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Hi OCN!

I'll be moving into my very first apartment in less than a month, and plan on buying my own modem and router instead of paying for a rental. As a poor college student, I'm looking for the best bang for my buck. I'm looking to utilize Newegg's $15 off $50 Google Wallet promo also (I'll most likely be making two separate orders). Total budget is around $100.

Little background: I'll be moving into a cheap college-town slum apartment, so I was thinking going with a router with a dual band might be the way to go. I'm only living with one other guy, so maybe like 2-4 devices will be connected at once. One thing I'm mostly set on is buying a Motorola SBG6121. My internet package should be around 25MB/s.. I did just buy a new laptop which supports 802.11ac, but I've noticed those routers are relatively new and pricy, so I guess settling for 802.11n is fine. Will be using Netflix, and playing some PS3 online.

Basically what I need help with...

1. Is the SBG6121 a good buy, considering the 25/MB package I'll be getting, and the relatively low number of users and devices it will be managing?

2. What is the best bang for your buck router that will cater to my needs? I'm more than capable of doing my own research, I just see such varied reviews on all the routers <$100.

3. I'll be bringing my desktop also. Will I need to purchase a USB Wifi dongle? I'm thinking the coax connector will not be in my room? Or is there a possibility that I will have that connector in my room and I could just hardwire everything in my room?

EDIT: Came across this router and I could use some fillers to get it to $35 shipped. Little wary on refurbished though.
Edited by leighteam - 7/29/13 at 3:21am
post #2 of 8
Is it the SB6121? I never heard or seen a SBG6121 modem.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by GeForce2MX View Post

Is it the SB6121? I never heard or seen a SBG6121 modem.

Yeah SB6121 my bad.
post #4 of 8
SB6121 is a good buy for the speed you're having because it can take up to 172-195 Mbps downstream and up to 131 Mbps upstream.

Somebody recommended me the SB6141 because it has higher downstream/upstream speed than the SB6121 (from my DOCSIS 2.0 or DOCSIS 3.0 post)
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I'd get the SB6141 instead. It's a little more than the 6121 but supports double the channels for up to 300 mbit, which will save you having to buy another modem down the line once your WAN exceeds the limitations of the 6121.

A DOCSIS 2.0 modem at this point in time would be a waste, as you would have to buy another device in the very near future to facilitate any extra bandwidth.


I'm planning to buy the SB6121 because it's affordable and it fits with my TWC standard plan (D: 15Mbps/U: 1Mbps). The SB6141 is not in my budget.
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by leighteam View Post


2. What is the best bang for your buck router that will cater to my needs? I'm more than capable of doing my own research, I just see such varied reviews on all the routers <$100.

3. I'll be bringing my desktop also. Will I need to purchase a USB Wifi dongle? I'm thinking the coax connector will not be in my room? Or is there a possibility that I will have that connector in my room and I could just hardwire everything in my room?

EDIT: Came across this router and I could use some fillers to get it to $35 shipped. Little wary on refurbished though.

2. If you're looking for a 802.11n router, I recommend getting a Linksys or a Netgear because they're both common manufacturers, but they seem to not turn me down. I recommend getting one with a 150Mbps or 300Mbps. 65Mbps is okay, but I'm unsure if you're gonna have problems.

3. If your router can't reach your desktop (Ethernet method), it's recommended to buy a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Just make sure it's a 802.11n ones though. The USBs are cheaper than the PCI/PCIe cards.

P.S. The router that you came across would actually fit your needs.
post #6 of 8
I have the 6121 and am very happy with it, never have to reset it (unplug, wait a min, replug). Been running for almost 6 months without issues. Very consistent speeds as well.

I used to get cheap routers and found myself always unhappy with them. The way i see it both the modem and the router are long term investments.

Personally i am not a fan of netgear. I know some people like them just fine, but i bought a wifi adapter from them that should be Windows 8 ready and it would not work. Idk the model off the top of my head. I used to like linksys but they are over priced and overrated lately, i think after the success of the WRT54g they let quality slip and prices climb.

I have a ASUS RT65U and it is by far the best router i have ever owned. Never disconnects, runs 3 wifi networks at the same time. has USB3 built in, bit torrent client, wonderful settings both in terms of how it looks and works. The only router ive ever owned that i didnt have to occasionally disconnect and reconnect. Granted at the time it was like $130 but it was well worth it. After going through $40-60 routers every year or 2 Im confident this router will last at least 3+ years, longer assuming my network xfer needs dont increase greatly.

Highly recommend ASUS routers, but in the end make sure the router you gets has the features you want and make sure the reviews are consistent. 1 or 2 bad reviews shouldnt deter you, but a trend in the issues people have should.

EDIT: for an adapter i use ASUS USB66, also very highly recommend. If you have a PCIe slot a dual band adapter can be gotten for well under $20. I actually bought one and didnt have the slot to use it bc i didnt think about the esata card i was using.
Edited by Zer0CoolX - 7/30/13 at 9:52am
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Originally Posted by Zer0CoolX View Post

I have the 6121 and am very happy with it, never have to reset it (unplug, wait a min, replug). Been running for almost 6 months without issues. Very consistent speeds as well.

I used to get cheap routers and found myself always unhappy with them. The way i see it both the modem and the router are long term investments.

Personally i am not a fan of netgear. I know some people like them just fine, but i bought a wifi adapter from them that should be Windows 8 ready and it would not work. Idk the model off the top of my head. I used to like linksys but they are over priced and overrated lately, i think after the success of the WRT54g they let quality slip and prices climb.

I have a ASUS RT65U and it is by far the best router i have ever owned. Never disconnects, runs 3 wifi networks at the same time. has USB3 built in, bit torrent client, wonderful settings both in terms of how it looks and works. The only router ive ever owned that i didnt have to occasionally disconnect and reconnect. Granted at the time it was like $130 but it was well worth it. After going through $40-60 routers every year or 2 Im confident this router will last at least 3+ years, longer assuming my network xfer needs dont increase greatly.

Highly recommend ASUS routers, but in the end make sure the router you gets has the features you want and make sure the reviews are consistent. 1 or 2 bad reviews shouldnt deter you, but a trend in the issues people have should.

EDIT: for an adapter i use ASUS USB66, also very highly recommend. If you have a PCIe slot a dual band adapter can be gotten for well under $20. I actually bought one and didnt have the slot to use it bc i didnt think about the esata card i was using.

I love ASUS when it goes to certain computer parts and components. I never tried their networking products, though.

I have a problem with some Netgear products because some don't support Windows 8 fully. My WiFi adapter couldn't support it.
post #8 of 8
I might be in the minority but I've had great success with a now obsolete Cisco/Linksys Valet M10 router. Bought over 3.5 years ago and Have up to 10 devices connected to them, 4 via drops located throughout the house and restarted a total of maybe 10 times in that time frame.

But I have heard great things about ASUS as well. You should be able to pick up something in budget.

Whatever you do don't buy Trendnet routers(not sure on their wifi cards or adapters), some yokel tried using those at my job and they failed miserably with minimal use...
Edited by greenscobie86 - 7/30/13 at 11:49am
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