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Old 12-05-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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I've got a budget of about $400 for this. The key features are dual band (all our laptops support wireless n, but we still have some ipod touche and such that'll only do wireless g), QoS, gigabit, and VPN support. If there is something that offers more advanced traffic support than QoS can do (such as blocking torrent traffic or whatever) that'd be a plus. If it is a rackmount unit, I'd need a separate wireless AP, but an all in one sit on your desktop model would work fine too.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Not sure if this is one that you can consider as it sounds like this is for an office, or if it'll even do everything you need but it's worth a shot in sharing. It has dual-band (both N-capable), gigabit, QoS and VPN:

ASUS - Networks- ASUS RT-N66U

I have one at my apartment and as part of a remodel of their house I've setup 3 at my parents. It's fast, strong signal and easy to configure. It has QoS but nothing more advanced/corporate. It has a built-in VPN server and you can get a free DDNS account through Asus if you need one. My 1 complaint about the vpn server is it loses the ability to search for devices by name when off-site. If you have a server on your network called "serv" you cannot just connect to it by navigation in explorer to "serv" or by using any shortcuts that use the name in the path: you must use it's IP address. Thankfully you can have an almost infinite number of static IP addresses. Don't quote me on this, but I also think it has a max pool of 10 IP addresses that it can give to clients connected to the VPN which can be limiting if being used in a large office.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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Its for home use. Off hand I think we normally have 8 or 10 device connected. With our our current setup we start getting connection issues when it gets into double digits, and restarting doesn't always take care of it. So something robust enough to work in a small office would be great.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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Well 8 computers, a tv, ps3, Wii, two cell phones, a kindle, and a nook on mine every day and I have no issues at all with what I linked. Of the 3 I have at my parents, two are just access points and switches and their load is similar. I don't know of anything stronger for a home setting and I don't know enough about pro series routers to recommend anything over this.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #5
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This is what my family needs as we have 4-5 laptops, a ps3, wii, imac, a digital set-top box that is able to connect the internet, 6-7 phones, 2 ipads, and 2 wireless printers, Which can be connected all at the same time.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:59 AM   #6
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I would look at something like a netgear or dlink router and switch and set it up rember the more devices you add the the router the slower the connection will be as your bandwith is decreased each time. also look to upgrading your tariff to the max internet and monitor the performace as internet providers are known for not giving you what you pay for

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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What's your budget and the brand prefer?
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:20 PM   #8
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check out pfsense its a pretty beastly router/firewall and its free if you have an old pc
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Regardless of the brand, look at here listed different brands models, compare the features of these decent wireless routers
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Can I ask why you need to spend $400 on a router?

Most standard broadband routers can cope with 10 connections or so without too much difficulty? The speed / bandwidth for your home is surely ultimately determined by your phone line and not the quality of your router?

Sure not a lot of routers have more than 5+ ports but a 10 port switch is pocket changed compared to $400
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:33 PM   #12
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Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Wireless N Gigabit Router Up to 300Mbps/ USB port x1/ Detachable Antenna x3/ IP QoS/ QSS Button

Less than $100.00usd.
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Hello,
Forget about TP-Link, Netgear, D-Link (most of all D-Link, utter crap in my book). Go with a Asus RT N-66u. You could also go with a Cisco if you like all that "management in the cloud" stuff they are now marketing, and you really really want to stick to the default operating sistem and not get OpenWRT or DD-WRT.
Another option would be to get something like this: PC Engines alix2d13 product file (PC Engines Alix 2d13 board), install pfSense unto it, and enjoy a real router (i mean besides packet filtering: routing, AF scaning, mesh, VPNs, load ballancing and failover multi-wan, reporting tools, squid :P and all sorts of goodies).
Believe it or not, the last option is not only the best, but also the easiest to implement and upgrade.
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Anjen, Why go a more expensive route with the ASUS? And why go a complicated route with open source hardware and software? Most people that come here are looking for a simple answer to a simple question.
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Anjen, Why go a more expensive route with the ASUS? And why go a complicated route with open source hardware and software? Most people that come here are looking for a simple answer to a simple question.
Exactly Seti, You would only be looking for a more complicated and expensive router if you we're doing it for a big company or kinda small business or place that needs or wants wifi access for other things..
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Exactly Seti, You would only be looking for a more complicated and expensive router if you we're doing it for a big company or kinda small business or place that needs or wants wifi access for other things..
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I've got a budget of about $400 for this.
1 Alix2D13, 1 interior enclosure, 1 CF card, 1 Atheros based N-card, 2 pigtail + 2 antenas and a18V traff go for way less.
PC Engines ALIX2D13 Full Wireless N Kit Same as ALIX2D3 | eBay
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Newegg.com - ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Is it still that much more expensive?

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QoS, gigabit, and VPN support. If there is something that offers more advanced traffic support than QoS can do (such as blocking torrent traffic or whatever) that'd be a plus.
pfSense has the best QoS around. It also has Layer7 filtering for blocking stuff like torrents. Alix comes w/ gigabit Ethernet. Saving the VPN for last. To get VPN working under OpenWRT is a pain in the a**. Never got IPSEC to work under OpenWRT. To get PPTP, OpenVPN, IPSEC, SSL VPN under pfSense...well...u just install it. Certificates are generated just adding users, also you can join a domain....etc.

Not saying that OpenWRT is bad. No way. I use Barrier Breaker at home on an RT-N16. Just saying, just because something is different and it MIGHT seem more complex, that doesn't mean it's also more complicated.
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