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Router help

genghiskhan 2,899 125 February 20, 2016 at 04:58 AM
I would like to spend somewhere around $100 on a new router but have some leeway. my house is about 1800 square feet. The usual connections are either 2 televisions streaming video at the same time and 3 cellphones or 1 television and a PS4 in addition to the 3 phones. The internet connection is a cable 20 Mbps, which will be upgraded later (Internet here sucks).

Since I live in Puerto Rico my buying options are somewhat limited as most tech stores are not here or have closed and quite a few do not ship here.

Right now Best Buy (will be near one tomorrow) has Linksys Model: WRT1200AC for 99.99 and Netgear Model: R6400-100NAS for $129.99 but I am just taking shots in the dark as I have no idea which will better suit me.

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The nighthawk routers from Netgear seem to be the best. You have two choices: 3 Antena or 4.
You can find deals on Newegg a lot for the 3-antenna router. Keep checking it's combo deals to see what happens. EBay has a lot of these that are new and can be had for 100 or so. I bought a modem/router combo for about 120 (shipped) and sold the modem for about 60. I got a great deal. Just be aware, if you buy used be sure to flash (reinstall) the firmware, just case the guy you are buying from is malicious. Install an older firmware from netgear's site, then the latest. You should be fine. And it's easy to do. You download the file and on the admin page of the router, go to update firmware, select the file, then sit back a wait. Repeat again with latest update file.

With the 4, there is not much that utilizes it yet so it will be more future proof. However, it's out of the 100 price range. And by the time the use of 4 antennas is standards on devices, there will probably better routers.

And if you are I to installing custom 3rd-party firmware, these allow users rto do so.

With either one be sure to disable WPS. It's a feature and if left on can cause vulnerabilities. You find it the menu, just unchecked it. If there is no way to disable it, then make it is set for "push button" only. Meaning you have to push the physical button on the router in order for it to work. (WPS is a quick way to connect devices that don't know you wireless password, that is why you want to secure it.)

If you can't find the nighthawk, then I would go linksys.
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Last edited by mrbobofbobs February 20, 2016 at 05:24 AM
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I would also throw the TP-Link Archer C7 into the mix. Good reviews (http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...fi-router/) and good third party firmware support (https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wdr7500).

It doesn't appear to be sold by BB though, so you'd need to find a way to ship it to Puerto Rico. I'd agree that Netgear > Linksys on the current iteration of routers if that's what you have available.
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With the 4, there is not much that utilizes it yet so it will be more future proof. However, it's out of the 100 price range. And by the time the use of 4 antennas is standards on devices, there will probably better routers.



If you can't find the nighthawk, then I would go linksys.
Did a quick search on amazon (newegg hits me with $20 shipping at the very least)

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R6700-100NAS) at $129
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1...=nighthawk

And

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7500) at $160 from a 3rd party seller. (Also readily available on ebay around $150)

With my needs which would be recommended? I would like 100 but have some wgle room especially buying online as I do not get charged the 11.5% sales tax.
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I know it's more but I would definitely buy the 7500 over the 6000 series. Do the comparisons online, it's a much better router. Keep looking on eBay and put an alert on here for nighthawk, they go on sale regularly.

Archer 7 are good routers too, but when I did my research I thought the 7 didn't offer as much as the nighthawk. The linksys was my second choice.

I know they are expensive. I didnt want to spend that much either, but I knew that if I put the money into it now, I would be set for years. If you are just streaming and playing video games, you Internet connection will most likely be your bottleneck, not your router; if you even notice it. So look at like this.... If you are going to use router features and dive into the settings, get one that is more configurable. If not, get the cheapest as you probably won't recognize the difference. Does that make sense?
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OH! I forgot to mention. Whatever router you get, whether its one from the list above or another, make sure it is DOCSIS 3.0 compliant. This is the new structure for internet data transmission and will be better for your throughput. Plus, I could see internet providers, Comcast, making it mandatory for you to have a router that is compliant or they will make you rent one of theirs.
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OH! I forgot to mention. Whatever router you get, whether its one from the list above or another, make sure it is DOCSIS 3.0 compliant. This is the new structure for internet data transmission and will be better for your throughput. Plus, I could see internet providers, Comcast, making it mandatory for you to have a router that is compliant or they will make you rent one of theirs.
You are thinking of a Cable Modem not a Router. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS

The modem and router talk over the standard of Ethernet. There is no such thing as a DOCSIS 3 compatible Router only. You could have a combo device but thats not what the OP is after or is generally recommended.
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You are thinking of a Cable Modem not a Router. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS

The modem and router talk over the standard of Ethernet. There is no such thing as a DOCSIS 3 compatible Router only. You could have a combo device but thats not what the OP is after or is generally recommended.
You're absolutely correct. I had a weak moment of thinking I mislead someone and now I have mislead them. "One often finds his destiny on the road to avoid it".
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Did a quick search on amazon (newegg hits me with $20 shipping at the very least)

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R6700-100NAS) at $129
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1...=nighthawk

And

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7500) at $160 from a 3rd party seller. (Also readily available on ebay around $150)

With my needs which would be recommended? I would like 100 but have some wgle room especially buying online as I do not get charged the 11.5% sales tax.
wow. of all your options only that WRT1200AC is reasonably priced.

I would definitely skip that x4. its buggy and not sure if that will ever be fixed, and it doesn't have 3rd party firmware support so far.

just go for the linksys.
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