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We review Kogan’s $99 WiFi router with ac connectivity

If you’re looking for a WiFi router for the home there certainly is almost limitless options for you out there.  High end, big features through to low-end and lacking features. So, with a $99 “AC Router” available from Kogan the question is – who’s it for?

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If you’ve got network storage in your home, IPTV, VOIP, multiple computers and devices then I have to be honest with you – you really do need to invest in a solid network.  The traffic features on high-end routers like Belkin and Netgear really can help improve the speed and reliability of your network.

However, if you’re on a budget and perhaps you live in a small apartment or don’t own a lot of devices – your problem will be that many of the lower price routers don’t actually support a couple of features which quite frankly should be mandatory for all router purchases today.

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Dual Band WiFi & Wireless AC.

Wireless AC is the newest WiFi standard.  Browse some online retail sites and you’ll see a few routers around the $100 mark, certainly under $170.  Most of them only support “802.11 a/b/g/n” those are all WiFi standards, all the latest devices will use them – however “ac” on the end there would mean they provide the best speed and range.

Dual-Band WiFi means the router actually creates two networks for you, allowing you to put your devices on a suitable network with as little compromise on speed as you can hope for.

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Kogan have a “Wireless AC” router with both these features for just $99.

It’s small, and cheap.  Simple as that. And it works.

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When compared to a device three times the price the range isnt’ as good, and nor are the speeds.  However, when you realise that in fact your WiFi speeds are only as fast as the slowest device on your network this thing starts to make sense in a small apartment.

Throw your basic devices onto the 2.5g network, with your wizz bang latest stuff on the 5g – that’s the best you can hope for.

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Remembering that your Internet speed is less than 100mbps (most likely less than 20) the speed thing isn’t really going to be an issue for you.

If you had networked storage and video streaming going on, then the higher end devices with things like “beamforming” and greater range would be a better thing to save for.

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Overall, for $99 this thing is a steal, and for small apartments or people living alone with just a few devices – it’s going to do what you need it to do.

Available at Kogan.com

Kogan Wireless AC Router
Date Published: 10/26/2014
At $99 this thing is a steal - lacking the high end features required for a complex network or large family - it will suit the simple network with new devices
4 / 5 stars
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. John Zinzo

    December 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Trev,

    You said something about the range. Kogan advertizes the Router with a range ”up to 100 m. I am interested in the distance. Does the Router really range up to 100 m? Have you tested it’s range? What other Router will range 100 meters?

    I will appreciate your expert advaci.

    Thanks

    John

    • Trevor Long

      December 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      If you want range, you need to go high end. Any modem will claim 100m, because in clear open space that will work. A D-Link, Belkin or Netgear with Beamforming etc will get you better coverage

  2. Andreas Ie

    February 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hello Trev, i just bought one and having trouble to make it work. I am with TPG ADSL 2. The user manual does not specify which part i should enter TPG use name and password. Are you able to help? Appreciate your help.

    • Trevor Long

      February 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Andreas, the Kogan device is a ROUTER, not a MODEM/ROuter – so you need to retain your existing Modem for internet connectivity – this device only distributes that internet via WiFi in your home.

  3. Paul Rapisarda

    May 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Does the Kogan have a built in modem or does that have to be purchased separately. If so which modem do you suggest?

    • Trevor Long

      June 3, 2015 at 12:25 am

      No, this is a ROUTER, not a modem/router

  4. Christohper Clark

    September 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Super old i know, they are still selling this router however.

    I purchased one of these on the 3rd December 2014, never had any issues with it and it is still going strong.

    This router does in fact support beamforming also.

  5. Frans Hermsen

    October 1, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Who would need this in a small apartment, as there is no modem included? The typical application would be in a big house as an additional WIFI router/switch, connected to the rest of the network through the power network [using e.g. the TP-Link power line adapter].
    I am currently using this setup, using the Kogan router as a switch. However both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz wireless stations disappear frequently, especially when there is more people using it under high loads. Performance of the power line adapter appears to be related to the power point selected. When used at the right power point with only 2 people for video viewing and internet browsing, it has been stable for a few weeks. The kids came home, and it kept crashing, presumably under heavy data traffic. Same issues when transferring big data sets to/from the WD MyCloud.

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