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Help me pick a new router

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Help me pick a new router

So I think my router finally decided to kick the bucket this morning and I suddenly need to buy a new one. Was thinking of just getting a TP-Link Arch C7 (link) at around $100 it will probably be good enough for my needs (not a super heavy user). That said I'd be willing to spend a bit more if I get some benefit from it. Any other suggestion on a sub-$200 router?
Are these worth the extra price tag?
https://www.amazon.ca/TP-Link-Tri-Band- ... ics&sr=1-1
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... p/10452373
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You can't go wrong with a Netgear R7000.
While I have a newer Asus AC86U, it crapped out last year (2.4Ghz chip fried) and while I was waiting for the RMA, I plugged the Netgear back in and it's now being used as an AP to increase my coverage.
I will definitely be sticking with Netgear for future purchases.
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The second TP-link is the only 3 bands router listed here. But if you don't have a spectrum congestion problem in the 5.8 GHz band, you don't need it.
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I was looking for router as well. I would go for ASUS one, it has better range. It has many good reviews.
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Popular models: ASUS RT-AC68 series and the ASUS RT-AC1900 series.
You can pair them with a third party Asuswrt-Merlin firmware.
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15 years later I'm still using pfSense.
I wouldn't use anything different except in very special circumstances (ie travel)
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teoconca wrote: I was looking for router as well. I would go for ASUS one, it has better range. It has many good reviews.
yes, but since it's a bestbuy exclusive, it will probably not get WPA3 support with a future firmware.
If you cant to have WPA3, buy a newer router, or best wait.

@death_hawk PFsense is a software.
We are talking about RF hardware. So maybe you should provide a complete solution that may include PFsense, but not just PFsense.
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ubiquiti edgerouter X with unifi UAP
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KevCnew wrote: ubiquiti edgerouter X with unifi UAP
Just curious, why not a TP-Link EAP 245 Access Point instead of the Unifi, gets good reviews too.
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Bull Dog wrote: Just curious, why not a TP-Link EAP 245 Access Point instead of the Unifi, gets good reviews too.
I think Ubiquiti gear is considered more prosumer, where TP-Link is consumer. I'm sure EAP245 is just fine; but I have been nothing but happy with my ER-X and UAP setup.
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Yeah...

Take this chance to play, learn and get Ubiquiti ER-X + UAP WiFi.
Upgrade yourself and your gear ;)
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KevCnew wrote: I think Ubiquiti gear is considered more prosumer, where TP-Link is consumer. I'm sure EAP245 is just fine; but I have been nothing but happy with my ER-X and UAP setup.
I'm a real novice when it comes to networking, and I find Ubiquiti to be really confusing.
eg. EdgeRouter X - should you get the plain one or the ER-X SFP if you have a few access points to power? If you do get SFP which AP's are compatible with it, ie 24V vs 48V , passive, etc ? If you don't get ER-X SFP, does the power injector that comes with the AP have to be plugged in next to the AP at the destination, or can it be plugged into the ER-X?
eg. Access Point- Nano HD vs Pro vs LR etc - which one do you choose?
eg. power switch- should you get a plain 8 or 16 port switch or a power switch-SFP ? Or just buy a cheap 8 or 16 port switch from another company? And if you decide to buy a Ubiquiti power switch is the SFP better to come from the switch, the router, or the power injector that came with the access point?
eg.
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KevCnew wrote: I think Ubiquiti gear is considered more prosumer, where TP-Link is consumer. I'm sure EAP245 is just fine; but I have been nothing but happy with my ER-X and UAP setup.
Also, I don't think EdgeRouter X has a USB port for printer or network hard drive., which could be an issue for a lot of people.
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Bull Dog wrote: Just curious, why not a TP-Link EAP 245 Access Point instead of the Unifi, gets good reviews too.
I'm using two to link eap APs now. I just shut off the wifi on my router, which is a 5 year old TP link with custom firmware.

Built in router wifi is sketchy IMHo. Better get a quality AP.
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using pfSense.
"When operating the viewfinder diopter control with your eye to the viewfinder, care should be taken not to put your finger in your eye accidentally."

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