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August 14, 2013 5:28:58 AM

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!
August 14, 2013 7:18:27 AM

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
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August 14, 2013 7:29:45 AM

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.
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August 14, 2013 12:18:41 PM

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=...


I eliminated all of the brands that were not recommended, and I left Asus, D-link, Linksys and TPLink.
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August 15, 2013 12:17:58 PM

I've narrowed it down to a few choices. Do you guys have any opinions on which of these will be suitable?

Linksys EA-2700 (refurbished): $20 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
TP-LINK TL-WDR3500: $50 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
ASUS RT-N53: $55 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
D-Link DIR-826L: $55 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
TP-Link TL-WDR4300: $80 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
Linksys E4200V2 (refurb): $60 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
D-Link DIR-857: $85 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

I've selected all of these because they are $10-$20 on sale until next monday.

What do you think?
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August 15, 2013 3:42:08 PM

I personally would go with the TL-WDR4300
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