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:
2 Mbps UL
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 Xbox 360
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.
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.