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I've switched to TP-Link for all of my personal installs and recommended installs. I find the stability to be better than Netgear, D-Link, Linksys. I have my routers on UPS and only reboot them about every 3-4 months or so. Plus, the firmware is feature-filled and only a step down from DD-WRT and the like (but much more stable).

That's just my experience with TP-Link, though. I'm also a network engineer if that matters to you.

Do you need this router?
1. This router is likely overkill for your Internet connection speed. Most people don't have an Internet connection fast enough to justify the WiFi speeds that this router is capable of. You might be paying for WiFi capability that you can't take advantage of.
2. Do you stream a lot of content sourced from your own personal LAN (i.e. - you have a server on your local LAN)? Then this router may help you do that faster. But unless you have a blistering fast Internet connection you may not reap the benefits of this router.
3. Do you need greater WiFi coverage? The lower the frequency, the greater the signal reach. 2.4ghz reaches farther than 5ghz, for example. If you are having problems with low signal strength, connect to the lower frequency band. This router won't help extend your WiFi reach very much compared to what you have now. Look into adding an access point rather than replacing your router.

With that said, I believe that this is a great price for a good router that is likely beyond most people's needs. If I needed to purchase a high-performance router right now I'd buy this at this price. But again - I'm a TP-Link fan due to repeated bad experiences with other major brands.
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The interesting thing is if you look at reviews on the high end wimax linksys routers (like 8 antennas) people claim the opposite. Somehow having like 3 points in the meshed system compete with each other and its not seamless. Going to the single big router that gets range down the block does the trick... At least according to their reviews.

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Is this any good? Looking to get a new router with good speed and range. Dual band or tri band?
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Is this better than the ac1900 v3 Amazon deal for $69.99?
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Mediocre reviews on Amazon. I will suggest to pass if this would be your main router.
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I was trying to transfer videos I downloaded from the prawn hub and they kept failing, perhaps it's a router issue
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Very disappointing, I so wanted this to be good so I could jump. Thanks for all the heads-up guys/gals
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I use this as my primary for all wireless streaming around the house. 4 Roku boxes and simultaneous Plex to different boxes. Never had an issue or drops.
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After going for a nest system. I'm not going back to a single unit. Even with extra access points it's still not the same. People shouldn't be looking for ultimate speed. Most internet are around 100 Mbps or 200 mbps. Unless you are streaming from a local network. There is no need for ac3000+. What you are looking for are stability in every corner of your house. Nest system does this very nicely.
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How does this compare to the AC2600? I just bought the AC2600 off Newegg for $76.64 including tax and I'm contemplating returning it to get this one because it's the newer version. Spec information doesn't appear to be much different. Design is identical.
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How does this compare to the AC2600? I just bought the AC2600 off Newegg for $76.64 including tax and I'm contemplating returning it to get this one because it's the newer version. Spec information does appear to be much different. Design is identical.
I was thinking the same thing. I wasn't support for DD-WRT but for $69 I figured I'd get the AC2600. Support for the AC3150 is pending. I say is you already have the 2600 not worth the hassle of a return.
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After going for a nest system. I'm not going back to a single unit. Even with extra access points it's still not the same. People shouldn't be looking for ultimate speed. Most internet are around 100 Mbps or 200 mbps. Unless you are streaming from a local network. There is no need for ac3000+. What you are looking for are stability in every corner of your house. Nest system does this very nicely.
The interesting thing is if you look at reviews on the high end wimax linksys routers (like 8 antennas) people claim the opposite. Somehow having like 3 points in the meshed system compete with each other and its not seamless. Going to the single big router that gets range down the block does the trick... At least according to their reviews.

Ex socalpaul in https://www.bestbuy.com/site/link...Id=5844817
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I need something that is most importantly STABLE and better than my Archer C9... primarily for local LAN speeds.

is there anything better?
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I must agree with some of the above posters that almost nobody needs a triband router for home use. But for this price it just might be worth it. Why? Because the mu-mimo and added total throughput of having a third band might future proof it to some extent. Of course range and stability should still be the first consideration but tomorrow's capability at this price is not a bad thing either.
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I've switched to TP-Link for all of my personal installs and recommended installs. I find the stability to be better than Netgear, D-Link, Linksys. I have my routers on UPS and only reboot them about every 3-4 months or so. Plus, the firmware is feature-filled and only a step down from DD-WRT and the like (but much more stable).

That's just my experience with TP-Link, though. I'm also a network engineer if that matters to you.

Do you need this router?
1. This router is likely overkill for your Internet connection speed. Most people don't have an Internet connection fast enough to justify the WiFi speeds that this router is capable of. You might be paying for WiFi capability that you can't take advantage of.
2. Do you stream a lot of content sourced from your own personal LAN (i.e. - you have a server on your local LAN)? Then this router may help you do that faster. But unless you have a blistering fast Internet connection you may not reap the benefits of this router.
3. Do you need greater WiFi coverage? The lower the frequency, the greater the signal reach. 2.4ghz reaches farther than 5ghz, for example. If you are having problems with low signal strength, connect to the lower frequency band. This router won't help extend your WiFi reach very much compared to what you have now. Look into adding an access point rather than replacing your router.

With that said, I believe that this is a great price for a good router that is likely beyond most people's needs. If I needed to purchase a high-performance router right now I'd buy this at this price. But again - I'm a TP-Link fan due to repeated bad experiences with other major brands.
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