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    Need a Router recommendation...

    If most of you guys are like me, you just scroll the "New Posts" so I hope all the tool junkies don't get too excited. I need a COMPUTER ROUTER recommendation, not a woodworking router recommendation.

    I currently have a Cisco/LinkSys E2500 wireless router. It's been giving me some fits the last few weeks. I'm getting intermittent internet connectivity whether I'm wired or wireless. I'll lose the connection for anywhere from 15 seconds to two minutes. Then it will be fine for anywhere from a couple of minutes to a few hours. I think I've confirmed it's the router by plugging my laptop directly into my cable modem. I ran it that way for a few hours yesterday and had no problems. And, when I lost connectivity on one computer, I tried connecting on two other laptops that I brought into my office and they wouldn't connect either. Then, they'd all connect at the same time.

    I also ran full virus scans on the two main laptops. All of the things it found were in the "minor" category and then "resolved". But I'm still having the issues.

    I tried resetting the router (new password, reenter the static IPs, etc.) today and I'm still having problems. So, as much as I hate to spend money on computer equipment than on tractor stuff, I think I need to bite the bullet.

    Looking for something a bit better than one of these little LinkSys routers that you pick up at BestBuy, but not something that's going to break the bank. If we can keep it under $300, I'd appreciate it.

    I have Spectrum Internet, running at 100mbs. (Actually, through the current router I'm only getting about 85mbs - direct connect to the modem I'm getting about 120mbs) I'd like something that doesn't slow down the throughput. I'd also like wireless, although that's not a "must have" as I have a Ubiquiti wireless setup that plugs into the router. 4 or 5 ports would be nice too.

    Any suggestions?

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    I use a ASUS (RT-AC68U) also called AC1900 and and am very happy with it. It is a gigabit router both wired and wireless with 4 wired ports.

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    We had a recent discussion on mesh wi-fi routers here:

    https://www.greentractortalk.com/for...i-routers.html

    I ended up buying a Netgear Orbi RBK50 set-up. It's been up and running about a month or so and I've had no drop-outs and running fine, even with a couple of power interruptions when I wasn't home.
    I don't know if you're interested in this since you have a Ubiquiti set-up already.

    I'm satisfied with my Orbi, though I got it with points, it usually runs just about $330 with base and 1 satellite, and goes on sale once in a while.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I use a ASUS (RT-AC68U) also called AC1900 and and am very happy with it. It is a gigabit router both wired and wireless with 4 wired ports.
    I have the slight older ASUS RT-N66U, it's been flawless covering my large house (although I did add three high-gain antenna's). I have the RT-N12D1 in the pole barn so I can walk seamlessly from the house to their and in the yard with a strong signal.
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    Ubiquiti

    I installed a Ubiquiti edge router and wireless access point a few years ago. It out performs anything else I've ever seen. Takes a little more effort to set up but I found it worth it. At the time, it outperformed anything on the market in the same price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAllen View Post
    I installed a Ubiquiti edge router and wireless access point a few years ago. It out performs anything else I've ever seen. Takes a little more effort to set up but I found it worth it. At the time, it outperformed anything on the market in the same price range.
    I got on Ubiquiti's website the other day and saw the Edge routers. What makes them more difficult to set up? Is it something that a stupid accountant like me can figure out?



    I knew I'd recently read about "mesh outers" so I appreciate that link TomFive!! I had to refresh my memory today when ddinham posted about that Asus router. Pretty cool stuff. Right now my Ubiquiti access point has a different SSID than my router. But, I guess with "mesh" I can have them both with the same name and everything switches seamlessly.

    I may need one of you guys to come by here to set this up for me. Can any of you be bribed with ribs?
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    I either use Asus or Netgear depending on the which ends up being the best 1 for the money . This is the newest I've gotten and haven't had any problems out of it at all and it run's 24/7.


    https://www.amazon.com/Netgear-R7800.../dp/B0192911RA

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    Netgear AC1750 or AC1900.

    Best bang for your buck.

    I have installed about 150 of them in customer homes over 2 years and only had one go bad.

    Shrink the 2.4 and 5.8 bands to 40mhz channel widths and you'll be good.

    I've installed 5 Google Wi-Fi mesh systems, imo they are too expensive, $250 for a 3pk or $100/each pod.

    Orbi - setup was a nightmare because they all had to be setup separate and firmware pushed then factory reset for final setup. Easy to do but not ready to go out of the box.

    Edge router / ubnt WAPs are overkill for a 100mbps connection.

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