Originally Posted by tripleM
Not sure if I need to get one of those AC/Gigabit routers or stick to the Wireless N Dual band.
Current uses -
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming.
Wireless laptops, tablets & smartphones
In-home pics & document file sharing.
Future wishes -
NAS external access for streaming/file sharing
Would appreciate any advice for primary needs are:
I would stick with a Dual Band Wireless N - in fact I did I got the Asus RT66U a couple of months and couldn't be happier much better range throughput and relaibility than my old router
See here a review on the Asus AC Router http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31841-asus-rt-ac66u-80211ac-dual-band-wireless-ac1750-gigabit-router-reviewed
In their closing thoughts they say
'Buyers in search of a high performance wireless router should stick with the RT-N66U Dark Knight vs. the RT-AC66U, at least for now.'
'there is no reason to jump on the draft 11ac bandwagon at this point in hope of improving speed or range for two or three-stream N devices, because 11ac brings nothing to the table for them. 11ac should (at least that's the plan) improve throughput for single-stream N devices. But new chipsets supporting draft 11ac need to be baked into smart phones, tablets and other mobile thingies before that dream becomes reality.
If you're looking to "future proof" your wireless router choice, the current crop of draft 11ac routers isn't a good choice given their first-generation draft 11ac chipset. Router-side devices will probably benefit from a move to second (or third) generation 11ac chipsets, which hopefully will be designed to the final standard and include multi-user MIMO support'
Also check out their review on the RT66U - if you get one of those I think you will be very happy.