Updated 19 Dec 2017
Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by 2degrees has very good incoming fibre speeds and OK VDSL speeds at 500m. Its outgoing WiFi 5GHz speeds are very good, while 2.4GHz speeds are OK. Where you place this router can be important - when obstructed, its 5GHz band suffered a 16% drop in speed, the largest in our test. It's easy to use, but the WAN port for connecting fibre isn't labelled — it's LAN port 1.
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No obvious bad points.
Overall score includes:
WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.
Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.
Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.
21 Apr 2018, Stephen F.
Product use: 6 months or more
decent speed and 1 GHz Ethernet.
Not the most reliable ....... my first one went kaput after a couple of years but was replaced by Two Degrees. It has again gone kaput after a further two years, constantly restarting (apparently fairly common) and cannot connect to internet or local computers.
When working, WiFi not as fast as would have you believe - but still fairly speedy.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.
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