Net­gear Wi-Fi router

Huge power, great con­nec­tiv­ity

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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, net­ 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

Multi-pro­to­col com­pat­i­ble

Wire­less file and printer shar­ing

Feels a lit­tle light­weight

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