Looking for a new router...

Hey guys, we have TWC for the internets. Looking for a new router and think I might go with modem/router combo. Anyone use this one, Motorola Surfboard Extreme Wireless N? If not, open to suggestions. I thought about Wireless AC, but costs are over $200+ and I only have 1 device that uses that (I think my Galaxy S4 can).

You can get that router about $10 cheaper at newegg an best buy will price match. However I wouldnt get it… the reviews say the range sucks. The regular surfboard modem is fairly good.

I recently upgraded from my aging but still rock solid linksys wrt54g - which has had amazing longevity. But i wanted dual band and extended range because i have so many devices connected. So i got this one:

It is expensivebut works well and i really likethe firmware. My linksys is just gathering dust now. Not sure what i am gonna do with it. That router is bulletproof though which is why they still sell it. You can also run aftermarket firmware on it to expand its capabilities and it is dirt cheap.

clt says you must be confused. Just uninstall aol and then reinstall. Do you need a aol cd?

Thanks for starting this thread 2K, I’m in the same boat as you, was going to upgrade mine also.

NA, why did you pick that one over this one.

I have a friend at work that got the Netgear and said it was strong in his house… not sure if that means anything though.

Don’t screw around with toys from Newegg.

Industrial Access point

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-aironet-1242ag-series-80211ag-wireless-access-point-p-4312.html?gclid=CIycpYHlzrwCFeg-Mgodn34AhA

Industrial Antenna

http://hawkingtech.com/products/view/1/373.html

That netgear looks solid. For the price difference its probably worth it. I just really like Asus hardware and I like the UI a lot. FWIW, I have asus mobo, gtx 760 gpu, etc. I am very brand loyal, so my self built system is almost entirely asus, corsair, and logitech. Short version… i am biased.

That industrial router and antenna are nice but they are only single band. I was all about getting 5 ghz band. That antenna would help with the range though. My asus has 3 antennas though and does quite well. Plus its called “the dark knight”…

[quote=“Dowless, post:5, topic:28606”]Don’t screw around with toys from Newegg.

Industrial Access point

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-aironet-1242ag-series-80211ag-wireless-access-point-p-4312.html?gclid=CIycpYHlzrwCFeg-Mgodn34AhA

Industrial Antenna

http://hawkingtech.com/products/view/1/373.html[/quote]

Could you blast your whole development with that?

You may only have one AC device now but that’s where everything is going.

Sucks that Amazon charges tax now…

[quote=“NinerAdvocate, post:6, topic:28606”]That netgear looks solid. For the price difference its probably worth it. I just really like Asus hardware and I like the UI a lot. FWIW, I have asus mobo, gtx 760 gpu, etc. I am very brand loyal, so my self built system is almost entirely asus, corsair, and logitech. Short version… i am biased.

That industrial router and antenna are nice but they are only single band. I was all about getting 5 ghz band. That antenna would help with the range though. My asus has 3 antennas though and does quite well. Plus its called “the dark knight”…[/quote]

The industrial router is dual band 5GHz and 2.4GHz. Just buy a 5GHz antenna also. The problem with non-industrial routers is that it doesn’t have the power to run a high gain antenna. At my house I was seeing 40+Gb/s download speeds from the wired LAN. With a high priced Linksys I was getting around 5Gb/s at 2.4GHz and 24Gb/s at 5GHz. The problem with running only 5GHz is that most off-the-shelf built-in WIFI devices do not support it, such as TV’s, Roku, Xbox, etc…

[quote=“NovaNiner, post:7, topic:28606”][quote=“Dowless, post:5, topic:28606”]Don’t screw around with toys from Newegg.

Industrial Access point

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-aironet-1242ag-series-80211ag-wireless-access-point-p-4312.html?gclid=CIycpYHlzrwCFeg-Mgodn34AhA

Industrial Antenna

http://hawkingtech.com/products/view/1/373.html[/quote]

Could you blast your whole development with that?

You may only have one AC device now but that’s where everything is going.

Sucks that Amazon charges tax now…[/quote]

That depends on the size of your neighborhood :))

The AC stuff and even N is pointless in almost every home setup because your internet speeds aren’t nearly that high. Unless you do a lot of local file sharing I think it is pointless.

[quote=“NovaNiner, post:7, topic:28606”][quote=“Dowless, post:5, topic:28606”]Don’t screw around with toys from Newegg.

Industrial Access point

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-aironet-1242ag-series-80211ag-wireless-access-point-p-4312.html?gclid=CIycpYHlzrwCFeg-Mgodn34AhA

Industrial Antenna

http://hawkingtech.com/products/view/1/373.html[/quote]

Could you blast your whole development with that?

You may only have one AC device now but that’s where everything is going.

