Best Wi-Fi routers in Australia 2024: supercharge your NBN connection

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Securing yourself one of the best Wi-Fi routers in Australia is the easiest way to upgrade your home network. And, since we’re now spending even more time online and asking more of our internet connection, it's an upgrade that has multiple benefits. Swapping out your existing router with a new, up-to-date model can improve the performance of your devices, including laptops, smart TVs, game consoles and even smart devices such as doorbell cameras.

Besides giving you a speedier Wi-Fi connection throughout your home, many of the latest routers ship with built-in security software, mobile apps to configure their settings on the go and easy to use parental control software to help limit how much time your kids spend online.

Whether you’re working from home, streaming content online or even gaming, there’s no substitute for the top-notch performance offered by one of the best Wi-Fi routers.

In order to find the right models for a wide variety of needs and use cases, we thoroughly test each and every router we review. This way we can help you find one that works for you and fits your budget. 

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Asus RT-AX86U router review

Asus RT-AX86U (Image credit: Asus)
Great for a full house, and for gaming

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 3/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/1 Multi-Gig WAN/ 4 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 929.7Mbps
Size: 9.0 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent throughput and performance
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Security software with lifetime updates
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Multi-Gig input and port aggregation

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks advanced gaming features like geofencing and ping heat map

The Asus RT-AX86U is a Wi-Fi 6 powerhouse that delivers great speeds and killer gaming features, as well as awesome customisation options for Australian internet users. With high-end performance and lifetime protection against intrusions and malware, it's also a great option for securing your entire home network, providing long term protection without a subscription fee, and carrying a two-year warranty.

But the real draw of the Asus RT-AX86U is the performance, which in our testing approached the the magical 1Gbps mark to provide speedy and effortless connectivity for all of your devices. With excellent range and great performance — even through walls and between floors — the RT-AX86U is equal parts general-use router and elite gaming router, and the collection of features and ports it offers are a steal compared to some of the top-performing gaming gear. If you want the best Wi-Fi 6 router for the whole household, the Asus RT-AX86U is it.

Read our full Asus RT-AX86U review

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6E (RBKE963) (Image credit: Netgear)
Insane performance at an insane price

Specifications

Wi-Fi spec: Wi-Fi 6e/Quad-band
Number of antennas/removable: 12/No
Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN (base unit), 4 LAN (satellites)
Measured peak throughput: 1.009 Gbps
Size: 11.1 x 7.5 x 3.0 inches

Reasons to buy

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Best mesh performance ever
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Easy to set up and configure
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Optional security software, parental controls

Reasons to avoid

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Costs AU$2,800 for router + 2 extenders
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Just 90 days of free tech support

Netgear's Orbi WiFi 6E (model number RBKE963) is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems on the planet — but it also happens to be one of the most expensive. But if you have money to burn, a gigabit broadband connection from your NBN provider and an enormous house, then this is probably the mesh system for you. 

The Orbi WiFi 6E can cover up to 9,000 square feet. Add a third satellite and you can go to 12,000 square feet. At a distance of 15 feet, the router's 6-GHz channel delivered throughput of more than a gigabit per second, the first mesh router to do so in our tests. 

Each unit has 12 antennas and four Ethernet ports (one rated at 2.5 Gbps), and the system creates channels on the 2.5, 5 and 6-Ghz bands, plus a fourth 5-Ghz channel for backhaul between units.

Netgear offers trial subscriptions to its Armor security software, which includes Bitdefender antivirus, and parental controls. You'll also have to pay for tech support after 90 days. But if you can afford to pay for this mesh system, we can't imagine you'll mind. 

Read our full Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E (RBKE963) review.

TP-Link Archer AX6000

TP-Link Archer AX6000 (Image credit: TP-Link)
The best value Wi-Fi 6 router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/8 LAN gigabit per second, USB 3, USB C
Peak Throughput: 884.4Mbps
Size: 10.3 x 10.3 x 2.4 inches

Reasons to buy

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8 LAN ports
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Extra security built-in

Reasons to avoid

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Limited configuration options in app
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Difficult to remove Ethernet cables
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Not the outright best for range

Offering a perfect combination of performance and value, the TP-Link Archer AX6000 is a Wi-Fi 6 router you should really know about. While it may lag on performance and range, it's the prospect of Wi-Fi 6 speeds for less than competing models that makes it our favourite budget-friendly Wi-Fi 6 router.

