Post by RonB Post by SilverSlimer Post by -hh
After a couple of reboots & factory resets, it is still manifesting some odd behavior...
...anyone have some router models to suggest for a replacement?
* Gigabit Ethernet
* Latest WiFi bands
* probably Mesh too
Plus whatever other 'future proofing' is worthwhile to consider.
Avoid the Netgear RAX models; they're disgustingly awful.
I have had good luck with TP-Link routers (medium grade ones, like the
AC1200). Our cable company provided us with a LAN/WiFi router — and the WiFi
went belly up within a week. The router itself works pretty well — so I
turned my TP-Link into an AP and it's been working well for over a year now.
(We had used it as a router for about a year in Texas.) My son has one of
these as well, he uses his as a router down in Texas. Reliable. I wouldn't
use Netgear anymore — I had two routers from them that quit in about six
months (underbuilt). This may not be true for the high-end models, I don't
know. Linksys was bought out by Cisco, then sold to Belkin (and became crap)
and then Belkin was bought by Foxconn (I didn't even know that) — so they're
probably super-crap by now.
So, yeah, TP-Link works well for me. Good value and flexible and easy to
The only reason I even bothered with Netgear is because of how my house
is set up. I was given a router by the ISP but since the entrance of
wires is in the basement, there was no way the router's signal would
reach the second or third floor of the house. The end result is that I
knew I would need an extender, but extending a weakened signal from the
main floor to the second and third was met with limited success. Luckily
for me, when the guys built this house, they left unfinished CAT5E
cables in the walls that I was able to finish and turn into six Ethernet
ports in the house. The end result was that I had the ISP's router in
the basement, an extender plugged into Ethernet in the main floor's
living room and since that created a dead signal on the south side of
the house, I bought what reviews said was a solid router with great
range in the Netgear RAX40.
However, that thing has since been reputed to have a terrible processor
some Intel crap, the range was garbage and even though you would
properly set it up to work as an extender, it never worked whether you
set it up to automatically obtain DNS settings or you put them in
yourself. Additionally, it would go from 250-300mbps one second to
disconnecting you the next and no firmware updates corrected the
situation. Eventually, I realized that despite the professional reviews,
the only ones that matter are those of users who universally found this
unit to be a piece of garbage.
As a result, I got another D-Link extender and plugged it to the top
floor Ethernet connection. As such, every room of the house gets a
signal inside of an improvised mesh. Now, no matter where people are,
they get a minimum of 300mbps.