Sucks that Amazon charges tax now…[/quote]

I looked at the AC model. Seemed like there were some issues and I dont like paying to beta test hardware. No early adopter for new wifi standards for me.

That said, that router and mine are nearly identical. Mine has been rock solid so far. That bodes well.

I’m not spending $200 unless it’s a modem/router combo, just can’t justify that now.

Main reason I’m looking around is I’m tired of having to reboot my router all the damn time. Also, a router/modem combo gives me just one item to plug in and avoids the $6/mo lease fee from TWC.

True but all my devices do. Coupla PCs, kindle fire (dual band, MIMO), and I think even the WiiU does… which is nice because I am using it to stream movies too. It is pretty well supported these days.

[quote=“2k, post:11, topic:28606”]I’m not spending $200 unless it’s a modem/router combo, just can’t justify that now.

Main reason I’m looking around is I’m tired of having to reboot my router all the damn time. Also, a router/modem combo gives me just one item to plug in and avoids the $6/mo lease fee from TWC.[/quote]

Try that $85 netgear plus the motorola surfboard? Can catch the latter on sale for about $20 off.

[quote=“Dowless, post:9, topic:28606”][quote=“NovaNiner, post:7, topic:28606”][quote=“Dowless, post:5, topic:28606”]Don’t screw around with toys from Newegg.

Industrial Access point

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-aironet-1242ag-series-80211ag-wireless-access-point-p-4312.html?gclid=CIycpYHlzrwCFeg-Mgodn34AhA

Industrial Antenna

http://hawkingtech.com/products/view/1/373.html[/quote]

Could you blast your whole development with that?

You may only have one AC device now but that’s where everything is going.

http://www.amazon.com/RT-AC68U-Wireless-AC1900-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router/dp/B00FB45SI4

Sucks that Amazon charges tax now…[/quote]

That depends on the size of your neighborhood :))

The AC stuff and even N is pointless in almost every home setup because your internet speeds aren’t nearly that high. Unless you do a lot of local file sharing I think it is pointless.[/quote]

I occasionally will watch stuff on my Blu Ray player that I downloaded to my PC.

2k - this looks like a great deal for you:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/114390/newegg—motorola-surfboard-sb6121-docsis-3.0-cable-modem-on-networks-n150-wireless-n-router

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Note - this is not a Gigabit router. As the comments say, “Basic N-router. Only 2 LAN ports. Non-Gigiabit (Fast Ethernet 100Mbps).” - would be fine for standard TWC cable, but not for Google Fiber.

If you want a gigabit router:

[ul][li]TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router [newegg.com] [list]
[li]$79.99 + Free Shipping[/li]
[li]Promo Code: EMCYTZT5747[/li]
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Little late to this convo, but I have this exact model, bought off Amazon for a few bucks cheaper. I use it for my TWC internet (Head nod to PB). No issues, set it up once and forgot about it.

Late to the game here and take this with a grain of salt…

It gets meh reviews on newegg and I bought mine for $35 so I was making a low risk purchase. I’ve been very pleased as the range has been great, it has 8 gigabit ports (twice that of most routers), and supports printers and some limited NAS functionality. NAS speeds are generally faster than what you find on most routers. It seems some people have issues with the router, but mine have been very light. Perhaps I’ve restarted it once a month since I got it and it goes through its paces here since I work from home. Anyway, if you can find a deal on it, I recommend it from my own personal experience.

You can get that router about $10 cheaper at newegg an best buy will price match. However I wouldnt get it… the reviews say the range sucks. The regular surfboard modem is fairly good.

I recently upgraded from my aging but still rock solid linksys wrt54g - which has had amazing longevity. But i wanted dual band and extended range because i have so many devices connected. So i got this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320091

It is expensivebut works well and i really likethe firmware. My linksys is just gathering dust now. Not sure what i am gonna do with it. That router is bulletproof though which is why they still sell it. You can also run aftermarket firmware on it to expand its capabilities and it is dirt cheap.[/quote]I had that linksys wrt54g too, it was fantastic. Until verizon gave us a wireless router/modem combo, that thing never gave me an issue in about 5 to 6 years of use.

[quote=“Embarrassed Niner, post:15, topic:28606”]If you want a gigabit router:

[ul][li]TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router [newegg.com] [list]
[li]$79.99 + Free Shipping[/li]
[li]Promo Code: EMCYTZT5747[/li]
[/list][/li][/ul][/quote]

I just pulled the trigger and bought this one, hope it doesn’t come with AIDS… for 80 bucks though that thing is pretty good deal.

Went with this guy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/motorola-surfboard-extreme-docsis-3-0-wireless-n-cable-modem-and-gigabit-router/9962417.p?id=1218202944998&skuId=9962417#tab=specifications

So good so far, no complaints. I was having big issues with my signal dropping prior to upgrading.