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u/FatPhil · 2 pointsr/wireless

ok. I get it. if I'm going to be buying a router I should buy an AC model so I could future proof myself. everyone is suggesting the ac66u, but if I'm going to spend $150 to future proof myself, I'd rather pony up an extra $50+ to get the best available router out right now.

so from my research I noticed that the ASUS AC87U is pretty neat (sorry about the ASUS love but I am basing my research off of mainly one article and the author, at the time of writing, really loved the ASUS routers).

ASUS model:

is this a good option or is there a better, cheaper option? would the ac66u suffice? would this linksys be a better alternative?


or maybe even a nighthawk?

anyways I'm just wondering how do those compare to the router you've suggested? which is the best today? is it worth it to go for the ac87u even though it's still $250 or am I better off going for the $200 routers?

u/ferthur · 1 pointr/wireless

It's hardly an ideal home router, but I'm absolutely loving my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter but at around $175 US, and with NO WIFI, it's probably not what you're looking for. I recently picked up an Asus wifi router though, and I'm loving that as well, though I wish I had spent more and gotten the RT-AC68U, but at about $200 that's also probably not ideal. I have the AC1200 (RT-AC56R) model and picked it up at walmart for about $100, it lacks exterior antennae, but coverage at my apartment seems good, and it will function as just an access point if you do end up getting the EdgeRouter from Ubiquiti, or just want to later extend your wireless coverage. Here is an image of my current networking setup taken with my potato. The SMC box beneath the EdgeRouter is the modem charter has given me, with the Asus RT-AC56R next to it on the right.

Edit: Forgot I was in /r/wireless... Even lacking wireless, with the POE (Power Over Ethernet) that the EdgeRouter provides, you can relatively easily add a ($70...) wireless access point to the thing, but then you'll be over budget if you just got the wireless Asus router. You could also just get a cheap wireless router to use with it, but if you just get the Asus you'll get a very pretty looking dual-band wireless router.

u/ShittyFieldTech · 1 pointr/wireless

I love my Asus RT-AC66U, but that was a bit overkill for my mother-in-law so I figured it was a perfect opportunity to try the RT-N12

I gotta say, this little thing kicks some major ass. On Christmas and New Years we were streaming movies to their 2 smart TVs from our cell phones and it never skipped a beat. 1 TV is wired, the other TV and our phones (obviously) were WiFi. On top of that we had 3 more phones, 3 tablets and a chromebook on the Wifi. All were being uses simultaneously. I switched them to VoIP a couple weeks ago and that's been working great too.

u/haremon · 1 pointr/wireless

Thank you for your input, if you are still interested, I can give an update in the future regarding my speed and wireless situations.

Do you recommend any MoCa to replace my 2 in 1 actiontec router? I was thinking of this:

Someone living in my house feels conflicted to spend too much money on a router + modem. Unless there's another budget friendly router which is close to the nighthawk then I would be very interested in checking it out.

EDIT: I followed your advice and bridged the actiontec MI424WR acting as a modem and used an old e1000 v1 router. It's working fine for now and we're looking into purchasing nighthawk to improve our internet in the future.

u/idreamincode · 1 pointr/wireless

I love the Asus AC68U. It has been great for me, stable, doesn't drop connections at all, but is pricey (~$200). Since you are on a 10Mb/s line, you won't notice the speed increase, but I figure the router will last me 4 or 5 years. Hopefully in 2 years you'll have a much faster internet pipe and won't have to change out the router.

The stability of the router trumps any savings on a cheaply made router.

Also, I have the exact same modem, the SB6121. It is a stable choice.

edit: The reason I upgraded from my Cisco/Linksys router was my internet speed increased to 100Mb/s but the 802.11n routing could only output 50-60 Mb/s and not nearly as stable.

u/lantech · 2 pointsr/wireless

So, you're on WiFi as well? What happens if you plug into your router and run via ethernet?

I'm thinking the range extender is interfering with your Wifi. (channel overlap).

It also might be worth getting rid of the extender and trying bigger antenna on the router.

You might also benefit from upgrading to something with 3x3 MIMO rather than just 2x2. The router you have now is pretty old.

I'm a fan of the Asus units right now.

I've got two of these:

With extended antennas on them. Range is awesome.

u/rtechie1 · 1 pointr/wireless

Basically, all you need to build a router is a PC with a bunch of NICs.

While you can technically do routing on Windows, most people are going to be using Linux or BSD. BSD is generally the go-to choice for networking, a common distro is m0n0wall. Linux distros include Clear OS and Vyatta. You're probably going to want to go Linux because you're probably going to want to turn this into a media server with Plex or something like that. Typically a PC is overkill for the small number of users you're going to have on the network.

