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I have cable Internet from Optus and I am currently using my old Netgear DGND3700 as a wireless router as the modem/router that Optus provide is pretty shit and slow for wireless connections.

 

I am looking for a new router that can be used to connect wireless devices such as smart phones and laptops at the highest speeds possible.

I will use the wired lan ports for things like TV, DVD and my NAS box and main PC as well. Preferebly I would like some thing futuer proof for at least the next 2 years too.

 

I was looking at some of the new ASUS and Netgear routers but would like know what people think or recommend.

 

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I will use the wired lan ports for things like TV, DVD and my NAS box and main PC as well. Preferebly I would like some thing futuer proof for at least the next 2 years too.

 

 

 

Cheers

No such thing really, all you can buy is what you think will be ok for as long as possible, which can be guesswork.

 

Over on Whirlpool a couple of the blokes who test these sorts of things reckon the Asus RT N56U is pretty good as is the RT N66U.

Threads here

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1672843

and here

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1584757

Particularly look for posts by pete y testing, he knows his stuff.

 

If you want wireless AC for future ac devices then the Asus RT-AC66U is shaping up quite well.

 

All are dual band 2.4/5Ghz routers.

I would probably go the N66u or AC66U for the external antennas.

 

I also like to check out http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view for more info, especially WAN to LAn throughout if on fast cable or FTTH.

For 100Mbit you want the router to do at least 3 or 400Mbit on the smallnetbuilder tests as they test with all firewall settings etc off to get the best raw speed.

Enabling the usual Router features at least halves throughput.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanw...ters-revision-3

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I will use the wired lan ports for things like TV, DVD and my NAS box and main PC as well. Preferebly I would like some thing futuer proof for at least the next 2 years too.

 

 

 

Cheers

No such thing really, all you can buy is what you think will be ok for as long as possible, which can be guesswork.

 

Over on Whirlpool a couple of the blokes who test these sorts of things reckon the Asus RT N56U is pretty good as is the RT N66U.

Threads here

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1672843

and here

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1584757

Particularly look for posts by pete y testing, he knows his stuff.

 

If you want wireless AC for future ac devices then the Asus RT-AC66U is shaping up quite well.

 

All are dual band 2.4/5Ghz routers.

I would probably go the N66u or AC66U for the external antennas.

 

I also like to check out http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view for more info, especially WAN to LAn throughout if on fast cable or FTTH.

For 100Mbit you want the router to do at least 3 or 400Mbit on the smallnetbuilder tests as they test with all firewall settings etc off to get the best raw speed.

Enabling the usual Router features at least halves throughput.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanw...ters-revision-3

 

 

Thanks AliAli for the reply. I will check out your threads.

 

I was considering the new Asus router or even the new Netgrear nighthawk but I don't think will need all of the features.

 

Cheers

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Some more questions for you all.

 

I currently have the Netgear DGND3700 would it be worth upgrading to the Asus RT-N66U.

 

The RT-N66U looks great on paper and reviews say the speeds are brilliant but I just don't know if its worth the $200 to upgrade from what I currently have.

 

Opinions would be appreciated.

 

cheers

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Not having used either routers I can't really say if you would get any improvement.There are so many variables with WLAN it is almost impossible to say whether one router is better than another until tested in that specific situation.

If you are connecting a lot of wireless devices (say more than 10) at once then you may be better of with a wireless AP or two in other areas of the house connected back to the router via Ethernet or even Ethernet over Power (Homeplug). This would help spread the load on the wireless.

 

 

The Asus may have more WLAN range due to the external antennas but the DGND3700 should be able to connect all your devices anyway. Do remember that wireless bandwidth is shared so the more devices connnected and using the WLAN the slower it gets for everyone. This is a function of wireless and a new router won't fix that.

In particular video streaming can hog all the available bandwidth of a WLAN, especially if the media server is wireless as 1/2 the bandwidth is used to send the video to the router and the other half is gobbled up via the receiving device.

Always try to use Ethernet for NAS/HTPC/Media streaming boxes. Always.

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Not having used either routers I can't really say if you would get any improvement.There are so many variables with WLAN it is almost impossible to say whether one router is better than another until tested in that specific situation.

If you are connecting a lot of wireless devices (say more than 10) at once then you may be better of with a wireless AP or two in other areas of the house connected back to the router via Ethernet or even Ethernet over Power (Homeplug). This would help spread the load on the wireless.

 

 

The Asus may have more WLAN range due to the external antennas but the DGND3700 should be able to connect all your devices anyway. Do remember that wireless bandwidth is shared so the more devices connnected and using the WLAN the slower it gets for everyone. This is a function of wireless and a new router won't fix that.

In particular video streaming can hog all the available bandwidth of a WLAN, especially if the media server is wireless as 1/2 the bandwidth is used to send the video to the router and the other half is gobbled up via the receiving device.

Always try to use Ethernet for NAS/HTPC/Media streaming boxes. Always.

 

Cool thanks for the info aliali.

 

I will run some more tests on the DGND3700 and post some speed tests.

 

I might wait until the the prices drop a bit too as the router I have now is not really giving me any trouble its just slow wireless at times. I think I have only ever had reset the router once or twice too so its pretty stable. The wireless is mainly for laptop, tablet and 2 phones plus any guests that come round and want to use their device on the network.

 

I already use Ethernet for my NAS and HTPC. I might actually look at a cheap gigabit switch for the time being. Can you recommend any?

 

Thanks again for the help.

 

cheers

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its just slow wireless at times.

That can be multiple things.

 

Overall load on the wireless. IE one device streaming and hogging all the bandwidth.

 

Interference on the channel you are using. For this inssider

http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ can be a handy tool to pick a clean channel. Free for home use.

 

2.4Ghz cordless phones can also interfere with 2.4Ghz wireless LAN.

 

Signal strength. The less reception the slower it goes.

 

I already use Ethernet for my NAS and HTPC. I might actually look at a cheap gigabit switch for the time being. Can you recommend any?

Good on Ethernet to the NAS and HTPC. :-)

As for a switch I just buy whatever the shop has, although I do try to get a metal case one, not plastic as the metal cases transfer out internal heat better IMO.

That's not from testing that's just my feeling.

I also avoid the ones with fans as they are just too noisy, although generally only get fans on the 24 port ones.

TP-links generally seem to be ok and they do metal case ones.

The TL-SG105 5 Port Desktop Gigabit Switch

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=24910

and

TL-SG108 8 Port

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=24911

 

I assume you won't need bigger than that. :-)

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