Suggestions required on modem/router purchase
Hi everyone,

I'm currently in the market for a nice medium to high-end router.
My current Netgear DG834G has lasted me about 4 years and is really good but it's range is getting annoying across the house with multiple walls in between.

I thought of getting the Netgear DGND3700v2 but I'm still deciding. So with a bit of help I can get there.

A few features I'm looking for are:
IPv6 is a must. I really want to make sure my modem/router lasts me at least 4 years like the current one I own.
USB ports so I can plug in my hard drives and make them into fun network drives. This is also a must.
I wouldn't mind if the router doesn't have a built-in modem. So suggestions can be standalone routers or modem/router combos.

Currently I know a lot about Netgear products and that's about it. I will list a few below for comparison.

[url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/DGND3700.aspx#two"]DGND3700v2[/url] - This is a modem/router with advertised wireless speeds of 300 + 300 Mbps dual band. So it has 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Also it has 5x Gigabit ethernet ports. 1x WAN and 4x LAN. I have only my smartphone that uses 5GHz wireless so normally I would switch 5GHz off on the router because it is not needed at this stage.

[url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/DGND4000.aspx"]DGND4000[/url] - Same as above with more features and better speeds perhaps.

[url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/WNDR3700.aspx"]WNDR3700[/url], [url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/WNDR3800.aspx"]WNDR3800[/url] and [url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/WNDR4000.aspx"]WNDR4000[/url] - These 3 are just routers. So no inbuilt modems. They are more or less similar with just features and maybe speed being the main factor here. Oh and all of them have USB ports.

[url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/WNDR4500.aspx#two"]WNDR4500[/url] - This one is a high-end router with better wireless speeds and so on and so forth.

[url="http://www.netgear.co.nz/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/R6300.aspx"]R6300[/url] - This one is perhaps the most overkill one and at this stage I have no device that uses 802.11ac wireless. But given that this is a fresh product I have no doubt laptops and wireless cards and USBs will add this. Also the price will be insanely high.

So there they are. Now I don't know much about other brands. Should I still go for a Netgear product or go for another brand.
I like Netgear because my current DG834G is going great but as I said the range is being a problem for everyone in the house.

I would like to hear from everyone about their router purchases and experiences.

Thanks /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />
Hi everyone,



I'm currently in the market for a nice medium to high-end router.

My current Netgear DG834G has lasted me about 4 years and is really good but it's range is getting annoying across the house with multiple walls in between.



I thought of getting the Netgear DGND3700v2 but I'm still deciding. So with a bit of help I can get there.



A few features I'm looking for are:

IPv6 is a must. I really want to make sure my modem/router lasts me at least 4 years like the current one I own.

USB ports so I can plug in my hard drives and make them into fun network drives. This is also a must.

I wouldn't mind if the router doesn't have a built-in modem. So suggestions can be standalone routers or modem/router combos.



Currently I know a lot about Netgear products and that's about it. I will list a few below for comparison.



DGND3700v2 - This is a modem/router with advertised wireless speeds of 300 + 300 Mbps dual band. So it has 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Also it has 5x Gigabit ethernet ports. 1x WAN and 4x LAN. I have only my smartphone that uses 5GHz wireless so normally I would switch 5GHz off on the router because it is not needed at this stage.



DGND4000 - Same as above with more features and better speeds perhaps.



WNDR3700, WNDR3800 and WNDR4000 - These 3 are just routers. So no inbuilt modems. They are more or less similar with just features and maybe speed being the main factor here. Oh and all of them have USB ports.



WNDR4500 - This one is a high-end router with better wireless speeds and so on and so forth.



R6300 - This one is perhaps the most overkill one and at this stage I have no device that uses 802.11ac wireless. But given that this is a fresh product I have no doubt laptops and wireless cards and USBs will add this. Also the price will be insanely high.



So there they are. Now I don't know much about other brands. Should I still go for a Netgear product or go for another brand.

I like Netgear because my current DG834G is going great but as I said the range is being a problem for everyone in the house.



I would like to hear from everyone about their router purchases and experiences.



Thanks /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />

#1
Posted 05/08/2012 03:51 AM   
I did some browsing and a few review sites give the Linksys Cisco routers good reviews. Even some are better than Netgear.
I went to the Cisco website and looks like they have a new line of product series that are EA followed by some numbers.
Here is a link:
http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/products/linksys_stcVVcatId551966VVviewcat.htm?icid=store_pdp_ea_banner_tall

I quite like them.
Has anyone got any of these or in general any Linksys Cisco routers.

Thanks.
I did some browsing and a few review sites give the Linksys Cisco routers good reviews. Even some are better than Netgear.

I went to the Cisco website and looks like they have a new line of product series that are EA followed by some numbers.

Here is a link:

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/products/linksys_stcVVcatId551966VVviewcat.htm?icid=store_pdp_ea_banner_tall



I quite like them.

Has anyone got any of these or in general any Linksys Cisco routers.



Thanks.

#2
Posted 05/08/2012 07:07 AM   
oh goody found another one. [url="http://www.asus.co.nz/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTN66U/#overview"]ASUS RT-N66U[/url].
I will most likely get this one over the others.
2 reasons.
First it has good reviews from both users and review sites from what I have seen so far.
And two, ASUS updates firmware more than other router brands. I have owned ASUS products and the support is usually very good.

hmmm, seems like I'm asking the questions and answering them myself /tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':tongue:' />

Nobody wants to contribute about what they use as their router.
I sure like to hear from you.
oh goody found another one. ASUS RT-N66U.

I will most likely get this one over the others.

2 reasons.

First it has good reviews from both users and review sites from what I have seen so far.

And two, ASUS updates firmware more than other router brands. I have owned ASUS products and the support is usually very good.



hmmm, seems like I'm asking the questions and answering them myself /tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':tongue:' />



Nobody wants to contribute about what they use as their router.

I sure like to hear from you.

#3
Posted 05/08/2012 11:30 AM   
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