looking for a very reliable new router

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Smarty, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Smarty

    Smarty Guest

    I've spent a lot of time researching new routers, and have found several
    which have very high performance ratings, particularly with regard to
    wireless performance.

    My network has very few wireless devices, but does have approximately 40
    wired ethernet devices. In the past, I have found some routers do a poor
    job of managing DHCP leases and assignments for such a relatively large
    number of devices.

    Most important, I have been distressed in my purchase of several routers
    recently that so many of them are poorly built and unreliable.

    I purchased four routers over the last six months, two from TP Link, two
    from Netgear, and each of them developed intermittent problems.

    The major reliability issues were sudden disappearance of wireless radios,
    LAN ports on the router failing, and rebooting with no warning. I have also
    seen other connectivity issues requiring frequent manualreboots.

    Looking at Amazon customer reviews for some routers which are highly rated,
    such as the Netgear Nighthawk and other comparably priced and highly rated
    models, I discovered that all the consumer brands (Netgear, Linksys/Cisco,
    despite selling thousands of routers, each have hundreds of users
    complaining of the same issues I encountered. These very same highly rated
    Nighthawk and other $200 plus routers are filled with consumer reviews
    warning "Do NOT buy this brand".

    Although I have been tempted to purchase an Airport Extreme router from
    Apple, based on favorable consumer comments, I am totally turned off by
    their lack of a web configuration interface. I do not want to own a
    networking device which relies on custom utility programs provided by the
    manufacturer which may or may not work with operating system updates,
    Linux, etc.

    Does anybody have any specific recommendations for a really solid router?
    Dual band Wi-Fi, "AC" or "N" would be fine. I would not object to spending
    more money for an enterprise class device if it brought me excellent
    stability and reliability.

    Thank you for any suggestions and opinions.
    Smarty, Oct 15, 2015
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    Mcwm Guest

    Den 15-10-2015 kl. 05:01 skrev Smarty:
    See if any of the routers you have now, can run DD-Wrt firmware and get
    a high-priced router for nothing ;-)

    Check you routers in the database at;


    Mcwm, Oct 20, 2015
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  3. Smarty

    Smarty Guest

    Thank you for your reply. I ran DD-WRT in a Linksys router and it added
    many features. This router eventually broke.

    The newer routers seem to have many hardware problems, especially in the
    wireless radios. I am wondering if the DD-WRT firmware will improve / fix
    these issues.

    Thank you for your help.
    Smarty, Oct 21, 2015
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    Smarty Guest

    Any router experts on this forum???
    Smarty, Oct 30, 2015
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    Char Jackson Guest

    If you're looking for the perfect router, the one that absolutely no one has
    ever had a problem with and everyone loves, well it doesn't exist.

    You're already using Amazon reviews, which is fine, but I'd also head over
    to http://www.smallnetbuilder.com and see what they have to say. Lots of
    info about routers over there, including most reliable, fastest, most
    expensive, etc.
    Char Jackson, Oct 30, 2015
  6. Smarty

    Smarty Guest

    Thanks for your reply and very helpful link.

    Never expecting anything 'perfect' but presuming something above consumer
    grade for enterprise use must exist. The current crop of DLink, Netgear,
    Linksys/Cisco, TP-Link, Belkin, Trendnet, each of them have literally
    HUNDREDS of warninga to "beware", "never again", etc. The common complaint
    is failure within a year or less, often beyond warranty, combined with poor
    customer support to replace / repair / RMA them.

    The Apple Airport Extreme gets noticeably better scores and reviews but
    lacks things like UPnP, web browser based management, QoS, etc., for me

    My research subsequent to my original post did find 4 other brands never
    promoted to consumers which, although a bit more pricey, seem a lot closer
    to what I am seeking.

    Thanks again for assisting me.
    Smarty, Oct 30, 2015
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    Char Jackson Guest

    If you're looking for enterprise grade, I'd stick with Cisco. There may be a
    large and steep learning curve if you aren't already familiar with their CLI
    interface, but they tend to work well.

    Just last week I checked the uptime of a customer's Cisco switches and they
    hadn't been rebooted for 5 years 22 weeks.
    Char Jackson, Oct 30, 2015
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    Smarty Guest

    Thank you ! What an incredible uptime!

    I came accross this brand and model in my research and was blown away by
    its low cost and very exceptional rating. Other models from this same
    manufacturer get very high praise also, including a WiFi 802.11.b.g.n.
    Model which sells for $30 more.

    Any thoughts on this unfamiliar (to me) brand "Ubiquiti"? Thanks again !!

    Smarty, Oct 31, 2015
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    Char Jackson Guest

    Ubiquiti is one of the best. More info at their home site www.ubnt.com.
    Char Jackson, Oct 31, 2015
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    Smarty Guest

    Thanks again !
    Smarty, Oct 31, 2015
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