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New Router

am0nam0n Registered User regular
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.

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    I would suggest the C7. You only have a few devices and so don't need a ton of processing power or anything like that. If you have problems with certain areas of your home and wifi signal it's better to try to move the router someplace else or wire up an access point.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    tsmvengy wrote: »
    I would suggest the C7. You only have a few devices and so don't need a ton of processing power or anything like that. If you have problems with certain areas of your home and wifi signal it's better to try to move the router someplace else or wire up an access point.

    How is the software on that? I'm still using a Linksys N300, which I'm sure is the Dodge Neon of wireless routers, because it does work and because the software might honestly be the best part of it--I've seen a lot of higher-end routers, at least in the past, came with software that put weirdly arbitrary limits on things like how many characters were in your network's name, etc., and weren't as user friendly as the Cisco stuff bundled with the N300.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    http://thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/networking/

    I'm pretty sure you can walk through the software at TP-Link's site. I haven't done any digging. I use a TP-Link travel router and I'm quite happy with the software.

  • CabezoneCabezone Registered User regular
    edited January 2016
    tsmvengy wrote: »
    I would suggest the C7. You only have a few devices and so don't need a ton of processing power or anything like that. If you have problems with certain areas of your home and wifi signal it's better to try to move the router someplace else or wire up an access point.

    FYI, I put one of those in my folks house and had to return it. It was a V2 and they have a problem with dropping connections. I dunno if a replacement would have worked, I just went with a different router.

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  • am0nam0n Registered User regular
    Cabezone wrote: »
    tsmvengy wrote: »
    I would suggest the C7. You only have a few devices and so don't need a ton of processing power or anything like that. If you have problems with certain areas of your home and wifi signal it's better to try to move the router someplace else or wire up an access point.

    FYI, I put one of those in my folks house and had to return it. It was a V2 and they have a problem with dropping connections. I dunno if a replacement would have worked, I just went with a different router.

    Has anyone else had any similar experiences with the V2 version?

  • CabezoneCabezone Registered User regular
    edited January 2016
    There is such a large variety of networking equipment in use its unlikely you're going to find two people with the same gear and experinces on this forum.

    EDIT: it's a well reviewed router but if you look at the scores on newegg all of the 1 star are dropped connection problems. I'm guessing something in the supply chain has a manufacturing problem that only crops up sometimes. I think that most routers, in this price range, seem to run into problems like this tho.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    I have an Archer C5 at my apartment. Had an Asus RT-AC68U at my parents. The Asus is by far the better one between those two. I know you're talking about the C7 but my experience is that the C2 drops connections like crazy, C5 drops sometimes but not too bad. RT-AC68U has been going over a year and not a single drop with many more devices.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    I want to find some free time that I can write up a proper OP/Thread for routers. We have had enough threads about them recently, and even though use cases are specific, it may be worth the effort.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    I personally use an R7000, but I'm also running 8-10 devices on the network at any given time, between computers, consoles, phones, and set-top boxen. It works well for my needs, and handles the large number of concurrent connections well.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    My Asus RT-16N died over the weekend while I was away. Looks like it got cooked. I have an Archer C9 on reserve at Best buy to pick up after work for $140 CDN (~$100 USD). Try to convince me to cancel this.

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