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i want to get an ac router, tried the asus ac66u, that thing kept dropping 2.4ghz like crazy, spent two weeks trying to fix it finally decided to get a different router. after doing a lot of research based on price, performance and customer reviews i have narrowed it down to the linksys ea6400 and d-link dir 868l, i work in an electronics store so i can get routers for about $30 cheaper then retail value. the router will be in my basement so which one of these will have more range since i will be using my laptop in the 2nd floor of my house, i'm more worried on range then speed because my internet speeds from my ISP is only 15 mbs download so wouldn't both of these router cap off at those speeds anyway? and most importantly which one of these two routers is most reliable? something that i won't have to keep reseting every day/week/month? my last router was a netgear n600, only had to reset that maybe twice in the last 2 years.

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Welcome to the wood router forum . I personally prefer Dlink as I've had more success and the antenna can be changed or a cable added to relocate the antenna in a better location . Last time I looked at Linksys there antennas were built in plus they had the potential to overheat . Sorry as I may be talking about earlier models

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Welcome to the woodworkers router forum. We have the Netgear N600 and hardly any dramas.

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i want to get an ac router, tried the asus ac66u, that thing kept dropping 2.4ghz like crazy, spent two weeks trying to fix it finally decided to get a different router. after doing a lot of research based on price, performance and customer reviews i have narrowed it down to the linksys ea6400 and d-link dir 868l, i work in an electronics store so i can get routers for about $30 cheaper then retail value. the router will be in my basement so which one of these will have more range since i will be using my laptop in the 2nd floor of my house, i'm more worried on range then speed because my internet speeds from my ISP is only 15 mbs download so wouldn't both of these router cap off at those speeds anyway? and most importantly which one of these two routers is most reliable? something that i won't have to keep reseting every day/week/month? my last router was a netgear n600, only had to reset that maybe twice in the last 2 years.

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Not sure if you realise, but this forum us about woodwork routers, not computer routers. People will try to be helpful, but may not have the expertise you may be expecting. Myself, I have an IT business and have some familiarity with both types of routers. Linksys, D-Link, TP Link etc. Are all reasonable routers, but are aimed at the domestic market, hence you can expect a lifetime of only 2, maybe 3 years. As far as range of the router goes, that is nearly impossible to work out without a site visit. There are lots of things in walls and floors that intefere with wifi signals and installations rarely live up to the theoretical specs. From your description I assume you have a basement and 2 floors. If so, I would be skeptical of any domestic router reliably working through 2 floors. They are usually a bit patchy when going through one floor only. If you work in an electronics store, are you able to borrow a demo model and see just how strong the signal is? I really suspect though that you will need an extender regardless of what brand you buy. If performance is an issue, are you able to run an ethernet cable to the basement? Cable will always outperform wifi and is a lot simpler to setup on your laptop.

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Hi N/A, this is a forum for wood working routers not computer routers.

I have moved your post to the lobby to help get some intelligent answers....

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I wonder if some of these guys don't look through and search the forum for the answer before they ask a question?????
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I wonder if some of these guys don't look through and search the forum for the answer before they ask a question?????
lol, sounds like a distinct possibility. I'm thinking we should just give in and combine the two as we have enough retired IT people here .
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Despite the OP inadvertently posting on here instead a computer forum , he has been offered a variety of answers to his question. Well done to those who offered help.

I wonder if the same thing would happen if roles were reversed ?

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We poke fun... but when you have problems you look for help. There are members here who do know about both... and this would be the area to discuss non-woodworking kinds of things... but here would not get as much exposure as if it were asked in an other-than woodworking forum.

LOL. I still feel for him. (personally, I would go with the Linksys...)

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I wonder if the same thing would happen if roles were reversed ?

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Unlikely. There is an aggressive, abusive minority in the tech forums that constantly castigates posters, particularly for not doing their own research or to responders for giving what they consider to be stupid answers. As an example, years ago I developed programming techniques for returning results from functions - a fundamental technique akin to using a square in woodworking. Java does not allow such techniques and even after years of trolling the internet I have yet to find a reason why it is not allowed, but have found plenty of abuse to those who asked the question for not following "good practice" without explaining why. On many occasions I've spent days trying to find an answer to a problem. Often when I did find a possible solution in a forum, the OP asking the question has been abused for asking an obvious question for which they should have done their research before asking.

In this forum, I have seen plenty of differing opinions, but I have yet to see anything even remotely looking like abuse. My congratulations to the moderators and anyone else involved in creating/maintaining the culture in this forum. Perhaps this is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to them.

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