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post #11 of 18
If you are in a house (not a condo or apartment) and especially if you have a large lot (not extremely close to neighbors) then 2.4GHz will be the only thing you need to use. 5GHz is great for apartments and condos as it has a shorter range and less interference. Most routers do both now so not a big deal though. The speed might not be that important to you as it will really only matter for large file transfers between computers. Internet speed and video streaming shouldn't be effected by the speed unless you are on the fringe of your coverage.

I have not used any of those routers myself I just know what I have read and heard from friends. Maybe the Asus runs hot but I have not heard of it shutting down or locking up so why does that matter. Maybe the others run even hotter but you can't feel it because of the distance between what is hot inside and the plastic shell. Just because what is hot is further away from the plastic doesn't mean it is running cooler... it just means you can't feel it as much. Don't worry about if it is hot to the touch... what matters is if it is poorly designed and exceeds the temperatures it can handle while running torrents or other taxing programs.

You can go to this site to see if the new modem fixed your problem. http://www.dslreports.com/tools run a long term 24 hour test.
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post #12 of 18
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I guess im worried about the router running so hot as said in reviews to the point it fails.

I like the design of the Asus one as it has antenna's which to me would help in a basement with many walls.


Now, the problem is firmware. I do not know how to flash one and would prefer if it would just work out of the box without much needed tweaks. I can perform them but not very educate on networking stuff.
post #13 of 18
Flashing is easy kind of... I mean it isn't hard at all but still...

http://store.buffalotech.com/store/bufftech/en_US/pd/productID.279000200/quantity.1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HO9DIG

The netgear has beamforming which I don't know how effective that is... I don't have that router but supposedly it tracks the devices and adjusts the antennas to provide the best connection.
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I settled on the N66U from ASUS because of the antennas and its decent reviews from smallnetbuilder. I kinda wanted the AC66u or the AC1750 from buffalo as it was like the same price as the N66U but that new tech would only benefit our smart phones as one laptop cannot utilize it. A compromise would be to use the 1300/N900 from Buffalo but was not liking the reviews on it. I have had many ASUS products and they have not disappointed me, yet. Knock on wood.

Thanks. We'll see how it goes. Will try to update.
post #15 of 18
Congrats on the purchase... I don't think you will be disappointed. The heat thing seems to me like something completely unimportant.

Let us know how it goes... also once you get your modem up run those 24 hour tests on it. Heck even run those 24 hours tests on your old modem if you still have it. So you can compare.
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post #16 of 18
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Its been some times since i have replied. I did receive both my modem and n66u recently. I love the features of the n66u, the gui to me is fantastic upgrade. Reminds me of the old days of the bios compared to the new gui bioses.

Speed wise i will say wireless is fantastic. Able to stream HD content on my laptop and iphones. My wired connect seems to be more stable then it was. Although, all is not great totally. I want to work on my Qos settings being that i have multiple devices and it seems to keep things from slowing down. My wired connection has responded better when i did some quick Qos settings. Makes me wonder if im not getting my connection limited some how by my ISP. Not sure, either that short 3ft section of line that comes into the house or possible the box outside the house needs work or to be looked at. The TV/internet via coaxial cable comes straight in, over main electric/fuse box. So maybe interference? Not sure.

Anyway. Currently satisfied. Going to try to flash tomato on the n66u. Hopefully all goes well.
post #17 of 18
It is highly unlikely that it is interference. It is very common for telco, cable, and power to all demarc at the same spot unless the house was built before cable or before phones where common.

It very well could be a poor signal from the cable company. I believe +10dB is the norm at the demarc after that everything is typically your problem not theirs. The modem need to be getting atleast -10dB after signal drop. I think a splitter is normally -3.5 and you have some loss from cable and other things. So if you are splitting right off the main line and the cable company is providing you with a signal above 0dB you should be fine signal wise.

Did you run the 24HR report from DSL reports?
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post #18 of 18
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Modem specs are fine as they should be i split after the 3ft that comes into the house (basement). Power is 10.1 with SNR at 39-40.8, upsream power at 44.3-46.
These specs are great compared to when it my original modem was ~65ft from main connection and split there (i moved the splitter to now location). I went with cat5e from router ~45ft to my wired computer instead of coax cable, and that way the router/modem stay off my messy desk. Its also cooler where they sit now.

Well, tomatoUSB was a b%^& to install. I followed a guide, but according to the guide the ASUS firmware tool was *suppose to* tell me that the firmware was incompatible, instead it loaded sucessfully, but the device did not reboot. So i became confused if i downloaded the wrong one, or i killed my new router, or something. I cleared the RAM, nothing happened. Restarted it and reinstalled tomato again, but instead of the AIO version i did the Mega one just cause i thought maybe i made a mistake in download or something. Well again same business. I hooked up my laptop straight to the router, rebooted and it worked. I was preparing to redo all instead of having to walk back and forth. Confusing for me having not done this before and it not going as the guide stated.


So many options too. Unbelievable. Which brings up a questions: originally was using "guests" for my wireless access now its defaulted to access point? Is this better or no? Because im trying to set up a wireless printer but never got it working because I assumed i had configured it wrong. The printer was on guest 3 while i had a laptop on 5gh and another on 2g band while my iphones were on the other guest accounts. Never got it to work so im wondering if access point configuration is better?

Seriously, all this wireless jargon is mind boggling at times.Oh and i will post results of my smoke test before the change. I need to do one after. Been so damn busy lately. I saved the link for my previous smoke but it didn't save. I must not have been logged in or something. I am doing another one; the previous one i did before i made this thread was horrendous to say the least- an average of 45% packet loss to a CA, and a KS server. Absolutely ridiculous
Edited by Ezk - 8/30/13 at 8:23pm
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