Go Back   Hardware Canucks > SOFTWARE > Networking

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 08:51 AM
fireXtract's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 61

My System Specs

Question Wireless-N Router Reccomendations

I want to upgrade from the cruddy router the ISP gives me to a Wireless-N router and i have been looking around on newegg i look at the specs first and they look fine but i get to the reviews and everyone has problems with them and it discourages me and i just wait a week and look at some more.

So finally i will come here and ask you guys what you think a good router is in the Sub-$100USD area.
I would like if it had a USB port for shared storage but that isn't necessary.
Also does anybody have one of the new 5GHz routers I've read that their antennae drop constantly does that happen with you?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 09:39 AM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,574
Default

5ghz is a waste and not used much.

Asus rt-n16 will be much recommended
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 09:50 AM
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 985

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by enaberif View Post
5ghz is a waste and not used much.

Asus rt-n16 will be much recommended
That is the point of using 5 GHz. It's less congested because everyone and their mother uses a 2.4 GHz router.
5 GHz also offers 40 Mhz channels resulting in higher throughput provided you have good signal strength. Though this will only matter if you are interested in LAN throughput.
__________________
heatware
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 11:44 AM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,574
Default

Yes but not much hardware uses 5ghz yet
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 12:13 PM
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Markham
Posts: 1,566

My System Specs

Default

Keep in mind there aren't really any good 5ghz routers under $100 USD - so it honestly doesn't matter for the OP.

The RT-N16 is well within the OP's budget and has some of the best hardware on the market. The old firmware issues are pretty much non-existent now that Asus has moved on to Asus-WRT for their latest firmware. (their own rebrand of DD-WRT) Plus you still have the choice of custom firmware. If signal strength becomes an issue, you have the option of user replaceable antennae which are fairly inexpensive and will still keep you under budget.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 06:28 PM
fireXtract's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 61

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ilya View Post
Keep in mind there aren't really any good 5ghz routers under $100 USD - so it honestly doesn't matter for the OP.

The RT-N16 is well within the OP's budget and has some of the best hardware on the market. The old firmware issues are pretty much non-existent now that Asus has moved on to Asus-WRT for their latest firmware. (their own rebrand of DD-WRT) Plus you still have the choice of custom firmware. If signal strength becomes an issue, you have the option of user replaceable antennae which are fairly inexpensive and will still keep you under budget.
Thanks for the suggestion i think in my area a 2.4 Ghz is ok but will a 2.4 wireless phone interfere?
And is the default firmware for the RT-N16 good?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 07:53 PM
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Markham
Posts: 1,566

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fireXtract View Post
Thanks for the suggestion i think in my area a 2.4 Ghz is ok but will a 2.4 wireless phone interfere?
And is the default firmware for the RT-N16 good?
A 2.4Ghz phone can interfere with your router, but there's ways to avoid it. Some phones will have the option of selecting their wireless channel, just set it to something that your router isn't using.

If you don't have that option, you can still change the channel settings on your router until you find something that works. If you're still out of luck you can always increase the power to the antennae via custom firmware - or just use a stronger antenna altogether.

As for the default firmware, the latest revisions are very good but the older versions are bad to the point of causing constant wireless dropouts. You won't be guaranteed a plug and play router, but flashing the firmware is relatively simple and Asus provides tools and instructions on how to do so. If you need to access highly advanced settings such as IP based bandwidth monitoring, you'll need a custom firmware.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 08:43 PM
fireXtract's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 61

My System Specs

Default

What is your favorite firmware because that overclock the power for the antennae thing sound sweet!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old August 16, 2012, 09:08 PM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,574
Default

I run dd-wrt on mine with no issues
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old August 17, 2012, 04:57 AM
JD's Avatar
JD JD is offline
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 6,870

My System Specs

Default

I recently picked up the Cisco/Linksys EA2700. Doesn't seem that bad of a unit if you want something that's simple to setup and get going. It was only $69 on sale.

I never found the wireless on the RT-N16 to be very good. Sure, routing performance was fine, and the ability to run DD-WRT or Tomato was great, but if you are going to be mainly using wireless, I don't think I'd recommend it. My Netgear WNDR3700 has much better wireless performance. And it too can run DD-WRT, but no Tomato as it's Atheros based. I think it still stills for over $100 though.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[FS] Wireless N Router and Wireless N card SugarJ Buy/Sell & Trade 9 April 11, 2012 06:53 PM
is there any benifet upgrading router from wireless g to wireless N? Shadowmeph Networking 4 April 26, 2011 07:12 AM
Wireless N Router & Wireless B/G Adapters cul8erppl Networking 11 September 3, 2010 01:02 AM
Need a new wireless router.. Realityshift Networking 16 June 5, 2009 06:27 PM
Wireless Router no_pulse Networking 14 January 6, 2009 10:41 PM