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Reddit mentions of TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS (Archer A7)
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We found 68 Reddit mentions of TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS (Archer A7). Here are the top ones.
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JD Power Award ---Highest in customer satisfaction for wireless routers 2017 and 2019Router for wireless internet, works with Alexa, compatible with all WiFi devices, 802.11ac and olderDual band router upgrades to 1750 Mbps high speed internet(450 mbps for 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps for 5GHz), reducing buffering and ideal for 4K streaming Comparable to the router NETGEAR R67003 external antennas for long range WiFiGigabit Router with 4 Gigabit LAN ports, fast access to Multiple connected wired devices, Ideal as a gaming routerIntegrated USB port acts as a media Server, easily share your USB drive contentTP-Link tether app easily set up and remotely manage your home networkIndustry leading 2 year and Free 24/7 technical support
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TP-Link Archer C7. It's the only sub-$100 wireless router worth getting. There are cheaper routers that are good, but there aren't cheaper wireless routers that are good.
Honestly this would serve your needs well for just basic internet access and streaming. It's a good price and easy to configure. Don't fall for any of the gaming router marketing BS or anything like that.
> TP Link Archer C2 (v3) AC900. 433Mbps on 5Ghz
That router is complete garbage. The 5 GHz radio on it is 1x1, so it's not in any way surprising you're only seeing 50 Mbps or so down from it on an iPhone vs 100 Mbps on a public network - the public network will have 2x2 chipsets in the APs, so you'll see roughly double the throughput.
> 51Mbps is just 11% of what it claims to do.
AC speed ratings are complete horseshit, FYI. I literally wrote a 6,000-ish word article about how and why they're horse shit, and still didn't cover all the reasons. The TL;DR in your case is that 433 Mbps is based on PHY, and you literally could not get that amount of actual data transferred from your phone to that router if you disassembled both of them and ran wires from the antenna mount on the one to the antenna mount on the other.
If you replace the C2 with a better router you should be able to pull anywhere from 100 to 200 Mbps from an iPhone 8 within reasonable range (no more than twenty-five feet and two interior walls) of the router. You'll be able to connect from farther than that, but speed and quality will degrade.
I'm assuming you want to keep going cheap on routers, or you wouldn't have a C2 in the first place. If that's the case, try replacing it with a $69 Archer A7 instead.
Also note that the speed you manage with your devices will go down depending on how many devices are connected at once, how active they are, and in general will be affected more by the devices with poorer connections than the ones with better connections - ie if a phone is all the way at the kitty-corner end of the apartment as far and as many walls away as possible from the router, it will tend to impact the service quality of ALL devices, not just of itself, as it will use an inordinate amount of airtime.
The internet provided by the property owners is just public Wi-Fi. If you want to have your own private router, you need to purchase your own private internet connection. Contact EPB. It's $54.99/mo for a 300Mbps up/down connection.
You'll want a router like this one: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G (Actually - just buy that one)
Source: Live(d) in Wise Properties (2 different buildings) and have/had EPB in both of them.
Meh, avoid lowgrade Dlink. i'd go no lower then this guy: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G
For something more sturdier and longer last in regards to hardware specs and heavy internet loads, this one:
I would divorce the two units (combination units tend to cut corners and if you ever get fiber internet or want to repurpose a part you're stuck).
My general suggestion would be SB6183 modem + (TP-Link Archer C7 or A7 or on sale Google OnHub for $70ish) - the google stuff is better out of the box(what I'd suggest a relative 1000 miles away would get), the TP-Link gear is MUCH more configurable and would give you better options if flashed (like SQM support).
This would all cost around $100-120ish which is a hair over your budget.
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_aRf4DbP1EV9Q5
i have this one and about 10 devices and it’s great.
I would get this very popular TP-Link router:
It doesn't cost too much, will have great coverage, and 4 gigabit Ethernet ports.
Frankly, right now is a terrible time to buy a "premium" router. WiFi 6 AX is right around the corner.
The WiFi 6 AX routers out so far are using the draft spec. The spec is expected to be finalized before the end of the year. We will probably see the second generation of AX devices a few months after that.
If you intend to spend $200 on a top of the line router, do it a year from now, not today.
Yes! I use the TP-Link Archer A7 v5 (Amazon link, OpenWRT firmware link). The cable modem from my ISP is a modem/router combo, so I placed the ISP hardware into "bridged" mode after flashing OpenWRT to the router. After flashing, just use the router's new GUI to install "Adblock" and configure. If you have anymore questions I'd be happy to help. It was a nightmare for me setting it up by myself the first time.
