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# 203191 21-Sep-2016 08:35
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Hi all,
I have had a bit of a look but couldn't find any up to date suggestion pages. Sorry if there is already one that I missed.
I'm wanting to buy a new router to go with the Cisco cable modem as the current one seems to be packing it in and connections to it work sometimes but not others or it randomly drops out etc. It is quite old now, D-Link DIR-825.
I'm looking at spending up to about $200.
What would you suggest?
Ideally I would like something that can handle up to 10 wifi devices connecting to it (not sure if this is an issue but just for information sake) and is nice and simple to set up with the Cisco cable modem.
Any help wild be greatly appreciated.
Thanks heaps.

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-Matt

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  # 1637060 21-Sep-2016 09:37
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1. Size and construction of house?

 

2. Size of internet pipe etc?

 

 

 

I think (1) is more important, most routers are pretty powerful and easy to set up these days, but how well they cover your place is the critical component. Devices on the edge of coverage will work harder and consume more power, and force the router to work harder too.





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  # 1638080 21-Sep-2016 10:09
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what do you mean force the router to work harder? and consume more power?


 
 
 
 




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  # 1638085 21-Sep-2016 10:15
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Sweet,thanks for that.
It is just a standard 4 bedroom house. Built reasonably recently with just plain gib walling.
It is the Vodafone cable 50Mbps/2Mbps.
Hopefully that's what you were after :)

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  # 1638087 21-Sep-2016 10:22
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Jase2985:

 

what do you mean force the router to work harder? and consume more power?

 

 

The further away from the station, the more transmission power is required. It's just like how talking to someone 25 metres away requires you to speak more loudly than if they're right next to you.


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  # 1638088 21-Sep-2016 10:31
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Behodar:

 

Jase2985:

 

what do you mean force the router to work harder? and consume more power?

 

 

The further away from the station, the more transmission power is required. It's just like how talking to someone 25 metres away requires you to speak more loudly than if they're right next to you.

 

 

Thank you.

 

Mobile technologies are the same. The further from the base station, the more the power increases so your transmission can get through. Try using a phone some way from the base station and you will feel the burn.

 

 





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  # 1638089 21-Sep-2016 10:32
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Behodar:

 

Jase2985:

 

what do you mean force the router to work harder? and consume more power?

 

 

The further away from the station, the more transmission power is required. It's just like how talking to someone 25 metres away requires you to speak more loudly than if they're right next to you.

 

 

And devices further away typically have a much lower TX rate so the AP/router ends up spending all it's airtime resources trying to connect to one client meaning it can bring down the performance of every device connected.




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  # 1638114 21-Sep-2016 11:41
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Is this one worth looking at?
http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac1900-wi-fi-router/
It is about the $220 price point so around what I was looking at budget wise and sounds reasonable?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1638166 21-Sep-2016 12:29
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pdkm: Is this one worth looking at?
http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac1900-wi-fi-router/
It is about the $220 price point so around what I was looking at budget wise and sounds reasonable?

 

I have no experience with this modem.

 

Do you really want wireless ac?  Only useful if some of your other devices can receive wireless ac.

 

Wireless n routers tend to be cheaper.

 

I'm running VF cable 100/10Mbps with a Cisco DPC3008 cable modem, a wired modem (no wi-fi), and 3 wireless ac access points.

 

(We have a sprawling old single-story house, and no one device - no matter how powerful or expensive - will cover the whole area.)





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  # 1638263 21-Sep-2016 15:16
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Sideface:

I have no experience with this modem.


Do you really want wireless ac?  Only useful if some of your other devices can receive wireless ac.


Wireless n routers tend to be cheaper.



I did wonder about that also, but thought that it at least has that option for any tech that gets picked up in the coming few years. Unless there is something significantly better that's only wireless n?

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  # 1638270 21-Sep-2016 15:35
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Have a look at: The router guide - what is best

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The ASUS RT-AC68U is excellent - but is not cheap





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  # 1638345 21-Sep-2016 18:50
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  # 1638348 21-Sep-2016 18:51
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Cambium R201 from GoWifi probably fits most of your requirements and hits your price point. I'm impressed with its Wifi performance, though some of the higher end features are lacking.


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  # 1638375 21-Sep-2016 20:29
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Behodar:

 

Jase2985:

 

what do you mean force the router to work harder? and consume more power?

 

 

The further away from the station, the more transmission power is required. It's just like how talking to someone 25 metres away requires you to speak more loudly than if they're right next to you.

 

 

how many routers dynamically adjust their transmit power?


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  # 1638380 21-Sep-2016 20:36
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Jase2985:

 

how many routers dynamically adjust their transmit power?

 

 

Dont know any, but also not many people run their home routers on battery. Portable devices will lower the rates and power when they think they can to save energy.





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  # 1638927 22-Sep-2016 18:33
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The TP-link Archer C7 is quite a good router for cable I have the older version WDR4300 flashed to DD-WRT. Its very stable and can handle the higher speeds.


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