your networksecure.
Unusually even in the advanced settings we
were unable to disable channel-bonding
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Performance was
acceptable in our near and
far tests using our laptop' s
Centrino 2 wireless chipset.
We saw transfer speeds of 31.3Mbit / s at 1m
and 27.7Mbit / s at 10m but we unable to
complete the test at 20m A £7 Tenda W311U
USB Wi-Fi adaptor gave us similar results of
37.2 Mbit / s at 1m and 23.6m at 10m so it' s
not worth buying the adaptor particularly as
ours was unable even to see the router when
it was set to channels 12 or 13.
This is a cheap router with a decent
interface so we were prepared to be forgiving
when it came to performance If you need to
shunt a lot of data around on your network or
play games using it this isn' t the router for
you If you primarily use a wired connection
and just need to be able to get your phone or
tablet online then this basic router is a
bargain It wins our Budget Buy award.
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TENDA W1800R
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£76
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VERDICT
The cheapest 802.11ac router we' ve yet seen was also one of the
most consistent performers in our challenging test environment
THE TENDA W1800R is oneof the cheapest
802.11ac wirelessrouters you can buy This is
surprising as it uses the fast AC1750 standard
with a theoretical maximum throughput of
1 ,300Mbit / s Like most AC routers it' s a bit
larger than its 80211n predecessors It sits flat
and has three replaceable antennas.
There' s a bank of status lights on the front
while at the back you' ll find a Gigabit Ethernet
WAN port two USB ports four Gigabit
Ethernet LAN ports and a button that serves
asboth the factory reset and the WPS button.
It' s not an ideal combination of functions but
wehad no problems with it during our tests.
The W1800R provides simultaneous
dual-band Wi-Fi a 2.4GHz 802.11n connection
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devices and a 5GHz 802.11ac connection
which is faster but requires a compatible
Wi-Fi adaptor for the full benefit of its faster
throughput Neither channel is secured by
default so the first thing to do is log into the
router and add a wireless password.
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10m and 14Mbit s at 20m That last
figure is particularly good With the adaptor
we saw a slight improvement
to 42.7Mbit / s at
1m 40.7Mbit / s at 10m and 15.3Mbit / s at 20m.
Performance at 5GHz was good all round.
Transfer speeds at 20m were a little slower
than some but the connection was strong.
Using integrated wireless we got 87Mbit / s at
1m 80.6Mbit s at 10m and 12.6Mbit / s at
20m The adaptor took it to 119Mbit s at 1m
158.5Mbit s at 10m and 25.2Mbit / s at 20m.
This is the oneof the cheapest 802.11ac
routers we' ve reviewed and proves you don' t
have to sacrifice performance or features to
save money You' ll need a compatible wireless
adaptor to get the most out of its 802.11ac
performance but it worked well with our
Centrino 2 laptop in all our tests It' s a great
router but its lack of UK settings means it
just misses out on an award If you can afford
it the BT Home Hub 5 isthe better choice.
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add a security key when you first connect
to it but as the suggested option is 12345678
you should change it Enter your chosen key
click OK and you' re almost ready to go Click
on the Advanced section of the web interface
select the Wireless tab and correct the
country entry The router annoyingly defaults
to America which uses a slightly different set
of wirelesschannels There' sno UK option
but France uses the same ranges as us so
pick that The 5GHz settings option is locked
to America if you want to use 802.11ac mode.
Once again the US and European authorised
ranges differ but you' ve got no choice here.
Luckily these quirks have little impact on
performance We used Tenda' s £20 W900U
Wi-Fi adaptor which supports 80211ac and
our laptop' s integrated wireless chipset which
supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
but only uses the older 80211n standard.
At 2.4GHz we saw similar performance
from the laptop' s integrated Wi-Fi and the
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This excellent 802.11ac wireless router doesn' t costtoo much but you
can get more consistent performance for a little less money elsewhere
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and lighter than most 802.11ac routers but
this AC1750 simultaneous dual-band device is
still specified with a theoretical maximum
5GHz transfer speed of 1 ,300Mbit s It has a
Gigabit WAN port and four Gigabit Ethernet
ports but beyond that you' relimitedto one
USB port a power switch and a WPS button.
Wireless networks have passwords set by
default and the web interface' s wizards help
you configure your internet connection and
customise your wirelesssecurity.