Don't cheap out on the NIC cards, especially the wireless NIC. Get a nice Intel card they have good Linux drivers.

Note that this is a very expensive way to build a router. It won't outperform most high-end consumer routers ($200 range). That's why you'll probably want to turn this into a media server. It will do a much better job as a media server than attaching a NAS to a consumer router (like a Netgear Nighthawk).

u/Sublime865 · 1 pointr/wireless

I didn't investigate too closely, but if you are looking for a good upgrade, the WRT600N is a MASTER at long range wireless N - and I noticed Amazon has them available starting at $55 used. It also is loaded with other features like a USB port to plug in an external hard drive for network storage. One thing I would like to correct after looking at mine is that mine does not have user-replaceable antennas unless you are willing to do modification of the hardware possibly involving soldering. Mine has insane range, it is running my parent's home-office in a 2 story 2500 square foot home with no gap in coverage anywhere on the 2 acre plot of land.

Short of that, you might want to look at a wireless repeater, or powerline networking:

They also have one that has a wired port and broadcasts wifi at the same time for $76. Wish I could be of more help but $50 is a tight budget to squeeze range into.

u/MrFroho · 1 pointr/wireless

Thanks for the response. Right now wireless is the only option I have, there are no network cables coming down here. I'm not sure what you mean by network plugs coming through the electrical wiring.

So I have a laptop which I'm using to type to you which has built in wireless, and it functions ok, sometimes crazy spikes of lag but for the most part ok.

My PC is using this and its pretty much useless in terms of getting a stable connection. I'm concerned that its wireless reach is not strong enough to reach through the ceiling to where the router is.

Ideally I'd like to get my PC connected as I use it for most of my day to day work/play.

u/cree340 · 2 pointsr/wireless

If you're getting a low signal, your best bet would be to buy a directional antenna and properly position it to have as few obstructions and the most direct connection to your WiFi Router/Access Point. [Here] ( and [Here] ( are examples of some directional antennas. Another consideration is to connect some sort of base with an extension to the antennas so you can place the antennas on the table and level with your WiFi Router/Access Point. Also, make sure that if you have a WiFi Router/AP with external antennas that the antennas are perfectly vertical and that the antennas on your computer are exactly vertical too.

u/fantom_farter · 1 pointr/wireless

They both will work.

Modem seems good, DOCSIS 3 is def the way to go. For router, if you can spring for it I would go with this. Wireless AC is great for the home, even if you don't use it today you will see benefits eventually. Especially if you doing any kind of media sharing over wireless.

u/brcguy · 1 pointr/wireless

So I think I might return these UniFi AP's. They're not really doing the Zero Handoff thing and I kind of feel like I can get AC access points for the same price (with maybe less range, maybe?).

I am pretty sure that the AT&T router I haven't worked around yet sucks and is slowing everything down (can't change the DNS server!!) so I am waiting until I put this Asus router in place (tomato firmware) to see if the hotspots perform any better connected to a nicer hardware upstream.

That said, after a number of rounds with UniFi support, I'm not getting any better wifi performance and the general feeling around the compound is that our internet speeds "feel slower" after the switch to gigabit. Pretty sure the DNS servers AT&T force are a big part of the problem, but wifi sure feels snappier connected directly to the at&t thing than to the uni-fi things. (no channel collisions happening...)

u/John-Mc · 1 pointr/wireless

I would much prefer cheap AC than draft-N.

That being said, the cheapest AC router I'm willing to spend money on still cost about $130 ( so I wouldn't use either of those solutions. I suppose ethernet over powerline like the the guy said would be the best bet.

Here is a link to a cheaper one, the search term you want to use is "ethernet of powerline" (other guy used "power"):

u/kingrpriddick · 2 pointsr/wireless

The META solution:

Buy a Motorola Surfboard, SB6121, SB6141, or SB6183 (in order, from least to most desirable) they are considered to be equally reliable, the only important difference is maximum supported speed. All three support speeds FASTER than you will be paying for. Source

Buy whatever Wireless Router meets your needs

Edit: More links

u/GeneralPurposeGeek · 1 pointr/wireless

RT-AC66(u/r) or RT-N66(u/r)

Asus dual band 802.11AC or .11N respectively.

Can handle simultaneous dual band and multiple SSIDs per band with both the native firmware or with Tomato (Shibby).

The RT-AC66R is currently $119 on Amazon, excellent buy.

Choose model / version "Retail" for price.

u/gusgizmo · 5 pointsr/wireless

My recommendation is to use a Mikrotik RB2011 with unifi access points.

This router pushes around 1400mbps (so it could keep up with google fiber). Even with a bunch of features turned on it will crush any workload you send at it. For around $100. I linked ebay since it's the best source. Don't worry about which of the 2011's you get, they are identical for your purpose, so get a cheap one with a casing on it.