With eight wired networking ports and the ability to pair two together to create a 2Gbps stream of data, TP-Link’s Archer AX6000 leads the way for Wi-Fi 6 routers that are just as good with wired devices as they are at Wi-Fi. By adding in router-based security, the Archer AX6000 stands alone as one of the best routers you can get, at a price that's hard to beat.

Read our full TP-Link Archer AX6000 review.

Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8)

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A fantastic mesh Wi-Fi router option

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ax 4804Mbps down
Connectivity: 2.5 Gigabit Wan, 3 x Gigabit LAN, Gigabit Wan, USB 3.1
Features: MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, AiProtection Pro

Reasons to buy

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Great Wi-Fi performance
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Good security features

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Limited to two routers

Asus has been rolling out some amazing Wi-Fi 6 routers recently, and it has been releasing them for just about every need and budget. With the Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8), it’s introducing Wi-Fi 6 technology to the latest cutting-edge tech in connectivity: mesh routers. 

While it is among the more expensive options out there and limits you to two mesh routers, the Asus ZenWifi AX offers blazing fast speeds. During our tests, it pushed our 500Mbps Internet connection all the way, even squeezing it up to 570Mbps at one point, and maintain that speed even in less accessible parts of our space. 

It also offers plenty of flexibility in its setup – such as the option to set up one or two networks using the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. With excellent security features to boot, this is a fantastic choice if you’re looking at mesh routers.

Read our full Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) review

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) review (Image credit: Netgear)
A great router overall

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: Wi-Fi 6/Dual-band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/5 LAN gigabit per second, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 1.389 Gbps
Size: 12.0 x 8.0 x 6.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Includes anti-malware apps
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Lots of configuration options

Reasons to avoid

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Throughput falls off quickly with distance

With the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) Wi-Fi 6 router, top performance and enhanced security go hand in hand, combining throughput that smashes through the gigabit per second barrier with malware protection and Disney’s Circle app for blocking inappropriate content and managing family network use. And with excellent performance through walls and floors, the Nighthawk AX8 will work just as well in the real world as in the lab.

It may be expensive — most of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers are — but the RAX80 was easy for us to set up and lets you configure the router exactly the way you want it. It's also got a 90-foot range, but we found it delivered better performance at distances of 50 feet, making it better suited to medium-sized homes. By almost any measure, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) is the Wi-Fi-6 router to get if you don’t want to compromise on speed and safety.

Read our full Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) review

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 (Image credit: Asus)
The best Wi-Fi 6 gaming router

Specifications

Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Tri-Band
Number of Antennas/Removable: 8/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN, 4 1-Gbps LAN, 1 2.5-Gbps LAN, 2 USB 3.0
Peak Throughput: 731.4 Mbps
Size: 9.4 x 9.4 x 2.8 inches

Reasons to buy

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First Wi-Fi 6 (802.11AX) router
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Performance improves with distance
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Plenty of customization options
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Impressive 2.5Gbps wired connector

Reasons to avoid

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Very large in size compared to other routers

The first gaming router we tested that features Wi-Fi 6, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is a gamer's delight, with speed that improves over longer range, low latency and all the features that gamers expect. Add it all up and most other gaming routers are now second best.

The GT-AX11000 is large, with a gargantuan base, eight swivelling antennas (it looks like an upended spider), and massive 10.8Gbps maximum throughput. This wireless router has connectivity in droves, thanks to its tri-band design and four downstream Gigabit LAN ports, a single 2.5G Base T Ethernet connection, and two USB 3.0 ports. 

Built-in customisation and gaming-oriented optimisations provide plenty of control, and you can even pair it with other Asus routers for mesh networking to cover a larger home. With an RRP of AU$900, it is expensive, but this is one of the best gaming routers for gamers wanting an edge online.

Read our full Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 review.