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Hey guys

I've been using this old aztech router which I got from my ISP for quite a while now, and it's just not cutting it anymore. I'd like some tips on buying a new one. Will I actually see any real-world benefits going from 802.11g to 802.11n? I watch a lot of youtube videos, and so do my sis and mom. I also game online a lot. Any suggestions would be appreciated, along with your experiences with it.

Also, I'd prefer something moderately priced, not too expensive.

Thank you for your time!
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Depends.... why do you want to replace your existing router? Why isn't it cutting it anymore?

802.11n will provide more throughput generally.

However, would you need just 2.4GHz or 5GHz (less interference)? Do you need 1, 2, or 3 streams (more throughput)?
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Depends.... why do you want to replace your existing router? Why isn't it cutting it anymore?

802.11n will provide more throughput generally.

However, would you need just 2.4GHz or 5GHz (less interference)? Do you need 1, 2, or 3 streams (more throughput)?


Well, even though my connection is an 8Mbps one, I experience major slowdowns while watching videos, lots of "Pause time" , while just watching 720p, 1080p is just too slow. So I figured, it's probably something to do with my router? 2.4Ghz should be Ok I think, I've read up about it having larger range? So yeah that'd be nice. What kinda interference are we talking about here? I don't have a cordless phone or anything of that sort. What else could be causing interference? And does that effect speeds in any way?

About streams, I'm not sure, since I think I've just had 1 till now. Again, how much would it benefit to have more streams? And is it cost effective.

Thanks again. smile.gif
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anything thats 2.4GHz like microwaves and such, this is what i use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038 with dd-wrt firmware on it, it hasnt restarted on me in over 3 years, solid router!

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anything thats 2.4GHz like microwaves and such, this is what i use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038 with dd-wrt firmware on it, it hasnt restarted on me in over 3 years, solid router!

Oh, we do have a microwave. xD Hmm, so does that mess with the speeds in any way? And thanks for your suggestion!

Let me add that, I'm currently living and working in the United Arab Emirates, and it's kinda rare to see Asus products here (at least in the retail stores - other than few laptops) and we don't really have a nice tech store here, so yeah that sucks (limited choice ftl). I've seen Linksys and D - Link ones though if you must know. tongue.gif
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if you dont need a N router then i would probably got with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190 and install DD-WRT firmware on it.  had this before also a very good router just not as fast as the asus one. 

 

if you neeed a N router then you have to wait for some one that knows a good one that supports DD-WRT, because i havent been researching N router in a while so not sure whats best.

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if you dont need a N router then i would probably got with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190 and install DD-WRT firmware on it.  had this before also a very good router just not as fast as the asus one. 

if you neeed a N router then you have to wait for some one that knows a good one that supports DD-WRT, because i havent been researching N router in a while so not sure whats best.

Hmm, I'd prefer an N router though, what's this DD-WRT stuff do? tongue.gif
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Hmm, I'd prefer an N router though, what's this DD-WRT stuff do? tongue.gif

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/What_is_DD-WRT%3F

It's basically a third-party firmware for your router. It allows for better QoS. It's free and has some more advanced controls in it that what most OEM interfaces offer. They're also compatible with a wide variety of routers too
    
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and a lot more stable then OEM firmware

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Thanks guys.

I was wondering if any of ya'll had any experience with this router?

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/Routers/Linksys-E2500-Advanced-DualBandN-Router_stcVVproductId129966526VVcatId551966VVviewprod.htm

Also, is it really necessary to have gigabit ports? Will 10/100 ethernet be a bottleneck with my current speeds?
Edited by OCcomet - 4/5/12 at 11:58pm
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