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Hello,

I've changed my internet provider and now my connection speed's 100mbps, however my router is not good enough to handle it, so I should buy a new one. However I was also suggested connecting my computer straight to the internet box thingy (whatever it is), however it won't give me the extra layer of security, so I don't think that's the good solution, but if it is - I wouldn't have to buy a router.

Now, if I do need to buy a router (which I most likely do), could you suggest anything, preferably for cheap? Assuming there's something half-decent for $20-30, if not, maybe the cheapest router that would give me decent quality and could handle a 100mbps line? I'm also gonna use wifi in ~30-40m radius (through walls too). I'm not looking for a long-term investment, more of a 2-4year purchase. (had this one for 7 years or so, so far)

Thanks.

EDIT: Choosing between one of those, so far:
Linksys E1200
TRENDnet TEW-711BR
TRENDnet TEW-637AP
TRENDnet TEW-733GR
Asus RT-N12 D1
Edited by rigbuild - 4/17/14 at 9:42am
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You may have upgraded to a 100mbps top deal, but it won't be, thats just the maximum and you wont reach it most probably
     
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If you have plans to use wifi then you need a router.

$20-30 is a bit on the painfully-low end...
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I highly doubt your router isn't at least 100Mbs on the wired ports. I don't think they've made base 10 equipment in the last seven years.

If you are on wireless...I wouldn't bother. Wireless N isn't that much better than wireless G. If you haven't missed Wireless N all this time you won't miss it now. It can't reliably stream HD content...it will be touch and go, but Wireless G will handle any online videos fine. My Wife will even watch Netflix "HD" (the fake HD...not their new 4k content of course) content on wireless G on a roughly 70% signal quite often with no issues.

Note that you would also need to have wireless N on the devices you wish to hook up as well or it's all for nothing.
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Originally Posted by PedroC1999 View Post

You may have upgraded to a 100mbps top deal, but it won't be, thats just the maximum and you wont reach it most probably

It works as promised, I'm factually sure of that.
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If you have plans to use wifi then you need a router.

$20-30 is a bit on the painfully-low end...

How much would I have to pay then?
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I highly doubt your router isn't at least 100Mbs on the wired ports. I don't think they've made base 10 equipment in the last seven years.

If you are on wireless...I wouldn't bother. Wireless N isn't that much better than wireless G. If you haven't missed Wireless N all this time you won't miss it now. It can't reliably stream HD content...it will be touch and go, but Wireless G will handle any online videos fine. My Wife will even watch Netflix "HD" (the fake HD...not their new 4k content of course) content on wireless G on a roughly 70% signal quite often with no issues.

Note that you would also need to have wireless N on the devices you wish to hook up as well or it's all for nothing.

It may be an older router, I didn't pay top price for it, it came from my old ISP, but it doesn't push it to 100mbps - I checked with the support.

I use wireless for my tablet and wire for my PC, so while that's okay for my tablet, I use my PC much more.

And yea, at the moment I've no problems with wireless g, it can handle videos from TED, which look HD to me (720p maybe?)
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Oh, well, if it came from some ISP who knows what cheap junk they might have dug up.

If you are looking for a good deal on a router try to find something from Dlink. I used to avoid them like the plague, but I've heard good things out of them lately and I now own a couple...I use them as access points and not routers though, but I have nothing bad to say about them. I paid about $30 a piece for them too. I know some people using Trendnet products too that say they are surprisingly good, too.

my personal recommendation is to increase the budget to about $70 or so and find a Linksys router in that price range, but it isn't a requirement to have a decent router. The cheaper ones might just require you to power them on and off every now and then...like once a month or something. The wireless like to die on them from what I've seen. Some routers even come with a keep alive option where you can schedule them to power up and down. My Dlink access points/routers do that every day at 3AM.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 4/16/14 at 3:18pm
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

Oh, well, if it came from some ISP who knows what cheap junk they might have dug up.

If you are looking for a good deal on a router try to find something from Dlink. I used to avoid them like the plague, but I've heard good things out of them lately and I now own a couple...I use them as access points and not routers though, but I have nothing bad to say about them. I paid about $30 a piece for them too. I know some people using Trendnet products too that say they are surprisingly good, too.

my personal recommendation is to increase the budget to about $70 or so and find a Linksys router in that price range, but it isn't a requirement to have a decent router. The cheaper ones might just require you to power them on and off every now and then...like once a month or something. The wireless like to die on them from what I've seen. Some routers even come with a keep alive option where you can schedule them to power up and down. My Dlink access points/routers do that every day at 3AM.

These are the available options that seem okay, but I'm not sure which one I should pick:

Linksys E1200
TRENDnet TEW-711BR
TRENDnet TEW-637AP
TRENDnet TEW-733GR
Asus RT-N12 D1
Edited by rigbuild - 4/17/14 at 9:42am
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With out a doubt I would take the E1200...I just setup one of those about a week ago for some one with DD-WRT on it. That is one thing bad about trendnet...their DD-WRT compatibility isn't that great.
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No mention of Asus?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320168

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I second the Asus RT-N12. It would have been great if I was in a house instead of an apartment with 24 networks set up on the 2.4 Ghz frequency. I ended up having to go with a dual band AC router. My CCNP friend uses the RT-N12 for his home network.

Amazon is slightly cheaper than newegg.
Edited by chargerz919 - 4/17/14 at 9:33am
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