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Have a 10 year old Lynkys wrt54 which needs replacing. Any suggestions on a good router. Prefer quality above price.

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That's very common for consumer grade routers.  Over time due to heating / cooling the parts inside start to fail.  The ... (more)

minidrag (Jul. 20, 2016 @ 6:15p) |

Yeah, I know it happens, I just wish it didn't happen in less than a year

MVP9596 (Jul. 21, 2016 @ 7:47a) |

Again, OpenSource firmware is the key (eg DDWRT, Tomato, etc)

ellory (Jul. 21, 2016 @ 6:46p) |

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WRT54? Wow that old workhorse?

I prefer ASUS
$29
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-3-In-1-Wireless-Router-RT-N12/dp/B00...

Or $89 if you have newer devices that can take 'good' advantage of 5ghz
https://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-N900-Gigabit-R...

forbin4040 said:   WRT54? Wow that old workhorse?

I prefer ASUS
$29
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-3-In-1-Wireless-Router-RT-N12/dp/B00DWFPDNO/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1468042054&sr=1-7&keywords=asus+router

Or $89 if you have newer devices that can take 'good' advantage of 5ghz
https://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-N900-Gigabit-Router/dp/B006QB1RPY/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1468042054&sr=1-3&keywords=asus+router

  Thanks for your time. The computer, laptop and tablet which I have are all more than three years old. I need something that has a strong signal as the router will be in the basement and the area I frequently use is on the second floor. The WRT54 did the trick but is now fading. On the N900 they indicate a new version is available for about $35 more. Any opinion that the new one would be better? Thanks again.

the tablet probably can handle it , the laptop? dunno.

More money? Nah, don't bother spending more than $100 for a router unless you know exactly what you want from such a high priced item.

So the more expensive ones don't have better range? Mine occasionally has range problems.

jfgary said:    Prefer quality above price.
 

  You might want to have a look at the UniFi AP.  Business quality, but priced pretty close to home user equipment.
https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/

Of course, that's just a WAP, so you'll need a router too.  The EdgeRouter X (same company) is very nice.
https://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgerouter-x/

Both are available on Amazon, about $120 for the pair.
 

Thanks, I will check them out.

I have the Asus RT-N66U that forbin4040 referred to in his reply.  It's been running for over a year with zero problems and I really like it.

I had the WRT54 (multiple versions of them) and I loved those as well.  Used them for many many years similar to you it seems.  I think you would be happy replacing yours with a RT-N66U based on my experience.  I went through a couple cheap ones before I settled on the N66U

I am using the same router for over 10 years as the op has
The surfboard cable modem the same vintage
I bought a lynksys with 3 antennas and a new surfboard modem a year ago, have  yet to use either
Will I notice a diff?
It is charter cable
3 pcs going
xbox one and a ps4 usually not atr the same time
and 2 voip phones

The xbox and ps4 would definitely benefit from the 5ghz specturm than a 3 antenna linksys would give.

You want to get a dual band router for sure, and make sure all your clients also support dual band. Then you can simply use the 5ghz frequencies which will not have interference from neighbors.

Go for an AC router only if you have clients that have AC radios.

I really appreciate all the feedback.


thestreetproposer said:   https://www.amazon.com/Arris-DOCSIS-SURFboard-Cable-Router/dp/B00GJ7Y7MU? 

Amazon prime deal. if you havent bought one already.

  Aren't you assuming that OP has Cable?

I've been using the Netgear Nighthawk series for work. I've used the R7000, 7500 and 8000. They are pricey, but full of features and extremely fast. Keep in mind that with any of the newer AC routers you're only going to see the speed benefit if you have a compatible client card in your system. It's best to use an adapter from the same manufacturer as the router if you're trying to get the fastest speeds.

Wirecutter recommends
http://m.thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-router/

I hope wire utter is right. I went anhead and ordered the T-Link Archer v2

Go with a router that takes OpenSource firmware. They're the only ones who will upgrade the firmware

ellory said:   Go with a router that takes OpenSource firmware. They're the only ones who will upgrade the firmware
  What makes you say that?  Firmware updates are fairly common on routers, of all brands and models.

They're fairly rare in consumer grade routers.

On CNET,

Synology RT1900ac
Best router for those with NAS interest

Asus RT-AC88U router
The Lexus of wireless routers

That's what I recommended.

chocula said:   I hope wire utter is right. I went anhead and ordered the T-Link Archer v2
  
I had the C7, and it was a great router up until it wasn't.  What I mean by that is it started dropping constantly after about a year of ownership.  After a few weeks of updating firmware, constantly rebooting it, etc, I bought a Netgear R6400.  The range was better on the C7, but the R6400 seems to be faster.  The C7 only has USB 2.0 and the R6400 has USB 3.0.

What's odd is after this topic my N6700 has decided to stop routing randomly. So I don't recommend the Netgear N6700

Asus routers are stable and a good recommendation for someone to just plug in and have it work, wouldn't recommend ubiquiti to a normal user.. they can only be configured from one device and if you lose access to that device you have to hard reset them unless you run a different OS on them.

I am not a big fan of netgear personally, nor the new linksys.

You will get amazing range difference from a WRT54G and anything newer.

Stay with the herd mentality look for what is the best selling on Newegg and it's hard to go wrong!

MVP9596 said:   
chocula said:   I hope wire utter is right. I went anhead and ordered the T-Link Archer v2
  
I had the C7, and it was a great router up until it wasn't.  What I mean by that is it started dropping constantly after about a year of ownership.  After a few weeks of updating firmware, constantly rebooting it, etc,
 

  That's very common for consumer grade routers.  Over time due to heating / cooling the parts inside start to fail.  The symptoms of failure are connection loss requiring reboots, happening more and more frequently.  Business class WAPs generally don't have this issue.

minidrag said:   
MVP9596 said:   
chocula said:   I hope wire utter is right. I went anhead and ordered the T-Link Archer v2
  
I had the C7, and it was a great router up until it wasn't.  What I mean by that is it started dropping constantly after about a year of ownership.  After a few weeks of updating firmware, constantly rebooting it, etc,

  That's very common for consumer grade routers.  Over time due to heating / cooling the parts inside start to fail.  The symptoms of failure are connection loss requiring reboots, happening more and more frequently.  Business class WAPs generally don't have this issue.

  
Yeah, I know it happens, I just wish it didn't happen in less than a year

Again, OpenSource firmware is the key (eg DDWRT, Tomato, etc)



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