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Hi all,

My last router fried during a hurricane storm(about time, it was a 5 year old Linksys). I have been holding off till Black Friday and now that it's around the corner I'm wondering what I should get?

My rig is upstairs, my modem is downstairs(and I have no way of routing a cable) so my rig has to be wireless.

I will be mostly gaming/side web browsing. I was also an Oblivion modder, and of course will be trying it out in Skyrim, so I will be downloading/uploading large files so I'm looking for a router that can handle this without dropping me every now and then (sometimes I would disconnect with my old router).

I am looking to pay $50-$60 for this router. I need nothing extreme, but nothing poor either. I feel like this is a good price for a good, possibly even great router. If you reccommend me a $70-$80 router, I'll look into it, it could go on sale this month. I'll also look at recertified if they really are worth it.

Got any recommendations for me? Cheers
Edited by apav - 11/2/11 at 11:32pm
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Can anyone help? I have no clue where to start
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Depends on what you need really. Since you have to go wireless, what kind of wireless card will you be using?? I would go wireless n obviously if you have the choice, especially if you are gonna be doing any filesharing between computers on the network and want good speeds. I stream movies from my HTPC to other computers and I could not imagine going back to g when watching anything HD. Personally, I would just snag a wireless n router that has dd-wrt support, but I don't know if that matters to you or not. Are you looking for a router that has usb support for use as a print server/hard drive??
    
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I need a wireless card? I thought that's handled through the motherboard. Silly me, see how inexperienced I am? so I need to buy a separate wireless card?
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I'm not sure exactly what I want in a router. Just one that will have good speeds and 0 lag during games, I guess that isn't hard to find nowadays, but whatever you recommend I'll take a look at.
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for a wireless card, does speed matter? say a 54mbps vs 300? I've never reached either of those speeds. If that's the case, I don't wanna skimp on my wireless adapter here then. How about this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166038

EDIT: Or maybe something alone the lines of an external receiver? I'm not sure:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156321
Edited by apav - 11/3/11 at 2:29am
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I recommend routers that support DDWRT, currently on my phone so will be unable to provide a link, you can google it though, its a router firmware that you can customize to its extreme such as increase mw and such.
   
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I am actually have abit of an experience with wireless. How far is the wireless router going to be? The E2000 is a good router for the price, and is just brainless to install (literally) plug in the CD and let the software set everything up. This helps if you are as clueless as me about networking. It performs great as well.

In my situation, my wireless router goes through 5 thick walls. I used to have the Asus PCE-N13, the signal is extremely weak, 3 out of 5 bars, even with 8dbi antennaes. So I left it aside and got the PCE-N15 and got 5 out of 5 bars straight away. So I would recommend that adapter.
    
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post
I am actually have abit of an experience with wireless. How far is the wireless router going to be? The E2000 is a good router for the price, and is just brainless to install (literally) plug in the CD and let the software set everything up. This helps if you are as clueless as me about networking. It performs great as well.

In my situation, my wireless router goes through 5 thick walls. I used to have the Asus PCE-N13, the signal is extremely weak, 3 out of 5 bars, even with 8dbi antennaes. So I left it aside and got the PCE-N15 and got 5 out of 5 bars straight away. So I would recommend that adapter.
I am directly above the ceiling from my current modem (and soon to be new router) but I am not going to be drilling any holes to run cabling up any time soon, so I am not sure

1.) If I should get a usb, pci-e or that receiver adapter I linked in the other post. (do they perform differently?)
2.) What speed I should get for the adapter and what other features are important for gaming/large downloads(anywhere from 100mb to 5 or 6 gb at a time).
3.) What router I need to get that has a strong signal so it doesn't drop me

I know synthetically a wireless connection can never perform as good as a wired one, but I still want to get as close to that experience as possible (no lag in games from my end, no disconnections and practically the same download speeds if I were to have a wired connection) without breaking the bank.

You guys are knowledgeable folk, can you help me out with find the right one for both of these different products?


EDIT: I'm not so sure about a PCI-E adapter, for one I have 1 pci-e slot open between 2 6950's ( a decent gap in between to fit it, nothing too huge though) and I don't want to suffocate them by putting something between them. Also, I think if I installed another thing in my 3rd pci-e line my gpu's wouldn't run in x8/x8 anymore... Ugh complications galore!
Edited by apav - 11/3/11 at 2:47am
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