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Best Wireless Router for 2 story home

JHB March 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM in Home & Home Improvement (4)
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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Show me range comparison then....

Till you do I stand behind my opinion.
Iagree
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Show me range comparison then....

Till you do I stand behind my opinion.
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...s-rt-n66u/

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...For example, The ASUS RT-N66u, in a CNET benchmark, was able to maintain transfer speeds of 98 megabits per second at a range of 100 feet, while its nearest competitor, the Cisco Linksys E4200v2, fell to a mere 35Mbps at the same distance...
The router market is crowded with competitors, like Cisco's E4200 v2, that cost between $150 and $200. Even though the E4200 v2 beats the ASUS RT-N66u in some speed tests, the Dark Knight wins easily on range...
EDIT: Looks like the throughput from shorter distances on the E4200 v2 is better, but the N66U beats it on range.
http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/a...985-2.html
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http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...s-rt-n66u/



EDIT: Looks like the throughput from shorter distances on the E4200 v2 is better, but the N66U beats it on range.
http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/a...985-2.html
For that price for a Asus N66U [amazon.com], compared to that of the E4200v2 [amazon.com] or even the EA4500 [amazon.com], it's successor, yeah that damn thing better be a stronger router than the E4200.

Good info though. Wonders how the N66U compares to the EA4500.
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I went with the Asus-Dual-Band Wireless-AC Gigabit Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch-RT-AC66R and love it.

No doubt, more router than I need. But seems to be a good solution for my situation. Setup was relatively easy for a moderately technical end-user.

The features I like best are:

* Speed
* Coverage - can go anywhere in my 2-story house including back patio
* USB storage connected directly to router
* Guest access/log-in separate from family

I don't fully understand the "dual band". I mean, I get it conceptually. Of the two (2.4GHz/5GHz) each device in my house only saw one or the other. But the odd thing is the OLDEST desktop in the house (6+ years) is the only one that recognized the 5GHz band. Doesn't really matter, just seemed strange. All is working!!

Actually, the most painful part of setup was not the router itself - it was all the tasks that popped up as a result of adding a new network. Kind of like when you go to touch up paint in "just one place" but then notice X and Y need to be done also.

"Ooh, that's so dusty - I ought to take care of that while I have the media shelf pulled out."
"Why do I have these other items wired this way? That cable doesn't even go to anything any more. Since I'm here maybe I should re-organize all these wires."
"Re-setting the link for gaming system, except batteries in remote dead. Go look for batteries. Someone disconnected the battery charger, fix that."
"I'll be nice and connect my husband's laptop to the new network. Will only take a sec. WHAT, has the guy never updated a single program?"
And the list went on and on!

Router installation was about 20 minutes. Getting my entire network up with all the little tasks I added took about 3 hours! But most of it was 'digital housecleaning'.
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Quote from JHB View Post :
I went with the Asus-Dual-Band Wireless-AC Gigabit Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch-RT-AC66R and love it.

No doubt, more router than I need. But seems to be a good solution for my situation. Setup was relatively easy for a moderately technical end-user.

The features I like best are:

* Speed
* Coverage - can go anywhere in my 2-story house including back patio
* USB storage connected directly to router
* Guest access/log-in separate from family

I don't fully understand the "dual band". I mean, I get it conceptually. Of the two (2.4GHz/5GHz) each device in my house only saw one or the other. But the odd thing is the OLDEST desktop in the house (6+ years) is the only one that recognized the 5GHz band. Doesn't really matter, just seemed strange. All is working!!

Actually, the most painful part of setup was not the router itself - it was all the tasks that popped up as a result of adding a new network. Kind of like when you go to touch up paint in "just one place" but then notice X and Y need to be done also.

"Ooh, that's so dusty - I ought to take care of that while I have the media shelf pulled out."
"Why do I have these other items wired this way? That cable doesn't even go to anything any more. Since I'm here maybe I should re-organize all these wires."
"Re-setting the link for gaming system, except batteries in remote dead. Go look for batteries. Someone disconnected the battery charger, fix that."
"I'll be nice and connect my husband's laptop to the new network. Will only take a sec. WHAT, has the guy never updated a single program?"
And the list went on and on!


Router installation was about 20 minutes. Getting my entire network up with all the little tasks I added took about 3 hours! But most of it was 'digital housecleaning'.
laugh out loud

Kinda of the same thing when I stay at my sister's house...I have to allot time to update all her stuff, etc...hook up this device that she's had sitting in the box waiting for me the next time I come over, etc...
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Quote from JHB View Post :
I don't fully understand the "dual band". I mean, I get it conceptually. Of the two (2.4GHz/5GHz) each device in my house only saw one or the other. But the odd thing is the OLDEST desktop in the house (6+ years) is the only one that recognized the 5GHz band. Doesn't really matter, just seemed strange. All is working!!
Glad it worked out, definitely a good router but at a hefty price even when on sale.

Strange that your 6 year old desktop recognized the 5Ghz band. I just had to upgrade mine as the 2.4Ghz wasn't cutting it.
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