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The internet modem/router that is provided by ISP’s (internet service providers) is always of low quality. They are not designed for streaming, rather to get you online with simple internet use such as web browsing. We always praise the NETGEAR brand, and have now decided to stock them ourselves. 

Below are a few things to note:

  1. If you find that your internet tends to stop working and you frequently have to restart your internet modem/router > this is a sign of your internet modem/router not being able to keep up with the pressure of your home network. This can be due to various reasons, such as; the modem has low specs and locks up under load (similar to an old PC or laptop freezing when you do too many things at the same time), the modem is not designed for heavy use, the modem is faulty &/or more. In reality if a modem requires restarting its not fit for the job.
  2. If you find that your internet speeds are inconsistent and there are no faults with the line to your home, this is a sign that it may be time to update your modem/router.
  3. If you are not getting close to the advertised internet speeds that you are paying for, this can be due to your modem/router not having the best hardware to push those figures, especially on WiFi. The modem/router plays a huge role in terms of network performance and internet speed – you’ll be surprised.

Case Study:

We finally had NBN available in our area – so we made the switch. We are very familiar with all the devices on our network, aswell as the speeds they receive on average using our Netgear router. Signing up to NBN, we received a ‘Sagemcom’ f@st branded modem (Sagemcom’ NBN modems are provided by many ISP’s such as Belong, Optus & Telstra for NBN) – so we plugged it into the new NBN box and off we go. Our RK3188 android dongle had full WiFi reception, but the speed was so slow (1.5mbps), while other devices on the network (such as laptops and phones) were getting approx 21mbps. This was really strange, so we tried to make some configuration changes, including; changing the WiFi channel, changing WiFi width 20 40, resetting the NBN box & resetting the router we gave up. The highest speed we got it too was 3.5mbps. It was impossible for there to be an ‘incompatibility’ issue as the android dongle uses the wireless N network which is fully compatible with the Sagemcom router, and this is what most devices in people’s homes use. After switching the router to a Netgear branded one, the speed literally went from approx 3mbps to 16mbps instantly. This is one example, of many, which we have seen &/or experienced when it comes to modems/routers. This is not a marketing gimmick, you can purchase a quality router from the store of your choice – just don’t make the mistake of using the ISP provided one, if you wish to stream with ease.

ADSL / ADSL2+ Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

This router is Designed for ADSL / ADSL2+ internet connections (plug and play) – it can fully replace the original internet modem that was provided by your ISP (internet service provider). This means this can be a ‘standalone’ device, with no additional modem or configuration required. This is an excellent solution for ADSL / ADSL2+ internet users. (ADSL / ADSL2+ connections are those which are connected to your telephone line. You can double check which type of internet connection you have by calling your Internet service provider). Setting this up with your ADSL / ADSL2+ internet connection is so easy – anyone can do it!

Cable Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

Please note that this model is also compatible with Cable Broadband internet. You will need to connect this router to your original Cable modem via the Gigabit Ethernet WAN port of this device (all ports are labelled). For more information about setting this up with a Cable internet connection, please contact your ISP (internet service provider) who can talk you through it.

NBN Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

Please note that this model is also compatible with NBN Fibre internet connections but will require some manual configuration (official instructions included).

The only requirement for NBN Fibre is a Gigabit WAN port on the router (which this router does have). Although there are various types of NBN connections so please check with your service provider for configuring/setting this up if you are not sure.

In general: if you have an NBN box installed at your house you simply plug any router such as this one into the UNI-D1 port of the NBN box and that’s it. This all depends on the type of NBN connection which you have. Please check with your service provider about what kind of NBN connection you have, and what is the correct way of installing an aftermarket router. Also note that if you would like to use a VoIP telephone (if your connection supports it) you will need to buy a VoIP adapter (this router does not have VoIP built-in). VoIP is a system which allows you to make telephone (landline) calls via the internet.

We do not provide any technical support or installation support with modem setup or configuration. Please contact your Internet Service Provider who are readily available to assist should you require assistance – alternatively, get a professional to install it for you.

Quick Specs:

  • Built-in ADSL2+ modem to fully replace your original

  • Get fast WiFi speed—up to 600 Mbps

  • Dual Band WiFi reduces interference and doubles bandwidth

  • Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer

  • Easily manage your home network with the NETGEAR genie apps

  • Ethernet WAN—for fibre Internet connection

  • Improves WiFi range for large homes

  • USB 2.0 port offers high-speed, USB storage-ready access



802.11n Dual Band Gigabit

Smooth Streaming

Fast Internet speed and dual band WiFi for smooth gaming and HD video streaming. With an integrated DSL modem you won’t need a separate modem from your service provider. Setup and control is ultra-easy using NETGEAR genie.


Everything you need for a fast connected home. Any place you need speed, with NETGEAR you got it. Fast download speeds up to 600 Mbps. WiFi with dual band technology provides whole home coverage with Gigabit wired connections.

  • Faster WiFi—Up to 300+300 Mbps†

  • Gigabit wired—Ideal for HD gaming and video

  • Cable or fibre—Also connects to Cable modem via Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

WiFi Range

Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and N600 WiFi DSL Modem Router provides WiFi connectivity throughout your home for all your Internet-enabled devices.

  • Better range—WiFi coverage throughout large homes


There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features & best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference & enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.

  • Simultaneous dual band—Reduces WiFi interference & doubles bandwidth

  • Advanced QoS—Optimized for smooth HD streaming & gaming

    Tech Specs:

    WiFi Performance

    • N600 (300 Mbps + 300 Mbps)†
    WiFi Range
    • Medium to large homes
    WiFi Band
    • Simultaneous dual band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
    Number of Ethernet Ports
    • Four (4) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 3 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with Auto-sensing technology
    Number of ADSL Ports
    • One (1) ADSL2+ Port
    Number of USB Ports
    • One (1) USB Port
    Key Features
    • Built-in ADSL2+ Modem
    • N600 WiFi speed—Faster downloads & Internet gaming
    • Live parental controls
    • Ethernet WAN—For fibre Internet connection
    • Works with DSL Internet service providers
    • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
    • Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attack Prevention
    Product Diagram
    Physical Specifications
    • Dimensions: 181 x 240 x 41 mm (7.12 x 9.44 x 1.61 in)
    • Weight: 400 g (.88 lb)
    Package Contents
    • N600 WiFi Modem Router (D3600)
    • Ethernet cable
    • Phone cable
    • ADSL+ phone filter (for Australia/New Zealand)
    • Power adapter
    • Quick Start Guide
    • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
    • IEEE® 802.11 a/n 5GHz
    • One (1) USB 2.0 port
    • One (1) ADSL2+ port
    • Four (4) 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports with Auto-sensing technology; one (1) Gigabit Ethernet port can be used as WAN port to connect to cable/fibre modem
    • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
    System Requirments
    • Broadband Internet service – ADSL Broadband Internet Service
    • Broadband Internet service – Cable or Fibre: Connects to Cable modem via Gigabit Ethernet WAN port