Wireless router photograph.
Product review

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

Netgear

R6220

Price
$169
Score
37
Poor

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While it may seem like a bargain we don't recommend you pick up this Netgear router. All of the performance scores are very poor and you may find yourself frustrated at the speeds.

Test results

  • 25
    WiFi performance
  • 51
    Ease of use and setup
  • 60
    Security

Good points

  • Good for security.
  • Good fibre speed.
  • Good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Very poor WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Only OK to use.

Model

  • Avg price

    $169

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    6.5/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    2.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    2.5/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    2

  • Antenna placement

    On rear, can fold 90° and rotates 180°, unremovable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    240 x 181 x 41

  • Weight (g)

    385

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Not stated

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    1

  • 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

    Yes

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