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What new router do I need?

Swiss82 155 38 November 22, 2015 at 04:39 PM
Basically just Web surfing and streaming with Amazon prime and Kodi on my nexus player.

Should I look to save some money on 802n or go to 802ac? Basically I want the best for the best price (this is slick deals).

Either the n or the ac, does anyone have any specific routers they recommend? Less expensive the better. I don't game at all

On amazon one of the 1st routers to pop us when searching is an 802N FOR $20. Then there is the archer c7 for $81....help

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You need a wireless router with dual band support - both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.- for sure. With so much of interference on 2.4 GHz the actual throughput gets whittled down a lot. 5 GHz will have lesser overlap and you should get better throughput with that. This is necessary for HD video streaming. I am not sure whether AC router brings something more to the table except that the signal gets carried further. That is what my understanding is. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks for asking that question. I have a similar question. I currently use Linksys WRT610NV1 flashed with DD-WRT. This has dual band support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. My nexus player is connected over the 5 GHz band to the router. Every other video (youtube, netflix etc.) work fine.The HDHomeRun View alone has problems. The first Nexus Player is just within 20 feet of the router. There is frequent stuttering on audio and choppy video for HBO. There is another Nexus Player about 100 feet away. That one has even more stutterig and choppy video. And the video freezes frequently.
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Last edited by hindolam November 23, 2015 at 05:30 AM
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Quote from Swiss82 View Post :
Basically just Web surfing and streaming with Amazon prime and Kodi on my nexus player.

Should I look to save some money on 802n or go to 802ac? Basically I want the best for the best price (this is slick deals).

Either the n or the ac, does anyone have any specific routers they recommend? Less expensive the better. I don't game at all

On amazon one of the 1st routers to pop us when searching is an 802N FOR $20. Then there is the archer c7 for $81....help

Thanks
You probably don't need AC. It's unlikely your streaming device supports it anyway and you don't need the extra bandwidth. What extra money tends to get you among routers is:
- Better / more antennas
- 5GHz support (see below)
- Better processor / ram to support more simultaneous clients / connections (doesn't really sound like a concern for you).

Get the cheapest router that meets your needs and is not crap. I haven't been paying enough attention to have a specific recommendation right now.

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You need a wireless router with dual band support - both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.- for sure. With so much of interference on 2.4 GHz the actual throughput gets whittled down a lot. 5 GHz will have lesser overlap and you should get better throughput with that. This is necessary for HD video streaming. I am not sure whether AC router brings something more to the table except that the signal gets carried further. That is what my understanding is. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
One thing I'd add to that is that being lower frequency, 2.4GHz travels farther and penetrates walls better than 5GHz. If you're trying to cover a large house in the suburbs, 2.4GHz will probably do a better job. If you're trying to get wifi in a dorm or an apartment building, 2.4GHz is usually a disaster. The best way to figure out what works best for you (aside from looking outside and checking whether you're in a dorm or on a farm) is to download a wifi analyzer app for your smartphone to display active wifi signals in range.
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what router are you using?
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Amazon has the Netgear WNR1000 [amazon.com] $21.95 [Prime] Smilie

You might want to consider installing Tomato or DD-WRT on your old router.Cool
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Are you in a house or apartment? How far away is your media system from where the router will go? The Archer C7 V2 is a good choice (You might be looking at the V1). It has AC and dual radio which will help to future proof your router for a little while. Dual band is great as you get new devices that can use AC and or if you live in an area like an apartment thats very congested with wireless signals.
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Any home router will be fine if you aren't looking for some crazy long range wifi or extras. netgear, dlink, linksys, asus... I wouldnt spend less than $30... you don't want junk that needs to be reset once a day. Dual-band and Wireless N are good, no need for AC.

Your speed is only as fast as your weakest link. Your internet is probably wireless G speeds. If you are doing local file transfers then AC will only make a difference if both end devices as well as the access point are wireless AC.
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