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#388079 - 01/10/13 10:20 AM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
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I've been using this NETGEAR Wireless Router - N900 Dual Band Gigabit (WNDR4500) now for the past 3 years without a hic-up.

Mine is either this one, or one very similar. The only difference is mine has a silver stand. This one looks to be clear.

The range on mine is about 2 doors down the street. I took my I pad with me once to test how far I could use it.


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#388082 - 01/10/13 10:31 AM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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Still my first choice.

I can't believe that this joke just never gets old!

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#388083 - 01/10/13 10:33 AM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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#388084 - 01/10/13 10:34 AM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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I have a Linksys E4200 that I like a lot. I have to research some sort of extender options though. The signal gets pretty weak at the furthest reaches.
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#388090 - 01/10/13 11:08 AM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4849
Loc: western canada
I've been reading MaxPc for years shortly after it was Boot magazine. Usually pretty good reviews and some real world tests that i appreciate.
Their recent router recommendation was this latest Asus offering:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/%5Bprimary-term%5D/asus_rt-n66u_wi-fi_router_review

I personally own the Netgear 4500 to which this Asus is compared in the article. The Netgear 4500 has been pretty solid. It has a wireless client computer two floors up and at the far end of our house. Downlaod speeds are slightly slower than my wired computer which is to be expected (wired 4-6 mbps, wireless 2 floors up 1-3.5 mbps).


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#388095 - 01/10/13 12:20 PM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
axiom_man Offline
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Registered: 05/09/06
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Loc: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Cana...
OK
I never said 5ghz was faster than 2.4

By putting Gaming and Video on 5 ghz, u run less interference with someone on a laptop on Youtube say down loading a video. Or whatever else downloading songs or Utorrenting. That's all

This way you get the highest bandwidth for gaming or Netfliks whatever on 5ghz.
There are routers that do this either 2.4 or 5ghz or for a few $$$ more will do both at the same time.

I did not use 5 ghz for distance as if he is in a normal average home on the same floor it will not be an issue for this regardless of 2.4 or 5ghz.

Secondly, You cannot split a digital signal, unless you want to buy some more electronics.

Not sure where you are but if your one HS with Cable then gonna need to goto their cable modem first anyways. From that go to a router, ( Dlink, Linksys, Cisco ) I don't care.
The only way your gonna run two or three Networks ( LAN ) within is through CAT6 or 5 or 4 or 3 or 5 or 5e I don't care.
You cannot go wireless to wireless with routers. If you need to extend or go wireless from the router to another you need a bridge or extender. Linksys WES610N 4-Port Dual-Band N Entertainment Bridge. See staples $79.99 they are. you can put this near your amp, tv, blu-ray using Catx and go wireless to the router on 5 ghz. with this bridge. There is no need to run Catx cabling.
Also, I don't care what the router is advertised at 1ghz or 500 mbs or 300mbs your internet connection unless you are fibre optics and paying 100's per month I would imagine is only around 80 mbs. so you are not going to reach the 300 mbs the router says it is capable of. And if the remote site puts out 1ghz uploads and you are the only one downloading your not going to get it.

As for Dlink, Linksys, Cisco, Netgear there all good. I have a Dlink 815 and my daughter is on Xbox live playing Black OPs or HAlo, Youtubin music on her iPhone and I am wireless with my tv watching Netflicks upstairs, my dlink router is in the basement and I never yet, had an issue.
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#388102 - 01/10/13 01:04 PM Re: Need a new router [Re: axiom_man]
pmbuko Offline
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axiom_man,

The only case where the less interference / additional bandwidth of 5GHz makes sense for streaming is if you have a file server on your local network that holds all your HD content and you stream from it wirelessly. Netflix streams (or any internet source) are coming to you over your internet connection, so their bandwidth is already constrained by the speed of the connection to your provider. Your wireless network (regardless of band) has at least 10x the throughput of your internet connection.

The primary real-world benefit of a simultaneous dual-band router is that you can run devices that only support 2.4GHz at the same time as devices that can use 5GHz. Older routers that supported both speeds would have to step down to only using 2.4GHz if there was only one device on the network that required it.
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#388103 - 01/10/13 01:10 PM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
Word.
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#388111 - 01/10/13 02:01 PM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
axiom_man Offline
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Registered: 05/09/06
Posts: 340
Loc: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Cana...
Whatever,

all I know is with A B G nics run only 2.4 speeds up to 54mbs.
With the Xbox and my tv ( Netflicks Smart TV ) I have a N Nic to run on 5ghz.
When I had only the G router on 2.4ghz and all my appliances, net flicks would time out, gaming was gittery and so on.

I now have a router that does simu 2.4 and 5 ghz.
The gaming system and Smart TV is on 5ghz everything else runs on 2.4ghz. I do not have issues anymore. as everything is not competing for the same bandwidth on 2.4

It's almost like having two seperate networks on one friggin router.
Gaming, watching netflick movies and downloading movies, youtube video,take up bandwidth.
So if everything is on the same bandwidth then you going to share and compete. Divide them up



Edited by axiom_man (01/10/13 02:04 PM)
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#388112 - 01/10/13 02:10 PM Re: Need a new router [Re: Ascension]
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Registered: 02/05/06
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Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Class of 2006! Woo hoo!!!
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