I have this one and it works great.
I get the the advertised speed when wired to my laptop, but not on WiFi because my laptop doesn't have a dual band modem so I'm stuck with the 2.4GHz band.
My phone gets the full speed on the 5GHz WiFi band.
I use this and runs great
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GUCWCbJS2H9XR
DO NOT get a router/modem combo. There are several posts on this sub that blame combo devices for slow speeds and some even say Cox will hinder your device settings and speeds if you have a router/modem combo. Can’t prove that though. Also, a buddy of mine used to be a tech for Cox, and he said that router/modem combos are more prone to having issues and are historically slower than having a good modem and a good router separate.
Edit: This is my router: TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
And this is my modem: NETGEAR Gigabit Cable Modem... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ND1PQMS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I also use these Ethernet cords: Ethernet Cable, Vandesail CAT7 LA... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PPQXZ0?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I pay for 150mbps speeds from Cox, and with this set up I’m consistently getting around 175mbps
Edit 2: it may just be me, but I don’t trust Cox, especially when it comes to hardware they provide. I’d rather go with something that I purchased myself, and that I have complete control over as far as settings, etc.
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you (except I have 2 hardwired devices as well) and just purchased the TP-Link AC1750, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079JD7F7G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . The other choice I was looking at was the low end Nighthawk, https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-R6700-Nighthawk-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B00R2AZLD2 .
The nighthawk has a few more options control wise in its software and a bit beefier hardware but for simple router usage the TP-Link should be fine, several of my coworkers recommended this one, THO, one of them said when the Dual Band is on that his phone would drop the wifi until he left just the 5ghz band on, but my other coworkers didn't notice this issues.
>I've been looking at the Netgear Nighthawk Ax3000
That is a good price at $100
But in a manufactured home just a TP LINK A7/C7 would be fine.
I bought this one amazon
I have 200/200 and I'm getting 300/300 oddly enough when I test so it should work out for you.
I wouldn't go with D-Link either, get something from Asus, netgear, or TP-link like This. And definitely get your own modem to go with it. You are almost certainly paying a modem rental fee that is hidden away somewhere in your monthly bill.
Hi Travis, thanks for your quick response. I'm running a brand new TP-Link AC1750.
I believe I am using the 2.4ghz band. I'll try switching to the 5ghz band and see if that helps.
I think it's definitely time to upgrade your WRT54GL as it's a 802.11g router capable of 54Mbps at most. That's less than your connection with Xfinity, meaning you're not actually utilizing all of the broadband you're paying for (unless you have hardwired ethernet in the house too).
AC1750 should be plenty for streaming with fire stick. The TP-Link AC1750 is a decent product for < $100.
Wifi access point
Thanks! I found one on amazon for $69.99. Is this the right one?
Well, toss-out the Asus RT-N12; as it's only a single band router.
I have not really researched these, but they will be better than the RT-N12
ASUS (RT-ACRH13) Dual-Band 2x2 AC1300 Super-Fast Wifi 4-port Gigabit Router with MU-MIMO and USB 3.0
TP-Link (Archer A7) AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS
Your ISP should provide you a modem that will be able to use the fiber and handle those speeds. If your apartment is practically one room, you can buy something like this --> https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=wireless+router&qid=1569598098&s=gateway&sr=8-3
TP Links are very good consumer grade products.
If you like the Google home mesh network, then by all means, go for it. Either way you go, you'll be taken care of.
What are the walls made of? It's not a large house so unless your walls are made of concrete a single all in one router/AP/switch should be sufficient. Do not get an all in one that is also your modem. The Archer 7 is generally regarded as a really good router for home use. https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G
I bought this one recently, and I am getting 866Mbps connection with it:
Get a new router. That router can't handle Gigabit speeds.
Something like this would do.
I’m not going to downvote you. But you should get a dual band router since he is in a populated city. Multi hundred dollar routers are not worth it for a single router. It’s not going to be any better than a cheap single router.
NETGEAR Cable Modem CM500 - Compatible with all Cable Providers including Xfinity by Comcast, Spectrum, Cox | For Cable Plans Up to 300 Mbps | DOCSIS 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH46MWW/
Return the original one and stop paying the rental fee.
