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New faster router/bridge?

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New faster router/bridge?

I've got the dir-655 connected to my bell home hub router as a bridge/access point. Mainly because of the location of the bell hub and layout of my place.

Can anyone recommend a good replacement wifi router/bridge/access point that had better take and sports the new wifi access standard?
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Follow the hot deals threads, the discussions go well beyond pricing and cover performance aspects. You should be shopping for something that is dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz) and include AC. Pretty much anything that is newer than 2-3 years old will have these features.
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will888 wrote: Follow the hot deals threads, the discussions go well beyond pricing and cover performance aspects. You should be shopping for something that is dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz) and include AC. Pretty much anything that is newer than 2-3 years old will have these features.
How come I would want dual band? Isn't just using the 5ghz range good/better?
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The 2.4GHz band is overcrowded, unless you live in a single house with a large property (so that there are almost no neighbors with Wifi reaching into your home).

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless ... less-crowd

5GHz has shorter range but less interference and noise.

This is extremely noticeable if you do a large network file transfer over 2.4GHz at 8pm vs 4am. You should notice a huge speed difference (unless you park your Wifi device right beside your wireless router).
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Popular choices are the ASUS RT-AC68 (AC68U/AC68W/AC68R) series and the Netgear Nighthawk R7000.
Keep in mind that tweaking may be involved depending on devices being used and your home setup.

For additional ideas: SmallNetBuilder

For a budget model, TP-Link Archer C7 v2 is popular.
NB: That is hardware revision 2.0 not revision 1.0 or 3.0
A review: TheWirecutter
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Kaitlyn wrote: How come I would want dual band? Isn't just using the 5ghz range good/better?
As explained, 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands have their advantages and disadvantages. On a dual band router, it is a simple matter of enabling both frequencies, use the same SSID, encryption and passcode. The wifi devices should be able to seemlessly find the right band to connect to.

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