Netgear Wi-Fi router
Huge power, great connectivity
It’s not just Apple that makes great wireless routers. Netgear’s AC1600 is an innocuous-looking modem and router with a variety of connection capabilities including ADSL, VDSL and gigabit Ethernet for a cable modem. It has five Ethernet ports and can operate on two wireless bands at the same time. Set up is straightforward and there’s a friendly browser-based interface plus an app to manage router settings.
This model is designed with heavier users in mind, and nowadays many households will have 10 or more wireless devices. It uses 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the fastest available to consumers at present, plus beamforming technology for more reliable connections. Transfer speeds were good when copying files, and noticeably quicker than a fifthgeneration Apple Airport Base Station which uses the slower 802.11n wireless protocol.
The unit has two USB ports to which you can connect a printer or a USB hard drive and then configure them using the router’s settings. There’s DLNA support too, for linking TVs and media players wirelessly. Security is also good, with parental filtering options and guest networking both available.
Despite a slightly lightweight build this is a powerful and flexible router with plenty of options, excellent Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to use various types of internet connection. Hollin Jones
£150 Manufacturer Netgear, netgear.com Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, VDSL/ADSL, auto detection for Universal DSL, beamforming technology Media streaming DLNA The rear panel sports a variety of connections. A serious amount of Wi-Fi bang for your buck. Friendly to use and with plenty of connectivity options.
Easy set up
Wireless file and printer sharing
Feels a little lightweight