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As the tittle states which modem and router would you guys suggest I get? I am using Comcast high speed internet(I think it was (20mbps).

I don't have a budget but it would be nice if both equal to around $150.

I reside in the US so I would prefer either Newegg or Micro center.
Edited by Captain1337 - 1/29/12 at 12:56pm
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As the tittle states which modem and router would you guys suggest I get? I am using Comcast high speed internet(I think it was (20mbps).
I don't have a budget but it would be nice if both equal to around $150.
I reside in the US so I would prefer either Newegg or Micro center.

this is an great router. only downside is it doesnt support dd-wrt but that doesnt really matter for what this router can do.
ASUS RT-N56U
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062
http://www.asus.com.au/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTN56U/
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31436-asus-rt-n56u-black-diamond-dual-band-gigabit-wireless-n-router-reviewed

however you will need to connect the WAN port to a modem such as you comcast as hown here Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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or you could get something like ASUS RT-N12/B SuperSpeedN Wireless Router and flash it with dd-wrt. cons, doesnt have Gbe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320076
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I like the first one. What is dd-wrt ?

Any ideas about the modem?

I read somewhere on the Steam forums that Dual Band routers aren't compatible with Steam. Is that true?
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I like the first one. What is dd-wrt ?
Any ideas about the modem?
I read somewhere on the Steam forums that Dual Band routers aren't compatible with Steam. Is that true?

dd-wrt is an open source firmware that you can run on certin fouters. it basically adds extra functions to the router, extends wireless range and more (note certian functions depend on your routers hardware).. some say its like turning a $30 router into a $300 router biggrin.gif

here is the link to thier site.. they can explain alot more about it.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/content/about

IMO i dont think dd-wrt is needed with the ASUS RT-N56U (doesnt support it anyway) as it has a great feature set

as to steam and dual band wireless im not sure about that smile.gif
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Basically Dual Band just says you can have Wireless on the 5GHZ Band and the 2.4GHZ Band.
It doesn't have anything to do with having to connect to Steam aslong as you get Internet.

Dual Band is good for places with alot of interference since you can have a throughput of 300 megabit for all the regular laptops and desktops on the 2.4GHZ range and say your HDTV, and other 5GHZ devices on that band.

Just good for less interference since not alot of people have it yet.

Now for the DD-WRT it will give you the features of a decent Router.
But as for processing speed it won't be able to handle enterprise level networks say going with 5000-1000 packets per second going around the network
(Where a home network should be fine)

I personally have the Netgear WNDR3700 which is similar to the RT-N56U but with 64MB of RAM, which is usually a bit cheaper and can do the job just as well (especially with their top-notch stock firmware)
WNDR3800 has USB Printing Support, and the WNDR4000
The Netgear WNR -3500L supports a handful of custom firmwares like DD-WRT, Tomato via myopenrouter.com
The ASUS-RTN13U, RT-N16, and RT-N56 are all top notch routers
N13 (Good with DD-WRT), N16 great router on single band (better than the WNR3500L since it has 128MB of RAM, RT-N56U great contendor if you have the money.
Cisco's E2500, E3200, and E4200 are great on their stock firmwares - kicked it up a notch since the older series.
Apples Airport Extreme I have heard really good about.
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