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Upgrade Router for Streaming?

washington_706 598 72 June 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM
Hi, I have an old N150 router (asus rt-n10p [asus.com]) that i use to connect to a tv with a chromecast version 1.

i notice when watching things on showbox it can get a bit choppy, which i'd like to improve upon.

would i benefit from upgrading to an AC router and buying a chromecast v2 (which is AC capable)? or would i get more bang for my buck and improved performance just buying a faster N router and keeping my chromecast v1? or, won't it even matter because streaming to 1 tv doesn't even exceed what my current router can handle anyway?

i don't know much about routers. from what i understand, N is in the 2.5ghz range whereas AC is in the 5ghz range which is less used and more "quiet" with less interference. not sure if that will help me or not.

if AC is the best route, is there anything to look out for when buying? speed, features, etc? ideally i'd like to spend <$80.

thank you for any advice.

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no need v2 yet.

you can try to shield all directions on Chromecast with metal sheets, except the router's direction.

if stream from a wireless device, then dual-band N is enough if only a bit choppy, because that will offload more than half work to 5ghz. (to Chromecast and from Internet)
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