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Best router for my situation

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by noluck4, May 22, 2019.

  1. noluck4

    noluck4 New Around Here

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    I live in a complex that has great broadband. I have been annoyed with my Linksys's inability to keep things running, and since my alexa stuff does not work nice with OpenWRT, it's time to get rid of it...

    The needs are 2 bedrooms (the linksys fails at this).
    Great for 4K streaming to 2 TV's using Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, or Vudu.
    MAYBE occasional gaming from a desktop
    A few phones connected
    And RELIABILITY. The linksys signal quality is meh at best.

    I am considering the TPLink Deco $99 system at walmart. Part of me thinks I will be happiest with this.
    I can get the ASUS RT-AC66U locally for the same price.
    The RT-AC68U Is only $40 more.

    I think I would be happy with any of the 3. But which would I be happiest with?

    The only thing I disliked about my old N66u was the gawdy software it shipped with. Is that still in existence?
     
  2. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    Ignore the dress the girl shows up to the prom with. :)

    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/r...and-inner-workings.36836/page-163#post-492245

    The link above shows the superiority of an Asus/RMerlin marriage with the powerful scripting friends amtm brings to the table too. :)


    M&M Config https://www.snbforums.com/threads/n...l-and-manual-configuration.27115/#post-205573

    Sanitize Network https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ac66u-slow-wan-to-lan.12973/page-3#post-269410

    amtm Step-by-Step https://www.snbforums.com/threads/amtm-step-by-step-install-guide-l-ld.56237/#post-483421


    Buy the RT-AC68U and follow the above in the links above in the order shown and you'll soon forget your old, unreliable relationship with 'L'. :)

    She may not be the prettiest to look at, but boy! The things she can do. :D
     
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  3. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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    There are two versions of the RT-AC66U.

    The original version from 2012, which is just an "ac" version of the RT-N66U. Do not buy this! It is under-powered and obsolete.

    There is another version called the RT-AC66U_B1 released in 2016. This is exactly the same as the RT-AC68U but in a slightly different case and is usually sold at a slightly lower price than the RT-AC68U.
     
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  4. noluck4

    noluck4 New Around Here

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    I admit the 86u is grabbing my attention. Is it worth the $40 to get it?
     
  5. doczenith1

    doczenith1 Very Senior Member

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    Worth $40 over which router? If you don't use VPN then the B1 at $100 is a good deal and can handle gigabit speeds with NAT acceleration enabled. If you use VPN then go for the 86U at $180. (Current Amazon prices)