Wireless Router recommendation?

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  1. ManW_TheUncool

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    Hehheh... I do want more (and would easily go for the next step up if it were simple to do), but we live in a part of the city that just doesn't make that easy. The only option for faster right now is TWC, and I wouldn't trust them to make it easy (and worth the price to me) if I do jump from VZ's DSL to them... at least until VZ makes me regret stayung w/ them.If I make the switch to TWC, I'd also need to consider switching landline phone service to them and other hassles. And then, my service would be at their mercy instead of VZ, and there would be no near-term competition for faster service for alternative, leverage, etc. 35M/35M hehheh. Guess I'd be tempted to do everything in the cloud w/ that. Almost fast enough to stream highest quality Blu-rays w/out rerender/processing. :) That's T1 speed, no? _Man_
     
  2. Aaron Silverman

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    Any thoughts on the best low-end wireless router? I see various Belkins and WDs and such in the $30-$50 range. My old Buffalo of 8+ years keeps crapping out, so I think it's time for a replacement. I'm not doing anything fancy; just connecting my PS3 (no online gaming, really) and iPad 4 to my DSL line.
     
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    http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-cheap-router-is-the-linksys-ea2700/
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    I would buy a used Netgear WNDR4500. I bought one when it was first new.Since it came out, linksys and Cisco leapfrogged it. Granted, it took 9 months to get leapfrogged.Plenty for sale on EBay.
     
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    And curious, I looked into the rumor of a merged AppleTV and wifi router. The rumor is for an AppleTV combined with Airport Express. I'm not sure that's adequate. I don't need AC, but I'm not sure I'm ok with just two 100 Mbps ports. I'd have to take stock of my TV setup. If it does do all that, at $99, and spans my house, it might be worth the buy to try.

    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/01/28/apple-tv-games-tv-tuner-airport/
     
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    Dumb qurstion(of course I could look...)What is "AC"?One listing I read for the 4500(looked before recommending to make sure we're some) mentioned selling it cause they wanted AC.
     
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    AC is just a new wireless protocol.
     
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    AC won't make any difference for my PS3 and iPad 4, though, right?
     
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    Aaron - Odds are 802.11 ac is faster than your broadband so you wouldn't notice any speed difference unless you are using it for data transfer between two wireless ac devices on your WLAN. That being said, my Airport Extreme includes ac in the specs but none of my devices use ac, only n.
     

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