Jump to content
RESET Forums (homeservershow.com)
cskenney

Wireless Router recommendation please

Recommended Posts

cskenney

Please give me some ideas of an off the shelf router to consider.  I have been using a DIR-655 for quite some time and it is starting to fail.  WAF is low right now because she looses her connection.

 

I don't want to build my own router at this time.  Something I can plug in and use that has Wireless N, etc... you know...something that is somewhat modern.

 

I have the option of using a Zyxell router and adding a wireless AP but so far I haven't messed with the Zyxell and I would still need a recommendation on the wireless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jmwills

I am quite pleased with the Asus RT 66NU

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
oj88

Asus is like the king right now on wireless routers, along with Linksys. A lot of models from both manufacturers can be flashed with 3rd-party firmwares from DD-WRT, Tomato or OpenWRT... if you're into that thing.

 

That said, you can't go wrong with either. But personally, I'd go for Asus.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
schoondoggy

Fire up the ZyXel, I run a ZyWall 20.

For WAP I have had great luck with a EAP600 from EnGenius. Ubiquiti has great WAP's as well.

I have a two story house with a basement, the EAP600 is mounted on the second floor in the middle and covers the entire house.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ikon

I've heard good things about the Asus as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jason

I have an ASUS RT-N66U on a single floor and the range is moderate. Wouldn't count on it for a 2nd floor. Am in process of building a new house and will be loading up w 802.11n APs. Until AC takes hold.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
awraynor

I'm using an Asus RT-AC68R and have had no problems. I used the Merlin firmware which adds to the

stock firmware instead of completely replacing it. I bought it as a refurb for around $140 from NewEgg. 

 

I bought the Apple Airport Extreme Router from Dave at the meetup. I'll see how that does in comparison. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jmwills

Use your old routers as AP's on the new network.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ikon

Use your old routers as AP's on the new network.

 

Yep, it's a good use for older wireless routers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
awraynor

Range isn't a problem at this time. Would there be any performance benefit to use one router for wireless duties and the other for

wired data on my server and two desktops? As mentioned above my current router is the Asus AC router.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • JROrtiz
      By JROrtiz
      I've been banging my head for a few days now trying to figure this out and I've run out of ideas. Hoping the very intelligent crew here can help me out.
       
      I have a Drobo 5N and a Synology RS816 on my network, both of which have been working without issue for quite some time now. I've always connected to both via Windows Explorer by simply going to the network address i.e., \\N5 and \\SYN (sample names). 
       
      I recently got a new desktop which is where the issues are coming up. When I try to go to \\N5, it results in a message saying it cannot find that location. However, \\SYN works just fine. What's strange is that I can see and manage the Drobo through the Drobo Dashboard software. What could be preventing Windows from seeing the Drobo on the network? 
       
      I've already enabled the SMB 1.x protocol, ensured the workgroup names are the same, rebooted both the machine and the Drobo, made sure network sharing is enabled, and even did a fresh install to ensure that some program I installed didn't cause the issue. Every other machine I have can access the Drobo without issue. It's just this new desktop, and everything is running Windows 10.
       
      Another strange phenomenon that I discovered is that if I go to "\\DROBO" (verbatim, not a sample name) it leads me to the Synology. Where is Windows getting the mapping from that it is directing that address to the Synology?
       
      This is driving me nuts so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    • Jason
      By Jason
      Have been running a Windows DHCP server on home WSE12R2 box for quite some time behind my Sophos UTM firewall. Also allowed me to seamlessly run Windows Deployment Services at home. WDS just worked.
       
      But if I needed to make a particular LAN IP address exception on the firewall, I had to 1.) create a Windows DHCP server reservations AND 2.) create a network definition for that IP on the Sophos UTM box. 2 steps. Not very efficient; was sure I was doing something incorrectly...
       
      Tried to migrate to Sophos UTM running the DHCP Server, but now WDS doesn't work. LAN devices can no longer PXE boot. Seems possible. Many guides. None have proven especially successful.
       
      Is it possible to run a Windows DHCP server and have Sophos UTM import DHCP reservations instead of maintaining 2 unique entries for each IP reservation (one in Windows DHCP, another on Sophos UTM box)?
       
      What is best practice?
       
       
      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    • donschmidt
      By donschmidt
      Good morning.  I've just  purchased a home still under construction and plan to have CAT6 installed throughout the living areas. I'm hoping that someone can advise me as to the specific quality/specs of cable that I should use.
      Thanks and Happy New Year.
    • Joe_Miner
      By Joe_Miner
      I've been looking at the Intel Compute Stick BOXSTK1AW32SC and was wondering if anyone here has experience with that and if the Intel AC 7265 built into it is backwardly compatible with older N and A,B wifi?
    • heavy21
      By heavy21
      I want to optimize the performance and security of my home network of servers, PCs, laptops printers, smartphones, TVs, etc.  Current network appliances include layer 2 and 3 switches (Cisco small business) and Linksys router.  I’m looking to replace the Linksys with a security (pfSense) router appliance (w/OpenVPN).  I will also be adding security cameras and a NVR to the network.
       
      The gigabit network is straightforward in structure with all Ethernet connections hanging off the24 port switch connected to the cable modem and router except a cascaded 8 port switch in a room to provide 4 Ethernet connections in a room with only one data port.  Wireless connections presently come off the Linksys but will eventually come off the to-be-purchased security/router appliance with a wireless card.  I don’t see more than 100 devices in total for the whole network.  No VLANS and no sub-netting.  All hardware supports IPv6.
       
      Hardware line up is:
      Dual Zeon server w/RAID 10 of 24 TB of storage, 64GB memory
      Cisco managed switches layer 2 and 3
      HPEX495 server
      Workstations, Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, iPads
      Printers
       
      Software line up is:
      Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, single domain controller, storage and file server duties
      Windows 10 Pro all non-server Intel computing devices
      PLEX server for streaming audio and video to display units
      Office 365
       
      From what I’ve read so far, it appears that I need to incorporate an IP addressing scheme for clients and servers on the network.  It would also appear that I need to implement VLANS and/or sub-netting to protect access to certain files and security footage, provide guest networking with future consideration for electronic door locks and some sort of server based media distribution to various display devices,
      What are best practices on assigning client and server devices to IP ranges, fixed or dynamic IP addresses?  Do I need to assign clients or servers to IP ranges?  What are the considerations in establishing sub-nets over VLANS or vice versa?  I’m pretty sure I want to restrict access to cameras and their security footage and personal files on my workstation.
       
      Thanks for any resources and advice provided.
       


×
×
  • Create New...