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Old 03-14-2015, 09:19 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a really good wireless router? I'm going to be using it with Comcast Business Class internet.

We will have several wireless devices at any given time using it and I'd prefer to stay under $200.

Here is one that I've been looking at. Thoughts? Have a better one?

Amazon.com: ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router: Computers & Accessories

Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:51 PM
 
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The RT-AC68U is a powerful router capable of handling 10-15 devices before noticeable slowdown. It's worth noting that it's a consume-grade router and, as such, is less powerful than a commercial grade router. But it is open source so you can build all the features you need as long as they don't need a faster CPU.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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The RT-AC68U is a powerful router capable of handling 10-15 devices before noticeable slowdown. It's worth noting that it's a consume-grade router and, as such, is less powerful than a commercial grade router. But it is open source so you can build all the features you need as long as they don't need a faster CPU.
^^ This ... I have the N version of that router and it's great.

You aren't going to get a commercial grade router for $200, but this is a great consumer grade one, and should be capable of running several different firmwares.
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWHMR6G

Just installed that at my office. It's a serious router. Range and coverage both great. Everyone noticed how much better it was almost immediately.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:25 AM
 
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWHMR6G

Just installed that at my office. It's a serious router. Range and coverage both great. Everyone noticed how much better it was almost immediately.
I had that router for a couple months. I ended up returning it for a couple reasons.

1. A router of that level and price should have the latest standards. Netgear decided to sidestep the 802.11ac wave 2 spec in this router and implement their own proprietary solution. We don't use Netgear devices/wireless cards so we wouldn't be able to take advantage of the proprietary solution... making most of the antenna and capacity unusable for me.

2. It doesn't support dual wan out of the box. I was able to get it working via shell script, but it had horrible load balancing performance for some reason. I identified that it might have been due to a weird callback being called twice per a single tick (instead of returning) in the firmware itself. I didn't want to modify the firmware otherwise I'd have to do so everytime I updated it.

I ended up going with this: Amazon.com: ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit Router: Computers & Accessories

I like that ASUS has hardware accelerated load balancing for dual wan. It doesn't have the ability to support three networks like the Netgear X6. If that's a feature you need, the X6 is one of the few routers that can provide that.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I am a big fan of Asus routers, as well. That's what I use at home and generally install for people.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Commercial? I use a cisco 2911 for routing and a UniFi access point for wifi. Probably overkill for most small offices.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:29 AM
 
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Router Charts - 2.4 GHz Downlink (choose your own benchmark/downlink)

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