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TPG ADSL2+ with TP-Link Archer D9 AC1900 Modem Router Review


I have been using TPG ADSL Broadband for about 5 years in my apartment in Melbourne CBD. My plan is the Unlimited Data with Home Phone were I have been paying AUD59.99 per month for years.

Generally I am happy with TPG service, i.e. their Customer Service is pretty helpful. However, I must point out that, years ago, I had to pay AUD100 to get a technician to come to my apartment block for it to be connected to my unit (it only took him 10 minutes to do the connection).

For the past 5 years I have been using a D-Link Modem Router, which I bought for about AUD50,  with the TPG ADSL2+

D-Link Modem Router

Gadgets Connected Via Wifi

 Below are the list of gadgets that are connected to my apartment wifi:

  • Myself – 3 Android smartphones, 1 iPad and 1 PC notebook.
  • Wifey – an Apple iPhone and iPad.
  • Children – 3 Apple iPhones, 2 iPads, 2 MacBook Airs and 1 Gaming PC notebook.
  • 1 PC Notebook for general use.
  • 1 HP Wifi Printer – this is damn useful for iPad where you can print via WiFi.
  • 1 Smart TV.

Altogether,  up to 18 gadgets may be connected to my home wifi.

The D-Link Modem Router, shown above, which I bought for about AUD50 is actually pretty good considering that it has been working non-stop for the last 5 years!!!

However, for the past year, I have been facing WiFi issues after I bought a new notebook with Solid State Drive. The connection to my new notebook will just go dead occasionally and I couldn’t connect to the internet again unless I restarted my notebook!!! This is really irritating especially when I am in the midst of drafting an article for my blog. Without internet connection, my draft won’t be auto saved by WordPress.

My second son, a gaming addict, on the other hand would “reboot” the D-Link Modem Router practically everyday (more than once) as the internet connection speed is so freaking slow that it disrupted his gaming sessions, hahaha.

The Search For The Perfect Modem Router for TPG Broadband

I know for a fact that the drop in wifi connection to my notebook or slow connection speed for my son’s gaming needs has nothing to do with TPG Broadband speed because my daughters can stream Korean K-Pop videos flawlessly with their MacBooks or iPads.

With respect to the above said paragraphs, I suspected that maybe my D-Link Modem Router has served its purpose and it is time to get a new modem that is able to satisfy my family’s thirst for high speed data connection.

So, I went googling and from the little time I spent reading here and there, I concluded that the best Modem Router for my needs, i.e. TPG ADSL2+, is the ASUS DSL-AC68U Dual Band Modem Router.

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