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post #1 of 13
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Hello all,

I have ATT internet and they only "support" one router type, that I have had nothing but troubles with, this will be the 4th one they have replaced, yet I still have to pay for it. So I want to get a different one this time.

Things it must have:
5 outgoing ethernet ports
802.11b/g/n
10/100/1000 support
WPA2 support
Long range support - the router is in the basement, I want close to full strength on the 2nd floor.
Anything else you can recommend?

Also, I have some questions about other technical specs:
2.4ghz or 5ghz?
single or dual band?


Thanks all!
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post #2 of 13
The Linksys E3000 and E3200 both fit the bill (They're the same internals IIRC). They've got all the requirements listed, and can operate in both 2.4 and 5GHz dual-band. I've personally got the E300 as a WAP, and I love it. It's got gigantic range, and it can actually hold up a wireless N signal consistently across the entire house, unlike some which have a speed dropoff near the edge of their range.
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post #3 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by SI51 View Post
Also, I have some questions about other technical specs:
2.4ghz or 5ghz?
single or dual band?
Dual band is better because then 5ghz-supported appliances will be able to use 5ghz which has better performance and range. I can't help much more though...
Edited by ikcti - 6/7/11 at 7:20pm
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post #4 of 13
Dual band for sure. You'll typically get better range and less interference at 5Ghz simply because fewer consumer electronics use that spectrum.

I also have an E3000 and would also recommend it though it only has 4 wired ethernet ports. WPA2 AES is the way to go. Stay away from TKIP encryption.
post #5 of 13
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Ok let's say I get the E3000, would I be able to add a switch in order to get more ethernet slots?

So, is 5ghz dual band, or is dual band the support of 2.4 and 5ghz? Or is it something totally different?
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post #6 of 13
Yes, you can connect another switch to one of the ports.

Dual band is the support of both frequency ranges. You usually have to get a dual band device to have the 5Ghz range. There may be 5Ghz only consumer devices, but I am not sure without some research. At any rate, not all client devices will have 5Ghz radios so that might be a problem.
post #7 of 13
another vote for the e3000. you can put ddwrt on it and boost the range if needed.
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Awesome, well I'm sold on the E3000, but is it easy to set up? Also, I can plug a phone line directly into this without a router right?
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
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Awesome, well I'm sold on the E3000, but is it easy to set up? Also, I can plug a phone line directly into this without a router right?
The device you are looking at is a router. If you are talking about a modem, no. This has to go through the modem (if on a DSL line) first.
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post #10 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Poseiden View Post
The device you are looking at is a router. If you are talking about a modem, no. This has to go through the modem (if on a DSL line) first.
Okie doke, thank you.

Can anyone recommend a good modem to work with this router?
Edited by SI51 - 6/13/11 at 2:50pm
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