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Hey all.

So I think it's time. My

has been a hero for 5 years...but I think the CAT5 and 100/base limitations are due for an upgrade.

Anyone have spiffy suggestions to help boost my home network?

I was kind of looking at the , seeing as it is N-band and Gigabit capable and that it is less than $100. Or is this particular router getting a bit outdated?

Thanks!

(Oh and I kinda need a router with great range---two story house = blockages and lameness.)
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I highly recommend the

also known as the WNDR3700. It is by far the best router that I have ever owned, and also the only one that I didn't feel the need to install DDWRT on. The default firmware options are good, I am able to do pretty much anything that I need to with it. Its wireless range is fantastic, easily capable of serving multiple floors. Its a little pricey but well worth it imo. It has been able to handle everything I throw at it and has never given me any problem.

Also, gigabit ftw. I used a network server for file storage and before I got a gigabit device it was sooo slow. Now its as fast as I could ask for: gigabit is faster than the read/write speed of the Samsung F4 in my file server, so I can access it at the same speeds as if it were in my desktop
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If you need something cheaper, you won't go wrong with this either:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122334

or i guess you could go with one of the refurb or used WNDR3700 on amazon.
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I highly recommend the D-Link N600 also known as the WNDR3700. It is by far the best router that I have ever owned, and also the only one that I didn't feel the need to install DDWRT on. The default firmware options are good, I am able to do pretty much anything that I need to with it. Its wireless range is fantastic, easily capable of serving multiple floors. Its a little pricey but well worth it imo. It has been able to handle everything I throw at it and has never given me any problem.

Also, gigabit ftw. I used a network server for file storage and before I got a gigabit device it was sooo slow. Now its as fast as I could ask for: gigabit is faster than the read/write speed of the Samsung F4 in my file server, so I can access it at the same speeds as if it were in my desktop
Ya I had actually looked at this model. Was a little iffy on the pricing, like you said, so I was looking around. But I've definitely learned that you get what you pay for. Ha and nice on the net server. Ya the WRT54GS firmware makes me cry everytime I try to configure. Would def appreciate the upgrade in this area too.


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If you need something cheaper, you won't go wrong with this either:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122334

or i guess you could go with one of the refurb or used WNDR3700 on amazon.
Oh I hadn't seen this one. Ha I do indeed like cheaper! Decent reviews apparently. Thanks for this. Definitely seems to be somewhat on the lower-end in terms of pricing and features of a Gigabit router, but looks solid. I wonder if this is on par or better than the DLink Extreme I listed. And I'd love to go for that WNDR3700. But ya, after shipping and whatnot, a used one is almost the same as a new router. = / Still, worth a look!
Edited by TheScarecrow - 4/16/11 at 3:16pm
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what makes or breaks a router for me is if it supports third party linux based firmware or not.. You probably won't have a problem with more expensive routers, but to get the most out of cheap routers (usually sub $50 routers), dd-wrt or tomato etc. is a must especially if you want better range.
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