Originally Posted by Mfusick
So was there a general consensus ??
I am in market for a new router. We do WIFI for laptops and devices and wired for a SERVER, MAIN PC and HTPC all that stream content from server.
What ROUTER should I get.
Someone give me cliff notes. I will be forever in your debt.
If you've read through this whole thread, you'll see I ended up buying both a refurbished Cisco E4200V2 (direct from Cisco) and a refurbished Netgear WNDR4000 (from Amazon). So far I've only used the Netgear, but I have to say that so far I'm really happy with it, and at only $69.99, it is clearly the best buy I've found.
Does everything I need, has dual antenna 2.4ghz and triple antenna 5.0ghz, good range, good speed. You can set up guest accounts. Was really easy to configure (and is probably even easier if you use their "wizard" but I opted for manual setup). Has your basic SPI and NAT firewall (but a lot of cheap routers don't.)
Frankly I have yet to see any compelling reason why I need to use open source firmware instead of the proprietary firmware. My reaction is that a lot of the "use DD-WRT/Tomato" is simply more of the same anti-establishment nonsense that often fuels the irrational hatred of all things Intel and Microsoft as well. If it works, it works. Why should I mess with it?
Today, at $69.99 refurbished, the WNDR4000 rates my "best buy" recommendation. At $130 for the street price on a "new" one, I'm not so sure because then there are competitive alternatives. But nothing else at $70 matches it.
One of these days when I get some time (and before my 30 day return window closes) I'll break out the E4200V2 and try it.
If you don't want either of these, I think the ASUS RT-N66U (or the 56 for that matter) would also be a really good choice. And if you want to get a jump on the AC protocol, then the Netgear R6300 seems like the choice.
Edit - BTW, for anything that doesn't have wireless built in and isn't wired, another really good buy in the refurbished world is the Cisco AE1000 dual band dual antenna 300mbps usb wireless adapter at Amazon for $13.99. I've been using a couple of those for a year or so, and they work great, and now with the multi-antenna 5.0ghz Netgear router, they work even better. Much much much better than the typical $15 generic wireless dongle. Cisco on their website also sells reburbished AE1200 and AE2500 models, but I'm not sure what the difference or advantage is.