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What is your maximum budget?

- $150-$160

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

- No brand preference, have had good and bad experiences with netgear, Dlink, Asus, Linksys, Etc...

What modes does your router need to support? (a/b/g/n/ac)

- G/N Minimum

How many devices should the router be expected to handle without slowing down?

- Up to 4 laptops, 2 phones, tablet, PS3, TV, Roku... So 10 ish?

What do devices do on your WiFi? (Gaming, Netflix, basic internet browsing, etc?

- Game, Stream Netflix, amazon prime, hulu, tv shows off of network websites

What speed do you get from your ISP? (In megaBITS per second. Estimates are fine)

-30 Up 10 down?

What kind and how many ports does the router need to have? (100 mbps, 1 gigabit, etc)

- Standard 4-5 gigabit

What's the farthest from the router that a client could be and still need to operate? (Same room? Next room? Across a house?)

- 3 stories up, Router is in basement, Roku and phones connect from 3rd floor bedroom. Range is important, current Asus RT-N16 is getting pushed to its limits.

If you need to use the router in many different rooms, what kind of walls do you have? (Drywall, cinderblock, lead-lined vault?)

- Drywall and 2x4 construction.

Does the router need to support open source/aftermarket firmware? (DD-WRT, tomato, etc)

- No as long as the firmware is decent

Is there anything else we need to know? (Special features it needs to have like a firewall, etc?)

-VPN might be nice, would like to get something reliable and less than my maximum budget. Have a Zyxel NSA-320 for movie and picture storage.


I bought a Netgear WNDR4500 today for $130 at best buy. Figured I would ask here if there is something better for the money, or comparable for less.


Thanks for the help!
     
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Personally I do not recommend you getting ASUS RT-N66U the $150 router. My brother RMA'd this router 3 times and it still doesn't work with the internet properly dropping speeds randomly and ultimately crapping out. Tech support was terrible to deal with and a nightmare for getting an answer to anything as the router remains a $150 desktop paper weight. We are still using my D-Link DIR-655 router that has been operating for about 6 years straight now running 24/7 and hasn't given me any problems yet. I have an early model hardware revision A2 but I'm unsure of the quality of the current DIR-655's. I believe someone else this past week had problems with a DIR-655 with possibly overheating. The person put a fan on it and I didn't hear her/him respond back about anymore problems. So it could be possible the newer units have a problem with overheating so if you decide to get a DIR-655 you might want to run a fan on it.

I recommend staying clear of all Asus routers. You might have to do a lot of digging and reading to find out which router will be the best option for you that won't fail. I guess I got the golden goose egg router, 6 years and it still works fine thumb.gif others haven't been so fortunate.

Reviews for this one look promising:

Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC 1200 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band Wireless Router - WZR-1166DHP


I saw some of the NewEgg reviews for NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router, and they all scream failed! Doesn't give me an ounce of confidence to buy it if I was in the market for a new router. Hopefully yours does not fail.

EDIT

Wow, that Netgear only has 1 year warranty and is listed at $239.99 on NewEgg, ouch! Buffalo has 3 year warranty. Sneaky manufactures these days have no confidence in the product they build and sell.
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Thanks for the insight. I only bought this wndr4500 because my buddy has had one for over a year now with no issues and another friend has an older wndr3700 and he hasn't had any issue. I had a fair number of issues with my Asus RT-N16 when I first got it. I upgraded to DD-WRT, added a higher amperage Power Supply and kept it on a cooling pad for a long time, it helped maintain its stability, but im finding the range to be less than desirable now.

I didn't pay $240 for it, got it at bestbuy for $130.

I am familiar with buffalo but have never used their products. I'll look into it.
     
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I can vouch for the buffalo products. They put high gain EXTERNAL antennas on their routers, which is hard to find in most residential routers today, not to mention they are quite a bit cheaper and have the flexibility of ddwrt built in. My buddy runs a small business and swears by them for all of his residential network installs. He said in bigger homes just to crank up the wattage on the antennas a bit to boost it to that upper floor.
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I can get an ac1750 buffalo for the price of that ac1200 buffalo. But neither of them have external antennas.
     
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