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#1 Enron

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 17:56

I'm looking to buy a new router and need the following features

 

Latest wireless standards

Able to handle a lot of devices on network simultaneously

Able to adjust priority to certain devices (for example, I would like to limit how much upload or download bandwidth one particular device can use)

Able to block things from the router (like Google ads and trackers/analytics)

Reliably supports network attached storage device

Good security/able to keep the Chinese out (also, no Chinese brands/Chinese chips; prefer not made in China but not sure if that exists)

Decent range, but nothing extreme needed

Minimum of 4 Ethernet ports (10/100/1000)

Works well with streaming things to consoles

NSA chips/monitoring okay

 

Price isn't an issue.




#2 +d5aqoëp

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 18:09

Smallnetbuilder recommends wireless ac routers in this order.

 

1. Netgear R7000

2. ASUS RT-AC87U

3. ASUS RT-AC68U (Slightly cheaper but rock stable on latest firmware) I am using this one since a year.



#3 +timster

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 18:25

I recently updated my router to the Netgear R6300v2.0, even supports DD-WRT if you prefer it over the stock Netgear firmware. the R7000 also is supported for DD-WRT

 

both the R6300 and R7000 have a USB3.0 and USB2.0 port for attached hard drives

 

http://netgear.com/h...cts/networking/

http://www.myopenrouter.com/



#4 Roger H.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 19:03

Moved to Internet, Network & Security



#5 Capy

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 19:12

Netgear R7000. AC support is awesome, range is excellent, USB 3 for external hard drives, isolated guest networks, etc. No overheating also (hello Asus!) 



#6 sc302

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 19:43

price is no option huh?  The nighthawk is a nice router and the high end linksys is supposed to be a nice router.  You could always buy a asa and a wireless controller or buy a sonicwall or go meraki if you wanted to be a bit more secure than your standard run of the mill hardware router/firewall.



#7 xrobwx

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 20:09

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This is the one I use at home and at work. Covers all the bases nicely. They also have models that come with the DD-WRT firmware.

http://www.buffalote...wireless-router



#8 +d5aqoëp

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:33

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This is the one I use at home and at work. Covers all the bases nicely. They also have models that come with the DD-WRT firmware.

http://www.buffalote...wireless-router

 

That model has got many negative reviews.



#9 xrobwx

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 19:23

That model has got many negative reviews.

Like I said. I use 1 at work and 1 at home for about 8 months now. No complaints. No bad review here.



#10 +goretsky

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:07

Hello,

 

I have been using a D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloude Router.   While I've noticed it does run a little warm, I can't say I've seen any problems as a result.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky



#11 hairbautt

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 21:33

Uhh, no one cared to mention the Linksys WRT1900AC? It's what I use. The range is amazing, firmware is great, features galore, it is the king of all routers.



#12 +RedReddington

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 10:30

 

 

NSA chips/monitoring okay

 

Was that sarcasm? Couldnt tell. 



#13 roeljohn

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:04

The Linksys WRT1900AC is fairly new, so a lot of bug issues is still to be expected early on. But I can vouch for the WRT series. My WRT54G is still working today.