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Hello fellow OCN members, I will be switching my internet services from AT&T to Charter soon and I need some good recommendations for a fast, reliable and consistent router. I will probably order the 15mbps for $20 per month service plan.

I have set on buying the Motorola Surfboard SB5101. http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Surfboard-SB5101-Cable-Modem/dp/B000JV9LUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329698008&sr=8-1

These are the routers that has caught my attention:

Linksys WRT54GL- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190

NETGEAR WNDR3700 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326

D-Link DIR-655 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215

Please help me on deciding on a great router that is worth my money, other router recommendations are also welcomed. Thanks thumb.gif
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Out of those 3 i would most likely go with the DIR-655 ( i own one my self). I have had it for years without problems except the gradual wear and performance decrease but that is with almost every router. IT is a good router and it has been very reliable with me, without the need to restart very often. But it is a little old and there is far supiror technology out there than the DIR-655. A very good router if not the best is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062

It is a more than all the ones you picked but it is definatly one of the best routers out there. If not that check out the E-series from Lynksis they seem to be getting good rep also.
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Thank you for responding to my question, I thought no one was going to help me at all so reps to you. biggrin.gif
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I'd have to say the Netgear WNDR3700.
The DIR 655 was good but now it is just a average router.
Consisting of a 475 mhz CPU vs a 680mhz CPU the Netgear will futureproof you.

Also as it comes to firmware down the line if the Netgear doesn't suit you to yours needs you can change the firmware to DD-WRT which packs a great set of features.
The Netgear has a power processor, Dual Band, and custom firmware support.
It is also vastly recommended across the forum.

For the price point if you are planning on getting something at the same caliber of the DIR-655 i'd say get the WNR3500L v2 (has more RAM), or the ASUS RT-N16U

As for the Netgear 3700 there is also the WNDR 3800 which offers printer usb sharing, and the WNDR4000 which is a bit better than both in specs.

For the WRT54G it's still a good Router flashed to DD-WRT but I don't know with internet connections surpassing 50 megabit how long it can last.

As for modem i'd say if you can take the plunge into a Docsis 3 modem it can offer channel bonding which allows speeds over 40 megabits.
(Two examples are the Motorola Surfboard SB6120 or the SB6121)

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If I get the DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem will it make my internet speed faster, since I plan on getting the 15 mbps service bundle, I don't see myself having over 40 megabits in the future. Thanks for replying guys, much appreciated from your experience and advice.
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It does help with node congestion in areas that have it if you do have the channel bonding available. Especially with 4 channels it allows you to span over 4 channels to help with speed problems.

If you do not plan to upgrade past 15 megabit for the next little while then it should be fine.

But it is a 30 dollar more investment so it's up to you compared to a new modem later on.
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Sorry for asking but what does channel bonding do ? Also, I'm planning to hook four computers to one router and also use wireless, say all four computers are in use at the same time; will the DOCSIS 3.0 modem help or is it no different than the DOCSIS 2.0 modem.
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i wanted an asus rt-n56u but couldnt get one here.. netgear was my next option but too far to drive to get one plus for some reason my 2 friends who have over 50 years combined in the network industry said stay away from netgear.. kinda made me lose faith in them as they are good home routers so i went with the linksys E4200, at first i wasnt impressed but it grew on me. especially when doing speedtests from every corner of my home yeilded perfect results that there is no bottlnecks from wireless in my home.. 2 story concreate walled and floor home.. now i love it to death thumb.gif
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i wanted an asus rt-n56u but couldnt get one here.. netgear was my next option but too far to drive to get one plus for some reason my 2 friends who have over 50 years combined in the network industry said stay away from netgear.. kinda made me lose faith in them as they are good home routers so i went with the linksys E4200, at first i wasnt impressed but it grew on me. especially when doing speedtests from every corner of my home yeilded perfect results that there is no bottlnecks from wireless in my home.. 2 story concreate walled and floor home.. now i love it to death thumb.gif

Did your friends explain why people should stay away from netgear?
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Did your friends explain why people should stay away from netgear?

their oppion was that they dont perform so well in a hot/humid country like here.. but i dont fully agree with them.. i went with what i could get on the day, but asus then netgear then linksys was my order of choice.. just couldnt get the first two but as i said this E4200 is doing its job well for me smile.gif
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