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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys,

Decided to buy a router for a small 2 bedroom apartment. Will be used with a chromecast, wii, macbook, hp laptop, iphone, and android phone and tablet. Can't decide what to go for though.

Looked up what MaximumPC recommended and they said the Asus RT-N66U. I'm not a big fan of Asus when it comes to networking so I decided to look at their previous best pick.

They previously recommended the NETGEAR WNDR3700 N600 and more recently the NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900. So I have narrowed it down to these 2, but can't seem to find any reason for spending $50 more on the N900. They both appear to suport DD-WRT which is a plus.

Here are links to the products if anyone needs them.

Asus RT-N66U : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320091

NETGEAR WNDR3700 N600 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326

NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0UC3639&Tpk=WNDR4500

Figured I would ask for y'alls opinion. Thanks again for everyones help!
post #2 of 12
I like to think of my motto "you get what you pay for"
SO I'd normally go the best reviewed migh-end expensive option.
But I definetely go with either one of the netgear routers.......
post #3 of 12
A few questions:
What's your internet speed
What adapter is your computer using (wireless N, dual band N, ac?)
How big is your apt.?
how many neighbor networks do you see when you use a laptop or phone on 2.4Ghz band?

The ASUS RT-N66U is the best bet for Wireless N dual band, the Netgear WDNA4500 is a close second. Both run $120-140.
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Hi there, you will get a better router, but it has a triky setup, the mikrotik, RB2011. The last version. I has a powerfull wireless plus you have gigabyte port, and also a second switch for 130 usd.
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Who is your ISP? I have Verizon FIOS and have been using the stock router that they send out (we need to use it because of FIOS cable TV). I live in a four bedroom house and wireless is fine regardless of what room equipment is in. We have three computers, a printer, and an HTPC all on the network and have never encountered any drop outs at all. In 15 years I've had a couple of equipment failures and Verizon will drop ship in a new unit right away.
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post #6 of 12
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Thanks for the responses everyone.

I have charter and I am supposed to get 15 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up. Unfortunately with the way the internet contract is set up for the complex, I wont be able to get any equipment from them.
My computer is going to be plugged directly into the router.
The apartment is about 900 sq ft. I will be moving in about a year as well to a new place and will bring my router along then. Thats another thing I have been debating is spending the money now, or getting an average router now and buying another one down the road that is top of the line.
The 2.4Ghz band doesn't seem to populated. The complex has a really crappy signal that uses the 2.4Ghz band and most people connect to that. Thats why I am going to create my own personal network.

I noticed the ASUS RT-N66U and the NETGEAR WNDR4500 are around $130 USD while the NETGEAR WNDR3700 is only $85 USD. Trying to see whether the extra $50 USD is worth it.
post #7 of 12
WNDR3700 is 600mbps while the other ones are 900mbps. If you transfer files via wifi a lot, you'd want the faster router, but most people would be buying an AC router for near gigabit speeds.

If you don't care about wifi that much, you could always just buy a much cheaper single band 300-450mbps router. If it were me i'd be getting a dual-band router since you live in an apartment.
post #8 of 12
I would just get the RT-N66U. I have one at my house (3000sq ft) and it covers every single corner of the house. Really good WiFi range on it. It's really good for the price.
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post #9 of 12
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Will definitely be getting a dual band router, all of the ones I am looking at are. I'm not too worried about AC since the standard hasn't been finalized yet.
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I would just get the RT-N66U. I have one at my house (3000sq ft) and it covers every single corner of the house. Really good WiFi range on it. It's really good for the price.
Did you install DD-WRT on it or using the stock firmware?
post #10 of 12
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Will definitely be getting a dual band router, all of the ones I am looking at are. I'm not too worried about AC since the standard hasn't been finalized yet.
Did you install DD-WRT on it or using the stock firmware?

I've heard Asus has good support for DD-WRT. So it should be no problem there. I use the stock firmware. Also check out Merlin's Asus firmware. Just search up "Merlin rtn66u firmware". It's a customized version of the stock firmware that fixes some bugs and adds some cool features.
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