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Hey everyone, I'm planning to order either one of this router ASAP. Will be sharing it with 3-4 other people in the house. Which of this Wireless router have the "best" value? I also planning to use DD-WRT on them, since they are both compatible. Will be pairing with a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem.

Users: 3-4
Devices: Gaming desktop, 2 laptops, 2 Tablet and 3-4 Smartphones.
Uses: Gaming (Mainly), Streaming Online Videos (Netflix, Youtube, etc.), Downloading, FaceTime/Skype.

Routers:
NETGEAR Wireless Router - N600 Dual Band Gigabit (WNDR3700)
or
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, Wireless On/Off Switch

Thank you! thumb.gif
Edited by SinX7 - 9/29/13 at 6:25pm
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Y u no 802.11ac?

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Y u no 802.11ac?

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I wish lol. Out of my budget.
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both yours look good but i like the one below the best even tho i prefer linksys routers most of the time i like the Linksys E4200 the most but it cost to dang much.

http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Wi-Fi-Gigabit-Router-WNDR4300/dp/B008HO9DK4/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1380507776&sr=1-5&keywords=linksys
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Check out this article:

The Best WiFi You've Never Seen

Beamforming is some seriously awesome stuff. I live in a very crowded apartment complex and used to have a lot of issues with wireless congestion. I don't now that I have a good router that supports beamforming. I don't get booted from on-line games, and don't have to deal with lag from temporarily dropped connections. I would recommend the investment in AC for this reason alone, if you get a supported router. There are beamforming n's out there, but they're few and far between and usually don't see the same gains AC does since they were sort of the "Proof of Concept."
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I wish lol. Out of my budget.
802.11ac routers are not much more than what you're looking at.

However, DD-WRT is only supported on a few models ATM.
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Originally Posted by Some Random Guy View Post

Check out this article:

The Best WiFi You've Never Seen

Beamforming is some seriously awesome stuff. I live in a very crowded apartment complex and used to have a lot of issues with wireless congestion. I don't now that I have a good router that supports beamforming. I don't get booted from on-line games, and don't have to deal with lag from temporarily dropped connections. I would recommend the investment in AC for this reason alone, if you get a supported router. There are beamforming n's out there, but they're few and far between and usually don't see the same gains AC does since they were sort of the "Proof of Concept."
Yup, beamforming is part of the 802.11ac draft standard. 802.11n didn't standardized it so it was rare and was not very cross-compatible.
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Beamforming is part of the 802.11ac draft standard.

However, there are a lot of the early .11ac draft's floating around out there that didn't support it for whatever reason. I can't find the specific link, but if I remember right it was late to be added to the standard. I had to do my homework because there were models on the shelf half a year ago (when I bought mine) that didn't support it out of the box. Some got added with a firmware update, but not all.
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802.11ac routers are not much more than what you're looking at.

However, DD-WRT is only supported on a few models ATM.
Yup, beamforming is part of the 802.11ac draft standard. 802.11n didn't standardized it so it was rare and was not very cross-compatible.

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Originally Posted by Some Random Guy View Post

Check out this article:

The Best WiFi You've Never Seen

Beamforming is some seriously awesome stuff. I live in a very crowded apartment complex and used to have a lot of issues with wireless congestion. I don't now that I have a good router that supports beamforming. I don't get booted from on-line games, and don't have to deal with lag from temporarily dropped connections. I would recommend the investment in AC for this reason alone, if you get a supported router. There are beamforming n's out there, but they're few and far between and usually don't see the same gains AC does since they were sort of the "Proof of Concept."

So which beamforming router I should get then? I can push the budget to a bit, and get that ac beamforming, unless any of the router I posted supports beamforming.
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Y u no 802.11ac?

There's not much point in getting AC right now. The routers are considerably more expensive and it's not like there are many AC client devices right now.

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So which beamforming router I should get then? I can push the budget to a bit, and get that ac beamforming, unless any of the router I posted supports beamforming.

I think the Asus RT-N66U N900 router supports beamforming with stock firmware and can be had for $110-120 refurbished or $150 new. Not sure if beamforming is supported in the Tomato or DD-WRT builds. The Asus RT-AC66U is another favorite and can be had for $120-140 refurb or $185-190 new.
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