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Need help choosing a router. Deciding between Netgear N600 and N900

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Hi guys,

I'm a networking noob, so I'm hoping the far more knowledgeable OCN community can help me out with this query. smile.gif

I'm looking to install a wireless router at home, seeing as the one I have (came with the Verizon FiOS installation) is ancient and has terrible range. Verizon Actiontec MI424WR for anyone interested...The router would serve as my primary wireless access point and will need to cover the entirety of my apartment (~1000 square feet).

Most of the devices that will be connecting to the router will be Wireless-N 2.4Ghz band capable devices (2 older laptops, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, PS3). I've been looking at the N600 WNDR3800 as I can get it for $117. I'm not opposed to shelling out more for the N900, but I don't think I need it? I've read the 2.4Ghz speeds are some of the fastest on the N900, but is it really worth the price premium? I haven't really looked at Linksys as I had problems with routers from them in the past.

I basically want a router strong enough to be capable of connecting to a PS3 and delivering solid online multiplayer with little to no lag. If anyone is in a similar situation and has suggestions apart from the Netgear routers, any input would be much appreciated! biggrin.gif

300 N600300 N900
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i would actually go for this deal on a linksys e3000 $100 off

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124388

taken from newegs description


The Linksys E3000 offers optimized performance for wireless entertainment. Smoother and faster HD video streaming and wireless gaming performance are provided by simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N technology. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports offer faster file transfers with other Gigabit devices. A built-in USB port and UPnP AV media server let you share files over your network, as well as stream media content to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other compatible device. Plus, included Cisco Connect software gets you set up in a few simple steps and offers powerful tools for managing your wireless network. Easily customize your security settings, set Parental Controls, and access advanced settings.
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I have the n600 and I love it. It has every feature I need and it never slows down. I use it for my sigrig, my dads mac, sisters laptop, moms mac, ipod touch, iphones, and friends laptops and I have had no problems with any of those devices. I am a happy owner of the n600! Although I'm not too familiar with what the n900 brings above the 600 but with over 6 devices connected and being used at the same time it never slows.
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I have the n600 and I love it. It has every feature I need and it never slows down. I use it for my sigrig, my dads mac, sisters laptop, moms mac, ipod touch, iphones, and friends laptops and I have had no problems with any of those devices. I am a happy owner of the n600! Although I'm not too familiar with what the n900 brings above the 600 but with over 6 devices connected and being used at the same time it never slows.

thgats fair enough, i would still take advantage of the E3000 deal but hey nothing wrong with with you have smile.gif
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Basically are you planning on jumping to any N 450 Cards anytime soon. If not i'd say just stick with the WNDR 3800. I personally have the WNDR 3700 and it's a great competitor. Great WAN to LAN speed, supports dual band, USB for Printer Support, and is based of OpenWRT opensource firmware from Stock that Linksys provides.

Thats my WRT400N same series as the E3000 stacked ontop of a box so that it can get airflow since all the ventilation is on the bottom.
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