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I have several routers. What would be the best set-up for me? Also, lots of general networking questions...

Okay, so now I have several routers. They are:

1 ASUS AC66R (just-bought)
1 Belkin N+ (2011 model)
1 Linksys Wireless-N (2009 model)

I considered also buying a new modem for my network, but I find that changing the modem from the default that the company provides will probably be a pain-in-ass and they might not even support the such. Calling them and arranging everything would be a hassle because they don't speak English, and it changing the modem from their default probably won't improve much anyway. I saw a "Motorola Surfboard" over at BestBuy, but I decided to get the ASUS AC66R over it.

If my modem has built-in WiFi I think I'll disable it, because it'll just be some crappy network adapter and all it would do is interfere with the better stuff and waste energy, at best. It can just focus all of it's energy into it's wired connection instead.

Anyway, so currently, my network would be like this:

Computer --> ASUS AC66R --> Cable Modem --> Internet

But do you think there's a better way I can set this up? The cable modem will likely have several ports. Could I set up several routers throughout the house and if so, what would be the best way to do that?

Alright, well let's talk about the devices that'll be on the network. We're talking about a large variety. My computer is modern, but my dad is using some Dell his company issued him, and my girlfriend is using some 2005 Compaq (it's junk, 1GB memory and I barely installed Win8 x32 on it as it barely met min requirements).

As for other devices - Mostly phones (both iPhones and Androids).

Well, I thought of it for a while. The ASUS AC66R is mostly all about me. I'm the big gamer, and I'm the one with the best networking cards. My girlfriend is all about videos and shopping online. My dad does business and voice-calls and stuff.

Would it be best to commit each router to a specific job? Like, set-up the ASUS router to only use wireless N in 2.4 and 5.0 and set another router to run G?

Well, now the firmware stuff. On the ASUS, should I use Auto, N-only, or Legacy? Hell, what does "Legacy" even mean, for that matter?

Also, one more question - Bandwidths. I don't think I understand them. When I open up the firmware for the ASUS, it says I can choose 20, 40, or 20/40 for the 2.4Ghz band and for the 5.0Ghz band it's 20, 40, 80, or 20/40/80. What's the best choice for me to use? Currently I'm using 20/40 for the 2.4Ghz and 20/40/80 for the 5.0Ghz.

Next, I have no idea what the channels are all about. Currently I'm just selecting the last one (the highest number). Is that fine, or should I set it to Auto?

Next up is the security/encryption. What is this "RADIUS" stuff? What's the fastest secure connection type? I live in a good place and nobody malevolent will try anything. Just some old folks nearby. All I need is a password of some kind on the network and that's it. I'd like all other settings to just be open or disabled as I figure that's the fastest connection type possible. Encryption isn't needed here - Just a password of some kind to prevent your average 60 year-old off of it.

Next up is the advanced stuff. What technologies should I have enabled? (EG: Tx Burst, WMM, etc)? Someone with experience with the AC66 should probably answer this.

Next, what about the firewall stuff? I decided to disable security altogether because I figured it might slow things down. Our computers have security, so I don't think the router needs more of it.

Last is the trasmit power on the ASUS. It has an 80mW transmit power by default. What would be the best, do ya think? 120mW or something?

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All I want is the fastest setup possible by taking advantage of everything I have. I thought maybe making the ASUS committed to wireless N might be best, while committing a different router to G connections. I dunno what I'll do with the third one. Maybe I'll just use it as a second G router in another room as an extension to ensure that my whole home has internet. I just hope there won't be any interference issues.

So, that would mean I'll have a single AC + N router, and two G routers (which are actually qualified N routers, but I'll be using them as G-only as to reduce interference to the N router, and because we need G routers in addition to the N router).

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Any further thoughts or suggestions will be much appreciated.

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Other info:

- I live in China
- The electricity here is 220v @ 50hz, but I figure only the 50hz matters after the electricity is transformed by the adapter. Though, they do say that China's power is much "dirtier" than most places. I dunno what that means. Someone told me it's because China's power is really inconsistent and fluctuates a lot or something. Dunno if that would have any affect or not.
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    Run your connection from the modem to the single Asus router, then where possible use cabled connections to the various systems, wireless otherwise, all you'll really do by adding additional routers is cut the overall signal/bandwidth down, which will slow things for everybody, have to keep in mind TOTAL bandwidth is based on your connection through the modem - you can't increase it after that, it will decrease with each device it goes through
  2. But what about devices that won't run on Wireless-N and can't be cable-connected?
  3. Like what?
  4. I think we have some mobile devices, as well as my girlfriend's computer is an 11" Compaq from 2005 so I don't think it has an N-capable card. We're way too far from the router at any time to use cables. The router is in the main office of the house and we'd be clear over in the living room. It would take a 50 foot cable to reach us. It would be much more conviniet to just hook up a second router to the modem and use my 50 foot ethernet cable and hook up a dedicated G router on the other end of the house, would it not?

    My WiFi doesn't reach all througout the house anyway. The internet in my room is just one bar. Our walls are solid as cement is why. It's a condo. I figured I'd try hooking up a few more routers for the back rooms, because the internet in there is so bad. One wireless router only covers half the house.
  5. Wireless N is basically downclockable, she doesn't need a N connector to connect, it will connect at whatever speed she is capable of - or could get an N USB adapter, and a 50 foot cable run isn't to far of a run for CAT 5 Ethernet...or just stick N rated USB adapters in all (I'd prefer cable)
  6. I'll just try it and see what happens. I'll hook up a second N router back in the back rooms. Like I said, one router only supports half of my house. The back rooms get no signal.

    I'll set them up on opposite channels. The ASUS router is using the highest-possible channels. I'll set the second router to the lowest-possible channels. Should help, yes?

    The 50 foot cable is a CAT 6 ethernet btw. Dunno what that's all about though.
  7. CAT 6 is a step up from 5, and give it a try, hopefully all will work out well
  8. I'll report back when I do. I think they're out-of-range of each-other so they won't interfere with each other much if any. I'll keep them on opposite channels just in case.

    Also, my ASUS router is set to N-Only to increase performance. That's why I wanted a dedicated G-router.
  9. Will be waiting to hear!
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