I mostly have 2.4ghz devices right now, and a rough estimate is under 10 wifi devices most days in a ranch style house approximately 1800sq ft.
My list of want’s for the new router is improved wireless performance. 5ghz in my neighborhood is not being used from a scan with my phone, so having that is a plus at least for the devices that can use it. Improved 2.4ghz is important too. I would also like to setup a VPN server on the router for when I travel. I don’t plan to use it a lot but it would be good to have on hotel wifi etc. So a dynamicDNS like service on it would be good too since my IP will change periodically. USB Support is probably good but not critical. I should probably mess with this some on a new router with decent performance. 3rd party firmware support is a plus for me. While I generally don’t use all the extra features its nice to have, and the security tends to be better it seems.
So what I have been looking at.
Asus AC68u (Or P Variant)
Right now the refurbished version of this router is on sale for $120 for the P variant. This is a good deal as it’s normally $180. Not a huge fan of refurbished but for the savings ok. Performance for the price this one might be too hard to pass up. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...228&cm_sp
This router ranks favorably all over, especially over at smallnetbuilder.com in the AC1900 category http://www.smallnetbui
TP-Link Archer C9 or C7
Money is about the same but for a new router. The Wirecutter loves the C7 as it’s their top pic. SmallNetbuilder was not a huge fan of the C9. It’s performance just was not as good as it’s peers. http://www.smallnetbui
The Google Router
It’s expensive but it’s features look tempting. Lack of lan ports while frustrating is easy to fix with a switch. Hard to jump on board with nothing being tested much yet.