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Old 12-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default HELP! Router Advice

What's the best & affordable Wireless N router around... I'd like to upgrade.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Price range? "Affordable" for: the guy who just won the lottery?

Stolen from Jack, who I know is going to post this!

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Money is Not an issue. Asus RT-N66U -RT-N66U

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320091

Best value for the price. Cisco E4200 refurb.

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/Rou...VVviewprod.htm

I want sub $100 and new (I am allergic to refurb.) Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833162047

All the above are Dual Radio, Giga Switch, and has USB port for NAS.

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I really like the Apple Airport Extreme: it works. Great. (Jack does not like it so much, but, it's a well designed router....not cheap. You might qualify for student discount.)

But: it all depends on what you are willing to spend.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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It depends on your use as well as budget.

How big a space? Do you really need the 5ghz band? Are you doing large file transfers on the LAN so that gigabit ethernet is important? Are you torrenting? Video streaming over wireless?

If you can afford the 4200 or the N66, those will work in all cases. But you may be able to get away with something cheaper.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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This ddwrt Netgear is the best $20 you'll spend on 802.11b/g/n and 802.3/3u, period!
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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This ddwrt Netgear is the best $20 you'll spend on 802.11b/g/n and 802.3/3u, period!
Thanks for the post. Just bought one for myself and my mother in law. Don't need anything fancy...just good range and a reliable wireless connection. Hope you're right!
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
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I have a Dlink DIR-655 with x3 upgraded 9.5db antennas. There a newer router that takes advantage of those antennas?
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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This ddwrt Netgear is the best $20 you'll spend on 802.11b/g/n and 802.3/3u, period!
I own quite a few of these, they work well with DD-WRT mini.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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This ddwrt Netgear is the best $20 you'll spend on 802.11b/g/n and 802.3/3u, period!
I just got it in the mail and set it up. It is working great so far. The wireless signal from the router to the furtheest point in the condo is much stronger and faster. So far there haven't been any drops so that's pretty good. Hopefully it won't be like my previous netgear that overheated every day and dropped wireless signal for several minutes at a time.

Thanks again for the recommendation!
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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I keep coming back to look at this thread and contemplating another router. Card too perhaps, or should I say "more importantly"? I don't mean to hijack but this has dropped off for a few days and is totally related, especially to the routers mentioned.

I currently have this guy: Linksys WRT320N
And this guy: Linksys WMP300N

Both bought several years ago. Both work without any problems such as the connection going down, so they are OK in my book. But I show about #'s like 104, 130 Mbps during actual usage.

I'd like to get a faster connection to aid transfers between PC and laptop and between them both to a NAS. I see the router showing 300Mbps, sounds nice, 2 - 3 times more than what I get now. Is this a real number or do they never get that high? Or is it the NIC card itself that's holding me back?

I'm up for buying any of the routers mentioned, if they make sense. 4 ports required, and USB is a nice bonus. 300mbps sounds great right now, and I'll take more if it's affordable (let's say... $150 - $200 for router and card?)
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:18 PM   #10
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I settled for a WRT54GL. Works fine, no glitches.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for the follow-up. But in the mean time I bought a pair of Asus's, due in later this week. Sorry for the attempted thread jack.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #12
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Thanks for the follow-up. But in the mean time I bought a pair of Asus's, due in later this week. Sorry for the attempted thread jack.
No prob! When they arrive, let me know how they perform.
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