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Need to upgrade to gigabit router

Discussion in 'Routers' started by bucknhacks, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. bucknhacks

    bucknhacks Occasional Visitor

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    Hello,
    So, I'm looking for suggestions on a new gigabit router to replace my current TP Link 100mbps model. We're upgrading to 200, or 300mbps from TimeWarner/Spectrum cable.
    I'm looking for something easy to use (no eight week coding/programing crash course needed), reliable, and affordable. $150 and under. Any more expensive, and I'll probably go wireless, and use the lan ports.

    Thanks for the help,
    B
     
  2. pete y testing

    pete y testing Very Senior Member

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    what model is this ?

    sorry but i dont understand this

    also $150 is quite limiting budget wise
     
  3. CaptainSTX

    CaptainSTX Very Senior Member

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    Start by seeing if this router will meet your needs.


    TP-Link Gigabit VPN Router (TL-R600VPN)

    Amazon has them for $59.

    You don't necessarily have to use the VPN features.


     
  4. bucknhacks

    bucknhacks Occasional Visitor

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    Was looking for a low $ (~ $100) basic wired router, but from what I've seen, anything low $ has low wan/lan throughput, so I'll go wireless, and use the lan ports.
     
  5. System Error Message

    System Error Message Part of the Furniture

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    not necessarily, as a basic router both mikrotik and ubiquiti has a setup wizard that lets you set up home networks and you can get really faster routers for as low as $60. For just internet alone both the ERL and RB750gx3 will handle 1Gb/s with hardware acceleration. Not much programming or learning required for them but you do need to learn the basic security for them.

    For example on mikrotik the simplest defence is to whitelist the output chain on input and drop everything else on input under firewall. For the price, performance and reliability both mikrotik and ubiquiti are much better than any VPN router out there.

    pfsense is also a good option too that can be cheap if you recycle and buy a 2nd hand intel server NIC for it. Even a core2duo with 2GB of ram is plenty and you only need to know how to get pfsense to usb drive and installing an OS from usb. Its the easiest out of the 3 as it has a GUI for a lot of things but doesnt scare you with its appearance like mikrotik by revealing every possible option in the GUI at a time.

    For $150 you could get an asus AC68U which would fit your needs. Many similar routers like this cost around the same too and as long as you dont get dlink you'll be fine. Essentially some brands are good at other things. For example the netgear equivalent r7000 works well but the stock firmware isnt great as netgear's hardware quality tends to be good but not their firmware. ASUS tend to do well with both. tp link keeps their firmware feature set simple and doesnt equip their routers with higher end hardware like asus or other brands rather their CPU may be 20% lower clocked as they pick the cheaper SoC variants. This is probably what you'll be familiar with compared to the rest but consumer routers except a few arent really known for working as well.

    However you should avoid VPN routers under every circumstance as their platforms come with underpowered CPU and firmware with a lot of bugs.
     
  6. bucknhacks

    bucknhacks Occasional Visitor

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    Samir Senior Member

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    I recently picked up an archer c5 for under $80 just to use the wifi. Our connection is 150/25 and it works flawlessly, even as the connection speeds spike nearing 200Mbs. I'd take a look. Set up is cake too if you've used even just one router before.
     

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