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#1 ingeborgdot

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 04:05 PM

My friend has a router that is a Linksys Cisco E1500. I don't know how good of a router it is but I have found out it is only a 10/100 and not a Gig. That may be fine for the internet but it is not good enough for a network of 4 or more computers plus a NAS all working at the same time unless I am mistaken. I am looking for a new router for him that will be a gig. Unless I can just get the internet in and then run it into a gig switch. Will that bypass the router? I need a refresher on that. Thanks.



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Posted 31 May 2016 - 05:13 PM

That was quite a nice router just out paced by newer stuff!  Now a days you need a dual band unit capable of running several items at once.  A few ideas and a nice budget unit, time to do homework!
 
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398080,00.asp
 
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wifi-routers,review-2498.html
 
And a very decent budget one:  http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-router/


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 05:47 PM

Who is your ISP? Bypassing router won't work for more then one computer if your ISP only allows 1 IP. You can go modem > router > switch and as long as everything in the NAS is on the same switch, you won't be bottlenecked unless you need something off the switch (online).  

 

As for what router is best, check out Newegg and Smallnetbuilder

 

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/router-chooser/chooser

 

http://www.newegg.com/Wireless-Networking/Category/ID-41?Tid=158092



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:31 AM

That was quite a nice router just out paced by newer stuff!  Now a days you need a dual band unit capable of running several items at once.  A few ideas and a nice budget unit, time to do homework!
 
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398080,00.asp
 
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wifi-routers,review-2498.html
 
And a very decent budget one:  http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-router/

 

As you say it was a nice router, do you think a new one is vital for his office area?  He will be running 4 desktops, 1 NAS, and several wireless iPads and guest computers also come into play.  Can the E1500 even keep up?


Edited by ingeborgdot, 07 June 2016 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 02:32 PM

To try to answer you, I run two laptops a tower and two printers off my Nighthawk.


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Posted 11 June 2016 - 01:09 PM

I just don't know if it is the router causing the problems or the slow ISP.  I would hate to spend around $200 to find out that the router wasn't the problem. 



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Posted 27 June 2016 - 10:35 PM

I think I have it narrowed down to these three.  Anyone care to comment?

https://www.amazon.com/RT-AC68U-Wireless-AC1900-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router/dp/B00FB45SI4?ie=UTF8&keywords=Asus%20RT-AC68U&linkCode=sl1&linkId=93bf896fbfaa44b77a2e1626f1802b02&pebp=1441541688427&perid=1H9KKKH1FR3NBX2KXPAS&qid=1441541685&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&sr=8-1&tag=wifi2k16-20

 

https://www.amazon.com/Linksys-WRT1900ACS-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router/dp/B014MIBLSA?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=AKIAJ2RTWSYJUOAO3DIA&ascsubtag=%5Bsite%7Ctguus%5Bcat%7C%5Bart%7C%5Bpid%7CB014MIBLSA%5Btid%7C14670835578231268%5Bbbc%7CLESPRIX&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B014MIBLSA&linkCode=xm2&psc=1&tag=bom_tomsguide-20&tzd=21

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0DD0I6/ref=twister_B01EYY8072?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:10 AM

I am running the NetGear 1900,range is great about 150 feet.  People in their summer house across the street actually stream off it. they have no TV hookup.

 

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 10:50 AM

Finding a wireless router can be difficult. 
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Posted 15 March 2018 - 12:59 PM

Before you decide on any router, I will suggest you to learn more about the whole scenario from our buyers guide.


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 07:16 AM

If your old router isn't required from your ISPs part. Aka that you have to put it in bridged mode before the router (usually just applies to DSL and Cable connection but not fiberoptics. Looking at your router it looks like one for fiber optics.) I'd still advice checking with your ISP if the linksys is their router and is required for your connection.

 

You could pull a network cable from your new router to the old one and use it as an access point and that way buy a router with gigabit capacity but maybe with a little bit weaker wifi while still getting full coverage. However, it might be more expensive in comparison to buy a long enough network cable and it does require a bit more jiggery pokery to get it to work. There's also other ways of converting it to a wifi repeater but this is the "safe" way of doing it.

 

If you already have an ethernet cable to the other side of the house but want the gigabit connection to where said cable is, you could put a gigabit switch behind the "repeater" to avoid the bottleneck. 

As for throwing a switch behind the problem would still be that the router has to do the routing, the switch would just act as extra ethernet ports and still bottleneck.

 

Just throwing it out there as an idea on how to get a decent setup for the least amount of money, however a good router is always a good investment.. :)

If your only question was what router is a good purchase, I might not have been of much help. Just trying to give you some ideas on how to configure the connection and what to do with the old router.

 

Edit: typo


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 08:01 AM

You should focus on your NIC!

 

If your network adapter isnt up to speed, it wont matter how good your router is!  :)


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:15 PM

I didn't see anywhere but I may have missed it. What exactly is the problem? Slow internet access, slow file transfer over the LAN, Slow WIFI internet connection, or Slow wifi connection to other computers? Also remember a "Router" only affects the packet when it Leaves the network. The switch (usually built into home routers) handles all traffic on the local network. Lastly the network is only as slow as its slowest device. 


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Posted 18 March 2018 - 01:28 AM

I didn't see anywhere but I may have missed it. What exactly is the problem? Slow internet access, slow file transfer over the LAN, Slow WIFI internet connection, or Slow wifi connection to other computers? Also remember a "Router" only affects the packet when it Leaves the network. The switch (usually built into home routers) handles all traffic on the local network. Lastly the network is only as slow as its slowest device. 

 

I think he was considering trying to place a switch behind a 100/10 router to get gigabit LAN connection. 

 

I seem to have been misinformed and thought the switch would send the data trough the router and back onto the network. It looks like your solution with a gigabit switch behind the router could work. I'm sorry for the misleading information. Hopefully someone like Sneakycyber will confirm this.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 11:58 PM

A gig switch behind a 10/100 router will function, and traffic between ports on the gig switch will be at gig speeds. The only two situations where the traffic will hit the router are when it's leaving the building (exiting or entering via Internet) and if you have more than one subnet and the router is routing between them. i.e. You set your laptop up as 192.168.20.10 and your NAS as 172.16.10.10 and use a dual addressed port (or multiple ports if your router supports it) to support both networks. This would make little sense in a small network and is quite uncommon for most home networks (Mine is a special case because I work on other folk's computers and have a special "quarantine" network set up for "guests".)






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