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Router for parents recommendations

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Router for parents recommendations

Looking for recommendations on a wireless router for my parents’ new place. Likely be a 50Mbps fibre internet, since that seems the only option (they would do much less if they could, coming from 3mbps which was fine). The ISP offers a router for $150, eventually got the name Aircube out of them but not which model. An ISP router doesn’t feel best to me for both cost and security reasons.

It would be for a desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, Fire cube (TV), Ooma phone, possibly printer. Hardwired where possible (i.e. the Ooma, TVs, desktop and printer). Some other occasional devices from family or whatever. In a ~ 1500 sqft bungalow

Looking for dependability in particular, and also ease of use (particularly if I have to help over the phone or something lol). Don’t have a set budget, but cost conscious. They used a $20 Linksys E900 in the previous place, which in reality did fine. Maybe ones around $50 or so would be nice enough? But that’s not a limit to get something right.

Being able to turn on/off the wifi would be nice, but not sure if any readily have that feature. Guest feature possibly. Other features like being able to attach storage maybe would be nice but not sure they would get used and keeping simple has its pluses.

Not sure yet about location. Possibly with the fibre equipment in the basement would streamline and keep it out of the way. Possibly upstairs but would take up multiple runs, with then having a switch in the basement anyway. Another thought would be just a wired router (or just not use the wireless) and access point upstairs.
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Is ISP providing modem only or combo modem/router?

If combo then just try that first. Normally would suggest different router but also like to keep it simple if not power users.

Otherwise there are sub $100 routers that go on sale at Staples, Amazon, etc. that would meet their needs.

Don't necessarily need lasted AX router when AC would do especially if 3mbps was fine. Brand wise prefer netgear or asus but tp-link perhaps an option also.
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georvu wrote: Is ISP providing modem only or combo modem/router?
Fibre modem only; they offer to also provide an Aircube router for $150
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2020: BOC dropped rates 3 times and MCAP waited to drop its prime to include all 3 drops.
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A couple ASUS I'm looking at, possibly similar to above (a little higher on the price range), possibly good deals if sales mean much.

Asus RT-AC65 AC1750
$70 at Staples

Asus RT-AC67P/CA AC1900
$80 at staples
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sprdave wrote: A couple ASUS I'm looking at, possibly similar to above (a little higher on the price range), possibly good deals if sales mean much.

Asus RT-AC65 AC1750
$70 at Staples

Asus RT-AC67P/CA AC1900
$80 at staples
those are old routers and nearing end-of-life. You want something a bit more current that can expect security updates for the next few years, or you may be buying replacements in no time.

Consider Asus RT-AX55 and Netgear RAX20 - this one is about $99 and a great little router that's reviewed well. Netgear has been great with firmware updates lately and the RAX20 is being well served. Me, I'd go for the Netgear.
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sprdave wrote: A couple ASUS I'm looking at, possibly similar to above (a little higher on the price range), possibly good deals if sales mean much.

Asus RT-AC65 AC1750
$70 at Staples

Asus RT-AC67P/CA AC1900
$80 at staples
HWDAN55 wrote: those are old routers and nearing end-of-life. You want something a bit more current that can expect security updates for the next few years, or you may be buying replacements in no time.

Consider Asus RT-AX55 and Netgear RAX20 - this one is about $99 and a great little router that's reviewed well. Netgear has been great with firmware updates lately and the RAX20 is being well served. Me, I'd go for the Netgear.
actually the rt-ac67p and rt-ac65 are fairly new. They came out in 2020

Those run arm higher clocked dual core mtk routers but they need newer kernel so very little available info on them so you will notice they don't support adaptive qos just traditional and very few stock firm wares available at all. But they very easily could and should. They are a much more powerful soc than in the 66bu1 which is a popular 800/1000mhz dual core arm broadcom that is quite old now very old and runs an old kernel too but plenty of available info for asus and merlin they support adaptive qos on it.

So I would go with the 66u-b1 over the other 2 simply for the adaptive qos with sqm_cake since the isp package your using is just 50mbps and sqm_cake can make that feel and run much better than you it is. The true problem will be wifi coverage whose to say how good they are? But in comparision most typical ax routers today run virtually max legal amps for coverage as to why they cover so much better than older ac routers. But the 66ub1 can shape the low isp better and has firmware to allow it and thats why you see the price difference across models and brands.

I don't believe the ax netgears have any sqm traffic shaping that merits the price and why they are so cheap compared to asus ax with exact same specs. Warehouse deals have the RAX20 a slow as 60 bucks at times. The rt ax55 would be fine but again it shows the price difference arguably due to better firmware and is alot more than the netgear with same soc. Its funny I have 35 buck ax router with the exact same specs as the ax55. So...its clearly the software/support over hardware that defines the pricing anymore. If that 35 buck ax router got opensource support? It would cost +100 bucks over night and go higher with availability and ease to get opensource on it.

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