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Best Wireless Router for 2 story home

JHB March 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM
I'm seeking suggestions for the best wireless router for a 2 story 3300 sf home. The router is placed upstairs at one end. Coverage in the past has been pretty good upstairs, but sometimes iffy downstairs. There are no serious issues, but I wonder if if it's time to change out.

There are always 2 laptops connected, plus 2 iPhones. When kids home from school this summer, 4 laptops (2 of which are Macs, others run Win 7), 4 iphones, a gaming system, plus a tablet. (Although not all at same time.)

Currently have a Lynksys Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT160N) which is about 4 years old. I've gone with D-Link or Lnksys in the past, but have really been disappointed with the last version of the Lynksys Easy Link Advisor.

Cost isn't as big a concern as getting a good solution, but bargains are always nice.

So I'm looking for a router suitable for the size of our house and number of devices, reliability, and ease of maintenance.

Thanks for the help.

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I'm seeking suggestions for the best wireless router for a 2 story 3300 sf home. The router is placed upstairs at one end. Coverage in the past has been pretty good upstairs, but sometimes iffy downstairs. There are no serious issues, but I wonder if if it's time to change out.

There are always 2 laptops connected, plus 2 iPhones. When kids home from school this summer, 4 laptops (2 of which are Macs, others run Win 7), 4 iphones, a gaming system, plus a tablet. (Although not all at same time.)

Currently have a Lynksys Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT160N) which is about 4 years old. I've gone with D-Link or Lnksys in the past, but have really been disappointed with the last version of the Lynksys Easy Link Advisor.

Cost isn't as big a concern as getting a good solution, but bargains are always nice.

So I'm looking for a router suitable for the size of our house and number of devices, reliability, and ease of maintenance.

Thanks for the help.
Linksys E4200 probably is your best choice for max coverage... look for refurb.
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Agreed, either the E4200 or the EA4500, some of the best and strongest radios without going to the AC standard.
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Thanks. Those are some great leads and both the Linksys E4200/E4500 seem highly rated. But in reading reviews (Amazon, Best Buy, CNet) I see several detractors as well and a common thread of folks who seem to prefer the ASUS RT-N66U or RT-AC66U

https://www.asus.com/Networking/R...ifications
http://www.asus.com/Networking/RT...ifications

Does anyone have experience with those or information how the Linksys and ASUS models compare?
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Thanks. Those are some great leads and both the Linksys E4200/E4500 seem highly rated. But in reading reviews (Amazon, Best Buy, CNet) I see several detractors as well and a common thread of folks who seem to prefer the ASUS RT-N66U or RT-AC66U

https://www.asus.com/Networking/R...ifications
http://www.asus.com/Networking/RT...ifications

Does anyone have experience with those or information how the Linksys and ASUS models compare?

ASUS are fastest/flakier and higher price.... E4200 better coverage somewhat pricey

I myself have TP-Link WDR-4300 because it is "next best" and was $45 cheaper on a SD.

My Tp-Link is awesome for my 2468 sqft 2 story.
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Simply Red, standing by..
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Quote from JHB View Post :
Thanks. Those are some great leads and both the Linksys E4200/E4500 seem highly rated. But in reading reviews (Amazon, Best Buy, CNet) I see several detractors as well and a common thread of folks who seem to prefer the ASUS RT-N66U or RT-AC66U

https://www.asus.com/Networking/R...ifications
http://www.asus.com/Networking/RT...ifications

Does anyone have experience with those or information how the Linksys and ASUS models compare?
Yeah the Linksys you will find to be higher priced but there are plenty of marked down hot deals on SD for them, both new and refurb. Just got to keep an eye out for them. I've heard a great deal love all over the Asus NT-66U but I have no experience with them. I can't say it's a bad choice though when reviewing it.
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One of the simplest things to try is moving the router to a more central location on the 2nd floor and the 1st floor to see what gives the best overall performance.
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Hope you didn't get a router yet. Bestbuy having a 1-day sale on routers.

I highly recommend the ASUS N66R (same as N66U).
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I would look at possibly moving the router downstairs most routers are made to broadcast in a half circle above the router, you could add a 2nd router using powerline Ethernet to the first floor and be in really good shape. I have a 2 story 3200 sq ft home and my router is downstairs all of the house get s a great signal.
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Hope you didn't get a router yet. Bestbuy having a 1-day sale on routers.

I highly recommend the ASUS N66R (same as N66U).
Thanks, atrix415, that may be the answer for me!

Everyone - I really appreciate all your ideas. In this case, convenience is more important than the price of equipment. And - honestly - when you consider we typically use a router for a few years and it benefits multiple users every single day, the cost is neglible over time.

I've spent a lot of time on various sites reading reviews (yes, I take them with a grain of salt) and one thing in particular that strikes me is the many former Linksys advocates that prefer the ASUS. And I wasn't really that thrilled with my last Linksys experience, so I'm happy to branch out.

I'd rather not move the router as that means bringing in the cable folks to re-wire, plus finding a place to put the equipment out of sight. Right now it's in my home office with all the other tech stuff where the main cable/internet inferface is.
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you might want to try hanging it upside down Smilie
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Quote from JHB View Post :
I've spent a lot of time on various sites reading reviews (yes, I take them with a grain of salt) and one thing in particular that strikes me is the many former Linksys advocates that prefer the ASUS. And I wasn't really that thrilled with my last Linksys experience, so I'm happy to branch out.

I'd rather not move the router as that means bringing in the cable folks to re-wire, plus finding a place to put the equipment out of sight. Right now it's in my home office with all the other tech stuff where the main cable/internet inferface is.
There are no magic bullets, sometimes you have to suck it up and move that sucker or implement a mesh network, no review will tell you how the thing will work in your house. In your case though that's a damn good device, so you're hopefully off to good start.
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Currently have a Lynksys Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT160N) which is about 4 years old.
Had the same router for years (recently replaced due to lag issues when using netflix and gaming at the same time, dual band fixed those issues in a TP router I bought) and it's amazing.

Even if you buy a new router consider keeping the WRT160n and dropping DD-WRT linux firmware on it (which is what I put on mine) and use it to extend the range of your other routers signal. It's so easy to do and that DD-WRT on the 160n is very stable, better than the stock Linksys crap.
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ASUS are fastest/flakier and higher price.... E4200 better coverage somewhat pricey

I myself have TP-Link WDR-4300 because it is "next best" and was $45 cheaper on a SD.

My Tp-Link is awesome for my 2468 sqft 2 story.

LIES...E4200 is NOT BETTER! Smallnetbuilder proves that the Asus N66U has better performance and range in most of the the wireless bands. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/la...5-ghz-up-c

The N66U also has a better ratings on Amazon and Newegg!

The only place E4200 is better is if you are looking at it from a price point of a refurbished router.
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LIES...E4200 is NOT BETTER! Smallnetbuilder proves that the Asus N66U has better performance and range in most of the the wireless bands. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/la...5-ghz-up-c

The N66U also has a better ratings on Amazon and Newegg!

The only place E4200 is better is if you are looking at it from a price point of a refurbished router.
Show me range comparison then....

Till you do I stand behind my opinion.
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