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Which Router to Choose

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Which Router to Choose

I am in need of a new router, my Linksys EA6500 is a complete POS when it comes to wireless stability. Cannot even stream from my Plex server to a Chromecast one floor above. Wired is no issue (to an HTPC in the same location). Besides the constant poor wireless connectivity on my current EA6500 I am dealing with the random reboots (at least daily) and just complete meltdowns (monthly) requiring a hard reset.

I was going to jump on an ASUS AC66U, but the price of the TPLink Archer C7 is very tempting. Love the stable DDWRT option on the ASUS.

My biggest need is stability. I will have about 15 devices connected on an average day (both wired and wireless).

Not looking to break the bank, sub $200 for sure. Technically I don't even have any AC devices, but want to be ready for the new technology when it does eventually enter my home.

I have done lots of research, but nothing compares to real world users experiences.

Thanks,
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Have you tried 3rd party firmware yet ? I think Tomato is available for EA6500 v2 ...
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And my vote goes to the archer c7 and my very old to link was excellent and when I broke it accidentally I grabbed a belkin that even their own customer service couldn't get it to operate brand new out of the drained box from Walmart... So returned it and got a d link one sale and wish I'd spent the money for the tp link instead... And comes well recommended by wintronic computers also
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If you plan to one day put a VPN client onto the router, then get a router with a dualcore cpu, as only those can run a vpn at full speeds. Not even an AC66 can run a vpn at full speeds
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Can you suggest a make and model? Thanks.
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willy wrote: Have you tried 3rd party firmware yet ? I think Tomato is available for EA6500 v2 ...
Main problem... I have the v1. I will look into other 3rd party firmware this weekend before I buy something else.

Right now I can get the Archer C7 for $99 all in OR the Netgear R7000 for $185 all in. RT-AC66U falls somewhere around $165.

The reviews of the C7 are sooo good, but I know it has more basic features. The R7000 at that price is a great deal imo.

Thanks for the info.
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ttothel wrote: my ac66u is solid
Any random wifi drops or restarts? That is the big issue I am facing now, unstable wifi.
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Ordered the R7000 from staples. 189 all in. Pick up tomorrow.

Thanks again for the feedback and info.
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wingman75 wrote: Any random wifi drops or restarts? That is the big issue I am facing now, unstable wifi.
not really, i put merlin firmware on when i got and havent updated it since, reminds me i probably should now
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wingman75 wrote: Ordered the R7000 from staples. 189 all in. Pick up tomorrow.

Thanks again for the feedback and info.
Good choice, this router is a beast.
I've been using one for the past few months and have yet to experience any issues.
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vkizzle wrote: Good choice, this router is a beast.
I've been using one for the past few months and have yet to experience any issues.
Thanks. So far the difference is astounding!!
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wingman75 wrote: My biggest need is stability. I will have about 15 devices connected on an average day (both wired and wireless).
pfSense. There's nothing you can throw at it that'll break it.
I have a thousand days uptime on some deployments without breaking a sweat.

You'll need an AP too since there's no (useful) wireless. I'd get a UniFi.

UniFis are cheap. pfSense however is not since it's built on a computer.
But to me it's worth it.
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Using pfsense box with ecc ddr2 memory and uptime's over 10 months.....

good luck getting that kind of uptime with a consumer grade router
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spinningpiledriver wrote: What is router with the best price performance ratio right now?
R7000 with Merlin

But

You get peace of mind if you buy RT AC68U/R straight
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Have been using RT AC66U for 2 years. Works fine until about month ago where the wireless speed drops to 50% of what it was. Guess 2 years is probably its lifespan :(
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kosmosrl wrote: Have been using RT AC66U for 2 years. Works fine until about month ago where the wireless speed drops to 50% of what it was. Guess 2 years is probably its lifespan :(
Does it still "work"? I mean how does it "break" like that?
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spinningpiledriver wrote: Does it still "work"? I mean how does it "break" like that?
It works. Just that the wireless speed I am getting is around 50Mbps. Plug in a new TP Link and I get 100. Used to have normal speed with that AC66U. Speed only drops about 1 month ago.

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