Hi - long time lurker, first time poster. My dad has an old Belkin F5D8230-4 Pre-N MIMO router which has been working fairly well for many years, combined with a Netgear WNDR2000 repeater. He has 3 iPads, an 3 iPhone 4S's 1 iPhone 5, and three laptops with Intel 6300 cards in them in use in the house most of the time. He also has a Sony smart TV connected via WiFi. He recently added an AppleTV to a downstairs TV (1 floor directly below the router) and has found that he cannot reliably stream a Netflix or iTunes movie. After the AppleTV was installed he mentioned that his internet has really been quite poor for about 1 year. I used inSSIDer to verify that he has good signal strength and that there are not many other devices infringing on his frequency. Just to be safe I switched his stuff from channel 6 to channel 11. His house is about 6,000 sq. ft under air and is on a couple acre waterfront lot - no other networks were in range with a signal above about -86dbm. If I connect directly to his comcast modem I get consistent 25mbps downloads and about 4mbps up. Through the wireless with only one client attached I get about 2mbps down and almost no upstream speed. It used to be the same as a direct connection to the modem. I have a Linksys E4200 that has been fairly stable, but it slows down occasionally on the 2.4ghz side which can be fixed by going into the router utility and deleting any single client DHCP reservation - about once every few months. I see a lot of love for the ASUS routers, but I don't know if the people using them are more tech savvy that don't mind being on the bleeding edge of technology, or if they are truly better than the current Linksys stuff. I have had bad prior experience with Netgear routers that keeps them off my list. I see a lot of good reviews for ASUS, but there seem to be a lot of firmware issues. I see a lot of disdain for Linksys, but I wonder if the expectations are higher from non-techy people with the linksys gear. Apple gets no love... I am going to put my E4200 in his house temporarily to see if it solves the problem, but ultimately I want to have a 5ghz network set up for the TV's and maybe the iPad 3s, and a 2.4ghz network for everything else - basically that is how I have my house set up. My options as I see them: Asus RT-N66U or AC66U - concerns - long term stability - there will be no ability to reset or update firmware once installed. Linksys EA4500 or 6500. I don't know which is better, same restrictions apply as to no resets or firmware updates allowed once installed. The EA4500 is appealing because it is essentially the same as what I have, which I know works acceptably (it could be better) Apple Airport Extreme - the advantage I see with this one is that I know a few people who have them and they say it is truly set it and forget it. I am sure the range would be lower than the others - this may be an issue. Ideally I would like to get rid of the range extender. The Belkin router he is running now literally had not been power cycled in 5+ years up until we connected the AppleTV - I can't put something in that is less reliable. Thoughts - other recommendations?