Originally Posted by markdavid570
Thanks. We don't use much wireless, so I'm not sure I want to spend the money if there's not a difference for wired connections. I'll have to even check if my wife's tablet and my laptop can handle N.
Any tablet or laptop thats 3 years older or newer, will support N.
Originally Posted by gregzoll
Yes you will see a large change, when streaming media across the network, or from services like Amazon or Netflix, along with when you are moving files around the network.
The WRT54G is an antique at this day and age, and its days are numbered, for when it will finally go out on you. Now is the time to update to a newer router, that will give you 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, Wireless-N and better handling inside, due to they have better CPU's inside the newer routers now, along with more RAM for handling traffic.
Agreed the WRT54G is ancient. Its rock solid and stable, but its ancient and slow. And will definitely affect your WIRED & WIRELESS performance.
Originally Posted by markdavid570
Okay, thanks. I just spoke with a Comcast rep, and I'm getting the tv/internet package with 50 mbps, and I need to pick up a new modem. I'm thinking about going with the Motorola sb6141, and since I'm upgrading that, I'm planning to pick up a new router. Since the Asus routers have been spoken of highly, is there much difference between the N66R and the N665? I hate to keep repeating myself, but for gaming/Netflix/etc. I use a hard-wired connection, and only use wireless for the tablet and my work laptop. Also, any need to upgrade my cat5e cable or my network switch??
Sorry to hijack your thread Benjamin!!
Definitely get the SB6141. Its a DOCSIS 3.0 modem which can support the higher speeds Comcast is able to offer. Most importantly, it can support channel bonding on up to 8 channels. Even without the bonding, if one channel is problematic it easily switches to another. Think of channels as lanes on the highway, the more channels the easier traffic can flow.
Asus RT-N66U is probably the best N router on the market. Its not cheap, but its rock stable like your old Linksys WRT54G was.. and one of the fastest N routers you can buy. They do have a cheaper/older version of the 66U, that is the 56U. And you can get away with using that $95 router to suit you well. But I caution against going any cheaper than the 56U. A router is not a place to go "cheap". It is the device that controls the local network communication between all of your devices.. and the gateway to your internet connection to the outside world. If your router is not stable or does not work, then all your devices connected to it will not work properly. And that is a headache you do not want. Coming from the WRT54G (which was probably the most stable consumer level router ever sold).. I can imagine you've never had headaches with a router. Why risk that now?
You want a router that is fast, stable and doesnt give you headaches down the road. All of the Asus routers are pretty highly rated. All of them are pretty fast & stable. About the only one that still has improvements to make is the newest announced model that supports 802.11AC. AC is a brand new spec and definitely way more than what you need. That said, expect newer wireless devices to start supporting .11AC.. so if you buying, its not a bad idea to consider buying for the future. Here's a few link for the Asus routers. They go in order of price, coverage area & speed. Any of these options would work very well for you and your new Comcast connection.
Asus .11N-56U ($95) - http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Router-RT-N56U/dp/B0049YQVHE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378907840&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+56+router
Asus .11N-66U ($150) - http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-N900-Gigabit-Router/dp/B006QB1RPY
Asus .11AC-66U ($190) - http://www.amazon.com/RT-AC66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC1750-Gigabit-Router/dp/B008ABOJKS/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378907840&sr=1-4&keywords=asus+56+router
Originally Posted by c.kingsley
If you're using primarily wired connections there is no reason to spend money on top of the line wireless routers. Any decent router with gigabit ports will work fine. I suggest something like the D-Link DIR-655. Here
is one on Amazon for under $90. I have used one of these for 2+ years and it has been rock solid for the price point. I've had to reboot it one time in that period. It has a decent automatic QoS system, it tests your bandwidth at each reboot and then applies a QoS profile to prioritize latency sensitive traffic, like games. Since the introduction of this router, I've yet to notice latency spikes while gaming when the router is also being used by others in the home. On a previous Linksys router this was always an issue.
Id have to disagree with the advice above. Mainly because Dlink 655 isn't highly rated. As I said above, a router is not a place to go "cheap". It is the single device that controls the local network communication between all of your devices.. and the gateway to your internet connection to the outside world. The DIR-655 may have worked well for you.. but it has not worked well for me and so many others. Even the link you posted for the Dlink 655 reveals an average rating of 3.5 stars.. the Asus routers are reviewed much higher around 4.5. And ranked even higher by professional review sites. I've personally owned the Dlink 655 for about 2 months and it was quite possibly the worse router I've ever owned. And I've owned about 9 different routers. Trust, I'm not picking on you or the Dlink 655 router.. reviews by both consumers & professional agree with what I am saying and there is no way I can recommend it to anybody.
Originally Posted by markdavid570
Now, here's my last question. Since I'm moving to a different house, and can have the installation done by Comcast, would I be better off having the modem installed at the entertainment center in the living room and using shorter cables to connect my 360/PS3 to the router? Since I typically only use my PC for web browsing, I'm fine with a wireless connection to avoid running a 50-foot Ethernet cable upstairs (like I'm doing now, only down to the entertainment center).
Ideally you want the modem/router close to each. It helps if you ever need to trouble shoot anything, because both devices are together and both have status lights showing what its currently activity level is. You can place the modem/router anywhere you want. But make sure it is in an area of the home you use more often than not. Reason being is that the further you get away from the base of the wireless router, the weaker the wireless signal becomes and slower your network performance will become with those devices connected via wifi. It would also mean longer ethernet cable runs.
So if you spend most of the time in the living room.. then thats a great place to put those devices. You will have short cable runs for any devices (360/PS3) you want connect via ethernet. And you will have a decent amount of wireless coverage for the rest of the home to cover your PC/tablet web browsing. Be advised you definitely want to connect the PS3 via ethernet. The PS3 still uses the old G-wireless connection and there is definitely a big drop in performance from doing that. The PS3 does come with a gigabit ethernet connection, so using it will help with streaming media from the internet and other devices.. and of course when playing online. I've played my 360's on both wired & wireless and cant tell a difference to be honest. 360 supports wifi-N and its more than enough to get the job done.
That said.. I agree with others in that a wired connection will always be faster & more consistent than a wireless connection. Rather you can notice that difference or not, is another question to be answered.Edited by Daekwan - 9/11/13 at 7:30am