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I'm looking to buy a router, but I'm trying save a bit of money so I'll lay you guys out the options I'm looking at. I live in Canada but I have access to get stuff from the border.

I'm looking at these options:

ASUS RT-N56U - With tax and free shipping it comes just shy of $120
http://www.directcanada.com/products...nufacture=ASUS

Linksys Refurbished E4200 - with tax & free shipping it comes just shy of $115 (with the stronger Canadian $ it'll be around $113)

Here's the rundown of what is connected in the house:
2 Main PCs (wired)
2 Laptops (wireless)
3 iPhone 4s & 1 iPhone 3G (wireless)
1 PS3 & X360 (wired)
1 Samsung C6500T BR player (wireless)

The internet at the house is 35 - 50mbps depending on the time of day.

There are times where almost all of those devices are connected at once, its a 3 level house, most devices are on the top and middle floor with only a few being in the basement.

Which router would be more suitable? I was leaning towards the Linksys since its cheaper, but is it safe to get it refurbished? Comes with a 30 day return policy, and 90 day hardware warranty.
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Get this:
http://www.mobilepc.com/Electronics/...ter-WHR-HP-G54

Best range for a commercial router I've ever seen. Flash it with dd-wrt, raise the tx power, and overclock the cpu a little.


P.s: Out of the two, the Asus is a much better choice.
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refurbished just means they are redoing it due to a defect. Many people will argue refurbished actually is better due to it going through quality checks twice ( Once for brand new, once for refurbish) Some will say it is worse. I say it is better. Although the Asus is better, the Linksys is compatible with DD WRT which will allow you to tweak all the settings you want with no restrictions.

Also isn't that Buffalo already have DD WRT or some kind of variant on it? Then again, isn't that also a residential router?
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Thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate it.

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Get this:
http://www.mobilepc.com/Electronics/...ter-WHR-HP-G54

Best range for a commercial router I've ever seen. Flash it with dd-wrt, raise the tx power, and overclock the cpu a little.

P.s: Out of the two, the Asus is a much better choice.
Not sure if I want to go through that entire process, especially if something goes south. What makes the ASUS a better choice in your opinion?

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refurbished just means they are redoing it due to a defect. Many people will argue refurbished actually is better due to it going through quality checks twice ( Once for brand new, once for refurbish) Some will say it is worse. I say it is better. Although the Asus is better, the Linksys is compatible with DD WRT which will allow you to tweak all the settings you want with no restrictions.
I've bought a few things refurbished and they did work well, so shouldn't be an issue here either.

I don't care about DD WRT, modding the router, etc, it needs to be simple to access and modify when I'm not at the house.

I'd also like to get your opinion on what makes the ASUS a particularly better router over the D-Link.
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http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wirel...outer-reviewed

here is a great review on the ASUS. as you can see on the second page, it is compared with different routers at 6 different places. it is almost neck and neck, but the RT N56u is better stock
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http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wirel...outer-reviewed

here is a great review on the ASUS. as you can see on the second page, it is compared with different routers at 6 different places. it is almost neck and neck, but the RT N56u is better stock
Thanks for the great link, just a few concerns after reading the review.

There is no IPv6 support, is that going to affect me either today or in the near future? At around $120, this is an investment I'd like to make once and be comfortable with for years to come.

Also, apparently the E4200 has Guest WLAN, which would be awesome because my parents rent out our basement and part of the deal is that they get our wi-fi, wouldn't something like that be of huge benefit?

Would multi-SSID be beneficial too when it comes down to doing a 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz stream separately?

Those 3 seem to be the only concerns about the ASUS.

From the looks of it (after reading his E4200 review), the Dual-Band 3x3 doesn't seem to benefit the E4200 at all considering that the N56 does better on a 5GHz band.
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IPv6 will eventually be used but not right now.
Only some ISP are using IPv6 addresses as a test run. I think in a few years everything will be IPv6.
Yes it does have guest WLAN which is awesome to separate your parents from accessing your files or printers. but the downside is the guest network can only have 10 clients at once (clients are any devices connected to the network)
Doing multi SSID would only be beneficial if you have to have a separate network for 5 GHZ and 2.4 GHZ to ensure compatibility with both Wireless G and N
You will only need 5 GHZ if you want less interference, and better Wireless N speeds. Wireless G is not designed for 2.4Ghz.
So if you want to have a great router for years to come i'd say E4200 would be better. Although the Cisco Connect software has a little left to desire for changing router settings on a desktop.
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IPv6 will eventually be used but not right now. Only some ISP are using IPv6 addresses as a test run. I think in a few years everything will be IPv6.
Well that would heavily favour the ASUS then, seeing as how it would be a tad more future proof. I've read and seen people sticking with a router for 4+ years and I'd like to do the same with this one, so to me the ASUS might be the better value.

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Yes it does have guest WLAN which is awesome to separate your parents from accessing your files or printers. but the downside is the guest network can only have 10 clients at once (clients are any devices connected to the network)
Oh my parents aren't living in the basement lol. My parents are renting out space in our basement, and people are living in there feeding off of our wifi, which is why the guest feature seems like a neat idea. There's only 3 people living down there with 2 laptops so the 10 person limit is not a big deal.

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Doing multi SSID would only be beneficial if you have to have a separate network for 5 GHZ and 2.4 GHZ to ensure compatibility with both Wireless G and N
Yeah it would be great to have two different streams then because not every device in our house is N, keeping G & N separate would be ideal.

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So if you want to have a great router for years to come i'd say E4200 would be better. Although the Cisco Connect software has a little left to desire for changing router settings on a desktop.
Well that seems to make things a bit complicated, wish there was a router that had the best of both worlds lol. I wouldn't even use the desktop software, the default IP login is what I use all the time.

I'm still trying to read through a ton of reviews, wish owners of either one would step in to comment.
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I plan to in the future buy a Linksys E4200, but i am also unsure I always liked Linksys products because i have been using my old router WRT300N for 6 years now and its starting to get old since it is pre draft N and not after Wireless N standard 450. It only goes up to 130 >.>
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I plan to in the future buy a Linksys E4200, but i am also unsure I always liked Linksys products because i have been using my old router WRT300N for 6 years now and its starting to get old since it is pre draft N and not after Wireless N standard 450. It only goes up to 130 >.>
What a hypocrite

I'll be taking my chance with the ASUS. After spending an entire day at work reading a bunch of reviews (lol) I've decided to try the ASUS and see how it goes simply because it seems to have the best wireless performance.

Of course, so much can vary house to house but I'm hoping it'll work well.

Will update this thread once I get a good chance to play with it for awhile.
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