Updated 19 Dec 2017

NetComm Wireless (supplied by Slingshot and Orcon)

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Bottom line: This single-band router supplied by Slingshot and Orcon has good incoming fibre and VDSL speeds at 500m. Its outgoing WiFi speeds on the 2.4GHz band is OK, but not quite a match for the incoming speeds. This router can slow down fibre speeds on plans with download speeds equal or greater than 100Mbps. And don't overload this router with too many devices, it suffered a 74% speed loss in our load testing.

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Consumer score
61
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
61
WiFi performance
OK
5.5/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
6.4/10
Security
Good
7.7/10

Good points

  • Good VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Good fibre speeds.
  • OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • OK security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Very good documentation provided.
  • Has guest networks and they're enabled by default.
  • Has 2 USB ports.

But

  • Not capable of transmitting on 5GHz band.

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
7.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
8.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
7.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
1.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
1.3
Vectoring speed increase
53%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
5.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
n/a
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
n/a
Load test
Noticeable drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
2X2 internal (802.11n)
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
219x173x60
Weight (g)
433

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
×
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
2
USB ports
2
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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