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Please note: Only new products from AVM, Billion and Draytek will be added to the Find-A-Router tool from October 2014. To shop for other brands please go to the OzCableguy Online Shop. (Use the search box to find products with features like ADSL/Cable/NBN/3G/4G or N600, AC1900 and so on, or browse via the categories from the left hand menu, or if you have a favourite brand you can find their pre-sales hotline number here).

Other brands will be gradually removed from the Find-A-Router tool over time. This is mostly to streamline the process of adding new routers to the online shop. Currently better than 80% of my business is AVM, Billion and Draytek products so it makes sense for me to focus on those here, and this way I stand a better chance of keeping the other brands up to date on the online shop at the same time so they're better covered as well.

Tips:

  • Select "Yes" beside each feature you'd like or leave them at "whatever" if not sure or don't mind either way.
  • Select "No" to features you don't want or can live without to keep the cost down and narrow down the field
  • Hold your mouse cursor over the features on the left for a description, or click on them for more info.
  • Use the back button in your browser to come back to this page to make changes.

    See also below for Open search (search for products by keyword)

    Or Browse by manufacturer.

    Too confused? Email me at sales@ozcableguy.com and tell me what type of Internet connection you have (ADSL, Cable or 3G/4G), how many PCs will be using it, whether you'd like wireless and/or VoIP, and a rough idea of your budget (ie "cheap & cheerful" - under $100 or close to it, "quality & value" - $100-300, or "the bee's knees" - price is secondary to having the very best product for the job) and I'll get you pointed in the right direction.

    Manufacturer
    Product name:
    Built-in ADSL Modem Choose Yes if you have an ADSL broadband connection and will also need a modem. If you have a broadband connection other than ADSL leave as "whatever" (lots of routers now have both an Ethernet WAN port and a built-in ADSL modem and these will be excluded by choosing No). If you already have an ADSL modem that you wish to plug into a separate Router or specifically don't want a router that includes a built-in ADSL modem then choose No. whatever Yes No
    ADSL2/2+ ADSL2/2+ are the newest and fastest ADSL standards offered by many ISPs. Almost all ADSL modems are ADSL2/2+ compatible anyway these days and these are almost always backwards compatible with older ADSL1 standards too so this option may be a little redundant but tick it anyway to be on the safe side. whatever Yes No
    10/100 Ethernet WAN Ports WAN stands for "Wide Area Network" which is the Internet. People with Cable or NBN modems need a router with an ethernet WAN port. Some routers feature 2 or more WAN ports to allow for load sharing or failover between 2 or more ISPs. whatever One More than one
    Gigabit WAN Ports Gigabit WAN ports allow speeds up to 10 times faster than 10/100 but are also backwards compatible with modems with 10/100 outputs. While Broadband at this stage doesn't go faster than 100mpbs anyway, some people may prefer the faster gigabit WAN ports to future proof themselves a little.
    Some routers feature 2 or more WAN ports to allow for load sharing or failover between 2 or more ISPs.
    whatever One More than one
    3G/4G Support Some routers can support certain types of 3G/4G modems. See my 3G FAQ for more.
    10 / 100 LAN Ports These are the ports you plug your PCs and other devices into (LAN stands for "Local Area Network"). 10/100 means it can allow data transfers of up to 100 mpbs.
    Be aware that very few routers have more than 4 ports so selecting "more than 4" will restrict your choices so I recommend leaving this option at "whatever" or "Four". If you find the perfect router with everything you need but you need more ports, it's a simple matter to plug it into another switch to have has many ports as you like.