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router (Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/
If house is big, you have poor WiFi in part of your house, buy this instead of TPLink router:
Google WiFi system, 3-Pack - Router replacement for whole home coverage (NLS-1304-25) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAW2294/
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
It's pretty cheap, and well rated. Works perfectly so far.
> First off, wifi for a streaming server is not an optimal setup, hard wired is preferred if you ask me.
People don't generally use WiFi by choice, and it's certainly not the case here. There is no chance of hard-wired in my current living situation.
> Also, 25mb is not a lot of bandwidth for a wifi card. How old is the PC? Some of my movies stream at 30mbps or greater depending on quality.
The WiFi adapter connected to my computer has pulled 350mbps up and down using 4 different speed tests. I am using it through USB 3 and have never pulled less than 150mbps using these speed tests. So I know the adapter is quite capable of pulling these numbers, as is the router of pushing them. The PC is brand new, 2600x, 16gb ram, RTX 2080, so it's not that.
When we had Comcast I had 250/10 and I wouldn't be able to stream past 8mbps on my PS4 Pro with both on the same network. I assume that's the Pro's WiFi adapter issues because people tell me over and over that in-network WiFi isn't affected by the internet speed, but the router's ability. Either way I never had the internet "drop out" before until switching to FiOS.
This all started when we moved to FiOS recently. When I'm streaming Plex from my computer to the PS4 Pro I am now getting the yellow WiFi warning sign in Windows 10 on my computer that says, "No internet, unidentified network." A quick troubleshoot by Windows and it's up and running, but the devices connected to the WiFi, other than my computer, are able to access the internet on the same WiFi during this time, even though my computer can't.
So I do not know what the deal is. It isn't my PS4 Pro in this case as the Pro is still connected to the internet. I am wondering if there is a setting I might need to change either on my adapter or my new FiOS Gateway router/modem to solve this as this didn't happen before moving to FiOS. Again though, I didn't have issues downloading something via uTorrent at 25mbps+ speeds for over an hour recently.
I am thinking about buying this router to see if it fixes the issues, but if it doesn't then I'm a jerk who just spent $50 on a modem I didn't need.
A dual band 802.11ac router is not very expensive. Here is a $58USD example. Apple devices will pretty much always choose the fat 5GHz channels even when the 2.4GHz RSSI is significantly better. Getting devices on to 5GHz would free up airtime for the 2.4GHz-only devices.
I also have Comcast and just ordered these used from Amazon today.
Hey, how is this modem? 30$ for Netgear Certified Refurbished Cm500
I want to get 30 Mbps Plan and I have already another Wifi Router which I will hook it up with called TP-Link AC1750/Archer A7
I highly recommend TP-Link AC1750.
Do I need to buy any specific equipment? Can I use American modems or wifi routers?
this is better for cheaper
5ghz does not require a special plan, its just a different wifi signal
Is this one a better router? https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=zg_bs_300189_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=QSYY2432CSTZH31P019D
First off, I'd like to say thank you for the very informative response. Because I don't want to waste your time, I'll tell you the whole story straight up.
So I would like to order a router tomorrow because my mom agreed to pay for half of it for my rented college house. Therefore, I don't really want to spend the money for the "UAP" you're referring to as well as I'm not really sure how that works without doing the research. I've narrowed my search down to these three routers so far so I'd like for you to tell me which is the best, and if you disagree with all three, will you link me a router that is better, if you don't mind?
Apparently, I can post a SlickDeals link, but I can't post a SlickDeals referral link for Amazon. That makes so much sense.
This one is about the same in terms of features as the ASUS one you're looking at, but cheaper! Also more buyers/reviews/questions answered.
$40 SB6183 (renewed) -spend the $5 and get the 3-year extended warranty.
$58 TP-Link Archer A7
I really can't recommend a budget gateway (all in one device) because they generally have subpar performance.
Will this router get the job done?
I'm embarrassed to think about how long I put it off when we moved to Richmond. When I did the math on how much I spent in those years, I feel like an idiot. I'm good with tech so making sure I found a good one that would be the right specs wasn't even hard.
I got a combo of a very basic, small modem that fit the right DOCSIS version and an router that got good reviews for really good wifi coverage. No issues with either until recently, router got wonky and had to update firmware. It's totally worth it. If you want to have to do no work, here's what I have:
The modem doesn't have as high a download speed as some but it's still capable of more than twice my plan's speed.
