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Good Bang for Buck Router for Student House

Hi all,

This fall I am setting up the internet for my student house where I will be leaving for 8 months during the school year. I live in Ontario in Canada. We need a solid all purpose router.

Our internet speeds are the following:
15Mbps DL
2 Mbps UL
Unlimited Usage

The following will be connecting to the router at any given time (and possibly all of these at once, though I doubt that will really happen).
6 Laptops (up to 3 may alternatively use a wired connection)
1 Desktop (wired)
1 PS3
1 Xbox 360
6 smartphones

The main uses will be browsing, youtube, downloading, netflix and online gaming (starcraft II, COD on the desktop PC and the PS3/360).

I realize that is a lot of connections. I also realize the internet connection may be the limiting factor, although, that could change because it was not purchased on a contract.

The house itself is about 1500 square feet and we need the signal in >90% of the house.

Basically I need some recommendations as to which routers would perform well under these circumstances without spending more than about $75 CAD. Some advice on which brands, techonlogies (dual-band vs single, AC vs N, etc.) and price points would be suitable and why would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for you help and time!
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  1. I would recommend a Dual-Band N router.

    None of your devices will support AC.

    Dual Band will allow yo have some devices like the cellphones to use the 5 GHz band and the rest the 2.4 GHz.

    not sure what router of this configuration is available for 75 CAD
  2. There are no CHEAP options. If you spend less than $130 it wont last a year. The power supply will fail, and it will keep kicking people off. Avoid netgear Esp avoid Belkin. . Xyzell were good dunno bout now. All I cn say really.
  3. Emerald said:
    I would recommend a Dual-Band N router.

    None of your devices will support AC.

    Dual Band will allow yo have some devices like the cellphones to use the 5 GHz band and the rest the 2.4 GHz.

    not sure what router of this configuration is available for 75 CAD


    Thanks for this information. I know that this is kind of asking a lot, but if anybody wanted to look through this list at the Canada Computers online store:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/search_result.php?brand=0&price=1&location=0&checkVal0=0&subcat00=1&checkVal1=0&subcat10=1&subcat17=8&subcat19=10&subcat112=13&checkVal2=1&checkVal3=1&checkVal4=1&checkVal5=1&checkVal6=1&pagePos=570&keywords=&manu=0&search=1&ccid=1046&cPath=27_1046


    I eliminated all of the brands that were not recommended, and I left Asus, D-link, Linksys and TPLink.
  4. Best answer
    I personally would go with the TL-WDR4300
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