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Hi, all.

It is likely that my folks will be needing a new router shortly; we've been getting an increasing amount of transient authentication errors, so I'm thinking it's dying a slow death. It's been a good little router for 40 bucks and 5 years of service.

Requirements:
  • Wireless N is fine unless AC is capable of improving the strength of N signals; the only AC-capable device on the network is my laptop, and I'll be moving out shortly.
  • Router doesn't necessarily need to be fast, but it needs to be able to reliably handle wireless packets with no/minimum loss. Mom's a telecommuter, and she connects to work through a VPN connection. She is unable to use Ethernet based on where the PC is located in the house, but her PC is located directly over where the router is, so range is not an issue. Her connection has been relatively good with our current setup.
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports might be nice for the sake of futureproofability if internet speeds do go up.

Network profile:
  • Internet speed is 75 Mbps down. They will be moving; it may or may not increase after the move.
  • 2 desktop PCs connected via Ethernet
  • Telecommuting PC connected via Wireless N
  • 1 Smart TV (Wifi)
  • 1 laptop PC (Wifi)
  • 3 smartphones + 1 tablet (Wifi; I have them on bandwidth caps.)
  • 1 networked printer (Wifi)

Please let me know if you have any other questions, and I'll do my best to answer. Thanks for your help! wheee.gif
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what's your budget?
Netgear nighthawk R7000 and the Asus RT-AC68U are both pretty nice.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post

what's your budget?
Netgear nighthawk R7000 and the Asus RT-AC68U are both pretty nice.

Probably $100 or less; they're the ones footing the bill on this, and I'm going to have a hard time justifying something top-of-the-line, especially given the cost of the previous router and how long it held out for.
Edited by PiOfPie - 10/25/15 at 12:55pm
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CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
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AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
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