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Best router for simple home networking on Motorola Surfboard modem?

flametop 1,622 287 February 1, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Hey guys,
I am getting the Motorola Surfboard (DOCSIS 3) modem in an attempt to upgrade from my 15 year old RCA piece of crap modem. I currently have an older router...I believe it's wireless B or G. I'm assuming I should upgrade that, given that I'm upgrading the modem.

What would be the best router for hte money that I can get the match the speed? I only do simple home networking: I have no hardwired connections to the router. 95% of the time I have just one computer on the network. Occasionally I have 2 (a few times a month)...and very rarely I'll have 3.

Also, what woudl be a good wireless card to add to my desktop PC to match the speeds of the modem and router? Thanks so much!

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Well since routers last a long time I would look at purchasing one that has wireless n and GB ports

I have a SMC
http://www.amazon.com/SMC-SMCWGBR...B000VM16UU

it works really well pick up a wireless N adapter for the PC and you are all set
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Wow the first one is super expensive...what are GB ports? Wireless N makes sense since I need to match the quality of the modem.

The second one is a good price, but I've never heard of Encore. Comments>?
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Gigibit, 1000Mbps links instead of 100Mbps. More useful of moving large thing like videos and such over your own network. Doesn't really sound needed in your situation, I would just look for a decent dual band 802.11n (Wifi N) router.

A bit overkill, but on sale for $70...
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DIR-...749&sr=1-2
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Hey,
What do you guys think of this router:
http://www.meritline.com/showprod...ort-router

It looks like it says it has a 150mbps transfer rate--is that accurate? If so, it matches pretty closely with the motorola surfboard modem I got (160mbps) transfer rate. It also falls well within my budget. Thoughts? Pros, cons of getting it? Thanks!!
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Hey,
What do you guys think of this router:
http://www.meritline.com/showprod...ort-router

It looks like it says it has a 150mbps transfer rate--is that accurate? If so, it matches pretty closely with the motorola surfboard modem I got (160mbps) transfer rate. It also falls well within my budget. Thoughts? Pros, cons of getting it? Thanks!!
W/LAN: The RT-11 is not a bad router. It's 150 Mbps from router to wireless NICs

WAN: The Surfboard 6200 modem is capable of of 160 Mbps from the modem to the cable company. Depending what plan you have, you will only be pushing ~20 Mbps on a budget plan.

So, the RT-11 @ 150 Mbps, ~100 Mbps actual W/LAN would be 5x faster than your WAN.
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W/LAN: The RT-11 is not a bad router. It's 150 Mbps from router to wireless NICs

WAN: The Surfboard 6200 modem is capable of of 160 Mbps from the modem to the cable company. Depending what plan you have, you will only be pushing ~20 Mbps on a budget plan.

So, the RT-11 @ 150 Mbps, ~100 Mbps actual W/LAN would be 5x faster than your WAN.
Yeah I thought my cable plan was around 16-20mbps.

So what you're saying is that this router is plenty for simple networking? I currently have an SMC barricuda but it's a wireless G router, which is why I figured I'd upgrade to an N, given that I'm buying a new modem. Is that reasonable? Or should I stick with the G?
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Unless you're doing large file transfers within your local network, you don't need to upgrade your router. Even 802.11g will be fast enough to handle a 16-20Mbps connection.

Also, the Asus RT-N11 is a pretty weak router hardware-wise (2MB flash, 8MB RAM). Why not spend $4 more and get the 2T2R (300Mbps) capable Encore ENHWI-2AN3 that I linked earlier?
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If you don't have any problems with the G, I'd keep it. It's fast enough to keep up with your WAN.

The only thing you will gain from spending $30 on a N router and $10-$15 on adapters is better range, possibly 2-5x the speed from PC to PC and possibly better security. If that's worth $50-$60 then go for it. When it craps out the day after the warranty expires, then you can upgrade to something better Smilie

You won't notice any 'speed' difference over what you have now.

One thing for sure is, you WILL get a small speed boost with the DOCSIS 3 modem over your old one.

I would go with the Encore over the Asus also. It's a step up for $4.
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If you don't have any problems with the G, I'd keep it. It's fast enough to keep up with your WAN.

The only thing you will gain from spending $30 on a N router and $10-$15 on adapters is better range, possibly 2-5x the speed from PC to PC and possibly better security. If that's worth $50-$60 then go for it. When it craps out the day after the warranty expires, then you can upgrade to something better Smilie

You won't notice any 'speed' difference over what you have now.

One thing for sure is, you WILL get a small speed boost with the DOCSIS 3 modem over your old one.

I would go with the Encore over the Asus also. It's a step up for $4.

I never do transfers from PC to PC--so I guess I should stay with my wireless G right now.

One last thing--if I have 2-3 computer set up on wireless with the router, will the G router still suffice?

Thanks guys! Repped!
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I never do transfers from PC to PC--so I guess I should stay with my wireless G right now.

One last thing--if I have 2-3 computer set up on wireless with the router, will the G router still suffice?

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You will be fine with more than 3 PCs even.
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You will be fine with more than 3 PCs even.
Great--thanks so much!
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