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




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This dual-band router's WiFi performance is not good. The 5GHz performance is poor and has very noticeable interference. The fibre speeds are also very poor.

Test results

  • 35
    WiFi performance
  • 69
    Ease of use and setup
  • 80

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Very good for security.
  • Good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Poor WiFi performance.
  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very poor fibre speed.
  • Very noticeable interference on 5GHz signal.


  • Avg price


Speed test results

  • Fibre


  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz


  • WiFi performance 5GHz


  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Very noticable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Good at channel switching


  • Fibre


  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas


  • Antenna placement

    On rear, can fold 90° and rotates 360°, removeable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    285 x 185 x 50

  • Weight (g)



  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Not stated

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports


  • USB ports


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

    Block websites, block services, time scheduling

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi


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

Member reviews

3 Member reviews

Worst router for money


can hang it on the wall...


Continuously dropping WIFI signal. having to restart it on a near-daily basis. The smallest thing caused the signal to be obstructed. The router failed after 16 months! The only reason I put up with it for so long is it was so expensive, and my husband wouldn't cut his losses and get a new router.

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Emma P.

Used 6 months or more

great but failed too soon


Worked well.


Device failed in less than 2 years.

Recommend it?

Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

Previous member

Used 6 months or more

Cool Looking Netgear D7000


Looks cool, really easy to set up, great security and works with most connection types. The control panel on computer or smart phone is clear and easy to understand and has all the control you ever could need. Netflix and PS4 never slows down or stumbles. We have about 10+ connected items and works fine.


Updates are a pain because they don't work on the automatic setting, you need to go on the web site and download the right one. Can slowdown and needs rebooted to fix. 5g seems to be very short ranged.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Previous member

Used 6 months or more

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