Updated 19 Dec 2017

NetComm Wireless (supplied by Trustpower)

NF15ACV-TP

Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by Trustpower has OK fibre speeds and just OK incoming VDSL speeds at 500m. Outgoing WiFi speeds were OK on both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands and our obstruction box was no match for this router on either band. But we saw a moderate drop in speed when loading the router up with devices.

NF15ACV-TP
Consumer score
56
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
56
WiFi performance
OK
5.5/10
Ease of use and setup
Just OK
4.7/10
Security
OK
6.8/10

Good points

  • OK fibre speeds.
  • OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • OK WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • OK parental controls.
  • Can be mounted on the wall.

But

  • Just OK VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Just OK to use and setup.
  • Just OK security.
  • Poor documentation provided.
  • No USB port.

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
6.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
8.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
5.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
3.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
2.5
Vectoring speed increase
64%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
5.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
5.5
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Load test
Moderate drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
2
Antenna placement
Rear of device. Both can rotate 180deg from horizontal and fold back by 90deg.
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
182x147x144
Weight (g)
349

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
2
USB ports
0
Media sharing via USB
×
DLNA
×
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling and block websites.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
No
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
×
VOIP
Wall mountable

More Info

Notes
Since testing, this device has had a firmware update. We will be testing this update in early 2018.