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I need help buying a new wireless router, I think. I have tried researching, but I'm not very tech savvy. I have charter spectrum internet, ditched cable TV and am trying to go the streaming route with fire sticks, but experience a lot of lagging. Our current router is a Netgear n300. I don't know how old or outdated it is because I don't remember buying it, so I expect it's age is the problem. I have an 1800sf two story house, and the router is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the first floor. There are as many as 5 phones, 2 streaming TV's, as well as an Xbox one and Xbox 360. I would prefer to stay under or around $100, if possible. Can go higher if necessary. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Anyone? I don't even need you to find me a deal, just a direction. Not sure how to shop for one. A guy at best buy said a 1750 (?) would work for us.
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I am no expert but I was in a similar position not that long ago. Set a deal for routers (obviously that is a given). Read the comments from past deals and get a better understanding of what is a good value and how much of a router you really need to get the job done. Link below will allow you to read a little about routers and start to get a baseline for what they cost.

Maybe if you include your internet speed and the recommendation from best buy that might get some more comments.

Router Reviews [lifewire.com]

PC Mag- The Best Wireless Routers [pcmag.com]
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just bought my sister a budget TP link 1200 (amazon for $40), and took about 8 minutes to set it up (2 minutes to find scissors to open the box- and i'm not a techie). range is good in her 1800 sq ft, 2 floor condo. found this router listed on one of those "top routers under $50" sites. here's a site that might help you

https://www.toptenselect.com/best...under-100/
that and amazon reviews will probably be sufficient.

g'luck
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Many people buy the latest and fastest router even though their Internet connection is nowhere near capable of utilizing that speed. For example, if you buy a "1750" (AC1750), it simply means 1,300Mbps on 5GHz band + 450Mbps on 2.4GHz band *theoretical* max throughout.

Now, if you're just using the wireless for access *only* within your local area network then you will notice higher speeds. However, for most people, their Internet connection is what they use the router for... and that is going to be a huge bottleneck unless you actually have an ISP connection that can match or exceed it.

From the details you provided, you definitely want something that supports the 5Ghz band, which any recent router should. I don't think your current one does. Moving to a 5Ghz band will help a lot if you are in an area with a lot of other wifi signals, cordless phones, microwaves, etc. However, it's range is somewhat shorter.

Without any other information, I'd recommend the Netgear R6700 because 1) I have had good experience with that brand, 2) it is rated well on Amazon, 3) it's $80 on Amazon (after $10 coupon), and 4) you're already familiar with their user interface. You will notice the most improvement after migrating devices to the 5Ghz band (note: those devices must support 5Ghz or they have to keep using the new router's 2.4Ghz band).
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One more thing. Be sure to update the firmware on your router just like you do regularly on your other devices. (You do that, right? Smilie
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Of course🤔🙄 umm ok I don't even know how to do that.. Will figure it out. Thanks for your help!
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I need help buying a new wireless router, I think. I have tried researching, but I'm not very tech savvy. I have charter spectrum internet, ditched cable TV and am trying to go the streaming route with fire sticks, but experience a lot of lagging. Our current router is a Netgear n300. I don't know how old or outdated it is because I don't remember buying it, so I expect it's age is the problem. I have an 1800sf two story house, and the router is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the first floor. There are as many as 5 phones, 2 streaming TV's, as well as an Xbox one and Xbox 360. I would prefer to stay under or around $100, if possible. Can go higher if necessary. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You may just be better off telling spectrum to switch your cable modem to one that has built in Wi-Fi.
So no router would be needed to mess around with. You usually get stuck with a 6-8dollar monthly fee though but may just be worth it in this case. And if it doesn't work well you can just return to your current setup.
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