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Haven't really upgraded things in a while and my current wireless router has been to hell and back (almost quite literally) and has been acting up lately, needing to be constantly reset, inconsistencies, etc.

It has lasted quite a while and was very pleased with it's performance over the years.

Current setup:
Modem: Motorola MB6120
Router: TrendNet TEW-633GR
Powerline: Cisco PLWK400

I also own the Motorola MB6121, not that it matters but thought I would mention it anyways.

Looking at suggestions for Router replacement. I don't necessarily need better performance but I certainly don't want worse. The only reason I am even wanting to replace it is due to consistency issues. I'll likely still use it, just not as my main router.

House is pretty rectangular with a finished basement so it needs to have decent range even through walls. Most of the usage is within a 25ft (radius) bubble around the router.

The ability to have USB networked storage would be nice, but not a requirement. Will be adding a dedicated NAS later on anyways.

Currently leaning toward the Linksys EA4500 or ASUS RT-N66U.

Thoughts/Feedback?

Thanks guys thumb.gif



EDIT:

Went with the ASUS RT-N66U.

Thanks everyone thumb.gif
Edited by deafboy - 12/11/12 at 11:20pm
 
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post #2 of 49
Keep the dedicated NAS idea as priority 1. The USB key is normally crap with horrible read/write speeds.

The Linksys EA4500 is decent. A lot of people swear by the ASUS routers.
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Just bought one of the western digital routers with 1TB of internal storage. Quite nice. Expensive, but nice. There's always the no storage version w/ USB port:P These things are built for network storage bud.
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Get the ASUS RT-N16, I have it and love it.

It doesn't have dual band, but I don't think it's all that great anyway. It has been a staple in the networking industry and it can do both dd-wrt or tomato if you have the need or want to install an aftermarket firmware.

The signal is great since it actually has external antennas, has two USB ports if f you want to use it a a DLNA server or even add a network printer.

http://www.amazon.com/RT-N16-Wireless-N-Maximum-Performance-single/dp/B00387G6R8

It also has a $10 rebate if you get it by this year.
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Alright, keep the storage stuff as secondary, lol. Any router will work fine for a NAS. I certainly don't need a router with a built in hard drive, lol, although interesting.

@wgman003....any of the asus routers in particular? And I suppose any reason why they are more liked than the linksys?
 
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Alright, keep the storage stuff as secondary, lol. Any router will work fine for a NAS. I certainly don't need a router with a built in hard drive, lol, although interesting.
@wgman003....any of the asus routers in particular? And I suppose any reason why they are more liked than the linksys?

Asus RT-N56U - Ridiculously fast routing throughput. Thats why it preferred a bit more but not liked more. It even features 2 USB ports that can be handy.

I've got the EA3500 and it definitely is a solid router. Never needed to reboot it till date. Runs 24/7 streaming to my apple TV and downloading flawlessly. The range is decent too.

Get the EA4500 if you want a bit more features.

All these routers are dual-band. (It makes a huge difference if you run 5ghz but the range is lesser than 2.4ghz).

Overall, I'll recommend the ASUS RT-N56U because its blazing fast and has got superb range.

(I got the EA3500 because its pretty biggrin.gif)
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Asus RT-N56U - Ridiculously fast routing throughput. Thats why it preferred a bit more but not liked more. It even features 2 USB ports that can be handy.
I've got the EA3500 and it definitely is a solid router. Never needed to reboot it till date. Runs 24/7 streaming to my apple TV and downloading flawlessly. The range is decent too.
Get the EA4500 if you want a bit more features.
All these routers are dual-band. (It makes a huge difference if you run 5ghz but the range is lesser than 2.4ghz).
Overall, I'll recommend the ASUS RT-N56U because its blazing fast and has got superb range.
(I got the EA3500 because its pretty biggrin.gif)

Thank you... +rep

Any idea on the difference of throughput? I was under the impression that the EA4500 was plenty fast, so just curious how much faster the ASUS really is.
And like you mentioned with yours, that is one thing I like. Reliability and longevity. I just want to set it and forget it if you will, lol.

Any idea if that base on the ASUS is removable? It's going to be velcro'ed to the wall, lol.
 
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The 56U is the same as the R16, but has dual band which is pointless. All you get for $30 more is a shiny router with the additional 5ghz band that won't use aftermarket firmware. I bought it and it broke on me within a week so I got the R16 instead.
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The 56U is the same as the R16, but has dual band which is pointless. All you get for $30 more is a shiny router with the additional 5ghz band that won't use aftermarket firmware. I bought it and it broke on me within a week so I got the R16 instead.

I prefer dual band and don't really care for aftermarket firmware. What broke on you though?
 
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Thank you... +rep
Any idea on the difference of throughput? I was under the impression that the EA4500 was plenty fast, so just curious how much faster the ASUS really is.
And like you mentioned with yours, that is one thing I like. Reliability and longevity. I just want to set it and forget it if you will, lol.
Any idea if that base on the ASUS is removable? It's going to be velcro'ed to the wall, lol.

You can't mount the ASUS but it's base can be removed if you plan on keeping it vertically. You can't mount either of the EA series too.

Check out smallnetbuilder.com . Really good info regarding these routers.
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