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I am looking for a router that allows for a hard drive to be attached and can be easily shared over the network. No extra software needed to be installed. Just a basic "Map Network Drive" through windows or it automatically appears in the Network portion of File Explorer. All the computers are running Windows 7.

I also would like a Guest network, and would prefer something that has Wireless AC as well. My budget really depends on what is available and just how good it is. But $200 is probably max budget, I was looking at the Netgear Nighthawk router and am considering it. I also tried the Linksys EA6300, but it was a pain on permissions and even after help we couldn't get it to work (I could connect to the network drive and copy, but couldn't delete anything), so maybe a little more user friendly.

All devices are either wireless-n, ac, or at lowest g.

Please help me find something. My Belkin wireless-n dualband is crapping out on me. (5GHz, range keeps crashing and it brings the whole router down with it.

Please help me and thank you so much.
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  1. I would get an ASUS RT-N66U. I have an older version of this router and its been rock solid.

    Its under $150.00 and has USB ports to attach your drives. It also has a built in VPN server, so you can access your network remotely.
    Check out the reviews at amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-N900-Gigabit-Router/dp/B006QB1RPY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388598560&sr=8-1&keywords=ASUS+RT-N66U
  2. dizzyh said:
    I would get an ASUS RT-N66U. I have an older version of this router and its been rock solid.

    Its under $150.00 and has USB ports to attach your drives. It also has a built in VPN server, so you can access your network remotely.
    Check out the reviews at amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-N900-Gigabit-Router/dp/B006QB1RPY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388598560&sr=8-1&keywords=ASUS+RT-N66U


    Would this one be good? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dual-band-wireless-ac-gigabit-router-with-4-port-ethernet-switch/6639317.p?id=1218768193072&skuId=6639317&st=categoryid$pcmcat211400050001&cp=1&lp=9#tab=reviews

    Edit: sorry forgot link
  3. Yes that is also a great router. I have the older Asus 56U for couple years and it has never failed.
  4. I am also looking at this router:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nighthawk-dual-band-wireless-ac-router-with-4-port-ethernet-switch/1754208.p?id=1219062800202&skuId=1754208&st=categoryid$pcmcat211400050001&cp=1&lp=3#tab=overview

    Something that can support about 14 wireless clients (not all in use at the same time, but connected) from what I read this router has a 1GHz dual core cpu, 256MB Ram, 128MB flash. I would think it could withstand anything my household could throw at it. I do a lot of video streaming on my Roku 3, and Sony Smart Blu-ray player (has netflix and hulu plus on it.)

    Also we could benefit from any NAS capabilities that the router can do. I have a couple of USB HDD's to choose from for something like that.

    Thoughts?
  5. Best answer
    This link may help you make a decision:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2050761/netgear-nighthawk-review-this-802-11ac-router-sets-lan-speed-records.html

    Personally, I like the Asus brand. I have had Linksys, Belkin, Netgear and the all failed after some time. Mabey it's just my luck.
    Currently I have 2 wireless printers, an IMac, 2 Windows PC, 3 networked sony Tv's, 2 networked sony Blurays, networked cable box, an actual NAS box, 2 security camera, 2 Laptops, 2 IPads, 2 android phones and my network has always been very stable. I don't use the USB on my asus router to connect my hard drives for remote access. I just use the VPN feature of this router to remotely access my Network Devices. The netgear reviews looks very good but If I were to buy/upgrade my router I would choose Asus.
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