Ok, so what is the strongest, and baddest wireless router to buy right now?

jordan12

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I need a new wireless router. I would like for it to be a nice long distance one, so strength is important over the type of connection.

What do you guys either recommend or use that is badass?
 

klank

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I have two R7000's in AP mode they are fucking fantastic! Sure I don't get a controller based AP, but they are just monstrously fast.
 

green91

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"strongest" WAP is a bit of a misnomer. PRoblem is,even if you buy a WAP that is "stronger" the devices you are connecting to it are still the weakest link. Plus, all WAPs are regulated by the FCC.
 

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To be fair, the R7000 has better hardware then the ERL and the Unifi AP AC is still in firmware purgatory. Once they get it and the USG straightened out, it may be a viable option as long as you don't mind doing the config.
 

DejaWiz

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What about the D-Link DIR-880L? Seems to get positive reviews for range and speed.
 

charold

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I have the R7000 running in AP mode, with an ASA for my router, and the range on the R7000 is great, couldn't be happier. I have a selection of other Wireless N routers (N300-900), and by far the R7000 has the best range out of all of them.
 

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To be fair, the R7000 has better hardware then the ERL and the Unifi AP AC is still in firmware purgatory. Once they get it and the USG straightened out, it may be a viable option as long as you don't mind doing the config.

You must not have installed 3.2.10
 

ND40oz

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You must not have installed 3.2.10

I don't have time to keep up with the beta tests of their firmware. Are you saying it's finally at a point where you'd feel comfortable doing an enterprise wide installation with it?
 
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What about the D-Link DIR-880L? Seems to get positive reviews for range and speed.

I'll never buy D-link again since they did that firmware hack on the DIR-655 preventing downgrading to previous firmware. The new firmware trashed my router and they were preventing me from downgrading. Ended up being a huge time suck and I had to use a hacked Russian file to get around D-link's madness. I've had Asus and Netgear since and they are OK (prefer Netgear right now).
 

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I'll never buy D-link again since they did that firmware hack on the DIR-655 preventing downgrading to previous firmware. The new firmware trashed my router and they were preventing me from downgrading. Ended up being a huge time suck and I had to use a hacked Russian file to get around D-link's madness. I've had Asus and Netgear since and they are OK (prefer Netgear right now).

Wow, I thought I was the only one this happened to. I had the DGL version of the same router, cost me over $300. Then a firmware update came out that prevented downgrading, followed by one that made it unusable, and basically made the thing worthless.
 

DejaWiz

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I'll never buy D-link again since they did that firmware hack on the DIR-655 preventing downgrading to previous firmware. The new firmware trashed my router and they were preventing me from downgrading. Ended up being a huge time suck and I had to use a hacked Russian file to get around D-link's madness. I've had Asus and Netgear since and they are OK (prefer Netgear right now).

Fair circumstance to get you to steer away from D-Link.

However, does the 880L suffer from the same limitation as the 655, or has D-Link learned their lesson? I just ran a web search, but couldn't find diddly-shit about firmware reversion capability for the newer 880 model.

From the perspectives of price point, range, and speed compared to the competition, the 880L seems to be a solid choice. But, it's only a viable option if D-Link isn't pulling the same 655 firmware shenanigans. Some potentially good news is that DD-WRT for the 880L is being worked on.
 

charold

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I'm recommending staying away from DLINK also. I like the Linksys AC3200 recommendation as well. Hard to beat for $200 if you ask me. No aftermarket firmware available though is the only downside.
 
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