Which wifi router should i choose?

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

  1. c0ldhart

    c0ldhart MDL Junior Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    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

    Jan 10, 2018
    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
    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

    Apr 2, 2010
    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

    Jan 6, 2019
    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