Which wifi router should i choose?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by c0ldhart, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. c0ldhart

    c0ldhart MDL Junior Member

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    My current dlink router just stopped working after 5 years so im searching for new router. I have 20mbps fiber internet connection which i will upgrade to 50 mbps next year. I occasionally play games online, usually i ( Family member too ) watch movies or TV series online.4 to 5 smartphone & one laptop is going to connect to the router through wifi.House 900 Sqft Area ( 4 to 5 wall to the farthest point of house ).

    1>Since bandwidth not exceeding 100mbps & many devices gonna connect to the router im inclined toward Low bandwidth MU-MIMO Router ( Correct me if im wrong ), im thinking about going for the budget router Like Archer C6 which is cheap, have Mu-Mimo is it a good choice & im also considering Asus RT-AC58U ( heard that asus router's are solid router for wifi speed, range & well developed firmware ) or is there any better router well suited for my situation from router List which is mentioned below ( suggest me router even if its not mentioned in list ).

    List of some of the good router which are within my budget ( 10000 INR = ~143 USD ) & available in my country India
    Asus RT-AC58U AC1300 ( MU-MIMO ) - 5,495

    TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200 MU-MIMO - 2,699
    Tp-Link Archer C7 AC1750 - 5,299
    TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 - 7,499

    Netgear Nighthawk R7000P AC2300 Smart MU-MIMO - 9,499
    Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router - 10,999
    NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) with Open Source Support - 8,999

    D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router - 8,099
    D-Link Wi-Fi DIR-878 MU-MIMO Router - 5,899


    2> is Custom Firmware (ie DDwrt, Advanced Tomato) necessary for stable & good performance from router.? if yes then is it worth going for costly routers like "NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) with Open Source Support" just for custom firmware?

    3> Does installing custom firmware make warranty invalid or company honor warranty even after installing custom firmware?

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Dbav

    Dbav MDL Novice

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    The new Mikrotik rb4011 is now the best choice but cost is over 200€
    Instead the RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN still available is again a great choice for about 120€ and is the one i own.
    The only problem is that routerOs is so powerfull and flexible that you can really do anything with it but learning time may be a problem.
    Despite that it worked perfectly with the quick setup in just 2 minutes.
    I will never change my mikrotik with the big names of home hardware that seems to me like toys now.
     
  3. c0ldhart

    c0ldhart MDL Junior Member

    Dec 16, 2012
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    Thanks friend for reply but Mikrotik rb4011 not available in India. how is the Asus RT-AC58U AC1300 ( MU-MIMO ) or D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router?
     
  4. piercekalton

    piercekalton MDL Senior Member

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    I have the ASUS. I hope it doesn't overheat in the summer it is 17 in here.
     
  5. Aswath_89

    Aswath_89 MDL Novice

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    what is your purpose is it to stream n multiple devices or for gaming?

    I own the AC3200 netgear nighthawk and its great for streaming mutiple devices

    im also a gamer but since i use only Ethernet for PC gaming i dont really worry too much