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My current router is on its last legs - so I am looking to upgrade my router. I plan on keeping it for a longtime till it dies or i find an extremely good deal.

I am so far looking at the ASUS RT-AC68U - what do you guys think? I can get one bundled with a Ooma device for $240 - $20 Newegg Gift card= $220

Network setup:

Main Rig
HTPC
Synology NAS
4x Smart Phones
4x Tablets
Wireless printer
2x Laptops
2x Xbox 360s
1x Xbox One
 

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It is supposed to be an excellent router if you need the features it has...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2082233/asus-rt-ac68u-review-the-best-router-on-the-market-priced-accordingly.html

I have the AC66U... and love it. It has been zero problems... and the range on it is really good, with solid connections. I use it to stream music on my lan to four devices... and it just works, 24/7/365.

I have also deployed about a dozen of these (AC66U) at work, since we have not yet gone to an enterprise wireless solution. They just work there too... very few issues with the wireless, and it is usually user error... not the Asus's.
 

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My guess is that none of those devices support wireless AC.

802.11ac has fixed some "mixed-network" problems from 802.11n, but I still would not recommend replacing your router with a top of the line (right now) AC router if your network is G/N heavy.

Now if you want to ADD an AC router to connect to select AC devices, then that would certainly work if you can justify the cost.

Here is a good read about it.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-features/32284-how-well-do-ac-routers-handle-mixed-networks

I stick with wired for my "fast" connections, and multiple "cheap" n routers with DD_WRT firmware to improve my overall network.
 

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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

It is supposed to be an excellent router if you need the features it has...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2082233/asus-rt-ac68u-review-the-best-router-on-the-market-priced-accordingly.html

I have the AC66U... and love it. It has been zero problems... and the range on it is really good, with solid connections. I use it to stream music on my lan to four devices... and it just works, 24/7/365.

I have also deployed about a dozen of these (AC66U) at work, since we have not yet gone to an enterprise wireless solution. They just work there too... very few issues with the wireless, and it is usually user error... not the Asus's.
Thanks for the tip - I was looking at the AC66U and it's only $40 less but seeing I am interested in the Ooma device as well - hence why i was wondering about the AC68U.
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Originally Posted by rcoolb2002 View Post

My guess is that none of those devices support wireless AC.

802.11ac has fixed some "mixed-network" problems from 802.11n, but I still would not recommend replacing your router with a top of the line (right now) AC router if your network is G/N heavy.

Now if you want to ADD an AC router to connect to select AC devices, then that would certainly work if you can justify the cost.

Here is a good read about it.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-features/32284-how-well-do-ac-routers-handle-mixed-networks

I stick with wired for my "fast" connections, and multiple "cheap" n routers with DD_WRT firmware to improve my overall network.
Yea all my devices are using N even my printer. I prefer to spend the funds and get a good router than buy a cheaper one which is only going to fail shortly - like what has happened to all my last routers. Eventually the funds add up.
 
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