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We have 5 people that use the Wi-Fi a lot, and I like to game on it a lot.

Recommend a decent Wireless N router under $40 new that you guys would recommend?

Budget of $60, cheaper the better. Only ordering brand new off Amazon
Edited by kaivorth - 5/16/14 at 3:32am
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I love finding steals on cheap wireless routers. biggrin.gif

No question whatsoever. Get a Netgear WNDR 3700. There's plenty of them for around your price range.

The 3700 is a beast. I've got more than 20 of them still in active deployment for clients of mine with SOHO setups. Four years after deployment, I've never had one go bad. They are seriously awesome routers.

NOTE: If you can get one, look for a v3 or v4. They have updated internals. And don't get the 3400. It only has 10/100 ports vs gigabit and the 3700 is the same price anyway.
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I love finding steals on cheap wireless routers. biggrin.gif

No question whatsoever. Get a Netgear WNDR 3700. There's plenty of them for around your price range.

The 3700 is a beast. I've got more than 20 of them still in active deployment for clients of mine with SOHO setups. Four years after deployment, I've never had one go bad. They are seriously awesome routers.

NOTE: If you can get one, look for a v3 or v4. They have updated internals. And don't get the 3400. It sucks.

Just the kind of answer and response I was looking for. You sir are awesome. thumb.gif
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My landlord wants to buy a new one, he said he can spend a little more. Any others you suggest so I can throw him out some options?

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655). Does that look like a good second choice? He wants to order only off amazon too. He's an older man and he uses that site a lot.

TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router
Edited by kaivorth - 5/16/14 at 3:44am
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

I love finding steals on cheap wireless routers. biggrin.gif

No question whatsoever. Get a Netgear WNDR 3700. There's plenty of them for around your price range.

The 3700 is a beast. I've got more than 20 of them still in active deployment for clients of mine with SOHO setups. Four years after deployment, I've never had one go bad. They are seriously awesome routers.

NOTE: If you can get one, look for a v3 or v4. They have updated internals. And don't get the 3400. It sucks.

What's wrong with the 3400? I just received one from Amazon a few hours ago
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What's wrong with the 3400? I just received one from Amazon a few hours ago

Pardon, I used phrasing that was a little too strong and have edited my previous post to reflect that. smile.gif

The 3400's ethernet ports are 10/100 instead of gigabit. It also has a slower CPU, but not one that you'll notice with <25 clients.

smile.gif
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by kaivorth View Post

My landlord wants to buy a new one, he said he can spend a little more. Any others you suggest so I can throw him out some options?

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655). Does that look like a good second choice? He wants to order only off amazon too. He's an older man and he uses that site a lot.

Hm... Okay. What budget do you now have to work with?
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

Pardon, I used phrasing that was a little too strong and have edited my previous post to reflect that. smile.gif

The 3400's ethernet ports are 10/100 instead of gigabit. It also has a slower CPU, but not one that you'll notice with <25 clients.

smile.gif

You had me worried there. Thank you. It'll work fine for me then.
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Hm... Okay. What budget do you now have to work with?

$60 now. Really trying to not go higher than that. Cheaper the better obviously. He wants to order a brand new one off Amazon though.
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