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I've been looking around (cnet, forums, etc) for the newest greatest router. I want to have dual band and wireless N capabilities. My dinky dir615 craps out every so often because of too much use. I don't want this to happen.

I want to stream HD movies from my server wirelessly and would like to be able to do this while my family uses the internet (console online gaming, internet, email, etc). What do you recommend?

Thanks!
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Do you have a budget?
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There are number of Routers at the top all which are very good at this moment:
ASUS Black Diamond RT-N56U
Cisco E4200
Netgear WNDR 4500
All are top notch Routers on the market and I wouldn't go wrong with either of them.

Might also want to check this out.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-news/31644-cisco-unveils-n-900-router
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My budget is 75-100$
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any thoughts?
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If you want something beast that will never slow down I would look a little past home networking equipment. I have one of the best home routers you can buy and it still stumbles when it gets hammered by torrents and streaming sometimes.

I would get a good small business router which is made to handle a massive amount of traffic

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181136

I know it's expensive but its not much more than an elite home router and its on a whole different level of performance
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I'd probably wouldn't get dual band as not many wireless products use the 5ghz band (or have the capability to). Maybe you could save some money and get a router with only 2.4 ghz a/b/g/n. if that doesn't give you enough range, try a wireless repeater.

P.S. I own a netgear WNDR3400 and it's good but not many things are optimized for 5ghz (only my iPad 2 uses it) and range isn't that good on 5ghz.

Edit: if you do want full dual band then I recommend the Cisco e4200.
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My netgear wndr3700 has been running pretty solid for about two years now. Runs $99 on newegg. I've seen some pretty good reviews on it even a year after it came out.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122334&Tpk=wnr%203500 - If you don't want dual band and supports Tomato, DD-WRT, and their derivative of Stock OpenWRT

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7089722&CatId=2668 - If you want a Dual Band Router with Gigabit supports DD-WRT

I have the WNDR3700 myself and it's a Rocksolid Router.
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post #10 of 13
Yes routers are kind of hit and miss but there are a lot of things that come into play. First of all range, that plays a huge part in performance. Anything on the 5GHZ band will have a greatly reduced range. For a decent range you need to stay in the 2.4GHZ band. I have great success with the linksys E series. At home I am running two E3000's as my access points, and a WRT320N as my router. I would get dual band router that is simulatious so that you can use the 5GHZ for wireless A. I do that for my xbox's in the shouse.
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