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gtexan 728 256 November 30, 2015 at 07:13 AM More Amazon Deals
I recently purchased this router to upgrade my home connection.
Linksys AC1200
http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Wir...op?ie=UTF8

The price was $50

I'm certainly noticing a stronger signal, but it's not as overwhelming as I was expecting. My devices are all fairly far form the router so the 5gzh connectivity is wasted (and none have AC so that's a waste too).

Is there a better deal? Should I have gone with something else?

I'm looking for stable and wide range most of all. It's replacing an old Encore router
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With all the deals the last few day's I am not going to say you got a bad deal but you paid normal online price it looks like vs a sale.

I can't speak as to if the router you have now is better. Like you said your fighting a few things that you know effect things like 5ghz, etc. I would think it has to be an improvement over what you had. Personally when I am looking for Stability I look to a router that I can install 3rd party firmware. I would make sure the router is centrally located and or near your areas of primary use. 10ft can make a big difference.
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I probably wouldn't have bought it since you have no wireless AC devices. Not a bad deal tho, and its probably not a bad home router(never used one myself). If your house is huge and not wired with ethernet, maybe a wireless repeater would be a good buy for you. They arent the best but they work.

The fact that 'Frustration-free Packaging' is $20 more is killing me though lmao.
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Yeah, I'd agree with the above. Not a slick deal, but not a bad price. You may not have ac now, but your next phones/tablets/laptops almost certainly will.

To cover a large area, my experience has been that more routers are almost always better than bigger routers. If there is a way for you to run Ethernet between two areas of your house you can setup two routers on the same SSID and get better coverage. There are lots of different ways to accomplish this, and also alternatives to Ethernet such as Ethernet over power line or cable. I use Ethernet over power myself, but it depends a lot on how your house is wired.
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Spend as much as you can... and I would recommend getting 802.11g/n for sure, but also dual-band. The $100 routers will typically be dual-band so that if you have interference on one band (from cordless phone or microwave oven or something) your connection won't be lost because it can still likely communicate over the other band.
Also the more expensive routers tend to have a faster processor and more features so there would be less lag for game play. Some of the more expensive routers will have a giga-bit switch on the back rather than just 100Bt... so devices physically connected will communicate 10x faster. Some routers may be considered faster for HD video streaming too... check the comparisons on the retail boxing. So personally... I would spend more especially if you have multiple wireless devices and you don't want to slow anyone else down too much... more $ more performance is a general rule.

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Can you use something like a Powerline adapter with wireless access points at strategic locations? You don't want to have to deal with a weak wifi signal.

You can also try a more powerful router like the Netgear R7000 or something with a stronger output.
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If you are expecting to be overwhelmed when it comes to WiFi performance then you better inject yourself adrenaline. Don't expect miracle from these devices, it takes time, site surveys and planning to do WiFi right. Use a WiFi Analyzer type app to map your house, check for competing signals and use the least congested channel possible. Position your device in the most central location possible. You may have to use powerline adapters, cat5 wiring, repeaters, etc. There is no silver bullet in these types of scenarios.
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Most routers are going to give you about the same signal strength. The benefit of buying an ac router is your going to have better speeds with the same signal strength. Power output is capped by law so you're not going to see huge differences between decent routers.
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