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Home Router Recommendation #5343147 02/06/20 09:58 PM
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What router would you recommend for home? It would also need good range as the house is one level with ~ 3500 sq ft and it's located in the study on one end of the house. A few phones (Apple), tablet (Android), & couple laptops (Windows 10). No home office. I don't think I would want Nest & the like but maybe I should.

Thank you.

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Unless you can put the router in the center of the house, I think you will have coverage issues, unless you get a mesh system.

What are you using now?



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Re: Home Router Recommendation [Re: benjamming] #5343167 02/06/20 10:18 PM
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Thunderstorm took out Linksys WRT120N. Yeah I know, much better routers can/should be had. That's why I'm here asking. smile

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I've been very happy with my Asus RT-AC66U in my ~2200 two level house. It's an old place, with lots of plaster and all that, and signal both on the 5ghz and 2.4ghz bands is just fine. I hace at least 6 or 6 wireless devices running at any given time and I never have an issue with lag. I've never had a network issue, never had any crashes or dropouts.

The newer revision, the RT-AC66U B1 is basically the better -68U hardware in the -66U case. It's $90 on Amazon right now.


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Re: Home Router Recommendation [Re: benjamming] #5343199 02/06/20 10:56 PM
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Go To Amazon, search for "Linksys Refurbished"

Anything above an EA2700 will work,
Your router should have at a minimum Wireless "N" in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, along with gigabit wired Ethernet ports

A super cheap one...
https://www.amazon.com/Linksys-EA3500-Dual-Band-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B00L4HWY3E/ref=sr_1_22


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I had a single AirPort Extreme covering almost 5,200 sq ft over 3 floors, router is centrally located on the main floor. 5ghz doesn’t work downstairs on the far end of the house, but the 2.4ghz is still reasonably quick.... sadly they discontinued them.

Had good luck for the most part with a RT-66U, but I’m currently rocking a Netgear Nighthawk AX4.


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Re: Home Router Recommendation [Re: benjamming] #5343320 02/07/20 04:58 AM
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Consider a mesh system, like Orbi, or Eero.

Among consumer brands, Asus is one of the best at keeping up to date on firmware security patches and supporting their routers the longest. There are also alternative forks, like Merlin, to add more advanced features for some models.

Netgear only provides 90 days of free support, but they make good hardware and have pretty good software support. I'd go with Asus or Netgear long before Linksys (Belkin). TP-Link is good value, but I've never used one.

Some like to use higher grade stuff from Ubiquity, but it's more involved than the average Joe probably wants to get into to configure and set up.

Resist the urge to buy a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router. The standard is still new, with bugs to work out, and prices are higher.

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You should get a mesh or multiple access points? Can you run Cat6 cable within your house? Then I would go with some Ubiquity gear that includes two wired access points.


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We went mesh with an Orbi and have had zero issues or complaints from the kids, which was never the case with any other wireless access point if you want a single, we just put a tp-link ac1900 at a college house with 12 kids. Works well.


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Re: Home Router Recommendation [Re: mattwithcats] #5343366 02/07/20 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by mattwithcats
Go To Amazon, search for "Linksys Refurbished"

I would not recommend Linksys routers, esp the series mentioned in the post. I don't remember the issue of my head but there was some security flaw that Linksys refused to acknowledge. That was the reason I didn't go for those routers and got T-Mo branded Asus router for just $50. Its going strong for 2 years with a ton of interference of other neighborhood routers. https://www.amazon.com/T-Mobile-Wireless-AC1900-Dual-Band-AiProtection-Complete/dp/B01MYTAURW

Wirecutter recommends https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NF44X91 or for budget https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G I am personally not sold on MESH or Orbi systems from the price to performance standpoint.

If you are little handy, get a router that supports DD-WRT/OpenWRT or Tomato variants, even if its a couple of years older, it would work amazingly well.

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Originally Posted by Carmudgeon
Consider a mesh system, like Orbi, or Eero.

Among consumer brands, Asus is one of the best at keeping up to date on firmware security patches and supporting their routers the longest. There are also alternative forks, like Merlin, to add more advanced features for some models.

Netgear only provides 90 days of free support, but they make good hardware and have pretty good software support. I'd go with Asus or Netgear long before Linksys (Belkin). TP-Link is good value, but I've never used one.

Some like to use higher grade stuff from Ubiquity, but it's more involved than the average Joe probably wants to get into to configure and set up.

Resist the urge to buy a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router. The standard is still new, with bugs to work out, and prices are higher.



This echoes my sentiments quite well. ASUS or Netgear would be a good choice if you aren't going with a mesh setup.


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How was performance of your previous router? If one router setup worked well without dead spots or slow areas I would just buy another modern single router one that people recommend.

If you had dead spots or slow areas a mesh system works incredibly well. I love my Google Wifi 3 puck mesh although I do have a the three with an ethernet backbone(wires between them). The speed is incredible (150Mbps - 250Mbps internet download speed) everywhere in home and my 1 acre yard its well covered.

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Originally Posted by OVERKILL
Originally Posted by Carmudgeon
Consider a mesh system, like Orbi, or Eero.

Among consumer brands, Asus is one of the best at keeping up to date on firmware security patches and supporting their routers the longest. There are also alternative forks, like Merlin, to add more advanced features for some models.

Netgear only provides 90 days of free support, but they make good hardware and have pretty good software support. I'd go with Asus or Netgear long before Linksys (Belkin). TP-Link is good value, but I've never used one.

Some like to use higher grade stuff from Ubiquity, but it's more involved than the average Joe probably wants to get into to configure and set up.

Resist the urge to buy a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router. The standard is still new, with bugs to work out, and prices are higher.



This echoes my sentiments quite well. ASUS or Netgear would be a good choice if you aren't going with a mesh setup.

I run an Asus at1900. It's been pretty solid with no issues. I also ran a lower end Netgear that was a solid performer. No more Linksys period!


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A single-level, 3500 sq ft house ? I can't picture a house layout like that. Even a single-level typical ranch style aren't usually much over 2000-2500 sq ft.

Did the previous router cover it okay ? If so, I wouldn't worry too much - almost any quality router at Walmart, Best Buy, etc will work fine. When I say "quality", avoid anything $60-75 and under. As mentioned, try and relocate it closer to the center no matter what you get. 2.4 ghz band will give better range but slower speed while 5 ghz will give better speed but less range. No way around that typically.

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Google wifi mesh (nest). Easy to setup and use.

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