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This is something I'm not to familiar with, or never cared about really. Last night lightning got my old faithful Linksys wrt54g... mad.gif

I bought it probably five years ago at a garage sale for 6 dollars, so it's been good to me. I guess I'm looking to get a dual band basic router. I don't need anything incredible, but something easy and reliable. My PC connects directly, then my daughters PC is wireless not to far away. We also stream to our bluray and tv, which is like 10 feet from my PC. I just want something that will let those other devices work fast and will be pretty easy to setup port forwarding and stuff. Of course like everyone i don't want to spend a fortune.

So what am i looking for in a router these days? I read up a little and know i want 802.11n, and dual band. Other than that i don't think i need anything. So my major questions i guess are which brand is easy and reliable? I always love Asus stuff, but i'm open to anything that doesn't stink. thumb.gif

Thanks guys!
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I found these two, they seem to be recommended a lot.

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Ethernet-Archer-C50/dp/B0168G0KZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472318196&sr=8-1&keywords=TP-LINK+-+Archer+C50+AC1200

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZFG6QS/?tag=constop-20

Looks like the only difference is one is gigabit. I can't really find anything bad about the brand, but maybe someone here is familiar with them.
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24 hour bumpola! Thanks!
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Over time ive ended up loving the Linksys E6350 AC 1200+ Wireless router. ive used at least 30-40 of these for installs ive done and its a great price for its bang if that helps. Surprisingly ive been able to pick them up locally at a best buy for around 80-85$. extremely easy to set up.

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Ive done quite a bit of the TP - LINK C7 routers, those are pretty nice too, however quality always ends up with the linksys, for me personally.
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Over time ive ended up loving the Linksys E6350 AC 1200+ Wireless router. ive used at least 30-40 of these for installs ive done and its a great price for its bang if that helps. Surprisingly ive been able to pick them up locally at a best buy for around 80-85$. extremely easy to set up.

EDIT:

Ive done quite a bit of the TP - LINK C7 routers, those are pretty nice too, however quality always ends up with the linksys, for me personally.

Cool man thanks! I'll take a look at it. +rep! thumb.gif
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Cool man thanks! I'll take a look at it. +rep! thumb.gif

I have both the Linksys E6500 and the Netgear r6300v2. Both solid routers with great performance.

The Linksys routers are pretty simple settings wise, which is good for a newbie, but little basic for an advanced user.

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1750-Router-800MHz-Processor/dp/B00Z0V2NQ8/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430682&sr=1-4&keywords=wireless+router+ac

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Router-AC1750-Gigabit-R6300v2/dp/B00EM5UFP4/ref=sr_1_27?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430995&sr=1-27&keywords=wireless+router+ac

https://www.amazon.com/D-Link-Wireless-App-Enabled-Dual-Band-DIR-850L/dp/B00BYRPPAS/ref=sr_1_11?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430682&sr=1-11&keywords=wireless+router+ac

Here are the models I would look at for price range.

Depending on your wireless needs, the D-Link would be a solid choice. Dual band and Gigabit Ethernet make for more than most people need. If your willing to spend the money, the R6300 is what I would pick up. The R6400 is nearly the same as the R6300, just more powerful wireless signal. So it could be worth the cost if you really need it.
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I have both the Linksys E6500 and the Netgear r6300v2. Both solid routers with great performance.

The Linksys routers are pretty simple settings wise, which is good for a newbie, but little basic for an advanced user.

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1750-Router-800MHz-Processor/dp/B00Z0V2NQ8/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430682&sr=1-4&keywords=wireless+router+ac

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Router-AC1750-Gigabit-R6300v2/dp/B00EM5UFP4/ref=sr_1_27?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430995&sr=1-27&keywords=wireless+router+ac

https://www.amazon.com/D-Link-Wireless-App-Enabled-Dual-Band-DIR-850L/dp/B00BYRPPAS/ref=sr_1_11?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472430682&sr=1-11&keywords=wireless+router+ac

Here are the models I would look at for price range.

Depending on your wireless needs, the D-Link would be a solid choice. Dual band and Gigabit Ethernet make for more than most people need. If your willing to spend the money, the R6300 is what I would pick up. The R6400 is nearly the same as the R6300, just more powerful wireless signal. So it could be worth the cost if you really need it.

Awesome thanks! I will check them out for sure. I hadn't really thought about the actual hardware of the router. Such as processor type and things like that. + rep!
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