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This is your best option for a new router; after all, long as you're going to invest in network infrastructure you may as well make it worth while.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320115 [ASUS RT-AC66U]

However, based on your budget, this is a good option too:
http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Performance-Dual-Band-E4200-v2/dp/B0068ALV8Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1375849616&sr=8-3&keywords=e4200 [LinkSys E4200 v2]
Link is from Amazon because Newegg doesn't carry it anymore. You can get a used one for roughly 120$.
Used it myself until I switched out for the ASUS above.
Actually, if you're looking for just the router itself and don't mind it being used, PM me. Mine's sitting in a box.

If you're still looking for a usb wireless adapter, this is a solid choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156321 [TRENDnet TEW-684UB]

Personally, the ASUS PCE-AC66 with RT-AC66U linked earlier is going to yield the strongest network performance, but again, it's all about budget.

About your question above:

Gbs is Gigabits; GBs is Gigabytes (might have mixed the two). Either way, when 1.75 gigabits is translated to bytes that comes out to about 220 megabytes/s. Not bad either way.
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About your question above:

Gbs is Gigabits; GBs is Gigabytes (might have mixed the two). Either way, when 1.75 gigabits is translated to bytes that comes out to about 220 megabytes/s. Not bad either way.

Isn't 10/100/1000M listed for Megabits anyway? so a 1.75Gbs claim on a 1000Mb connection is still more than it's rated for right?
Wouldn't they need to be on 10/10000?

Let me know what you think of my plan below for replacing networking components and if you think I'm doing it in the right order?

I've decided I'm going to start replacing pieces one at a time. I just found out we're using a Docsis 2.0 modem.

Step 1:
Replace - Linksys CM100 Modem
With - Motorola SB6141

If that does not work then go to step 2

Step2:
Replace - NETGEAR WNR2000
With - A new router (undecided at this time) I can't afford the $200 Asus or Linksys routers.

Step 3:
Replace the wireless from my P8Z77 Delux Mobo
With - A USB Wireless Adapter (probably one of the ones listed earlier in the thread like the trendnet one above)
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post #13 of 18
The 10/100/1000 is usually megabytes just for the sake of simplicity.
Not as simple as using one standard consistently, but what can you do?

In your situation, it might be better to focus on the router first since you're having connectivity issues.
It doesn't matter how great or slow your modem is if you can't connect.

The Linksys I linked is 200 new, but only 120$ used.
I actually have one of those that I replaced a while ago, so I can make an even better deal on it if you're looking to pick one up.

The wireless adapter that comes with the ASUS boards isn't that bad, actually.
It's a little limited, but I would put it at the end of the list of parts that need to be replaced.
The Trendnet is a nice little toy though. Great reception, and tiny so it's easy to place.
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If you are intent on a new wireless network card, I would get a mini PCI-E wireless NIC (something from Intel or Killer Gaming), and use a PCI-E adapter card (with antenna hookups) with it. Good mobile wireless parts tend to be more consistently better, in my experience, than their desktop counterparts.

My secondary system is running a Gigabyte GC-WB300D (which is essentially an Atheros mini PCI-E NIC on a PCI-E adapter card) that came with another motherboard. I haven't had any connection issues with it, even through multiple walls/floors. It's only 2.4GHz and 150Mbps though.

My current favorite among routers is the Buffalo N600 (WZR-600DHP), which has probably the most powerful hardware in it's price range at the moment. Mine outperforms some of my other routers that have cost twice as much. Downside is the documentation, which is terrible, so a lot of trial and error is needed to get everything just right. You would also need something better if 450Mbps+ wireless speeds are crucial.
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The 10/100/1000 is usually megabytes

It's always kilo/mega/gigabits when talking about networking components.
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When you look for a router, look for external removable antennas. This is the best way to get more power, and they can even be upgraded on the cheap. The 5Ghz band does not penetrate walls or barriers well, so be aware that if you don't need the speed then you shouldn't waste money on a dual band router.

I would also get a new router before the modem. As long as you're getting the speeds you pay for and the modems is reliable, buying a 3.0 modem won't really get you anything new.
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1.75 Gbps combined wireless speed. As in 5Ghz plus 2.4Ghz.
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So I unhooked the NETGEAR WNR2000 and pulled my old school EnGenius ESR9850 out of the closet to see if it would do any better.
The wireless range on my EnGenius is much worse than on the NETGEAR WNR2000. So much so that I was able to get what looked like a good connection 4/5 bars but I never received internet.
I tried ipconfig /release and /renew but that did not work. I even tried rebooting.

Then I learned about ICS which is awesome because I've never been able to get it to work before. Appearantly the wireless adapter in my laptop is much better than the pcie-mini card on my Asus P8Z77 Deluxe mobo because I can connect with 5 bars on it from the same location, get the download and upload speeds we pay for, and turn on ICS using the ethernet port to allow my desktop to use the laptop's internet connection. (This is not practical for me because I use the laptop for work and will use the ethernet connection when I'm there but I just thought this was cool to learn.

Needless to say I think the broadcom 802.11n card for the wifi-go in the z77 deluxe is crap and I'm going to buy an adapter Friday for the tax free weekend.
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Update: I got the Netgear WNDA4100 and I'm not disappointed so far. I played a full game of LoL tonight to test out and didn't have any lag and my connection seemed fine.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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