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I'm in the market for a new router (and therefore a new adapter as well). After reading suggestions on here and elsewhere, I've narrowed it down to the following choices.

Routers:
ASUS RT-N66U
ASUS RT-N56U
ASUS RT-N16
ASUS RT-AC66U

Adapters:
ASUS USB-N53
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800
ASUS USB-N66

Just a little ASUS heavy wink.gif. For routers, the AC66U is probably my last choice; It's at the top end of my price range and I can't see myself needing the extra throughput, which is still in pre-draft spec. If I were to go with one of the two 300Mbps routers, is there any benefits to the N56U over the N16 (since it's ~$25 more)? Is the N66U worth the extra $60?

Adapters I'm a little more unsure on. There seem to be fewer reviews, other than what's posted on Newegg and Amazon. Is there a benefit to PCI-Express over USB or vice versa? Or USB with and without a cable (i.e. a USB adapter that's on a 3ft cable vs one that's more like a USB drive)? The TP-LINK adapter linked to above doesn't support MIMO; Is MIMO worth it (although none of the routers I linked to have any mention of MIMO)?

Thanks in advance.
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