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    Wireless Router

    I believe the time has come to upgrade my wireless router. I have had an old Belkin for about 2 years now, and have started noticing lag and drops (especially when trying to play online games). Since the purchased the old router, the misses and I have added 2 iPads, and a 360 to the network.. To go along with her laptop, my laptop and my PS3. I believe the old router can simply not handle the task anymore. I have checked Internet speeds via hardwiring to the PS3/360 and it doesn't seem to be a problem with the Internet into the house.

    I have been doing some hunting around, and checking reviews on Amazon, but I wanted to get CF's opinion on a couple routers:

    Amazon.com: Linksys E2500 Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router: Electronics

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    Amazon.com: Netgear WNDR3400 N600 Dual Band Wireless Router: Electronics

    What do you guys think of these? TIA!



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    Re: Wireless Router

    I bought this one a year ago and its been awesome. Havent had any reason to reboot unless i updated the firmware. Runs HD content to multiple devices flawlessly. Easy to configure and lots of features.

    Amazon.com: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router: Computers & Accessories

    I have used many, many, Linksys, D-Link, and Belkins in the past and none of them have come close to the reliability and performance of this guy.



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    Re: Wireless Router

    I have the netgear, good router but now it's my backup to the Asus RT-N66U. I really like the Asus, more expensive but fast and stable, currently have 27 clients attached. You could also look at the Asus AC router, but might be awhile before you really can use it.



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    Re: Wireless Router

    I don't think you'll notice a lot of difference between similarly featured home routers, I have one very similar to that Netgear and have had no problems with it.

    Check what's popular and read some reviews on Newegg.com

    One thing to note is that WPS is completely broken and makes it incredibly easy for someone to get your wi-fi password if they so choose, so turn that feature off on whatever router you get.



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    Re: Wireless Router

    I just swapped out my router after two years having minor problems with the old one, and it worked wonders. Get the latest technology. It is worth it.


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    Re: Wireless Router

    Thanks for the responses. Lemme pose another question, cuz I'll be honest, I'm kinda tech-dumb.

    We used to have Mediacom Internet, and while we noted the usual problems with it.. It was decent enough.

    A few months ago we switched to DirecTV/CenturyLink.. And while the overall stability of the Internet service is FAR superior to Mediacom, we have started experiencing a few different problems.

    The two main ones being

    A) connecting to Xbox Live/PSN. I can sign in no problem, but after a minute or 2 it signs me out. Every time. I can sign right back in, but then it will kick me right back off. The cycle just keeps going and going.
    B) whenever the misses and I are trying to open multiple tabs in Safari or Chrome, or whatever.. (her for pinterest, me for reddit or pr0n of course), the first few load no problem, but the 4th or 5th tab never connect until we refresh the page and then they load fine.

    Do these sound like router problems? Could it just be giving up the ghost? I've also read that the router can store old IP addresses and maybe everything is just jumbled up inside? I figured rather than factory restore the routers settings I might as well upgrade since its a couple years old anyways. And I've seen how you can go into your settings and do the DMZ thing to recognize specific IP addresses, but I'm not to keen on my gaming consoles not being protected.



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    On my old linksys I had to open the ports for xbox live to work correctly. Linksys was such a ***** when it came to issus like that. I dont have those problems anymore. Linksys may have made all that easier now, but I wont go back. Another thing that used to **** me off was Linksys router would over heat if they get too much action and I would have to power the damn thing off and back on again.



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    Re: Wireless Router

    The chances of anything happening to a gaming console by using the DMZ feature on your router if so small it's not even worth mentioning, I've never heard of anyone "hacking" into a console that way.



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    Re: Wireless Router

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    I bought this one a year ago and its been awesome. Havent had any reason to reboot unless i updated the firmware. Runs HD content to multiple devices flawlessly. Easy to configure and lots of features.

    Amazon.com: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router: Computers & Accessories

    I have used many, many, Linksys, D-Link, and Belkins in the past and none of them have come close to the reliability and performance of this guy.

    Thanks for the suggestion, but that seems really expensive for a simple electronic device. I'm just a web surfer and streaming music / stock quote user. I'm not a gamer, or techie.

    But Router costs seem to be going up with little improved performance. Doesn't your ISP service dictate the speed and performance of your stream?



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    Re: Wireless Router

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but that seems really expensive for a simple electronic device. I'm just a web surfer and streaming music / stock quote user. I'm not a gamer, or techie.

    But Router costs seem to be going up with little improved performance. Doesn't your ISP service dictate the speed and performance of your stream?

    I know how you feel about the price. It was a pinch for me too, but over the years Ive learned that you get what you pay for with this stuff.

    Yes, your ISP had control of your stream, but your router also helps process the requests.

    It all comes down to your needs and preferences. You can absolutely get away with a cheaper one if you want. Im just recommending off of personal experience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    On my old linksys I had to open the ports for xbox live to work correctly. Linksys was such a ***** when it came to issus like that. I dont have those problems anymore. Linksys may have made all that easier now, but I wont go back. Another thing that used to **** me off was Linksys router would over heat if they get too much action and I would have to power the damn thing off and back on again.
    Someone suggested that I had to forward my ports to get my Live and PSN to work? I'm gonna be honest, I don't even know what that means.. And I just found it peculiar that it worked fine with Mediacom and then didn't work anymore when we switched.



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    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    Someone suggested that I had to forward my ports to get my Live and PSN to work? I'm gonna be honest, I don't even know what that means.. And I just found it peculiar that it worked fine with Mediacom and then didn't work anymore when we switched.

    Seems odd yes. Forwarding isnt too hard. Depending on what model you have a google search for port forwarding on said model with xbox live should prove useful.



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    Pretty solid...if you can get past the barrage of "BUY ME!!!"



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