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Router for campus residence

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Router for campus residence

Our daughter's attending university in the fall. She's going to be in an apartment-style residence (own room, shared kitchen and bath) and they're allowed to set up a router on their bedroom's wall port because the school recognizes not all laptops come with ethernet ports.

Would the following router be a good choice for the limited area she needs to cover? https://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-3-In-1-Wirel ... B00DWFPDNO

Or is there a better option? I've had good experiences with ASUS routers and I like the price point on this.
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You can also buy a USB ethernet adapter for her laptop. Cable maybe preferable in such a densely populated environment, especially if she's not too good at securing her router.
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jrbb0309 wrote: ... Would the following router be a good choice for the limited area she needs to cover? https://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-3-In-1-Wirel ... B00DWFPDNO ...
Seriously old router model that even some third party firmware ceased support for the RT-N12.

If preference is for ASUS routers, consider those on the following list: Asuswrt-Merlin
Personal preference is for the RT-AC68 series.
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TotallyKiller wrote: You can also buy a USB ethernet adapter for her laptop. Cable maybe preferable in such a densely populated environment, especially if she's not too good at securing her router.
I'd be the one doing the set-up and securing but that's a great idea as well. We're still hemming and hawing here. Now she thinks she might like a desktop (all-in-one) and have it wired to the ethernet port and just use her small laptop on the university's wifi when she's not in her room.
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Warlock wrote: Seriously old router model that even some third party firmware ceased support for the RT-N12.

If preference is for ASUS routers, consider those on the following list: Asuswrt-Merlin
Personal preference is for the RT-AC68 series.
Thanks for the heads up. The prices I'm seeing on RT-AC68 series are more than I really want to spend on a router for one single room. Plus we're still hemming and hawing here. Now she thinks she might like a desktop (all-in-one) and have it wired to the ethernet port and just use her small laptop on the university's wifi when she's not in her room.
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RT-N12 is good enough ... especially with this ... http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=164

However, I would also concern about the interference in the 2.4GHz space ... I suppose there are going to be quite a few routers in the building ....
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jrbb0309 wrote: Thanks for the heads up. The prices I'm seeing on RT-AC68 series are more than I really want to spend on a router for one single room. Plus we're still hemming and hawing here. Now she thinks she might like a desktop (all-in-one) and have it wired to the ethernet port and just use her small laptop on the university's wifi when she's not in her room.
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I would make sure you can get a router that supports the 5ghz band as another person mentioned there will be many routers setup and most of them will probably be on 2.4ghz so you will want to get away from that band to have a better more reliable connection.

However if possible either with a laptop or desktop buying her a longer Cat6 network cable would be best overall in terms of connection.
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Digress a little here.

Buy her a laptop anchoring cable with a number lock so that she could secure her laptop to any fixtures in residence or in library. Laptop theft is very common in university premises.
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sickcars wrote: I would make sure you can get a router that supports the 5ghz band as another person mentioned there will be many routers setup and most of them will probably be on 2.4ghz so you will want to get away from that band to have a better more reliable connection.

However if possible either with a laptop or desktop buying her a longer Cat6 network cable would be best overall in terms of connection.
That's a really good point. We have dual band at home and putting our devices on 5ghz avoids a lot of issues in our condo.
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The amount of interference in that dorm on 2.4Ghz is going to be insane. I wouldn't even bother. If a reasonably line of sight-ish connection with 5Ghz is possible, go for it, but honestly, with wired connections being more secure, faster, and more reliable, why not just pick up a cheap USB to ethernet dongle and a cat5e cable and have her plug in when she gets back to the dorm?

I wouldn't run a WLAN in a dorm. Kids are punks. There are probably 10 hacker punk kids on just her floor alone trying to screw around.

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