Need Help Purchasing A New Router

#1 Posted by Podunk (19 posts) -

I don't frequent the forums here too much, so I don't know if this is something posted often, or if this is even the best place to post it, but as I stated in the title, I need help finding the right/best router to buy for a pretty standard multi-device home situation. The one I have now just doesn't cut it anymore. I'm not especially experienced when it comes to setting this sort of hardware up, but I'm also not necessarily afraid of learning, or getting into custom firmware like Tomato. If you have any advice or recommendations I'd really appreciate it. Also, I'm on a budget of roughly $100 for this, so the cheaper the better, as long as it's still a quality product.

Anyway, any help would be appreciated, thanks.

#3 Posted by Podunk (19 posts) -

@Barrock: Maybe, do you have any experience with that particular device? Much of what I've been reading points to maybe looking at something from Asus.

Ultimately, my main concerns are compatibility, security, and hopefully relatively easy setup and management.

#4 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@Podunk said:

@Barrock: Maybe, do you have any experience with that particular device? Much of what I've been reading points to maybe looking at something from Asus.

Ultimately, my main concerns are compatibility, security, and hopefully relatively easy setup and management.

Not with that model in particular, but I do have a Netgear. The reason I suggested that one in particular is it has 900 reviews with a 4 star average.

#5 Posted by Devildoll (831 posts) -
#6 Posted by cbarnes86 (529 posts) -

I'm not a huge Netgear fan, but I've owned nothing but Linksys/Cisco routers and they work great. They also have multiple tiers so you can get a good one for 29.99 or a great one closer to 100. All up to you.

#7 Posted by Marcsman (2876 posts) -

@cbarnes86 said:

I'm not a huge Netgear fan, but I've owned nothing but Linksys/Cisco routers and they work great. They also have multiple tiers so you can get a good one for 29.99 or a great one closer to 100. All up to you.

He knows the deal. I got a Linksys for a little over 100 and it is fucking awesome. Handles 2 PS3's , a labtop, a iPad, an Ipod Touch and 2 iPhones simultaneuosly with no problem.

#8 Posted by ShockD (2381 posts) -
D-Link are the cheapest you can get and they seem to be working just fine for me. Perhaps their signal is a little weaker but you won't provide wi-fi to the whole building I suppose.
#9 Posted by Bass (692 posts) -

In general, I look to thewirecutter.com if I'm looking to invest in a piece of technology. They have their picks for best, good, and best cheap router. They go into extreme detail about why they choose each router, and they also list close competitors if you can't buy the one they recommend (or don't trust the brand, or its a little cheaper, or whatever). They do a lot of research on every product they support and they also update their posts when they think something better has come out.

#10 Posted by Podunk (19 posts) -

@Bass: Thanks for the links, after a bit of research the Asus RT-N56u was one of the routers I was considering, after reading that article I think that is probably what I'll look for.

#11 Posted by Dagbiker (6898 posts) -

I too use a Netgear. Only because I my Linux would cut out when I tried to bring my Ps3 online. I got the WNDR3800. I like it, I am more then 30 feet up, on the top floor, and get full signal. It has the ability to hook a USB hard drive into it and use it as a network drive. But I haven't done that yet.

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