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Hey guys,

I just moved into a new house and my old router (linksys e4200) can't reach parts of the house well at all. I'm wondering what the best router that has both good performance and range is. I do lots of streaming and gaming, and I'm pulling about 140 mbps for download if that helps. I also will have 3 PCs and 2 phones on the WiFi nearly all of the time with other additional devices from time to time. I have used DD-WRT in the past, so if that's recommended with any of the routers, I could make it work. I'd also like the router to be as future-proof as possible.

There really isn't strict price limit, but I'd prefer to not spend over $300 or so unless extra really gets me a better router.

I'm somewhat leaning towards the R8000, but want to see what you guys have to say.

Thanks for all of the help!
Edited by bigal1542 - 5/16/15 at 8:35am
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Sounds like a great use for a high bandwidth (ac) extender to me. The airport extreme's are quite reliable.
 
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Unless you have a lot of 5ghz gear, just get the R7000.

The R8000 has two 5ghz bands, and one 2.4ghz band. So really unless you have a bunch of 5ghz gear, I would not waste money getting one.

Phones don't even need throughput, so keeping them on the 2.4ghz network is a good idea.
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post #4 of 5
You can get the Asus N66U for less than 120 dollars.
It support both 2.4 and 5GHz, the coverage is great, I have 2 laptops, 1 TV, 3 phones and also a PS4 and the signal is stable.
As for speed performance the Asus is one of the fastest routers for a price bellow 200 dollars.
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You can get the Asus N66U for less than 120 dollars.
It support both 2.4 and 5GHz, the coverage is great, I have 2 laptops, 1 TV, 3 phones and also a PS4 and the signal is stable.
As for speed performance the Asus is one of the fastest routers for a price bellow 200 dollars.

That is also only a N router. Waste of money to get high end N routers these days. When you can get a AC router for around the same price.

If you want to save some money the TP-Link Archer c8/9 are good choices for the cost.
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