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I need a router to connect 6 computers (3 LAN, 3 wireless) to 120Mb (cable) internet.
Right now I'm stuck with terrible DIR-600, its single omni-directional antenna covers 2/3rd of my apartment (2 floors) so I'm looking for something with at least as good WiFI and gigabit WAN/LAN.

I've had my eyes on NetGear WNR3500L ($85, EU prices) for a while now; it looks REALLY solid except for no external antenna (WiFi coverage is very important).
Another contender is TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND ($65); it's really cheap and has 3 external antenas.
There's also D-Link DIR-655 ($110) but I have bad taste after DIR-600 and it doesn't support DD-WRT so yeah... It's also the most expensive.

Which one should I get? Or perhaps there is something even better for the price?

Edit: Submit instead of preview -.-
Edited by Thewaster - 1/27/12 at 11:38am
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post #2 of 25
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DIR-655-Extreme-N-Gigabit-Wireless/dp/B000LIFB7S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327692415&sr=8-1

I don't know where you are finding $120, unless you are in Europe or something, but your location is missing so I can't tell.

However, I'd think the other one's would be much more too if you were in europe.
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Guess I should have mentioned that I'm from Poland, or at least non-US.

Sadly the cheapest I could find DIR-655 for was $100 but I'd pay the difference in shipping.
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post #4 of 25
If you can get a little over budget, look at ASUS RT-N56U which sells for € 117,99 @ expansys.com
It can handle 120 Mb/s WAN no problem, it has no antenas, I haven't noticed any coverage issues, but I live in a flat.
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I know RT-N56U is a great choice but it's twice the price of WNR3500L and I can't justify spending that much on a router for my parents place :S.
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There is a mod to add 3 large antennas to the WNR3500 a quick google search will show it or I think you could buy one on ebay pre modded.

I personally have this router(without the mod) and can get solid signal past my neighbors apartment door, my apartment itself is about 1000 sq ft.
post #8 of 25
I'd say if you can find the ASUS RT-N16U if you can get it. Has 2USB Ports, and 128MB of RAM compared to 1USB Port & 64MB of RAM on the WNR 3500L

If you can't go with the WNR3500L my friend has it set up in his basement and works fine in his 2 storey home.
Also comes with a great modding community via myopenrouter.com
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Dont go with a DIR-655 they are garbage, Had two of them previously and had to reset it almost daily or the wireless wouldnt work, I have the WNDR 3700 now and even without antellas I can walk out of my house and halfway down the street and still have decent signal, also it has no problem going through heavy brick walls or to the third floor in my house. The 3500 is very similar
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Dont go with a DIR-655 they are garbage, Had two of them previously and had to reset it almost daily or the wireless wouldnt work, I have the WNDR 3700 now and even without antellas I can walk out of my house and halfway down the street and still have decent signal, also it has no problem going through heavy brick walls or to the third floor in my house. The 3500 is very similar

Maybe you had bad lemons with the DIR-655? I've had mine for a month now and haven't had a single problem with it with the updated firmware. Full signal strength on a 3 levels of my house, excellent router for $80.
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