[Speed] Extreme 50 -> 105 Install and Finding a Wired Router
Long story short, I had the install from hell and it's now rock solid stable
with a SB6141 I bought. I will admit I got dinged $30 for them to rerun
the line from the street, replace the entire entrance block and ground
electrode, and re-crimp the ends of my quad shielded RG-6. Never thought
I'd be so happy to see a hard working smelly hippy, but he knew his stuff
inside and out. He traced every last bug out of the entire trunk line and
fixed so many mistakes made by the other technicians. Some idiot had
a device back feeding into the trunk line and crashing everything for a
few seconds at a time randomly.
I'm currently on the Extreme 50 plan for $39.99 and I'm seeing offers
for the Extreme 105 for $79.99 with a $9.99 self install kit that I already
have. As I understand the offer, it's $79.99 for months 1 - 6 and $114.99
until I change things again. No where do I see the $250 install charge or
a tech visit charge mentioned. The SB6141 has a slightly weaker radio
than the Cisco DPC3008 they gave me, but I was pushing over driven
signals with it and was actually looking for an attenuator.
I'm having major problems with my airport extreme 5th gen locking
up randomly and I suspect this will just get worse if I more than double
the WAN speed. So what routers behave at 105 mbit and don't cost a
fortune? I do use VPN tunnels to deal with some of the problems with
saturated Netflix and youtube links. Plus a little iPlayer from London
never hurts. I've tested the VPN at 52 mbit sustained, so I'm damn
happy with it and it's $6.95/month price. I've heard most of the
complaints about poor service for the money with Comcast, but a lot
of these things are manageable for me. I used to be on U-Verse
business class. With the current price of business now, I can co-locate
a server. Mostly just wanting a stable VPN capable router, the airport
does a great job for simple Wifi setup, but it's connection sharing is
a joke under load. I do not want to buy an entire computer to load
pfSense on. Nor do I want to buy anything with the phrase Cisco
business class mentioned or compared to. I've got a simple home
office with under 16 devices total if you count the printers, tablets
Also as an FYI to tell others, with AT&T U-Verse, their gateways are
a joke and a VPN is damn near a requirement to not crash the thing.
Go over 1024 recent TCP connections and it will crap itself stupid.
The expansion in my area won't happen until spring and I'm getting
50 mbit now for a lot less money. I don't have plans to go back and
I'm thinking hard about 4 times the speed for $30 more a month in
the end. The best U-Verse will do in the next year at this location is
45/6 for the same price as Comcast 105/20.
I figured you would have got some recommendations by now...But, since you haven't I'll start:
ZyXel USG line. I have the USG50 and love, love, LOVE that box:
The bad news is 1) Its a mature product now, so its only good to about 100mbps. Anything faster and you would have to replace it. 2) If you use any UTM services on it, performance TANKS badly. I only use it as a firewall/router and don't use UTM. 3) Its not for the faint of heart setting one up. Its not *hard*, but it isn't a dlink, linksys, belkin, etc.
Their new replacement line is coming out (with the new USG100-Plus available now), but its too pricy at the moment.
As far as reliability goes, haven't had to reboot one yet, and I use a USG200 for the main office at work, and a half dozen USG50s for our smaller satellite offices.
I'm sure there are better recommendations [I would hesitate to buy a router where any speed increase would instantly make it the bottleneck], but its a start.