Question What router to go with?

Which router to go with

  • 1 . D-Link Taipan DSL-4320L Tri Band AC3200 ADSL2+/VDSL2 Wireless Modem Router

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  • 2. NetGear Nighthawk X4S D7800 Dual-Band Router

    Votes: 1 100.0%
  • 3. Linksys AC5400 Tri Band Wireless Router

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random1986

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Hey all, so have a fairly limited budget but am looking at getting either of the routers below and am after some opinions and reasons as to which one.
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D-Link Taipan DSL-4320L Tri Band AC3200 ADSL2+/VDSL2 Wireless Modem Router
  1. NetGear Nighthawk X4S D7800 Dual-Band Router
  2. Linksys AC5400 Tri Band Wireless Router
This would be primarily for a PC using an ethernet connection 1 x smart TV streaming 4k on occasion, 1 x Desktop media pc for steaming / torrents etc, 1 x laptop, 1 x ipad and 2 x mobile phones. Of course not all would be streaming at once but could be potentially connected at the same time nonetheless. I also do a fair amount of file sharing between the PC connected to the ethernet port directly and the media PC and laptop.
Thanks!
 

digitalgriffin

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I assume you mean the netgear R7800. There is no D7800

I bought 3 of them and they are rated a top buy. ROMs are still updated for security fixes. It's a good 4:4 router.

It supports HT160 which works with intel's wireless nics to get you over 1Gbps on 5GHz. It also supports DFS channels.

HOWEVER there is a reported glitch where WAN->LAN throughput will not exceed 340mbps on a single socket. (Likely a packet processing limitation)

Linksys makes nothing but junk now. They aren't updated and build quality is poor. A poor shadow of themselves from the Cisco days.

Edit: My bad. The D7800 does exists. I assume it's the same as the R7800 but with a built in modem.
 
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digitalgriffin

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Be sure you can use all the fancy features of these routers. Using them on DSL connections is like hooking a boat trailer to your race car.
While I tacitly agree with you, there are many factors in getting a router. Even though the WAN gateway may be ridiculously slow, there are still reasons to have a high speed network within the house. NAS/Streaming/Backup applications is one. My kids run PLEX on their tablets all the time. Plus there are other applications which allow you to store data to a Network store. (Steam for example, or HDHomeRun) I could also download youtube streams at high quality and save them locally from my favorite channels (I don't need to do this as I have a decent connection. But for someone who has a low speed connection, this is worth while) Also consumer routers do better with QOS when you have a slower connection. (Your total throughput will still go down, but management of said traffic isn't artificially limited due to router processor speeds unable to handle all the traffic)
 

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