Updated 19 Dec 2017

NetComm Wireless (supplied by Slingshot and Flip)

NB604N

Bottom line: This single-band router supplied by Slingshot and Flip can only take an incoming ADSL connection, but its speeds are good at 200m and 500m. The outgoing 2.4GHz WiFi speeds are where its performance falls down, they're just OK. We saw a moderate drop in speed when loading the router up with devices.

NB604N
Consumer score
51
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
Just OK
51
WiFi performance
Just OK
4.5/10
Ease of use and setup
Just OK
5.0/10
Security
OK
6.8/10

Good points

  • Good ADSL speeds at 500m.
  • Good security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Has guest networks, but they're not enabled by default.
  • Good documentation provided.
  • Can be mounted on the wall.
  • Has a USB port.

But

  • Just OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Just OK to use and setup.
  • Not capable of transmitting on 5GHz band.
  • Doesn't support VOIP.

How we test

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.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Speeds

Fibre
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
7.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
7.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
6.8
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
2.8
Vectoring speed increase
n/a
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
4.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
n/a
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
n/a
Load test
Moderate drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
No
Fibre
No
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4
Antennas
2
Antenna placement
Rear of device. Both can rotate 180deg from horizontal and fold back by 90deg.
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
195x101x36
Weight (g)
335

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
×
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
0
USB ports
1
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling, block websites and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable

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Notes
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