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Old Jan 19, 2020, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default Mid price router recommendations

So I've pulled the plug on Sky and gone to different broadband provider
which means i now need some mid price router, recommendations?
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Old Jan 19, 2020, 01:51 PM   #2
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netgear r7000. Cheap, good range and pretty reliable.
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Old Jan 19, 2020, 02:27 PM   #3
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TP-Link AC1900. On sale for $79 at Amazon now.
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Tried a netgear nighthawk AC1750 for a month, it sucked on both factory firmware and DD-WRT, for that month I had to reboot it quite often went with the tplink AX1500 and things have been much better.
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Netgear R7000 running tomato firmware has been going very well for me. No issues or downtime, only restarted for the occasional firmware update that I could probably have ignored anyway.
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Old Jan 20, 2020, 12:03 PM   #6
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Tried a netgear nighthawk AC1750 for a month, it sucked on both factory firmware and DD-WRT, for that month I had to reboot it quite often went with the tplink AX1500 and things have been much better.
I've got the Nighthawk AC1700, and I'm having the same problem. It freezes up or drops the WiFi connection at least once per week, forcing me to do a hard reboot.

Keeping an eye on this thread as I'd like to upgrade my router as well.
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Be aware some R7000 models don't play nice with open source firmware.

I really like the R7000 not cheap option, R7500v2 and the R7800.
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I've got the Nighthawk AC1700, and I'm having the same problem. It freezes up or drops the WiFi connection at least once per week, forcing me to do a hard reboot.

Keeping an eye on this thread as I'd like to upgrade my router as well.
Thanks to the generous holiday return policy of Amazon that piece of junk went back, Left a bad taste for any of the nighthawks that all look the same at least on the outside. Decided I might as well go for Wifi 6 now, so went with the cheep TPLink. Seems OK to this point.
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TP-Link Archer 7 (AC1750).

Nice dual band, DD-WRT works very well on it also.

I had one at my house for 2 years, and found a used one for my mom.
Really nice since 5G does not overlap and basically has no footprint. Yet...
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Check the clearance stuff at Walmart. The ones by me have a bunch of Nighthawk routers of a couple different models for about half off in the cages behind the electronics counter. I’ve has an AC2600 for years and haven’t had any problems with it. When I was on Centurylink, I had to reboot it every couple months but that was always after having to reboot the modem which I had to do almost weekly. Since I switched providers, I haven’t had to reboot once.
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All consumer routers suck in terms of hardware quality and software support. That said, ASUS routers have been the least sucky in my experience with semi-regular firmware updates. Something like an RT-AC66U would be my recommendation.
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Just to confirm, you are looking for a "router with Wi-fi antenna" not just a "router"?

If it's the former, I just installed one of these for my parents:

https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/d-link...outer-dir-2680

It's was easy to setup, didn't require a direct PC connected to configure and has good Wi-fi range.
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Just to confirm, you are looking for a "router with Wi-fi antenna" not just a "router"?

If it's the former, I just installed one of these for my parents:

https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/d-link...outer-dir-2680

It's was easy to setup, didn't require a direct PC connected to configure and has good Wi-fi range.
Correct, but oddly the D-Link AC2600 doesn't appear to be available in the UK.
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Got some spare hardware lying around?

Build your own.

Great open source options running on x86 hardware. Recommend turning a cheap "wifi router" into an AP, as setting up wifi can be a pain.

Best part, is that depending on spare parts you have sitting around, more horsepower than you can get at the consumer level, and its basically free.
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^^ Agreed. Decoupling the hardware, software, and wifi is the best thing to do, as all your eggs are not in one basket. I have been using Astaro/SophosUTM for the past 10 years now, and on the same hardware for about 7 years. It still absolutely smashes any consumer router in features and power. I simply converted my old tplink dir-825 to an access point, and later swapped it out for a ubiquiti ap. When I need to upgrade my wifi, I will just upgrade the access point again.
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Costco has the R7960P-100NAS (X6S AC3600) for $149.99. Been rock solid since I got it with factory firmware.

Well I see you are not in US. I think R8000 AC4000 is very similar.
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