So I am thinking it might be time for a new router. My old WRT-54G has held up well, but with a growing (but still small) number of devices and a larger living space, we're starting to notice more frequent disconnects and drop outs (especially if I game while she is streaming).
I did a little research. Sounds like the TP-Link Archer C7 is a pretty solid model at a nice price point (~$90). It is 1750AC, but lacks beamforming. It generally gets good reviews, especially V2, and I saw some posts on here where people thought it a good buy. There is also the C9 which is 1900AC with beamforming for ~$130. Has anyone done any testing to compare the C7 vs. a router with beamforming to determine just how much of a benefit it provides? Does anyone have any experience with the Archer C9 and would recommend, or advise against, it?
What about the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 or Asus RT-AC68U? I tried a search here and didn't see much. They are also both highly rated, but at twice the price point. Also 1900AC units with beamforming.
My budget would be more forgiving for the Archer C7, but if the features/speed of the C9 or the other 1900AC would be worth the money, I'd swing it. Just trying to get a feel for the need. Right now all we have is me (wired) gaming and my wife on her laptop/phone/fire (but not all at once) or streaming (sometimes while on the laptop or fire). We infrequently, but do occasionally, have guests that use the network.