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Looking into getting a wireless router

  • So the situation isn't ideal, I don't actually control the router, but my landlord said it was fine if I looked into buying a better router.  Here's the physical situation:

    I am in a converted detached garage at approximately the same elevation as the router, but 50-60 feet away.  The good news is the router is right next to a window and my box is right next to a window and there are no trees or other obstructions in the way.

    I'm 99% sure the current router is a single-band router and probably at least 4 years old.

    I'd like to grab a dual-band AC router, but I don't know a lot about them, so I don't know which routers would work best in this situation.  Budget-wise I'm okay with going as high as $200 if the ROI in performance is worth it, especially across distances and handling multiple devices.  Obviously I'd prefer lower, but I want something I'll be happy with and not cussing out like I do now at times.

    Thanks!

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  • Lunytic
    ....detached garage at approximately the same elevation as the router, but 50-60 feet away.  The good news is the router is right next to a window and my box is right next to a window and there are no trees or other obstructions in the way....

    I'd like to grab a dual-band AC router,....

    Final considerations: Signal passing through metalized window film and metal window screens can cut transmission ranges.  Pretty ideal situation otherwise.

    To use AC you need an AC receiver/transmitter in your PCs/devices.  Though all AC wifi routers that I know of have fallbacks to N protocol. To use dual band you would need a comparable 2.4 and 5GHz receiver/transmitter.  I think by definition all AC protocol is conducted over 5GHz band. 

    If you just want Internet access (and I am certain that is all you or the landlord want you to have) then a 54Mbps G protocol works just fine with keeping up with all but the fastest Internet speeds (>35Mbps over Gigabit ports). 

    4 year old wifi router could indeed be failing as the transmitter goes bad over time.  Hopefully you have tried more than one device to make sure that is the issue.

    Any of these look fine:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704177

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704234

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704206

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122536

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122555

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122612

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127660

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  • In my case, I have a USB AC adapter for my desktop.  But I'm sure my other devices are pre-AC (DVD player w/ built in wifi, laptop from 2009).  Will that negate the value of the AC-Dual band?  I'm really hopping for better response times for gaming when multiple devices (including that of the other tenant) are in use.   Is that a false hope given the mix of devices between AC and non-AC?

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  • I would stay away from USB AC wifi device rather you should consider PCI AC wifi card instead that will be better for what you want. USB has limited bandwidth as oppose to a PCI AC card. I would get a Intel AC wifi PCI card since that has external antenna that will insure better connection to your AC router. Newegg has some iNtel AC wifi pci card to look at.

    www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

    As for AC routers I am using a Netgear 6300 and it works find but if you want something more get a Netgear like nighthawk that has external antenna that will insure better coverage and connections. They don't come cheap but then again if you want good connections then Router is one place you shouldn't go cheap on.

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/422569/Nighthawk_AC1900_Smart_Wi-Fi_Router

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/434887/Nighthawk_X6_AC3200_Tri-Band_Wi-Fi_Wireless_Router_80211ac_with_Gigabit_and_USB_30



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    [edited by: Tibet at 2:34 PM (GMT -7) on Fri, Oct 23 2015]
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  • Lunytic
    But I'm sure my other devices are pre-AC (DVD player w/ built in wifi, laptop from 2009).  Will that negate the value of the AC-Dual band?

    2.4GHz and 5GHz traffic are independent ("simultaneous dual band"), and those are likely all 2.4GHz devices. Also they only use airtime when they're transmitting something, which other than the laptop they probably don't do that much.

    The TP-Link Archer C5 FN linked is probably your best value option unless you sprung for a very expensive triple stream wireless adapter. In which case you would want the C7. I wouldn't consider any routers far over $100.

    Lunytic
    I'm really hopping for better response times for gaming when multiple devices (including that of the other tenant) are in use.

    Keep in mind it may also be the Internet connection is just near saturation or outside interference from other wireless devices (phones, game controllers), passing air traffic, sun rise / set, ... There are things that can mess with wireless which just happen at certain times of the day. There's a fair chance it may be the router, but if it doesn't profile network usage for you, it's kind of hard to tell.

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  • If you are a T-Mobile postpaid customer you can get the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot for free. T-Mobile prepaid customers have to pay $99 for one. The T-Mobile Personal CellSpot is a rebadged ASUS RT-AC68U router.

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  • www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx;ignorebbr=1

    this wireless router is a ac1200 wifi router, and in the discount price. you can take a look.

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