The interface is clear with the advanced
settings kept separate from those that will
interest most users However some features
are obtuse The QoS settings to prioritise the
types of traffic on your connection , are a case
in point Where other routers let you choose
specific programs or types of traffic here you
have to add rules based on IP address
protocol and port Even these settings are
buried under configurable traffic settings that
most will find virtually incomprehensible.
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Wireless settings are much
clearer though again it' s easy to
stumble across advanced settings
that most people will want to steer
well clear of You can enable extra
wireless guest networks on both bands
so you can give visitors access to the
internet without letting them roam your local
network at will In the advanced settings
screens you can configure firewall rules that
are only active at specified time which is
good for keeping the kids offline at night
and set up all the usual port-forwarding rules
and staticIP addresses We' ve seen more
user-friendly interfaces but at least
everything' s clearly labelled.
The router also has network share ( SMB )
and FTP server features which you' ll find in
the Administrator settings and can use to
share a USB hard disk connected to the
port at the back turning the router into a
simple NAS device You can also share a USB
printer but will have to install the Windows
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to access the printer.
We tested wireless performance
with our Centrino 2 laptop' s integrated
wireless chipset and a £25 Trendnet
TEW805UB USB Wi-Fi adaptor Using our laptop' s
adaptor which supports 80211n 5GHz but not
80211ac our 5GHz test produced speeds of
82.4Mbit s at 10m , but the connection was
unstable at 20m in our busy labs Our 2.4GHz
test using the same internal adaptor gave us
37.7Mbit / s at 10m and 15.9Mbit / s at 20m.
When we tested with the Asus PCE-AC68
PCI-E wirelessadaptor we saw an amazing
transfer speed of 80.4Mbit / s at 20m.
With a clear interface effective wireless
performance lots of features and a low price
the TEW-812DRU is an excellent choice if you
want to enterthe world of high-speed Wi-Fi.
However the BT Home Hub 5 maintained a
more stable connection during its testing in
the same interference-filled environment.
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Super E ub 2
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£50 inc VAT From
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upgrade if you want concurrent 2.4GHz and 5GHz
but it still lacks many standard router features
A good
Wi-Fi
MEDIA' S NEWSuper Hub or Super
as we' recalling it has simultaneous
80211n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi so you can
useone for general compatibility and reserve
the other for important high-bandwidth jobs
such as streaming HD video There are five
internal aerials two for 2.4GHz and threefor
5GHz This gives the latter a theoretical
maximum transfer speed of 450Mbit s.
On the bottom of the router is a sticker
showing your router' s SSIDs ( one for each
band ) password WPS PIN plus the web
address and default password for the router' s
setting pages ( more on which below ) A new
addition is the QR code on the side which lets
you connect a mobile device simply by
pointing its camera at the sticker as long as
you have the right software installed.
At the back is a full set of four Gigabit
Ethernet ports so thereshould be no problem
connecting multiple high-speed devices for
fast file transfers There' s a USB port here
too but it' s been stickered over and there' s
no mention of it in the settings menu.
VIRGIN
Wi-Fi speed
,
and 10m distances scoring 45Mbit / s
and 33Mbit / s respectively but it fell
off sharply in our 20m test failing to
complete the test or register a score.
We set the router to its maximum speed for
these tests though and in another location we
did get a clear signal at this range by reducing
the theoretical maximum speed down to
144Mbit s This will affect speeds of closer
devices but for 2.4GHz range and stability are
the key factors for most users and in this
respect the Super Hub 2 workedfine.
At 5GHz the router was more impressive
scoring 93.2Mbit / s at 1m 741Mbit s at 10m
and 13Mbit s at 20m All these tests are
conducted through multiple walls in a place
with higher-than-normal electrical
interference There are certainly faster routers
out there even discounting 80211ac devices
but these are respectable scores.
There aren' t many features on this device
there' s no support for storage devicesor
,
,
,
.
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,
.
,
,
,
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,
,
,
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,
,
,
,
Need for speed :upgrading
you were supplied with a wirelessrouter when you took out your
broadband connection but aren' t happy with the speed you' re
getting from it you can simply replace it using one of the routers
reviewed this month The process differs depending on the ISP and
type of connection but here' s what to look out for.
