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Router recommendations for QoS, Packet Prioritisation & uPnP? (Plex Server & Gaming)

Discussion in 'Routers' started by NeeWii, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. NeeWii

    NeeWii New Around Here

    Jan 23, 2019
    Hi, I'm in the market for a new router but could use some assistance in identifying a router/firmware combination that meets my needs.

    I've been using a NetDuma router for quite a while (the old R1 hardware), but recently I've found it to be buggy and is capping my 300Mbps download speeds at around 160Mpbs, has issues with wifi calling on phones and I can't get my work VPN to connect while using it - so I need a replacement router! I have a Nighthawk R7000 downstream from it as a wireless AP.

    My key needs are:

    1. Needs to have (ideally easy to set) good QoS / packet prioritisation options. I run a Plex server and have two Xboxes in the house. When Plex is streaming to others outside the house, it eats up all my upload (20Mbps) very quickly and causes congestion - there's huge lag noticeable when gaming on the Xboxes. When I use the NetDuma it eliminates this very effectively while keeping the Plex stream going, so I'm looking for something that can achieve the same.

    2. Needs a solid uPnP implementation, so that both Xboxes are able to achieve an open NAT at all times. Again, NetDuma does this very well, but I've had problems with other routers I've used (Virgin Media Superhub 2/3, Netgear Nighthawk R7000)

    Solid Wifi performance (potentially mesh?) and gigabit ethernet are also needed. I'm open to flashing it with alternative firmware if that's the best option also. I'd like to steer away from Netgear & Netduma given my experience thus far. Currently some of the newer ASUS models are grabbing my attention.

    Assume unlimited budget (although would like to keep it below £300 if possible).

    Any thoughts & recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Senior Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    Marmaduke Ar.
    Take a look at the Asus RT AC86U. Should be within your budget.