Looking at a new router to replace my aging Linksys E2000 (it has been fairly reliable, but now requires bi-weekly reboots for computers to see other items on the network - internet is always stable though). I do some gaming, but not a lot online. Most of the high throughput usage is for streaming video (both from the interwebs and within the network), file shares and downloads. Will be connecting 3 wifi laptops, PS3, wifi HTPC, desktop (wired) and Verizon femtocell (just needs a standard Cat 5 port).
- USB host/sharing for printer and scanner (haven't used this before - but very interested, I have a samsung personal laser printer and an HP scanner and need something that works with both)
- Gigabit ethernet
- 802.11 a/b/g/n - I would prefer simultaneous dual-band (as my HTPC has a 5ghz capable card and that's where most of the streaming is going).
- Range - this is something of a secondary concern - I have a fairly large apartment, but it's still just a flat. I do plan on being in a house in the not to distant future though, so reasonable range would be preferred.
Budget: $150-200 though lower is better of course
Also to be considered:
I'm considering building a NAS box, but if the USB host on the router can share a USB drive at reasonable speed rates, I would try that. Any tips on speeds/best practices for this would be appreciated.
Anything reliable - and not Rosewill.
I looked around a bit on newegg and this seems to be a pretty good option: