Router Reccommendation

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Looking to replace my dying linksys wrt54g router which I've had for like 8 years I think. Also hoping to get something that will provide a little better range that will extend outside and into my garage. Thinking about a netgear 3400 or 3700. Amazon has the 3400 for $72 and the 3700 for $79. I think either will be a massive upgrade for me. I'm not doing anything complex at my house, just streaming shows to our tv, and a tablet and phones using the wifi. Would these routers be overkill for that? I don't mind buying something better than what I presently need if it is a better value. Anybody have any recommendations for me? Thanks!
 
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buy something that is brand name and has good reviews. Usually avoiding brands such as TP-LINK and other chinese brands you have never heard of is good. Even if they are good at first they tend to live shorter lives from corners cut... heatsinks etc.
 
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ASUS has served me well. I have had this router since 2012 and it has been rock solid. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062&cm_re=routers_wireless_n%2b-_-33-320-062-_-Product
 
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I have a asus rt-N66u and it has been the best router i've ever had the pleasure using. Its been rock solid for about 2 years now.
 
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Originally Posted By: Bryankkkk
I have a asus rt-N66u and it has been the best router i've ever had the pleasure using. Its been rock solid for about 2 years now.
+1 The best N router on the market. Excellent performance and range and it's rock solid stable. I have 3 in different locations. If you like to research, go to www.smallnetbuilder.com
 
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I always liked dlink. Pick one with good reviews and range abilities. The only other factor would be internet speed when it comes to streaming.
 
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Another vote for N66U. However, from a range perspective, I don't think you're going to improve much on your old trusty WRT54G. For longer distances and or thick walls, you might have to look into other solutions such as range extenders/repeaters.
 
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Check the individual model and revision's review, not just buying on brand. There were some excellent routers that was cost cut and became horrible (i.e. Linksys WRT160N rev 1.0 / 1.1 are great, 2.0 are junk). If anything, I'd pick one that is based on Broadcom and Athereos / Qualcomm chipset and skip Marvell, Ralink, or any other smaller brands chipset.
 
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If range is needed, RT-N66U is good. If not, RT-N56U will do great. I've had N66U for few years, it's nice. There's plenty of firmware lines to choose from, I'm using asuswrt-merlin.
 
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Weird, I have put about 5 $28 walmart belkin routers in my friends home. Not one has died yet. I have had bad luck with Netgear. At home I use Cisco.
 
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Look around at Goodwill. I just picked up a Linksys WRT-320N, for $10... Changed the hardware ID, re-flashed it to an E2000... I like the Linksys routers because I can filter MAC addresses, and only allow certain ones access...
 
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