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#154755 6-Nov-2014 16:07
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I'm looking at replacing my Asus N16 Router with something a bit more up to date, with better reception and functionality.

There are new AC2400 (AC2350) class routers that have been recently announced.
Specifically looking at both Netgear (R7500) and Linksys(E8350) options.

Apart from improvements in multiple radios and good bandwidth, the file sharing has reportedly got good performance (and eSATA port_. This will mean I can access media from my tablet/media player without having a computer on. The N16 is just too slow for this sort of thing ... never been able to get more than a couple MB/sec in either direction.

Linksys seems more attractive, since the likelyhood you will be able to install openwrt at some stage, but I don't want to write off the Netgear as I have seen good reviews.

Has anyone got an opinion which company has better operating reliability and flexibility, based on their more recent (AC1900) routers?

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  #1170158 6-Nov-2014 16:13
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ASUS rt-ac87u





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  #1170177 6-Nov-2014 16:33
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Locally the AC68U is $380 ... but the Linksys AC1900 and NetGear R7000 are both $300.

It was similar with earlier releases (and when I got my N16).

You seem to pay a premium for the Asus routers (at least in NZ).
The Asus routers did have better specs (and hackable), so I did pay extra for the N16 and 500g before that. But it seems to be more of a level playing field, and I can't justify the price difference.

 
 
 
 


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  #1170206 6-Nov-2014 17:06
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I have the Netgear R7000 and can only give my opinion on it but from my experience with it I wouldn't buy another Netgear router. While the wireless on it is very fast and capable with range enough for my entire home, as a router it regularly would drop it's PPP connection and would not automatically redial. This would be a 2-5 weekly occurrence and each time I would have to log into the UI and manually "test" the connection which would force it to dial again. This is while bridged to a Draytek dv120. I tested the Draytek itself alone not in bridge mode and had no issues with uptime or dropping connections.

It also has no way in it's native firmware to vlag tag the wan, so you can't use it with VDSL and some/most UFB connections. The UI is also not great and fiddly and i would find settings would not save, despite which browser I would use.

I have ended up putting DD-WRT on it and am much happier with it's performance. Unfortunately the developer for the offshoot of DD-WRT compatible with the router has stopped developing it further, so I would not hope that any further firmwares would be too forthcoming.

Again, this is just my opinion/experience with it.

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  #1170247 6-Nov-2014 18:43
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New Netcomm is way cheaper and performs well.

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  #1170327 6-Nov-2014 21:02
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whats the model number?

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  #1170339 6-Nov-2014 21:16
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NF8AC??

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  #1170495 7-Nov-2014 09:17
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If you want throughput you want an access point with either 3x3 or 4x4 streams however bear in mind that most mobile devices are usually only 2x2 streams.

 
 
 
 


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  #1170580 7-Nov-2014 10:15
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Yep, but I'm refreshing infrastructure. So will be getting new devices next year that are likely to have new standards.
Also the multiple radios also mean the legacy devices will not impact performance for the faster devices.

My current setup is adequate and works, there was little N devices available when I bought it, but now even the simplest device has it.

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  #1170858 7-Nov-2014 13:49
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littlehead: I have the Netgear R7000

It also has no way in it's native firmware to vlag tag the wan, so you can't use it with VDSL and some/most UFB connections. The UI is also not great and fiddly and i would find settings would not save, despite which browser I would use.

I have ended up putting DD-WRT on it and am much happier with it's performance. Unfortunately the developer for the offshoot of DD-WRT compatible with the router has stopped developing it further, so I would not hope that any further firmwares would be too forthcoming.

Again, this is just my opinion/experience with it.


Put Tomato Shibby or Advanced Tomato on it

http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69
https://advancedtomato.com/downloads 


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