02-19-2016 12:49 PM
I was involved in a trivia contest last weekend. The house we were playing at uses the same internet provider that I use and at the same speed. However, the data transfer was significantly faster.
I asked the guy who set it up and he told me he set up a Wirless AC router.
My router is a Netgear and has worked flawlessly for 6 years.
My computer can utilize N and I think the router is up to G. So it is time for a new one.
This was my second Netgear Router. However, I have seen a number of reference to the TP-Link routers being very good. Specifically I was looking at the Archer C7 (which was avaible on BB.com last week but now is not [however it is still in the marketplace]) It is only a N router (same as my gaming computer) but I might as well go AC as my next system will be AC.
Any other recommendations? I think dual band is a no brainer for me.
Features I like with my Netgear is I can log into it and set parental controls.
Also, I have my TIVO, Roku and DVD player hooked up via ethernet cable and that wonderfully fast but I would like to step it up to Gigabit.
My main devices are with in 14 feet of the router at all times but speed here is not so important. My printer is that far away but through the floor and the Xbox is 10 feet away through the floor and has been working great with the current router.
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02-21-2016 04:11 PM
I have used a Netgear N750 Router ever since I started gaming. It has been a blessing so many times over. I've actually gone through two of them (first one failed after a year or so but expected the way they make materials these days)
But anway, the router is absolutely amazing. Generally speaking if your router has N bandwidth it has B/G as well. AC is a newer one and some of the higher tier routers have a new technology in them that help to keep the signal better.
But I will keep going with my N750 for a long long time. (I actually keep two extra of them stocked in my house in case I need to sell one ot a client or if one breaks you know how technology expands and they get rid of older models and stuff.)
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02-22-2016 10:34 AM
At this point I really wouldn’t recommend going N-Band unless you have some compatibility concerns. AC is in virtually all new devices, and has been found in many mobile devices and computers for more than a year now. All AC routers I’ve seen have also been dual-band, which is a necessity in my opinion, with some even sporting tri-band options on the high end.
That said I too have heard a lot of good things about TP-Link Archer hardware, though I’ve never used one personally, but I have had a great personal experience with the Netgear Nighhawk. It’s not uncommon for me to be on my hard-lined desktop and chromecasting from my phone to the TV, while my wife is in the bedroom on her tablet while also chromecasting to our TV in there. Have had no issue with simultaneous video streams while we’re on other devices at the same time.
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02-22-2016 12:08 PM
I am thinking that way Michael. My current computer is N and my wife and kids devices are N or less. and I have no idea what my phone is.
However, I will probably be ramping up to a new gaming system in the next 8 months and it is going to have AC
In fact I am seeing a lot of the N routers on clearance these days.
I will probably stick with Netgear as it has been reliable for me for 6 or 7 years.
02-22-2016 12:35 PM
I have decided on the Netgear R7000
More than I need for now but not in the future. That and moving up to Gigibit is going to be a plus.
I will just have to go into the store to get a price match to one of the 2 of the authorized online competitors selling it for $15 less with free shipping.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
02-22-2016 08:04 PM
02-22-2016 10:07 PM
I was going to go with the N750 because it fits my current build, it is highly rated and the price is superb. However as of this afternoon it is no longer available.
But as MIchael pointed out AC is next and I will have an AC wifi gaming machine for my next setup.
That and the gigabit I think will be good to have on the Tivo and the Roku.
02-25-2016 03:11 PM
I personally am a fan of the Asus AC router series. I find them incredibly easy to set up but yet very powerful.
02-25-2016 10:54 PM
While my DLink Powerline adapter is slower than wifi.... I found the 50Mbps is more stable for video streaming with the interference in the home.