The Router Recommendations Thread (Consumer)

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Orinthical, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. NKD

    NKD [H]ardness Supreme

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    I have Readynas 4 bay as well as a 4TB WD USB drive hooked up to the router via USB with DLNA feature enabled. My samsung TV sees it and it plays anythng off it without a hitch. Its a really solid router. Wouldn't hurt to try it. I honestly was surprised how well it streamed off the USB drive.

    I was all Netgear before and tried their new top of the line gaming router XR700 but wireless signal was no match with the GT AC5300. It literally destroyed the netgear in signal quality. Not to mention it has 8 LAN ports and you can configure another LAN port as backup WAN.
     
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  2. Wag

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    I need help choosing the best router for my setup. Right now I'm running a half-assed solution because I live in a 120yr old brick building and can't wire my house well for ethernet.

    So what I'm currently doing is:

    FIOS Gigabit in the closet- right outside the closet:

    Asus AC68U for wifi and wired to Microtik Wireless wire host to client on the other side of the living room to switch wired to entertainment center/NAS (in closet on other side of wall).

    In bedroom I have a Linksys wrt3200acm in bridge mode. Yes I know the Linksys is supposedly the better of the two routers but it's actually crap for wifi and only good as a bridge.

    I have a lot of wifi AC devices in my condo, so I'm wondering if I would benefit from buying a really good Tri-Band router, or could I get away with the AC86U or 88AX? I really like the WRT-Merlin firmware, been rock solid. The 68U has been the best router I've ever owned.

    My condo is one floor, approx 900sq ft, but as I said, converted brick school building. When I moved in I had to change cell carriers because I keep losing reception as I walked in towards my bedroom.
     
  3. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    Unifi AP. I moved from an Asus AC router as well. That thing treated me really well. But, there is a noticeable difference in all aspects improving.
     
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  4. Wag

    Wag Gawd

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    I need something that handles a VPN well. The AC68 is too slow.
     
  5. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    You can go as cheap as an edgerouter X (won't get 1gbps over vpn) or as pricey as enterprise gear. Read this as a starting point:
    https://hardforum.com/threads/guide-what-router-should-i-get.1965547/
    There are plenty of guides on configuring the edgerouter X to use openvpn server. Just remember it's going to be via command line for that specific feature.
    Next, consider pfsense if you want to get full gigabit over vpn (or another firewall that can run on more powerful hardware). Negate sells really nice hardware. And, you can even repurpose old hardware as a pfsense box. Or, buy brand new hardware to run it on.
     
  6. Wag

    Wag Gawd

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    The Merlin wrt firmware is great in the way it handles vpns. Makes it very easy to turn on and off remotely, that's why I was thinking another Asus router would be a good choice.
     
  7. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge [H]ardForum Junkie

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    You can toss WRT into a VM if you like, but if your biggest issue is building a VPN endpoint then you might consider running it somewhere other than on the edge as a function of a router? It is, after all, just a piece of software.
     
  8. Wag

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    VPN is not my main concern. I basically just use it to watch Netflix in other regions so WRT is convenient for that. I want an easy way of setting up my home network.
     
  9. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    You don't need a VPN server then. You want the client. You can also do that with an edgerouter X and send the traffic from only one device (or multiple devices) over the VPN connection. There's no easy toggle switch for it though. It would require you to login via SSH and issue a command. I haven't looked into it much more than that, as that's always been as far as I needed to go. But, I'm sure there are other things that could make toggling it easier.
     
  10. Wag

    Wag Gawd

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    Too much work.

    That's why I'm thinking the Asus routers are my best option. Not sure which one.
     
  11. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    I no longer waste my money on consumer grade products. I'm sure someone else can help out. Best of luck.
     
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  12. CAD4466HK

    CAD4466HK [H]ard|Gawd

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    So what would be the benefits of upgrading my ASUS AC68P to a Edgerouter X? Which I've heard all kinds of good things about.