This is a three pack of access points. These things kick so much ass. You install a piece of software on a computer, and that will configure them all so they have the same settings making for a seamless network. If you can leave that computer running, it will also collect usage statistics by device. With those statistics you can pick out top (ab)users and ask them to reduce their usage, or just ban them from the network.

Try to set it up so that you have an access point per 4 simultaneous users. These things peak out at 12 users in my experience, but performance will suck at that point.

If you can spring for it, try to get 1 or 2 unifi pro units, they get you 5.8ghz which gives a relief valve on the congested 2.4ghz spectrum. Getting a couple high bandwidth power users on to the 5.8ghz side can give you a huge benefit for the rest of your users.

Just out of curiousity, what do you think WDS is, because you seem to be using it out of context. It means two things to me:

  • Encapsulation for ethernet for bridge links
  • A repeating mode

    It's not the way to get a seamless network, that just happens by virtue of a

  • Shared L2 domain (everything is on the same switch/es, no separation through routers)
  • Exactly identical network names, encryption type, and password

    For a network that has performance problems, you must not use repeaters of any sort. They have issues on small networks, let alone over capacity networks.
u/routebeer · 1 pointr/wireless

On Amazon the non-pro 3 pack is $187 ( Is the pro model really that much more worth it?

Also, how many UniFi APs do you use in the office for those 70+ people?

Thanks a ton for the advice.

u/ccobb123 · 3 pointsr/wireless

I really hope you're joking.

If you're not, buy this.

TP-LINK TL-SG1005D 10/100/1000Mbps 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, 10Gbps Capacity

u/NotSureWhatToBe · 1 pointr/wireless

I'm always a fan of TP-Link myself. <--- if you meant a nonWi-Fi router but I'm assuming that since you are talking about security then you want Wi-Fi.

u/lazerpenguin · 1 pointr/wireless

The ps3 and my older macbook only has wireless b/g. This is one of the reasons I haven't upgraded my router, I guess I never noticed about the speed since my ps3 was always hooked up wired. I may get homeplugs, would that help? Homeplugs dont go through the wireless network right? Just through my houses power? I found a 4 port one for about $60:

u/techuck_ · 1 pointr/wireless

If you don't already have a device to use, check out the TP-Link Nano Routers. They're $20 USD and would fit your needs perfectly!

To answer your question about having it broadcasting WiFi (repeater bridge), it would still work but your WiFi speeds would be halved to accommodate the extra traffic. If you don't require WiFi to be extended, you are correct with your Client Bridge assumption.

u/victorlinguist · 1 pointr/wireless


  1. Will it work even though my current Century Link modem/router is 2.4G only and does not accept ac?

  2. I have this one.

    SHoudl I get another one (AC) instead?
u/mynameisdave · 2 pointsr/wireless

Better to get a cheap switch to split the wired connection and then hang a cheap access point off of it. Or just run the router upstairs/mount it to the ceiling. Something.

u/SysAtMN · 1 pointr/wireless

SB6121 - $70.00:

u/no1nose · 1 pointr/wireless

There is another unit that claims 108 Mbs, but you're right, the one I posted is lousy. I'm going to call a cable guy to see what can be done.

EDIT: this is the unit I was thinking about that claims to be fast -

Video of Airwire:

I am curious if it would be better than WiFi for remote computers running the Steam Link hardware.

u/Sasquatch25 · 1 pointr/wireless

Buy these:

Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port and 4-Port Network Adapter Set (PLSK400)

Plug in another AP to it for your upstairs. Make sure they are on different channels but use same SSID and password.

u/SPD-13 · 2 pointsr/wireless

I literally just resolved this problem myself. I live in a 6-7 apartment unit outside boston and each one has a comcast router on 2.4GHz. I can count 20 available networks and on a wireless spectrum map I couldn't distinguish one from another. From literally 5 feet away we were pulling 2-3 Mbps down and paying for 120.

I only ended up fixing it with a bust ass 5GHz router. I went with the Nighthawk AC1900 and it's solved everything -- on 5GHz channel we get 70-80 down and even on 2.4 we can get internet in the basement from the top floor and can range from 15-40 down on a less busy day.

u/candidly1 · 2 pointsr/wireless

I have had a 1900 for quite awhile now and it's a bear; real fast and no issues to speak of (I am also on Comcast; I get around 180Mbps). Pick a price point and there's one for you:

u/6apcyk · 6 pointsr/wireless

The wifi card might have been damaged or disconnected from the antenna cables. You'll need to open the laptop to get to it. Or you could buy a usb wifi adapter. Like this thing for instance