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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 03:30 PM - Thread Starter
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they're just WAPs as far as I know, you'll still need a modem.
Guess I should look for something else, then. He wanted something new for the potential for it to be faster with more devices connected, but it won't have that effect if you still need the Xfinity modem.

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Guess I should look for something else, then. He wanted something new for the potential for it to be faster with more devices connected, but it won't have that effect if you still need the Xfinity modem.
You could just buy a separate modem. I'm not sure you understand what you're asking for. That asus you posted earlier doesn't have a modem in it, either.
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wall >> modem >> wap.

none of what's been discussed includes a modem. Not to mention Xifinity's newer boxes are just fine for small homes. You've just gotta add on WAPs if you want to extend the range/signal strength. This of course doesn't include internal networks for file sharing, etc. However, this bit really doesn't matter for your purposes. The old man will know what to do with them once he's unboxed them, so don't worry too much about comprehending how it's all actually gonna work.

Based on your description, the google trash cans are your best bet. They sync together, n blast your existing modem's speeds, which are 99.99% of the time slower than what the modem is rated for.

he'll never run into any sorta device limitation, unless he's hosting massive wifi lan parties at the house.

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Why not ASUS Router... ASUS RT-AC87U is great router.
802.11 ac Dual Band Wi-Fi 1900Mbps
Wi-Fi x2, LAN x4, Windows 7-10 and Mac OS, Linux.

It's expensive but not as other routers.
Anyway wireless connection is for surfing.
Gaming is better with cable.

I look some discounts for him.

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC87U/overview/

or ASUS RT-AC3200 is now available everywhere, it's newer.

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC3200/
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The reason he would be looking at the super expensive Nighthawk is because it has 802.11ax support which is the newest wifi. Non of these other things mentioned have that support.

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The reason he would be looking at the super expensive Nighthawk is because it has 802.11ax support which is the newest wifi. Non of these other things mentioned have that support.


Does any other device in the house have that? If not then by the time you upgrade everything to include 802.11ax it’ll be time for a new router.

You should never buy a router for the latest wifi.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Vlada011 View Post
Why not ASUS Router... ASUS RT-AC87U is great router.
802.11 ac Dual Band Wi-Fi 1900Mbps
Wi-Fi x2, LAN x4, Windows 7-10 and Mac OS, Linux.

It's expensive but not as other routers.
Anyway wireless connection is for surfing.
Gaming is better with cable.

I look some discounts for him.

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC87U/overview/

or ASUS RT-AC3200 is now available everywhere, it's newer.

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC3200/
Found some great deals for a couple ASUS AC3200 routers on Ebay. Will getting a new modem significantly increase the wireless speed, or is the Xfinity one good enough?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post
Does any other device in the house have that? If not then by the time you upgrade everything to include 802.11ax it’ll be time for a new router.

You should never buy a router for the latest wifi.



You dont have to explain that to me. Im just pointing out the only reason behind why anyone is looking at the consumer devices of this level.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PNR2VMD...07GZYSJDZ?th=1
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GT-AX110...dp/B07MRD1LDZ/

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I got the Netgear Orbi system for my father in law. I liked it so much I got one for myself. It's plastic but it works and performs well. Has a dedicated 5GHZ back channel for mesh connections between stations. Setup was simple stupid.

This one tops out at 2.2Gbps but replaces the comcast modem.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This one will do 3Gbps but needs a seperate modem.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They are not as small and elegant as the Google mesh wireless devices but they are optimized for speed.

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Found some great deals for a couple ASUS AC3200 routers on Ebay. Will getting a new modem significantly increase the wireless speed, or is the Xfinity one good enough?
I would go on AC3200 if you have chance to find him.
Perfect router for gamers, that mean for almost everything else.

Or maybe you want some military grade rugged router worth 1000-2000$. .
My friend like such stuff and for me are cools but not worth of price they ask for normal users.
He want to buy Getac X500 server laptop worth 5000$. In same time could buy 2 faster ASUS ROG Laptops build for normal users.
He don't want to test missiles and communicate with drones.

Someone meantion metal router, not plastic, I don't understand why.
ASUS AC3200 is I think scored very good buy reviews and customers. Model from 2017 I think.
That's great for router. He will serve up to 2027 at least.
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