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Router Selection Help

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September 19, 2012 3:49:59 PM

Hey guys,

Still having network issues but figure it might be time to upgrade my router. I'm sitting here scratching my head at all the routers that are out there right now. It really is insane. I'm looking for something fairly reliable, and somewhat future proof, but it doesn't have to be top of the line. I'm looking to spend between $25-50 for something, and my priorities are:

Reliability - Mandatory
802.11 N - Important
Range - The more the better. Router will be in basement, would like it to get upstairs and the end of the house (it's a smaller house, my D-Link WBR-1310 is almost enough for outside to give you an idea)
DD-WRT Able - Big Plus, not needed
Gigabit LAN/WAN - Big plus but also not needed (I'm on Time Warner Cable, don't think i'll be seeing 1000Mbps :ange:  )

I was thinking of at least a 300Mbps just for some future proofing, and N for the same reason. I was looking at the Cisco Valet Plus for $28 and the Linksys EA2700 for $40 at the linksys store. The 2700 is a pretty decent one it seems. I don't mind buying refurbished or other brands though.

Thanks a ton guys!

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September 21, 2012 6:48:09 AM

Well this is basically what I've limited it down to and some basic specs, what do you guys think?

Linksys e1200 - Cisco Store - $25............ Only Single band............300mps............ethernet
Linksys E2500 - Cisco Store - $35............ single dual band............300 mbps............ethernet
Linksys E2000 - Amazon.com - $37............single dual band............300mbps............ethernet
Netgear WNDR3400 - Newegg - $37............simult. dual band............600 mbps............ethernet
Linksys EA2700 - Cisco Store - $40............simult. dual band............600 mbps............giga
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October 23, 2012 9:31:43 PM

I do not have direct experience with the exact models, however I did buy a $70 Linksys simult. dual band E4200 v1 which is currently running well with updated firmware. I had tried a Netgear but the parental controls were too limited. So far it is working well and running attached ethernet NAS although I have yet to explore Remote Access. Having used the Linysys browser-based programming in the past along with adequate access controls was a major factor for me.

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