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Hey guys. I recently bought a new laptop (Sager 9390). I went with the AC wireless adapter and planned on getting a new router in the near future. Well, the time has come. I'm stuck between two models. Just looking for some pro's an con's to both if anyone here has experience with them.

1. Netgear Nighthawk AC1900

2. Asus RT-AC68U

This router will be for a home network. My home network has grown quite a bit in the last two years or so. Between children getting older and new toys to go along with that (ipods, and ipaps), my wife has a few devices, and all of my toys. At any given time I have at least 15 devices connected wirelessly. We also will have three devices connected directly to the router. I imagine this isn't too high a demand, but I just want which ever router will handle the device load the best.

Also, I want something with some good parental controls built in. My current netgear has some crap I have to sign up for... so I've just never bothered and I have been manually turning devices on or off as needed.

Also, range is important. I often need to bring a laptop out to my garage (+/- 50 feet from the house). I plan to have the router sitting on the first floor, and need to be able to stream to the basement and the first floor. I'll be streaming movies at 1080p.

And security. With the added range I know neighbors will end up trying to access it. It will be encrypted of course, but I want something pretty rock solid.

Budget is going to be right around the $200 mark. If you guys have something better to suggest then either of the two I'm currently looking at I'm all ears!

Thanks,
-RYknow
post #2 of 10
Out of curiosity, which adapter did you go with?
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I believe it was the intel AC-7260

-RYknow
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Ah, I actually bought the same one for my Lenovo Y500. Love it so far. Though it's important to keep in mind that the adapter is only 2x2, so you'll never come close to seeing the 1900Mbs they advertise (On the router). For future proofing I suppose it's good, but if you want to keep cost down look for something closer to 1300 Mbps or something.

Edit: This guy would do it for ya.
Edited by Silvos00 - 3/16/14 at 10:51am
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Cool, thanks for the input! I'll check out the one you posted!

Maybe a newbish questions, but would the added bandwidth of the 1900 make a difference when I have all the various devices connected? Or does it not really work that way?

Thanks,
-RYknow
post #6 of 10
Personally i have a ASUS RT65U which is not an AC router but i wanted to chime in i am very impressed with the firmware on it. The feature set is incredible and its been rock solid. I have had a few bad experiences with Netgear in recent years so i avoid them. Just my personal experience.

If its firmware is comparable to mine then youll get things like torrent client built in, WOL/Remote WOL, nice and easy to use GUI, remote web admin, dynamic dns built in, guest network, etc. I also have a server, gaming rig, 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 2 phones, google tv and a ps4 all running off of it (some hard wired). I never have any issues with bandwidth other then the limits imposed by my ISP. There is a parental control tab in the admin but i dont have kids and never checked it out.

Range wise, i have a tiny apartment but i get a signal out to the parking lot from my car and thats about 100 ft through about 2-3 thick walls. Again mines not the AC version so i cant speak to those specifically.
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Maybe a newbish questions, but would the added bandwidth of the 1900 make a difference when I have all the various devices connected? Or does it not really work that way?

The 1900 speed is a LAN connection speed and only matters for data going between devices. This is generally drastically higher then the speed of your internet. Additionally if im not mistaken AC is 5Ghz, so only devices that can connect to and run AC at that speed will get the full benefit. N or G devices will be limited by frequency they support and speed they support. Even G is typically faster then the average home internet.

So to answer the only case you will see the full speed or close to it is in file xfer between devices on your network. For internet usage all devices will basically work the same.

As an example my Home internet is 25mbps down. My wifi is 300mbps on 2.4Ghz N and 450mbps on 5Ghz N. For internet related things like downloading or watching streaming content, i cant see any difference. However when transferring files from a device to say my server 450mbps > 300mbps in a noticeable way. An argument could be made that 5Ghz has a stronger connection and less interference then 2.4Ghz possibly.

Personally when i got my router i decided to go with N over AC for 2 reasons. N was half the price and still respectable speeds, and AC would require the devices to have AC adapters and even then the benefits where limited to xfer speeds. Some adapters for example can only get ~800ishmbps. Any USB2 AC adapter is going to be limited by the USB2 max xfer rate. Some devices like phones/tablets cant be upgraded to AC either. Just my personal take. If the money isnt an issue and you want to future proof, go for AC. It may not show huge gains over N for you now, but in the future it will likely become apparent.

EDIT: and as a footnote, it doesnt matter how many devices you connect, you will only ever be able to use the total max bandwidth your internet supports for internet activities. In other words as long as your total available bandwidth on your LAN is greater then the total bandwidth used for internet activity and no single device has a lower max lan speed then that internet speed then you will see no difference. Another way of putting it is our Internet is the bottleneck, even cheaper basic routers of the N variety likely have plenty of headroom for multiple devices on an average internet connection.
Edited by Zer0CoolX - 3/16/14 at 11:42am
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One thing to keep in mind is that AC relies heavily on the 5Ghz band, that's where all the high numbers come from. 5 Ghz is also extremely sensitive to obstacles. In my parking lot at my office I get 1 bar on the 5, and 4-5 on the 2.4.

And as stated above the 1900 is only from device to device. 190 MB/s is going to be very difficult to saturate lol.
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Cools, thanks for the good info guys!

I had read that the 5ghz was very sensitive, and that unless it's pretty much a straight shot I won't be able to get the full speed. I'm going to keep researching some more with the provided info you guys have given me!

I appreciate it. Thanks,
-RYknow
post #10 of 10
Sounds like you rcv'd some good info.

I'll just add that my experiences with Asus' product quality and features has been excellent. I have Mobos, drives, as well as their predecessor Wi-Fi router, the RT-N66U.

I have 3 laptops, multiple Apple devices, a Blu-ray player over Wi-Fi & 3 PCs connected via cat5. No problems.

Good luck!
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