If
,
,
,
ADSL
remains the most common type of internet connection in
the UK and if you' ve been with the same ISP for a long time you
could be running very old hardware You' ll need a router with an
ADSL modem built-in Talk to your ISP and make sure you have
your broadband username andpassword and any additional
settings such as the VCI number.
Plug your ADSL router into your phone line and configure it
using the information above and the manufacturer-provided details.
ADSL
,
,
.
.
,
,
,
,
to a faster router
SKY
is very restrictive
with its routers using
hidden usernames and
passwords and the
uncommon MER
authentication protocol
to stop people using
other routers There are
ways round this but
* No matter what kind of router you use you' ll
need the connection information from your ISP
not all routers support
the necessary features.
Instead you can use any router ( cable or ADSL ) in conjunction
with your Sky router First disable Wi-Fi on your Sky router Next
turn your new router on and connect to it directly using a computer.
Using its web-based management turnoff DHCP set its IP address
to 192.168.0.254 ( remember this address as you' ll need it to
configure your router ) and set up its Wi-Fi Save the settings Now
plug an Ethernet cable into one of the Ethernet ports ( not the WAN
port ) on your new router and the other end into your Sky router.
Sky
,
,
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,
,
,
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,
,
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,
FIBRE
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printers and no media server.
There aren' t even any dynamic
DNS server settings It' s not
surprising Virgin Media is providing
straightforward internet access here
and anything extra would go unused by
most customers and generate a lot of support
calls Still having print and storage servers
would have made this a more rounded device.
The Super Hub 2 is provided free to new
XL XXL and 100Mbit
s and 120Mbit
broadband customers Those already on those
speeds or upgrading to them can request a
new Super Hub to replace their current model
but it will cost £50 The kit is owned by Virgin
Media and you merely rent it which means it
will be replaced if anything goes wrong.
At £S0 the Super Hub 2 is a good upgrade
if you want better speeds and increased range
over the current model without losing the
neat all-in-one look However for more
features we recommend switching the router
into modem mode and hooking up a more
capable router such as the BT Home Hub 5.
we found the 2.4GHz
wasrespectable at 1m
In our tests
,
Hub 2
,
,
where BT hasupgraded to fibre to the curb ( FTTC )
replacing your ISP-provided router with your own is easy First of
all you need to disconnect your current router from the provided
VDSL modem which will most likely be a BT Openreach modem.
Next plug your new router into the modem connecting its WAN
port to the Ethernet port on the modem.
You now need to configure your new router to work with
your Internet connection This should simply be a matter of
setting the router to PPoE then entering the username and
password as provided by your ISP For BT Infinity the username
is bthomehub@btbroadband.com with a blank password.
In areas
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,
VIRGIN MEDIA
Virgin Media' s current router has the modem built-in but you can
use any cable router with an Ethernet WAN port On your Virgin
Super Hub go to Advanced settings and set the router to Modem
mode Connect your new router' s WAN port to port 1 on the Super
Hub and it should work Because of Virgin' s broadband speeds it' s
best to buy a router with a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port.
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WIRELESS ROUTERS
10 metres
BENCHMARKS
20 metres
2.4GHz USB adaptor
2.4GHz Centrino 2
BT
linksys EA6900
Home Hub5
Netgear D6200
DS1-35801
D-Link
Tenda
D-Link
W1800R
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Linksys
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VERDICT
you want to step into the world of
high-speed 802.11ac routers you don' t
necessarily have to spend a fortune.
This point is proved by the low-cost Gigabit
Ethernet router the Tenda W1800R which
you can buy for less than £80 However its
slightly clunky interface and lack of UK
settings means it just loses out on an award.
For excellent performance and support
for both ADSL and fibre broadband the
BT Home Hub5 is a great choice It has
Gigabit Ethernet a clean simple interface
If
,
,
,
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,
,
.
,
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,
and it' s well priced Best of all you don' t have
to have a BT internet connection to use it.
It wins a Best Buy award.
Our final802.11ac winner is the Asus
RT-AC68U It' s expensive but it produced
thefastest wireless transfer speeds we' ve
seen It netsour Ultimate award.
At the other end of the spectrum if
you just need to replace a failing ADSL or
Ethernetrouter and get back online you
can' t go wrong with our Budget Buy winner
the £21 Tenda W300D.
