Asus DSL-AC52U

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TOP OF THE AF­FORD­ABLE RANGE.

WHILE THERE ARE plenty of routers that are more bud­get friendly than the $140 Asus DSL-AC52U, there aren’t many with a bet­ter set of fea­tures. The unit is a mo­dem router, and can han­dle con­nect­ing to ADSL or VDSL, plus has a WAN port, so cov­ers all the NBN op­tions. Four Gi­ga­bit LAN ports make con­nect­ing wired de­vices easy, and for wire­less con­nec­tions, it has AC750 spec Wi-Fi. Com­bined with the four large ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas, that’s enough for long range HD video stream­ing. In test­ing the AC52U had the high­est through­put at longer ranges, and has handy ex­tras such as a WPS and Wi-Fi on/off but­ton.

The Asus router also has ex­tras such as USB port that can han­dle a 3G/4G mo­dem, run as a print server or be used to con­nect stor­age (such as USB drive or ex­ter­nal HDD) to your net­work. The router in­ter­face and OS is also top notch, with fea­tures such as a traf­fic anal­yser, VPN, parental con­trols and guest net­work.

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