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Buying a router

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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.

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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.

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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/home/products/networking/

http://www.myopenrouter.com/

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Moved to Internet, Network & Security

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NSA chips/monitoring okay

 

Was that sarcasm? Couldnt tell. 

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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.

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