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,
,
ASUS RT-AC68U
COMPUTER
CePOPPUPTEERR
SHOPPER
ULTIMATE
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BT HomeHub5
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SHOPPER
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BEST
BOY
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,
,
TENDA W300D
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BEST BUY
ULTIMATE
ASUS ASUS
Rating
Modem
type
BELKIN
RT-AC56U
RT-AC68U
* lc * * *
* ** **
Ethernet
MIMO
Ethernet
Yes
Stated speed
Yes
867Mbit / s
1200 DB
AC
80211ac 80211ac
Router standard
BILLION BT
,300Mbit
BiPac
BUFFALO
TECHNOLOGY
Hub 5
6300NXL Home
AirStation
Dual Band 11AC
WZR-1166DHP
* **
* *
** ** *
ADSL
None
ADSL
802.11ac
80211n
80211ac
80211ac
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
867Mbit / s
300Mbit
,
Ethernet
** ** *
None
866Mbit / s
,300Mbit
secuRrry
Firewall Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
MAC address filtering Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DMZ Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dimensions including 205x147x66mm
antenna (lying
horizontally HxWxD )
37x230x155mm 116x236x31mm
160x220x83mm 220x220x75mm
212x34x183mm
,
3 Not
Antennas 4
Internal / external Internal
antennas
Upgradeable antennas No
WAN
ports 1
LAN ports
4x
10 / 100 /
,000Mbit
Other ports lx
USB lx USB3
disclosed 2
Not
External
Internal External
Yes
No
Yes No
1
1
1
4x 10 / 100 /
4x 10 / 100 /
,000Mbit
,000Mbit
disclosed
Internal
No
1
4x 10 / 100 / 4x
s
1
10 / 100
,000Mbit
/
4x
10 / 100 /
,000Mbit
lx USB lx USB3
2x USB
2x USB
lx USB
No
No
Yes
No
No
9W
9W
3W
6W
7W
Dynamic DNS Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
UPnP Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
server Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
,
Wall mountable No
Power consumption on 7W
,
disclosed
Internal
2
,000Mbit
Not
lx USB3
OTHER FEATURES
DHCP
USB
MAC spoofing Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Port forwarding Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WDS support Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
device support Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
QoS Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
£177
£120
£129
£92
One-year RTB
Three-year RTB
www.shop.bt.com
www.uk.insight.
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Price including VAT £112
Warranty
Three-year RTB
Supplier www.dabs.com
£80
Three-year RTB One-year RTB Two-year RTB
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computers.com
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RT-AC68U
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6300NXL
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BUDGET BUY
D-LINK LINKSYS
NETGEAR
TENDA
TENDA
TRENDNET
VIRGIN
MEDIA
DSL-3580L EA6900
**
ADSL
,
867Mbit /
Ethernet ADSL
,300Mbit
** ** *
* ** *
Ethernet
Yes
867Mbit / s
300Mbit
* ** *
Cable
80211ac 80211n
80211ac
Yes
Yes
Super Hub 2
TEW-812DRU
Ethernet
80211n
80211ac
Yes
s
** ** *
* ** *
Ethernet ADSL
80211ac 80211ac
Yes
W1800R
W300D
* **
31r
ADSL
D6200
Yes
s
1
,300Mbit
Yes
450Mbit
,300Mbit
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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173x213x52mm 185x257x41mm
6
Not
3
No Yes
10 / 100 / 4x
,000Mbit s 1
2x USB
lx
1
10 / 100 / 4x
,000Mbit s 1
,000Mbit s 1
USB lx USB3 lx
,
No
No No
10 100Mbit
USB None
Internal
No
No
1
10 / 100 / 4x
5
Internal
Yes
2
180x48x155mm 215x69x195mm
6
External
Yes
No
4x
3
External
Internal
21
2
disclosed
Internal External
31x172x119mm 34x219x157mm
205x255x77mm
s
4x
1
1
10 / 100 / 4x
,000Mbit s 1
10 / 100 / 4x
,000Mbit s 1
USB lx
2x
10 / 100 /
,000Mbit
USB None
No
Yes
Yes
No
8W
8W
5W 9W
7W
3W
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes Yes
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Yes Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
No
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£100 £125
One-year RTB
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£124
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£50
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