We currently have a Huawei HG659 and want to upgrade. We are on Voda VDSL and won't be getting fibre.
We have a small wooden house and are finding that the wireless signal isn't extending from where the router is located(behind the TV in the lounge about 12m away through 2 gib board walls), to the bedroom. My wife and I are also getting regular drop outs on our phones. This has happened with multiple hand sets, so we think the problem is the router. It's causing us to blow out on our data plans, and is annoying.
We also want a flexible router which will allow us to block Google's DNS, etc, if necessary, basically anything we might need to access international websites if necessary.
We also don't want to spend a lot.
We watch a lot of streamed video, typically wired through Apple TV. We often have 4 devices connected wirelessly at once (2 phones, laptop, ipad). Typically we aren't all simultanously streaming video, but they may be browsing.
So in summary, we want a router that:
1. Has a great range and is stable so we get no more wireless drop outs on our phones and so the signal reaches all of the house.
2. Is flexible so we can configure it as necessary to access international websites by VPN (eg blocking Google's DNS, or anything else needed).
3. Is stable and can handle multiple devices conneted wirelessly.
4. Costs less than $200.
Recommendations would be much appreciated!