Any wireless router with 802.11AC and 1000+ reviews (4-5 star avg) will work fine.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6700) ($70): https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-R6700-Nighthawk-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B00R2AZLD2
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router ($58): https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G
Edit: By the way, DHCP a feature in all routers that assigns IP address when devices connect. There should only be 1 DHCP service running on a network or else they conflict and cause trouble.
Would any router be able to set up client mode? I found the TP-Link AC1750 on Amazon has pretty good reviews and is pretty cheap: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=sr_1_3?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuZDtBRDvARIsAPXFx3DJSnLMF2Rz1vVxuuoiiU27qnVg_UEz64yRAhA-kZCai0RETxMKwWAaAi68EALw_wcB&amp;hvadid=323565513340&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvlocphy=9021758&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvpos=1t1&amp;hvqmt=b&amp;hvrand=9505692087889659945&amp;hvtargid=kwd-699860694901&amp;hydadcr=24171_11044975&amp;keywords=tp-+link+ac1750+smart+wifi+router&amp;qid=1571086205&amp;sr=8-3
It's a WiFi standard that was introduced a few years ago. Most new WiFi routers support it. They typically have "AC" in the model name. For example: TP-Link AC1750 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_fP1RDbSHXMMFF
For more info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11ac
I have a TP-Link Archer C9 (similar to the Archer A7) at the front of my 2100sqft house. At the opposite corner of the house, I still get download speeds in the 150Mbps range. I'd give something like that a try.
My parents have an Archer A9 in the front of their house in the study and it covers the whole house (they can stream in the back master bedroom no problem) which is about 3200sqft with about 2900sqft on the first floor (only a theater room upstairs).
Of course it will also depend on the number of WiFi networks and available "clean" channels, the materials that your walls are made out of, the number of walls in the house, etc.
I'd give one of those a try unless you just want to play around with the Edgerouter X. It may have some features that you really need that the TP-Link's don't, or it may have a bunch of features you'll pay for and never use. Just depends on your use case and how much you want to learn about network routing.
here are a few inexpensive, but highly rated, routers:
TP-Link 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Smart Wifi Router (AC1750 , Archer A7)
AP is an access point, which is a device that broadcasts WiFi.
A gateway without a built in access point would not broadcast WiFi.
> Do I even need gigabit ethernet since I'm not playing video games or anything?
If you are getting a 200mbps plan, and don't get gigabit, you will be capped at fast ethernet speeds of 100mbps. Get gigabit.
I personally recommend this model by TP-Link:
C7 is about $60 today
I have this ,tp-link "Router", could I just set it up with a bridged port from a desktop that is using wifi?
So there is not a simple end all be all solution this problem, unfortunately.
But a good place to start would be upgrading your 2 devices initially. I am assuming you have Cisco small business router and not 2 home routers.
The home routers looks something like this - https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=router&qid=1557460874&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
Cisco small business routers like this - https://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Systems-Gigabit-Router-RV325K9NA/dp/B00HODK3N0/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WUJF97665J0D&keywords=cisco+small+business+router&qid=1557460910&s=gateway&sprefix=cisco+small%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-1
I would invest in something like the Cisco router I linked if you don't have it already. Fortunately, the Cisco router I linked is ready out of the box and can work on day 1. I would still confirm that with Cisco support as I only learned that from the Q and A page on Amazon. Having a router ready out of the box IS NOT THE NORM, and you generally need someone who knows how to configure them come in, usually a contractor of some sort. Alternatively, most home routers will support 255 devices, and that being said, and good Asus/Belkin/Netgear 150$ - 300$ router would likely be good enough for only 30 people.
Secondly - I don't know why you would need 2 routers. Routers enable a network to connect to the internet and to other networks. Having 2 seems unnecessary unless we are missing something. You can set up 1 router where your network meets the internet and have that second router be turned into a dedicated switch.
