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Want to upgrade my router - Do I go for AC or N Standard?

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:41 PM

I am currently using an Asus RT56U Router and was thinking about upgrading. I always want to have the best available router as I believe this is an important piece of equipment in my home set up. I have 2 desktops, 2 laptops, an Ipad and two Iphones. I also do alot of streaming movies through my PCH and WDTV Live and really want to get the best quality. I have Boost Plus (50 MBPS D/S) internet service through Cablevision.

Is the AC standard that much better then N, if so what is the best router out there. I am also not unhappy with my current router.

I was thinking of either the Netgear R6300 WiFi Router 802.11ac or the Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac? Does the CPU of the router make a difference. My Lapotps will be connected via a N wireless card and my desktops will be a direct ethernet connection on a gigabit port. Would like to get some other opinions and suggestions. Thanks

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:25 PM

Is your current hardware{2 desktops, 2 laptops, an Ipad and two Iphones} even compatible with bleeding edge technology? By having the latest router your current devices may not even be able to utilize it to it's fullest potential.

Some reading: http://www.pcworld.com/article/253449/fifth_generation_wi_fi_is_coming_are_you_ready_for_802_11ac_.html

Yes I realize it's 6 moths old, but the most comprehensive piece that wasn't a small novel or chock full of acronyms and techno babble.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

I wanted to get some people's opinion on the following two routers and which one users prefer.

NEW OEM APPLE AirPort Extreme 802.11 Wireless N Router Base Station MD031LL/A Vs Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router. I think both are very good value and at the top of the router spectrum.


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