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What are the best dual band routers with great range?

#11nobleisthynamePosted 2/4/2014 5:47:59 AM
My Linksys EA6300 is dual band and supports the new AC standard. It's worked just fine for everything I've needed it for. The separate band is nice in a university when everyone else has a router on a separate band. It's nice having the clearer channels. Plus AC will only be on the 5 GHz band I believe.
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#12uncleePosted 2/4/2014 9:03:56 AM
ukemandwnbu posted...
On topic, I suggest TC that you wait for when the Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi router releases and buy it then. It will run you $300, however.

http://core0.staticworld.net/images/article/2014/01/linksys_ea1900ac_1160-100222257-orig.png
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2083993/linksys-announces-the-audacious-looking-wrt1900ac-dual-band-wi-fi-router.html


Because the throw back look is suddenly going to make Linksys start producing stuff that isn't crap?

TC: I've got an Asus RT-N66U and it's amazing. My house is about 2300 square feet and the router is in a closet upstairs. I get full signal pretty much anywhere in my house. I get 30 Mbps from the wired connection in my house and I get about 18 Mbps on wireless everywhere in the house (naturally, the closer I move to the router the closer the speeds get to my full wired speeds).

If you don't need AC then you can easily find the N66U for about $120. If you want the AC version, however, just wait for a sale. I've seen them go on sale randomly for $130-140.
#13foodeater4Posted 2/4/2014 9:16:21 AM
Range might depend on your house too. If you have any metal in your walls or even bricks it might block the signal. Plus if you have a big ass house it just might not reach.

Wired or wireless, that just depends. I do have a wireless dual band router in my house, but its in the same room as my PC's so I hook my PC to the router with a wired connection. I use the wirless for other devices such as cell phones, kindles, ipads, stuff in the living room, etc.
#14nobleisthynamePosted 2/4/2014 9:19:49 AM
unclee posted...
Because the throw back look is suddenly going to make Linksys start producing stuff that isn't crap?


Is this a common opinion? I've never had any problems with my Linksys routers.
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#15Fade2black001Posted 2/4/2014 9:26:18 AM
nobleisthyname posted...
unclee posted...
Because the throw back look is suddenly going to make Linksys start producing stuff that isn't crap?


Is this a common opinion? I've never had any problems with my Linksys routers.


All the linksys router I ahve owned seem to start dying after 5 years.
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#16Rapscallion84Posted 2/4/2014 9:27:44 AM
Avoid Belkin like the plague. My 5GHz signal is reduced to 2 bars within 2 rooms of my top floor, 3-aspect flat. Only 2 thin walls in the way. Also, their software/firmware is totally unfinished with no plans to fix it.
#17voldothegr8Posted 2/4/2014 9:52:23 AM
I'm still rocking a WRT54G router and it works flawlessly, but my wife and I never have more than a few devices connected to the wifi at once. It sits at one end of the house and covers the whole thing too. But, it's a Cisco Linksys and not the s***ty Belkin Linksys of today.

As for the topic, it sounds like the Asus Darknight (N66U) is what you seek unless you want AC, then get the AC66U.
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#18nobleisthynamePosted 2/4/2014 10:35:43 AM
Rapscallion84 posted...
Avoid Belkin like the plague. My 5GHz signal is reduced to 2 bars within 2 rooms of my top floor, 3-aspect flat. Only 2 thin walls in the way. Also, their software/firmware is totally unfinished with no plans to fix it.


I'll agree with this. Belkin sucks. I'll probably not be buying Linksys anymore in the future.
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#19EpicKingdom_Posted 2/4/2014 2:18:17 PM
I use this... they will never know.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CFATOW/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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#20gldooriiPosted 2/4/2014 2:40:38 PM(edited)
This may be a stupid question, but I don't know too much about this stuff. If I have a dual band router should both be set to 5 Ghz or should one be 5 and the other 2.4?

Or, does dual band not meant that way and it's really one or the other setting?
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