Cisco Switch (THIS IS NEEDS TO BE SET UP BY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAINTAIN/CONFIGURE CISCO DEVICES) - https://www.amazon.com/Cisco-SLM2048T-NA-Mini-GBIC-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B07HFKMR2B/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=cisco+small+business+switch&qid=1557461367&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
Or - https://www.amazon.com/SYSTEMS-10-Port-Gigabit-Managed-SG35010K9NA/dp/B01HYA36SG/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=cisco+small+business+switch&qid=1557464529&s=gateway&sr=8-4
Unmanaged Switch (Commonly used at homes, Ready out of the box) - https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-16-Port-Gigabit-Ethernet-Unmanaged/dp/B01AX8XHRQ/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?keywords=network+switch&pd_rd_i=B01AX8XHRQ&pd_rd_r=5575aed3-5184-474d-83c5-aca41f5c556a&pd_rd_w=K09zH&pd_rd_wg=uxzTY&pf_rd_p=5cc8abfe-8f78-4f34-b19f-d09d6ea0dca4&pf_rd_r=3F3DJSBGZNTDJQK0H8GG&qid=1557461743&s=gateway
*none of these switches will really impact performance, it's more along the lines of available ports and scalability.
From your second device (the switch), you should then be able to hardwire a few accesses points. The access points will broadcast the Wi-Fi signal covering generally about 1400 - 7000 FT depending on quality.
Cisco Access Point - https://www.amazon.com/SYSTEMS-802-11ac-Wireless-Access-WAP371AK9/dp/B00L0LIM62?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1
This AP claims that it is also plug and play. Again plug and play is great, but still, expect some troubleshooting if things don't work initially out of the box. It's always best to do research and consult a local IT person/department. Having a few of these AP's would provide some pretty solid Wi-Fi for the area as long as the ethernet cable is properly insulated and outside ethernet (CAT-6) cable is used where it needs to be used. Remember ethernet will have problems if it is exposed to the elements or if it exceeds 300 FT.
There is still so much more to consider and I'm really not that smart. Just your average IT guy trying to be helpful. Iv done this sort of things to an extent for a few years. Let me know if you have more questions.
Does the hardware version matter in regards to OpenWRT?
C7'S seem to be resales/refurb which is fine, currently:
Comes to $109.89 which isn't bad at all!
There's also the Archer A7 which comes new, not sure if this is equivalent:
This is all you need:
It will work just as well as any other hard wired router, and the wireless is fine for your needs.
Cannot tell you how much I miss Webpass. Had great speeds, super reliable, easy.
Yup, I'm definitely planning to game on ethernet as I do now.
That modem looks pretty good. Fair price and not time-limited for Cyber Monday like the Netgear stuff I was looking at.
I might as well ask, are you familiar with this router at all? TP Link AC1750 Archer A7. Also a fair price and not a limited time offer. I've seen it on a couple lists for great cost-performance balance.
you can always take a router and turn it into an AP.
on your second router, set the settings the same as the main network(netmask, gateway, dns), disable dhcp, and set the ip address to an unused one in your main network(ex: 192.168.1.2 for second, 192.168.1.1 for main). connect the routers together via the lan ports, don't use the wan port of your second router. then, connect to it's new address and set the secondary's wifi settings to the same as the main.
you can use this router
Can you find that for me on Amazon? I searched that exactly and nothing. :/ [This is what I found. Is this good? There's a 10$ off coupon
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - 5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7
That is so weird, last night that link was taking me to the page for the Archer A7 (which also has a $10 coupon to clip)... I don't know if maybe I clicked something else while I was tired, but I could have sworn the link was taking me there, but now it takes me to the C7, haha.. My bad.
I guess the question then, is should I get the A7 or the C7? The A7 is cheaper, and from I read online, the only difference is the smart functionality with Alexa (though I don't use Alexa) would that hinder the router at all having that additional software? Would it be worth it since it's already $20 cheaper AND has a clippable $10 coupon?
As for the router and modem you listed, I wasn't saying what you suggested would cause a bottleneck, I just meant if I were to upgrade one or the other, which should I upgrade without causing a bottleneck? Would the AC1900 give better range or work any better with the smart home devices? My last network would get bogged down by smart home devices due to all the chatter on the network and Google mentioned some kind of bug of "built up packets" that stemmed from the devices always listening to each other.
Edit: Just woke up and I'm forgetting words
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0DD0I6/
TP-Link AC1750: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/
Actually, this looks like a newer model (with higher ratings) for only $46.99 after the coupon (on the page) https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G
i think i'm gonna get this one
i live in a small one bedroom apartment in nyc, and don't use a ton of wifi
Here is the unit my WISP sells 50-75 a year, never have major issues with it.
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_k-VnDbCB27YSA
Plus it’s under $60!
probably your best back for the buck is going to be the TP link.... not a lot of features, but it doesnt sound like you need much.
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_S75sDbSVS66BE
I saw Netgear N600 as well which looks perfect but I'm not sure about the quality.
