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What should i look for when buying a router?

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I dont know if this is the right section but I figured you guys would probably know what to get.

The connection to my moms laptop and my sisters computer (netgear USB adapter) is all ways cutting out. I use a wireless PCI card and I do not get cut outs. I live in a 2 story house. The router is down stairs and the computers are on the second floor. FYI me and my sister like to game. What specs should I look for?
Maybe you have a recommendation? (nothing over $100 unless its popular cause then i might be able to find it cheap on craigslist.)

This is the router i have.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127241
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most people here will probably recommend the Asus RT-N16 for under 100bucks. it can be a great router with great performance if running DD-WRT or tomatoUSB or similar.

Specs to look for would include processor speed, amount of ram, amount of flash, Gigabit ethernet, wireless N with 2 or more removable antennas. USB ports can be useful for setting up a netshare or network printer.

The ASUS RT-N16 fulfills these requirements easily.

What level of experience do you have with routers/other network gear?
Edited by glycerin256 - 7/22/11 at 5:38pm
 
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I bought a linksys WRT54G 4 yrs ago and flashed with DDWRT firmware
'til now still kicking. I can monitor SNMP traffic in/out and query on the other sever using Cacti.
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Dual-band wireless, one on 2ghz the other on 5ghz, that way you have only N devices on the 5ghz channel so b/g devices can't slow it down.
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
Dual-band wireless, one on 2ghz the other on 5ghz, that way you have only N devices on the 5ghz channel so b/g devices can't slow it down.
Add SNMP and VPN features also
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I would get a normal router and a set of powerlines from router to sisters computer. I only use wireless when I have too.

The network connection on the powerlines is carried by the electical wires in the house so no worries about thick walls and floor nackering the signal.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 7/22/11 at 5:53pm
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