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So I just upgraded my internet connection to a 32Mbit one, but I've seen it go to 50Mbit pretty consistently. My current D-Link 625 Rev.1 is pretty old and has bad wireless speed. When using it I've only been able to hit 35 Mbit on speedtests with the integrated cards on my laptops compared to the modem/router I have from my ISP.

When using my even older wireless network card I am only able to get 20 Mbit so I need a new wireless adapter.

I want to upgrade my router to the Linksys E2000 for 69.99. That's pretty much my price range for a router. If you can recommend me a better one go for it. Also what's this custom firmware I've been reading about? What does it do and why does everyone flash it onto their routers?

Lastly, I need a new wireless adapter for my desktop. I need one to get ~40Mbit speeds. Is the Linksys AE1000 any good if I do get the Linksys router?

Thanks for any help!
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I've heard good things about the Asus RT-N16. I see you're in Canada, NCIX and Canada Computers both have it for $79.99 right now.

Custom firmwares are made for some of the routers available, to unlock more functionality and make them run better. I've never tried one, so all I can say is try it and see if it works for you.

With regards to adapters, definitely get one that's 802.11N capable. The old standard was 802.11G and that caps at 54 Mbps, so its theoretically fast enough, but the adapters are cheap-ish at ~$25 or so. I bought the Asus PCE-N13 and it works well for me, but its a PCI Express card, so make sure you have a slot available.
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What kind of speeds are you getting on your card and off what kind of router?
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