Suggestions for replacing my router

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  1. SeanPatrick

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    Hey all, I've been doing a lot of reading on new routers, and there are a TON with different options. I'll be replacing my Dlink EBR 1310 G router. I currently run everything cable, and will probably continue to do so, but would like to take advantage of my Gigabit ethernet port on my P8z77 v pro, and I believe the 1310 is only " fast ethernet ". Obviously the next step up would be the " N " class routers, but I see there's also an " AC " class that's popped up. Also there's different options for dual band 2.4 and 5 ghz's.. though I would think this is primarily for wireless networking. Any suggestions? From what I've been able to decipher, the most important thing for me to have would be the gigabit ports on the new router. ( I only need about 3 by the way) I've got about 28mbps download with my provider. Cheers!

    Oh, And do you think getting that open source ready DDWRT thing is worthwhile?

    Here's one: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_1046_365&item_id=027834
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    Sounds like you dont need an ac standard router, just a quality N spec one. Pretty much every mainstream router nowadays has 4x GB ports so what you need to think about is your mobile/family needs. For example do you have a smartphone? If so then you may want to maximise its WiFi performance by going N with dual band. Even if your phone doesn't support 5GHz, maybe your next one will.

    Same thought for tablet and laptop too... if you are ruling out ever using both then WiFi isn't an issue but if you or anyone you live with wants to stream HD in the future then the higher spec wifi may help.

    Routers can be impacted a lot by the quality of the adapters connected and their drivers so the chances are any search you do will find people who have problems with X or Y brand. Our experience from reviewing them is that if you go Netgear, Buffalo, TP-Link etc you should find decent quality. I wouldn't worry about custom firmware. You want something which is stable out of the box and sits doing what it is meant to with minimal interaction in my opinion.
     
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    I got myself a D-Link DIR-655 together with a D-Link DGS-1008D switch about six months ago and they have both worked perfectly fine for me since.

    I have a 100/100 fiber connection to my flat and I get very close to that with them, also the gigabit networking at home is blazingly fast between my computers.
     
  5. SeanPatrick

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    Thanks for the suggestions gentlemen! .. I will let you know of my decision soon. The d-link price is right, and they both have what i'm looking for, however my last two routers, including of course the one I'm replacing, have been d-links, and they've been a bit flaky, ( this one's not as bad, the last one was terrible ) ... of course they might have improved over the last 5 years since this ebr 1310 has come out. Overall It sounds like I'll not worry about AC speed and stick with N w/ gigabit ports.

    " Same thought for tablet and laptop too... if you are ruling out ever using both then WiFi isn't an issue but if you or anyone you live with wants to stream HD in the future then the higher spec wifi may help."

    I actually live in a one bedroom apt, and everything centeres around the living room. I really don't think I'll need connectivity to stream things to laptops or i pads or my mobile, as the first two are redundant, and my smart phone has 4g connectivity anyways ( not that I need it at home ). I guess I'll see what they've got!
     
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    I'm using tp link which are the cheapest and ive had no problems
     
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    Ok, taking into account some of your suggestions, I picked myself up a TPLink gigabit router. I had to resist getting one of the flashy dual band or AC ones, but figured this is all I'd really need for quick wired networking:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_1046_365&item_id=050685

    So far it's seems to be zippy with internet responsiveness, only time will tell whether it's a good purchase or not!
     
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    hope it works out for you... :)
     
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    Pretty much ever mainstream router has gbps ? I'd like to say ... er... no

    It's relatively still rare and it's rather irriating too.

    My supplier catalog for example has a list of routers/wireless routers that about 85% of which are still all 100mbps network connections, granted almost every single one of the wireless ones are 300N or even the dual "600N/750N" which imo is a bunk PR bullshit.

    All of which are between the ultra low end crap all the way up through to mid-highend which means quite expensive as well.

    There are actually a few in the list that are AC1200 (1.2gbps) using the newer wireless standard, and some of them still use a damn 100mbps. This is of course based on brand name products.

    If we venture into the relatively unknown or off brand stuff, we can get some dirt cheap 10/100/1000mbps network connectivity BUT from my experience... those hunks of crap are more likely to lock up and stop responding than actually sustain a 1gbps connection for any length of time... specially when you have some serious data transfers going.... everyday general internet use that rarely breaks even the 100mbps level isn't usually going to result in a locked up router.

    Personally i'm still sticking to linksys and dlink for most of my routers and cisco for the switches/hubs.

    The only way i've managed to get true 1gbps network connectivity is via a Cisco hub/switch, everything fed into it and then a single connection to the router.
     
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    My experiences with various routers and brands in the cheap market has always been disastrous... specially customers that have picked them up and been utterly frustrated.

    Linksys and dlink and netgear and belkin (though belkin has never been good imo).. shit even Asus's.

    I just never bother to screw around with cheap routers.. always stay in and around the 75-125 dollar range for midrange models... they are the only ones that seem to keep on ticking along... Anything cheaper and there are usually problems within the first year or month even. They usually always mess up when you get 3 or more wireless devices connected to them.... are prone to just dropping the WAN... and it's just endless.

    And no I haven't just had a bad luck... I've had sets of 3 of these various routers at different times with newer chipset packages.... they are irritatingly terrible and frankly I find it idiotic how people continue to buy them which results in them being an in demand profitable product for the company.

    the term "they don't build them like they used to" rings true for most cases, but nowadays.... it's societies fault for propping up and demanding terrible products that are throw away.

    Plenty of old routers that are 5 to 10 years old still working today... and yet nowadays we can barely get some cheap routers to survive 2 years or more.
     

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