New Router Advice

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  1. aShufflinZombie

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    Hello,
    I'm in the market for a new router but since I only buy a new router ever 5 years, I have no clue which models are better/worse.

    This is my current router: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...F8&me=&seller=

    I don't need any special features like parental controls, apps or whatnot. Just a N-router with decent speeds and connectivity. I'm currently getting 53.01 up and 10.63 down, which is extremely close to the 54mbps that G can provide. I would like Gigabit ports.

    Suggestions please?

    Thank you for your time.
     
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    No, but seems like a decent router for the price.
     
  6. aShufflinZombie

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    Alright, well thanks for the advice!
     
  7. JackMDS

    JackMDS Super Moderator<BR>Elite Member
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    Buying a WRT54G2(especialy for the price that is linked too) is like saying I need a car and end up buying a Tricycle for $10,000.

    BTW, 802.11g while rated 54Mb/sec. realy provides around 18 - 20 Mb/sec.


    :cool:
     
  8. s44

    s44 Diamond Member

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    He got it five years ago.

    The OP, as the (no doubt frustrated) guy with all the links was likely suggesting, is asking the same old question, to which the answer is always Asus N66U or refurb Linksys E4200v1 (*not* v2, which has worse range).
     
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  9. aShufflinZombie

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    I saw the other threads but I don't want to pay extra for features that I don't want. I just want a reliable N router and I would like gigabit ports. I honestly don't want (nor need) anything super fancy.

    I do appreciate the responses.
     
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    Not true: Amazon has the old Belkin N600 HD (8301) for $42. Can't vouch for the radio range, which is why I didn't mention it, but if you flash it to Tomato it's solid and gigabit.
     
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    That just tells you what the stock firmware experience is. With the same Broadcom chip as the Netgear 3500L, the Asus N16, and other devices, it's rock-solid on Tomato.
     
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    how much of a PITA is installing tomato, dd-wrt, openwrt etc?

    i don't mean to derail the thread - i, too, am in the market for a new router.
     
  15. s44

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    Depends on the device, but basically it's as easy as installing a new CPU+HSF -- you just need to be able to follow directions. The most time-consuming part may be in finding the proper build (and, if you want Toastman's Tomato, navigating/downloading from his crappy hosting site).
     
  16. Ksyder

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    IIRC, its as easy as upgrading the firmware on any router- browse to the firmware file in your browser while logged into the router firmware, select the upgrade, upgrade and then do a hard reset on your router and then re-login and set up a new password, etc. The default username and password will be different when you flash a different firmware.