Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

Google

Wifi 3pack

Price
$549
Score
74
Good

Why is this free?

This report is free thanks to a donation from CHORUS provided to support consumer broadband education.

Consumer NZ is non-profit. To help us get a fairer deal for all New Zealand consumers you can become a Consumer member or make a donation. We’ll use your contribution to investigate consumer issues and work for positive change.

Donate

While this mesh router is dual-band you can't specify which WiFi signal you're connected to, so it will just choose the best. It has good fibre speeds and very little interference from obstructions on the 2.4GHz network.

Test results

  • 80
    WiFi performance
  • 52
    Ease of use and setup
  • 80
    Security

Good points

  • Very good WiFi performance.
  • Very good security.
  • Good fibre speed.
  • Very little interference on 2.4GHz signal.

Bad points

  • Only OK to use.
  • Poor at channel switching.

Model

  • Avg price

    $549

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    7.7/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    n/a

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    8.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Nominal interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Poor at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    None external

  • Antenna placement

    Internal

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    104(d) x 69

  • Weight (g)

    340

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Not stated

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    1

  • USB ports

    0

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Time scheduling on devices

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

Have you used this product? Share your opinion with Consumer members