We've seen that wireless alternatives don't readily measure up to the NBN, but even if you are lucky enough to actually have an NBN connection, the equipment you use can make a major difference to throughput. Blogger and PC gear distributor Raaj Menon tested 10 routers on his trial NBN connection in Willunga, and found that ASUS and Apple gear delivered the best performance.
Menon ran two suites of tests: simultaneously downloading and uploading a large file to see how well the actual connection worked, and a WAN to LAN performance script to see how much data can actually get delivered to your system (using a direct Ethernet connection). His conclusion?
Of these 10 routers, 2 of them the ASUS RT-N56U and the Apple Airport Extreme 2011 performed brilliantly in the throughput test and the rest of the routers produced 50% less throughput than these two. The Netgear DGND3700 and the AVM Fritz!Box 7390 also performed extremely well. Even at the highest 100Mbit NBN plan any of these routers will do its job.
Interesting stuff, though as Menon points out real-world performance will be hit with a range of other factors. Hit the post for full details of the test process.
NBN Ready Routers: 10 routers tested for speed [Digital Dreamer]