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My buddy wants to get this $200 router that has all the bells and whistles and I told him that AT&T Uverse is not fast enough to warrant a $200 router. I told him to get the Asus N56U router that's $100. I have it in my house and I get speeds that break the laws of physics. I am in the basement right now and I have 18 Mbps on a 30 Mbps service with Charter. That's pretty good considering that the basement is going to see the biggest drop in speeds due to the electrical wiring and pipes. He doesn't realize that the fastest you are going to get is whatever the slowest bottleneck is. If you have a 500 Mbps dual band super ultra humper router but your ISP gives you 20 Mbps, then you are going to be at 20 Mbps. He was also thinking about letting AT&T give him one of those combo modem/routers and I am iffy on that because when I owned one, it was really bad. Plus it's a few dollars more per month to rent. He's not really a computer guy but he just bought a new house next to us FINALLY and he wants to play Mr. Great Husband for his wife. He just saw me type this.

So don't you think that the N56U is a good option? What are the pros and cons in your opinion? Here's the link.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062&cm_re=n56u-_-33-320-062-_-Product

EDIT: His house is small like ours. 1 router can carry the signal all the way throughout. There would be no need to add anything that boosted the signal.
Edited by Thready - 7/12/14 at 11:42am
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A faster router would only be beneficial if he had a lot of local traffic on his home network, IMO. I will say that I have the same router as you and it is rock solid even with 3 PC's, 2 Macs, 3 Kindles, 4 iPhones and a wireless printer in my home. There is no need for anything better than the N56U for the average consumer.
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I would even recommend not spending a $100, and buying just a ~$35 - $50 router.

  • Smaller house - won't need the marginal extra power the more expensive routers MIGHT have on their broadcast.
  • ~30 Mb internet service - basic router will handle around 80 Mb, you almost never get the full 100 Mb of throughput.
  • Basic routers typically have more than enough physical ports for wired connections, and can still handle a significant wireless client pool.

Realistically, unless he is doing massive file transfers within his local network, system to system, he doesn't even need to worry about spending the $100 on a router, he can safely go with the cheaper options.
    
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I would even recommend not spending a $100, and buying just a ~$35 - $50 router.

  • Smaller house - won't need the marginal extra power the more expensive routers MIGHT have on their broadcast.
  • ~30 Mb internet service - basic router will handle around 80 Mb, you almost never get the full 100 Mb of throughput.
  • Basic routers typically have more than enough physical ports for wired connections, and can still handle a significant wireless client pool.

Realistically, unless he is doing massive file transfers within his local network, system to system, he doesn't even need to worry about spending the $100 on a router, he can safely go with the cheaper options.

Basically this. Go get a WNDR3700 and call it a day. It doesn't matter how super-duper awesome your wireless router is if your ISP is only giving you 20mb/s....

The game changes a bit if you do lots of OTA file transfers, but for someone who does internet browsing and streams in some Netflix, etc, cheaper routers are fine.
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Which specific router was he considering, anyway?
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If buying new.... he might want a 802.11ac router since they generally not that much more.
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