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Champ

@comcast.net

Recommendations on a high quality wirless router?

I currently have a Cisco/Linksys e1000, which was provided to me from AT&T a few years ago. It's a big hunk of s*** and the wireless performance is just bad and I've had enough of this thing. I've tried changing channels, disabling QoS and other small tweaks, but it just doesn't seem to matter. I'm getting like 1-3mbps sustained transferring on the LAN on multiple different wireless devices no matter what I do. When I'm wired, it works fine and I get my advertised speeds out to the Internet just fine. So I'm heading out to the store today to look for a higher quality replacement.

Looking for something thats high quality, great wireless performance, has 4 x 10/1000 ports and between $100-150 bucks. Does anyone have and good, solid recommendations? I don't want another exxxxx series, I'm done with those and linksys/cisco.


PrntRhd
Premium
join:2004-11-03
Fairfield, CA

Look at the choices here:
»www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/r···rts/view



Sr Tech
Premium
join:2003-01-19
Valhalla, NY
Reviews:
·PHONE POWER

1 recommendation

said by PrntRhd:

Look at the choices here:
»www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/r···rts/view

2nd smallnetbuilder for review's, only thing is that some of the older pro/con review's were never updated after firmware fixes from vendors. It's not a knock against them as they still provide great write up's, but when I look for something I always try to look at the vendors website for upgrade logs in what the fixes were as part of my decision.

PrntRhd
Premium
join:2004-11-03
Fairfield, CA

1 recommendation

I agree, and I always update the firmware on any router I install. Either the latest OEM or third party firmware.

The charts are nice in that they show relative price/performance comparisons.



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
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Spring Hill, FL
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma

1 recommendation

reply to Champ

I agree with the others. The reviews on smallnetbuilder.com are great.

I spent a bit of time there myself before purchasing my Asus RT-AC66U a few weeks ago. After upgrading the firmware to the latest after I set it up, it has been an outstanding performer.
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Anav
Sarcastic Llama? Naw, Just Acerbic
Premium
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Dartmouth, NS
kudos:4

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reply to Champ

Netgear makes two good models from what ive read the the Netgear WNDR4500 and the R6300. The asus models from n56u upwards seem very decent.

You have to decide if your aiming for stock firmware or third party firmware in your deliberations, which comes down to understanding your requirements and your desires and matching them up.


HELLFIRE
Premium
join:2009-11-25
kudos:13
reply to Champ

+1 Smallnetbuilder. Once you get a sense of the device, then you can start picking and choosing what meets the remainder of your criteria

Regards



mozerd
Light Will Pierce The Darkness
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join:2004-04-23
Nepean, ON
reply to Anav

said by Anav:

Netgear makes two good models from what ive read the the Netgear WNDR4500 and the R6300. The asus models from n56u upwards seem very decent.

+1 for the Netgear WNDR4500 and the Netgear R6300.

If you get one of these make sure that you have the latest firmware loaded. And Keep in mind that POSITIONING the device is a very important step for excellent wireless performance. The 2 key steps for positioning is:

1: central within your dwelling
2: as high up as possible [closer to the ceiling]
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Anav
Sarcastic Llama? Naw, Just Acerbic
Premium
join:2001-07-16
Dartmouth, NS
kudos:4

Assuming your central meant both vert/horiz as well as horizontally?
(ie not in the apex of the roof in the attic )



Champ

@comcast.net
reply to Champ

Well, I went ahead purchased a Asus RT-N66U and I'm running Merlin's Firmware and this thing kicks ass! Had some issues with the wireless on the stock firmware, but his firmware cleared that up and he's added a ton of really useful features and functionality to it and I'm very pleased. Getting full speeds on all my devices now and everything is super fast on my network now. Quite the upgrade from my previous router, that's for sure.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and the link. I was able to determine what I wanted and find his custom firmware through the forums on that site as well. Appreciate it!



Anav
Sarcastic Llama? Naw, Just Acerbic
Premium
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Dartmouth, NS
kudos:4
reply to Champ

Glad it worked our for you.


51849693

join:2013-02-21
reply to Champ

ASUS RT-N56U
ASUS RT-N66U
ASUS RT-AC66U
I highly recommend ASUS RT-AC66U, if you can stretch your budget to $200, get this one


51849693

join:2013-02-21
reply to Champ

have a look »www.wirelessrouterhome.com/best-···-review/



TheTechGuru

join:2004-03-25
TEXAS
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Reviews:
·HughesNet Satell..
·WesTex Connect

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reply to Champ

If there is tons of interference in your area nothing is going to help other than changing to a different band or using wired.

I use this $60 Gigabit + 2T2R Wireless 802.11n router:

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···-704-038

and here are the speeds I get through it about 25ft and 2 walls away and about 10 other AP's from neighbors littering the air:

»img.txnj.net/Comparison_of_Wired···eeds.png

I've been thinking about upgrading the antennas on it to these:

»www.monoprice.com/products/produ···format=2
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