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It depends on your needs. Even a wireless G router is faster then your internet package, so unless you need to stream content on your own network, move files, etc, the added speed may not make a big difference. That said id recommend bare minimum 150mbps wireless N. This will give multiple devices headroom, provide faster xfer speeds on network when needed, and may provide a stronger signal.

I personally have a Asus N65U and it is by far the best router i have ever owned. I have always went with cheaper routers in the past (~50 bux give or take) and found myself constantly frustrated with needing to reset them (unplug, wait, replug), dropped connections, poor signal,etc. I also found myself buying the cheapo ones every year or 2. I have NEVER had to reset my 65U since day 1. It just works. The setup is super polished and easy to use, with a ton of options. Speed is awesome. Dual band is great. Guest wifi perfect for when you have friends over. A matter of preference, but it also has a bit torrent client built in so you dont have to leave the computer on to finish downloads. Pure awesome.

Well worth the extra money.
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Something with AC and gigabit would be your best bet.
One example for a reasonable price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162077

A lot of the other suggestions are really outdated.

AC is bleeding edge, alot of devices will only connect to it at N speeds anyway. It also means spending money on a adapter that is AC capable...for each device. USB2 AC devices are useless (as USB2 is slower then AC speeds) so you would need pci-e or usb3.

I was considering an AC router when i got mine and decided that N 300 @ 2.4 and 450 @ 5ghz was plenty for me. I stream media from my computer to google tv and xfer plenty of files across my network. I also can connect slower devices like tablets to my 2.4Ghz network and my desktop to my 5Ghz network while also running a guest network...all at the same time. With AC you get 1 band for N connections and 1 band for AC connection afaik.

I think a $100+ router is well worth it, if it meets your needs and will last you a few years. If you need basic internet on a couple devices go with a cheap N device.
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USB 2.0 is perfectly fine for wifi connections. Devices connected with GBit wires will benefit from USB 3.0, but wireless networks are a bit far from that.

AC 1750 and Gigabit ethernet.

AC 1750 = 1750 Mbits (which probably half is all you would actually see so lets say 800mbit maybe even less though who knows)

Gigabit = 1000Mbits (of which more than 800Mbits transfer rates is easy)

Much of the maximum speed of USB 2.0 goes to overhead. I usually don't see more than 35-40MB 280-320Mbits on a sata HD ran through a USB 2.0 controller. That same drive ran through a USB 3.0 controller I see 100-110MB or 800-880Mbits.

So what I said stands

You can expect 3x the HD performance over USB 3.0 compared to USB 2.0 as long as the software in the router is up to the task.

Of course for now that is with a wired connection or using a powerline adapter.

But even if you don't connect anything to the router that has a high speed connection if there is more than one device accessing HD at the same time then it matters again.


Of course this is all dependent on whether the server inside of the unit can actually keep up with 100MB/s (800Mbits). If it can then having a USB 3.0 port over a USB 2.0 port is highly relevant.
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I ended up going with the trendnet 1750. I wont have net in my new place until tuesday but I appreciate the advice. It cost more than i wanted tomspend but at least i wont have to buy a new router in a year. I already have a few ac enabled devices so should be fun to see the difference.
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I ended up going with the trendnet 1750. I wont have net in my new place until tuesday but I appreciate the advice. It cost more than i wanted tomspend but at least i wont have to buy a new router in a year. I already have a few ac enabled devices so should be fun to see the difference.

Glad to hear you made the purchase, just be warned with the internet alone you wont notice any difference as the internet is way slower then the router. The difference will be in traffic across your own network (streaming/file xfer). Still on AC you should get a nice strong signal and a consistent connection at 5Ghz
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