I'd recommend just getting a router and using it as your internet gateway. I assume from your minimal description that you have a Comcast cable modem plugged into the wall, and from there directly to the PC via ethernet? If that's the case, you should be able to go out and buy almost any basic wireless-capable home router, plug it in between the Comcast modem and the PC, and you'll immediately gain wifi (great for phones, tablets, laptops, etc) as well as a few extra switched ethernet ports. Note that the PS4 also has built in wifi capability, so you can use that if you don't want to immediately run an ethernet cable to the machine. Wifi is not as stable (especially in an area with lots of access points) as the wire though, so keep that in mind. But it'll get you connected.
Router examples:This is a pretty good unit, especially at the current pricing. You do not need one of the super fancy $150+ routers in almost all cases. https://smile.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC1750-Smart-WiFi-Router/dp/B079JD7F7G/ (at time of posting, it's on sale for about $57)
On the cheaper end, https://smile.amazon.com/Linksys-E1000-Cisco-Linksys-Wireless-N-Router/dp/B003B48UNG/ will...do the job, I guess. As you have Comcast cable, there's a decent chance that you may have faster than 100mbit download speed, and if so, this router will limit you to 100, before anything else. But things do exist that will do the basic connectivity job, which is why I mentioned it. These older E-series are... they're okay, but less than stellar. By all means shop around for something, I'm just providing some examples of what exists - I don't know your budget or what you're willing to set up.
Oh, one last thing - if your internet plan offers more than 100mbit down, you'll absolutely want to get a router that has gigabit ethernet support. Otherwise you could end up with something like the above E1000 which only goes up to 100.
For your internet speeds yeah. I personally have gigabit so I expand 5GHz as much as I can.
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JD7F7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rwyuDb5XAEQ5A
I see that router being mentioned around this subreddit a lot. Seems like a solid and inexpensive choice, ASUS AC68u is another good one but still on the low $100 price range.
The biggest negative with the model you've chosen is that the LAN ports are only 10/100 Mbit, while the clear standard in 2019 is gigabit (10/100/1000). This really indicates that you are buying legacy equipment, and explains the price.
For your very basic, student needs, you can probably get away with it. It's very possible (probable) that you will be given much lower Internet speeds than 100 Mbps, so your lower quality LAN ports won't matter. Or you may not even have two devices with Ethernet capabilities that will need to transfer files to each other through these lesser ports. Even if you do, copying things at 100Mbps isn't bad at all, unless you are studying computer animation or something that uses gigantic files.
Having said all that, it's just difficult to recommend something that is so out of date unless saving every dollar is paramount. It's not just the 100 Mbps ports, it's that all the chips inside that router is bound to be old too. If you do go with your chosen model, realize that it will be suitable just for your immediate needs and will not be any good if you move to an apartment or other housing in the near future.
If you spend just a little more, you can get something more modern with gigabit ports and will be something you can use in bigger spaces and handle more demanding network needs. If you want to stick with TPLink, a refurbished Archer A7 is only $50:
While a new Archer A7 is only $58:
I've also had great success with this lower end but very good specs ASUS model too, also around $58. It's beefier than the Archer models I listed above, for the same price:
Setup for any of these will be very similar to the model you had chosen, and if you have any trouble, I'm sure someone in the dorm can do it in minutes.
If you envision yourself moving out of the dorms by year 2 or 3, I would push you towards a better model, one you will find appropriate for your expanded needs later on as you get better TVs, Computers, and streaming devices.
Interesting, I thought Comcast Blast tiers were all 250+, but I know it's region dependent.
I assume you need a modem AND and router, not just a router.
If your plan is 150 down, you can get by with a 8x4 modem (if they'll allow it - not sure if they are end-of-life) or a 16x4 modem. Here is a 16x4 modem for $50.
As for a router, you can probably get by with an Archer A7 which is currently on sale for $45.
So, all in, you'd be looking at $95 + tax for a modem and router that should serve you well.
What do you say about these two? They claim that they are Gigabit speed.
One question- is it a modem/router combo? Like one of the 2 in 1's that ISPs like to provide?
If so that will probably change the recommendations. Google WiFi seems to be pretty much the commonly accepted answer for ease of use.
Otherwise I've had a TP-Link 2600AC running for years, I'd say the 1750 with the companion mobile app is also a great (cheaper) answer too.
TP-Link Archer 1750