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Recommendation for a new WiFi Router

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by JohnDoe007, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. JohnDoe007

    JohnDoe007 New Around Here

    Nov 14, 2017
    Here is my setup:

    Xfinity Internet 100Down/5Up, devices includes:

    FireTV (Wifi)
    Internet Media Box (Wired)
    two-three laptops (only 1 is heavy gamming/peer-to-peer file sharing) (All Wifi)
    Two Amazon Echo (Wifi)
    1 Smart Hub (Wifi)
    1 Wireless printer
    2 Iphone's

    Occasional guests numbers around 5-10 using their smartphones using WiFi.

    I currently have E4200 v1 running Tomatoe that connects to Xfinity Modem and E1200 running tomato connected to E4200 for extending wifi range, the residential rental building I live is extremely congested, I can see almost 15+ SSID's in a given time. The connection problem mostly happens in Master bedroom that is approx 10Feet away where I almost consistently lose connection on 5Ghz wifi radio and the performance of 2Ghz is really slow and is a hit/miss.

    I am seriously considering upgrading to ASUS RT-88U since the reviews are pretty solid to handle loads, but I am undecided whether it will solve my disconnect and slow WiFi speeds.

    Any recommendation?
  2. Internet Man

    Internet Man Regular Contributor

    Sep 1, 2017
    Pretty much any decently-reviewed AC1750/AC1900 router should be just fine. You want to avoid 2.4GHz as much as possible but some of your devices do not support 5GHz and cannot be upgraded (Echos, printer)
  3. JohnDoe007

    JohnDoe007 New Around Here

    Nov 14, 2017
    Correct my Printer is 2Ghz, but Amazon Echo (1st Generation) support 5Ghz, but anyways thanks for the suggestion.

    So would RT-88U be an overkill? Any other recommendations?
  4. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    NETGEAR R7800
  5. Despacitomiko

    Despacitomiko New Around Here

    Sep 14, 2017
    Or TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 ??
  6. Klueless

    Klueless Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Rochester, NY
    Myself, my bias is I would love to see you go ==> Asus anything but I'm unsure that would solve anything.
    • Is the e1200 set up as a wired access point or as a wireless range extender?
    • What is in the bedroom? (TV, laptop?)
    • What does the bedroom connect to? (e4200 or e1200?)
    I think I'd start with loading a WiFi analyzer onto one of your laptops and start checking signal strengths in various locations and try to access what your dealing with.
    • Signal strength? Sometimes a slight relocation of equipment will help. If the signals are a little weak an upgrade might help. If the signals are a lot weak it might not.
    • WiFi congestion? Maybe upgrading to AC would help. Or hard-wiring a few more devices.
    Are the problems with clients that connect with the e4200 or the e1200? Maybe we should be considering a modest upgrade for the e1200?

    Are you thinking that the router upgrade would eliminate the need for both devices? Or just he e4200 (which would then replace the e1200)?

    I'd be interested in more info before offering an opinion although, I must admit, an upgrade would be a lot more fun and just might work.

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