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Hey everyone, I am moving into a house with 3 of my friends, and planning on getting the Comcast Blast plus package which gives 50 Mbps down, and we will be needing a new router / modem

We all are kinda hardcore gamers and will be grabbing a lot of data from my data server box. And we will have a few laptops so wireless will be needed.

I have done a little research already and have come up with these three

D-link N300


ASUS RT-N16

ASUS - RT-N56U

Netgear WNDR3700


Now what in your mind is the best bang for your buck? and will give the best performance and wifi range / security?

Thanks for your input


Also should i buy a modem? for just rent one from Comcast?

If i should buy do you have any recommendations?
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Buy a DOCSIS 3.0 modem for about $80. Comcast charges something like $5-8 a month.

If buying new, do you want to buy a 802.11ac router today for future-proofing? The new standard is rolling out pretty fast and will reach mass adoption much faster than 802.11n. (Almost all flagship smartphones already support it.)


It looks like you plan to have 4 wired PCs + 1 server + Wifi laptops?
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I have been thinking about the AC routers but i just think they are out of my price range and for college students I don't think that luxury is a necessity at this point in time, unless there is a reasonable priced AC router?

And yes the plan most likely is 3-4 wired PC's (depending if they bring their desktops) + 1 server + 4 Laptops. I already have 2 switches if we go over port size.

And would you have a recommendation in a DOCSIS 3.0 modem?
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I saw a 802.11ac router on Newegg for like $90 today on sale.

Just get the cheapest DOCSIS 3.0 modem you can find.... unless you are paying for the top packages, you won't notice any difference.
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Do you have an old pc lying around? Or better yet just set up a vm on your server and do this. Way cheaper if you're willing to put in a little time thumb.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0JFfpG4BWI
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post #6 of 9
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I think i will stray away from the AC router due to none on my or my roommates items being able to fully utilize the full potential of the AC router, so what non AC routers would you recommend. Any from the list i provided?

also saw this one

Asus RT-65u
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post #7 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DizZz View Post

Do you have an old pc lying around? Or better yet just set up a vm on your server and do this. Way cheaper if you're willing to put in a little time thumb.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0JFfpG4BWI

I have never seen this before, and it is amazing....wow um this might be what i want to do...looks like time to start my research and scrounge up an older PC...i personally hate VM, its given my alot of issues in the past. But thank you
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post #8 of 9
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But if i get to lazy i will just buy a router....which my previous question still stands tongue.gif
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post #9 of 9
Any of those, really. I'd probably go with the 56U out of that list.
Dual-band at this point is generally a good idea, the 5 GHz spectrum is on average less noisy than the de-facto 2.4 GHz found in b/g/single-band-n.
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