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Looking to upgrade router and wifi card

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by Sktlez, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Sktlez

    Sktlez New Around Here

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    Currently I have the Netgear R7000 (AC1900, non p version) router, and this wireless card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016K0896K/?tag=snbforums-20

    I'm looking to purchase this card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0192911RA/?tag=snbforums-20

    As far as a new router I'm not sure what to get or if it's even worth upgrading. I have cable internet (gigabit speeds) and really don't have many issues at the moment, but would like better coverage and less variability in wireless speeds (right now i see 100mbps variations in wireless speeds). I do game, but no FPS games competitively (or even close lol). I have about 25 devices on my network split between 2.4/5ghz, and usually have games going, 4k streams, and other stuff.

    HARD WIRING is NOT an option for what I want right now, and spreading multiple APs throughout the house isnt either. I can't get a cable from upstairs to the basement at all.

    I really want something that is stable (rock solid), great range (would prefer decent wall penetration), fast speeds (want gigabit ehternet, and preferably 750+mbps on the wifi side).

    I've looked at the Nergear r7800, xr500, ax8, and the asus rt-ac5300 or the asus rt-ax88u, but they all appear to have insane issues and this makes me super uneasy. I'd prefer to stay on stock firmwares, but open to 3rd party (i dont wanna spend hours a week troubleshooting issues though).
     
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  2. Sktlez

    Sktlez New Around Here

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    I've just decided to by the Asus rt-ac86u router and the PCE-AC88 NIC.
     
  3. Trip

    Trip Very Senior Member

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    Hopefully the 86U serves you well. If it falls short for whatever reason, the next step would be business-class, discrete components: a proper wired router, optionally a switch, plus purpose-built AP(s). (You could re-purpose the 86U as just an AP to fill that role) The whole combo will be multiples more costly, but will typically be way more robust and reliable, assuming you right-size your choices and set it all up properly. Plus, you can upgrade in a modular fashion, as opposed to tearing down the whole house of cards with each and every AIO upgrade. Just some thought for the future. :)