    whatever Four More than Four
    Gigabit LAN Ports Gigabit (10/100/1000mpbs) LAN ports allow speeds up to 10 times faster than 10/100. However, you must also have gigabit LAN ports in your PCs to take advantage of the extra speed. If a 10/100 device is plugged into a gigabit port it will only work at the 10/100 speed.
    Be aware that very few routers have more than 4 ports so selecting "more than 4" will restrict your choices so I recommend leaving this option at "whatever" or "Four". If you find the perfect router with everything you need but you need more ports, it's a simple matter to plug it into another switch to have has many ports as you like.
    whatever One or more More than Four
    USB LAN Ports Some products (usually just basic ADSL modems) can be connected to a PC via USB. whatever Yes No
    SPI Firewall SPI stands for "Stateful Packet Inspection" and is a smart Firewall that can examine each packet of data, inbound and outbound, and automatically detect and block common forms of attack by hackers. See Router FAQ 2.7 for more. whatever Yes No
    Content Filtering Content Filtering means blocking access to certain material available on the web and is usually achieved by using either a keyword list, URLs or both. See Router FAQ 2.8 for more. whatever Yes No
    Wireless Select the wireless standard you prefer.
    Leave as "whatever" if you don't care if it's wireless or not (wireless can be switched off if not needed).
    Select no if you prefer a non-wireless product.
    If you prefer cheaper products or to expand the range of results as wide as possible, select a wireless standard towards the top of the list like 802.11g or N150.
    For more about wireless standards and the differences between 802.11g & N etc see Wireless FAQ 1.13.
    Detachable antenna/s A detachable antenna can be an advantage if you ever find the need to upgrade to a more powerful antenna. See Wireless FAQ 1.4 for more about increasing wireless range. whatever Yes No
    VPN Passthrough VPN is Virtual Private Networking. This is a way for Computers in different locations to Network to each other using the Internet instead of a direct cable. See Router FAQ 2.10 for more. whatever single session multiple session
    Built-in IPSec IPSec is a type of VPN. See Router FAQ 2.10 for more. whatever Yes No
    Built-in PPtP Server PPtP is a type of VPN. While it's the easiest to use, the number of simultaneous PPtP tunnels is usually far more restricted than multiple IPSec tunnels. See See Router FAQ 2.10 for more. whatever Yes No
    QoS Quality of Service. An ability to give priority to particular types of Internet Traffic. eg VoIP where you don't want the bandwidth being chewed up by another application which might adversely affect the phone call quality. whatever Yes No
    IPv6 Every device connected to the Internet has an IP (Internet Protocol) address. At the moment we're still using IPv4 (version 4) but we're starting to run out of numbers so IPv6 is slowly being phased in and will eventually replace IPv4. While that's likely to be many, many years away yet some people may like to future proof themselves by buying a router that supports IPv6 now. whatever Yes No
    FXO Ports for VoIP Foreign Exchange Office. The FXO port on a router allows a land line to be plugged in. These vary in capability from product to product so read the specifications carefully before you buy but in most cases they allow failover to the land line if the Internet connection is down or even if the power goes out (bearing in mind you will need a telephone that works without power as well in this case). More advanced products allow the same handset to both make and take VoIP AND land line calls. ie If someone dials either your VoIP phone number or your land line number you'll still get the call on the same telephone. For outbound calls, "dial plans" can be created to automatically use the land line for certain numbers (eg 1300, 000 etc) or allow the option to manually select the land line (eg dial "9" first or similar). whatever Yes No
    FXS Ports for VoIP Foreign Exchange Subscriber. On a Router, the FXS port is the port that you'll be plugging your telephone handset into. If a Router has more than one FXS port, each additional port allows for an extra VoIP phone number. whatever Yes No
    USB Print Server A Print Server allows a USB Printer to be plugged into the Router itself rather than a PC so it can be accessed by other network users without relying on any particular PC being switched on. Be careful though. Multifunction printers usually aren't compatible and there may be others that just won't play ball too. See the USB Print Server page for compatibility lists. whatever Yes No
    Parallel Port Print Server A Print Server allows a parallel port Printer to be plugged into the Router itself rather than a PC so it can be accessed by other network users without relying on any particular PC being switched on. whatever Yes No
    USB Storage Some routers have a USB Port that can accept a USB Hard Drive or Flash Drive to use as cheap Network Attached Storage whatever Yes No
    UPnP Universal Plug and Play. A smart network protocol that allows ports to be opened and closed on request. See Router FAQ 2.9 for more. whatever Yes No
    Dial-up/ISDN Support Routers with Dial-up & ISDN support allow failover to these types of Internet connections if the main broadband connection is down but they usually can also be used solely for these types of Internet connections if you don't have access to broadband. whatever Yes No
    DDNS Client DDNS stands for Dynamic Domain Name Server. Most Routers include a built-in DDNS client. See the Remote Access page for more about DDNS. whatever Yes No
    Warranty Period Warranty periods can vary anything from 12 months up. Some manufacturers also offer advanced replacement but this is usually only in their corporate offerings and/or for an additional fee. It may be worth reading the fine print if you will require zero downtime in the event of a failure. whatever up to 12 months More than 12 months
    Price range Choosing a price range will omit products not sold at the OzCableguy Online shop. Min: Max:
    (Note: if you choose a maximum price you will also need to select a minimum price of at least $0.00 to avoid seeing products without prices that are not sold at the OzCableguy online shop.)
    Include Obsolete "No" is selected on obsolete products by default but if you would like to see them in your search results choose "Yes". Yes No
     


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