Thoughts please on this router?

newls1

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Looking for a decent (not top of the line) but decent router for my streaming TV needs. Dont know much about these things other then the basics, but I need a good router with decent range (about 75FT and 4 walls inbetween) to send AC signal to 2 rooms for my streaming tv needs. This router seems to have everything im looking for, for a decent price. MU-MIMO, beamforming, dual core cpu, happy with the specs for the most part. There is surprisingly little reviews for this router on the interwebz so either it is new or maybe this is a sign??? What are your thoughts please??

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833301068
 

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My thoughts? Skip that and get something not in the consumer-grade line. Most consumer-grade manufacturers won't provide you firmware/software updates (even to fix known buggy software) because once they've sold you the device, there's no point in them paying their developers to write code for your now obsolete device as they are already working on the next mass-market device software and production. The exception is, and if you decide to stay in that market, I suggest Ubiquiti. Just like I've suggested in any other thread I post to:

This will take a little more time than your regular consumer-grade network equipment. There are plenty of articles and videos out there so don't feel overwhelmed!

Grab a Ubiquiti Edgerouter X: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0144R449W
Pair it with a wireless AC access point: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PR20GY
If you don't absolutely need AC, you can save about $10with: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HXT8R2O

Don't forget to use the [H] referral link if you're going to be purchasing from Amazon (click this link before purchasing on Amazon for it to work) ;) https://www.amazon.com/?tag=hardfocom-20
 

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will that setup be just as fast as say.... any decent "residential" wifi router? THis is very interesting and you have sparked my interest. What is the advantage of this setup exactly? also, I have several devices in my home that use standard 2.4ghz wifi, will this also work for those devices?
 

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will that setup be just as fast as say.... any decent "residential" wifi router? THis is very interesting and you have sparked my interest. What is the advantage of this setup exactly? also, I have several devices in my home that use standard 2.4ghz wifi, will this also work for those devices?
The short answers to your questions are:
-no. But, it's literally only a few steps for much more piece of mind, and far superior equipment
-up to date software that's verified by a 3rd party. Additionally, the devices come with features far superior to any consumer-grade devices you can purchase
-yes

This guy does a pretty good job at explaining the basic setup of the two: If you don't know what port forwarding is, or don't need it, you can just ignore him during that portion.
The most difficult part for most people seems to be setting their IP address manually on their computer to do the initial configuration of the edgerouter. He breezes by that part in the video. It's as easy as going in to your network settings on your PC and setting a manual IP address to 192.168.1.2 with netmask 255.255.255.0. A quick Google on "set manual IP address on windows/Mac" depending on your OS will get you there.
That's about the only thing that I picked up that wasn't point and click from the Ubiquiti interface based on the video. Of course, you'll get instruction manuals with the devices, they also have tons of their own documentation on their website, and ultimately us if you really get yourself in a bind. There are a ton of smart people here that have done these before.
Another benefit that you may or may not be interested in, is you get more options in terms of mounting the wireless access point. Whereas, with your typical wireless router, it sits on a desk or shelf somewhere and becomes an eyesore that we have learned to accept in our lives. The Ubiquiti is a beautiful access point and has limitless mounting options. This is most important when it comes to getting the best coverage, not only looking good! ;)
Feel free to ask any questions. I'm always willing to help anyone that is wanting to improve their network performance and get themselves into better gear that they will enjoy for years.
 
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In addition to the basics we've covered above, this guy does a good job of explaining why he was driven away from the consumer-grade stuff: https://www.troyhunt.com/ubiquiti-all-the-things-how-i-finally-fixed-my-dodgy-wifi/

While it's a bit more in-depth than what most need (including me), it's definitely an interesting read! And, just wanted to pass it on in hopes that if I want able to quantify the benefit of the Ubiquiti hardware for you, that he might. Good luck, and looking forward to your upgrade! :)
 

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i greatly appreciate the time you took to help me out.. I will surely read into that, and seriously rethink my idea today on internet hardware. My knowledge with internet lingo, is very little, but never a better time to learn then now. Again, thank you!!
 

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I didn't know Motorola is back into the networking business. I thought they sold all their networking business to Arris.

Only get the EdgeRouter X if you are willing to spend time to learn and configure it properly. It is not extremely hard but will take a bit time.

I don't have much recommendation because I am also on the EdgeRouter X bandwagon.
 
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