jcta79, on 26 Jun 2013 - 9:09 PM, said:
Thanks for the replies, I made sure I have the latest firmware. I reset the modem and I DL something via Ethernet and wireless and only got at most 1.6 MB/s compare to 2.5 MB/s with my Motorola 6141. Now here is a link to a router http://www.edimax.com/en/produce_detail.php?pd_id=484&pl1_id=3&pl2_id=18 I looked up. Does anyone have any experience and can give me their reviews on this router. Also if anyone can suggest a good dual band router I can look into, it would be much appreciated. Thanks
Is that 1.6 to 2.5 MB/s or 1.6 to 2.5 Mb/s? BIG DIFFERENCE. 1.6 to 2.5 MB/s is much closer to what you are paying from from Comcast...i.e. it is 12.8 Mb/s to 20 Mb/s. Remember that bytes (i.e. capital "B") contain 8 bits (i.e. lower case "b").
As to the router you listed, I have no experience with Edimax. I did look up that router on Amazon and NewEgg and both sites seemed to have fairly good user review, but there were not a whole lot of reviews so I am not sure how much I trust those reviews (higher percentage change for people to give it bad reviews because of "user error" issues rather than actual real issues with the router). Regardless, you can certainly read the various user reviews on both sites. I will note that the one average/slightly negative user review on NewEgg had a response from an Edimax representative, which kind of shows that they might have fairly good customer service. I also found a review for it on PCMag's site. Here are links to the PCMag site as well as the listings for the router on Amazon and Newegg:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417357,00.asphttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315124&Tpk=Edimax BR-6478AC&IsVirtualParent=1http://www.amazon.com/Edimax-BR-6478AC-Concurrent-Simultaneous-Performance/dp/B00CEEP3DE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1372314298&sr=8-3&keywords=edimax+AC1200
I can say that I what I use is an Apple Airport Extreme, which is a dual band router. This is at least somewhat due to me being at least a little partial to Apple, but more because I like the features. It also has a guest network and uses Gigabit ethernet ports (very useful for transferring files between my two Gigabit equipped computers and my Gigabit equipped NAS). You can have a single SSID automatically handle both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz or you can give each frequency their own SSID. It also helps that I make use of the easy ability to extend networks using other Airport routers (I have an Airport Express at the other end of my house to extend the network). And I make use of the USB port to hook up my LaserJet 6MP to the network using a parallel port to USB adapter cable...this allows me to print to it from any of my computers.
The downside is that an Airport Extreme is not cheap. And you are forced to use the Airport Utility to configure the router (I generally prefer to use web page based configurations), although it is not all that bad of a utility (they did kind of "dumb it down" in the newer incarnation). Also, if you want parental controls through the router, they are a bit weak on the Airport Extreme (actually all Apple routers). And the antennas are internal. So, you cannot upgrade to a higher gain antenna if you want.
Here is a review from Macworld:http://www.macworld.com/article/2033878/review-apples-airport-extreme-is-a-safe-choice.html
Another dual band router that seems to get good reviews is the Asus RT-N66U. Here is a review from PCWorld:http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028227/asus-rt-n66u-router-review-the-best-802-11n-router-for-the-home-or-home-office.html
I have never use the Asus router, so I cannot say personally say how good it is or isn't.
Edited by smax013, 27 June 2013 - 01:47 AM.