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I have 7 devices connected on mine, but they aren't always in use, and only a 2-3mbit connection, so the single band 50mbit WLAN isn't being slowed down at all. None of the computers are networked together, other than my desktop and plex on my firestick but it never has issues with it. It covers 100% of my 3500 sqft house and will even work on the front porch and down 50 feet outside in a barn, and I've never had to restart it to make my internet come back on, if my internet goes out its always my ISP.

Nobody plays games in my house other than me, and I will either have my computer using my phones internet via wifi hotspot, instead of tethering, because its quicker and easier to switch between my home internet and phone via a wireless connection vs wired, but I never drop out of my games or lag out when using my home internet(due to my router). so the wireless portion is also dandy.


I work at walmart in electronics and people ask me about the $300 tri band routers we sell and I'm like no clue, and end up selling them a $70 dual band type router, I dont get paid commission anyways rolleyes.gif


so what would be the advantages of me getting something nicer? thanks! I'm asking because I'm moving out and will need to buy a new router, but the best isp in town is about 50mbit, with a 300gb cap so I don't care about speeds much.


ill also be moving from a house thats out in the country with no one around me for half a mile+, so no band congestion. if i move to an apartment will a dual or tri band router be more useful?
Edited by xblue - 10/19/15 at 6:56pm
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Dual and Tri-band will help in congested areas by giving you a larger spectrum of channels to choose from. If you are buying a new router, I would at least get a dual band to be on the safe side. Another plus about dual band is the second band (5ghz) is usually faster, but at the cost of range. New routers have nice features and GUI's that make customizing your network easier.

But mostly it's all about capacity. The fewer simultaneous users you have on a network, the lower cost router you can afford to get. If speeds for your current applications are sufficient and you don't see any reason that will change, you don't need a high dollar router.

One of these would serve you well.
D-Link DIR-813 AC750 Wi-Fi Router
by D-Link
Link: http://amzn.com/B00PVDT5LG

ASUS 3-In-1 Wireless Router (RT-N12)
by Asus
Link: http://amzn.com/B00DWFPDNO

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Gigabit interfaces instead of 10/100 for wired clients
Higher data rates for wireless clients (like 802.11g -> 802.11ac)
Tri-band allows higher bandwidth with higher amounts of concurrent clients
Dual-band allows connection to the 5 GHz band which more commonly has less neighboring interference than 2.4
Higher WAN/routing capacity with faster resources (CPU, RAM, etc).
More modern features like DLNA or USB storage
Integrated guest wireless features

There's probably more but that's the general gist of it.
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Gigabit interfaces instead of 10/100 for wired clients
Higher data rates for wireless clients (like 802.11g -> 802.11ac)
Tri-band allows higher bandwidth with higher amounts of concurrent clients
Dual-band allows connection to the 5 GHz band which more commonly has less neighboring interference than 2.4
Higher WAN/routing capacity with faster resources (CPU, RAM, etc).
More modern features like DLNA or USB storage
Integrated guest wireless features

There's probably more but that's the general gist of it.


heh sounds like a loaded question almost, but at what point do those features become useful? i'm assuming some have features where you could limit the actual speed of an individual client to whatever? say you had a restaurant/business that offered free wifi, but only had a 100mbit line, could you limit each guest to 5mbit or something? or stuff like that..


I always tell customers that for the most part the speeds between all of the different AC numbers will always be limited by your isp anyways, and in this town the best cable is about 20mbit , 1.5 mbit dsl, no fiber or anything, and with best rural speeds through point2point wireless isps doing 10mbit max.
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Dual and Tri-band will help in congested areas by giving you a larger spectrum of channels to choose from. If you are buying a new router, I would at least get a dual band to be on the safe side. Another plus about dual band is the second band (5ghz) is usually faster, but at the cost of range. New routers have nice features and GUI's that make customizing your network easier.

But mostly it's all about capacity. The fewer simultaneous users you have on a network, the lower cost router you can afford to get. If speeds for your current applications are sufficient and you don't see any reason that will change, you don't need a high dollar router.

One of these would serve you well.
D-Link DIR-813 AC750 Wi-Fi Router
by D-Link
Link: http://amzn.com/B00PVDT5LG

ASUS 3-In-1 Wireless Router (RT-N12)
by Asus
Link: http://amzn.com/B00DWFPDNO

NETGEAR WNR3500L N300
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Link: http://amzn.com/B002RYYZZS

ill be moving to an apartment with 4 3 story apartment buildings bunched up, so ill definitely get a dual band router.

http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-App-Enabled-Dual-Band-Broadband-DIR-810L/dp/B00C9V0OBI

is on sale at work for $15, kinda thinking about that, but also want http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14463 because it looks cool!
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heh sounds like a loaded question almost, but at what point do those features become useful? i'm assuming some have features where you could limit the actual speed of an individual client to whatever? say you had a restaurant/business that offered free wifi, but only had a 100mbit line, could you limit each guest to 5mbit or something? or stuff like that..

I always tell customers that for the most part the speeds between all of the different AC numbers will always be limited by your isp anyways, and in this town the best cable is about 20mbit , 1.5 mbit dsl, no fiber or anything, and with best rural speeds through point2point wireless isps doing 10mbit max.

Ever transfer a file from a PC to another PC in your house? 100 mbit switch ports have a max of 12.5 MB/sec whereas gigabit is 125 MB/sec, not to mention if you had a WAN package >100 mbit.

Most consumer grade routers can't limit guests that granularly. For actual business grade equipment these policies are available, though, but it sounds like we're discussing consumer grade routers instead of business gear given the price points you're outlining.

Speeds between AC and others are more useful for LAN connectivity as well. Most G tops out around 20 mbps in real world performance.
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is on sale at work for $15, kinda thinking about that, but also want http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14463 because it looks cool!

You might be careful of this one. Overall it has 3.6 stars out of 5 on amazon, but a 22% 1 star rating. That's significant. I would read up on the good and the bad about it first. On the other hand, it is only $15 lol! tongue.gif

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You might be careful of this one. Overall it has 3.6 stars out of 5 on amazon, but a 22% 1 star rating. That's significant. I would read up on the good and the bad about it first. On the other hand, it is only $15 lol! tongue.gif

Link: http://amzn.com/B00CCIL9NU


even better, sprint will give its post paid customers a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320115 for free, you just have to keep your account active for 12 months, if you cancel your service you have to cough up $100

even though ill only use about 5% of its speed capabilities, cant beat free.
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