[kwlug-disc] Router to be run on explorenet
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sun Jan 26 20:42:52 EST 2014
What's an xplorenet?
Quick Answer: 'Recent' kwlug threads seem to think kindly of (now
dated?) $85 ASUS RT-N16
I have recently been looking at routers too. I would appreciate any
commentary to the below. (Assume for home, and I'm a skinflint.) All my
words / impressions.
Cisco - needlessly expensive
Linksys - Cisco looking to divest / wants out of home/low margin
business. Recent experience indicates mediocre with too much 'make it
superficially easy for home user at expense of really making use of the
hardware present' (my words).
D-Link - poor support (user web forums mostly), artificial ui
limitations to access of hardware functionality present. I've vowed
never to buy again / corporate attitude ridiculous. 'If you want to put
on a LAN static route you will have to buy our business class (rather
more expensive) routers ...'
Netgear - uses open source but does not readily / easily expose it,
including some unreleased customizations.
TP-Link - seems to be improving with better hardware than the cheapest
possible in recent years, seems to use open source and make it available.
802.11ac - probably worth going for. Now a standard. Range not a lot
better than just n, but apparently should support more single-antenna
devices at their fuller speed. I expect future proofing. Look for both
bands and as many external antenna as you can get. e.g. I am tempted by
$130 TP-LINK AC1750 Archer C7
Recent googling said this one isn't so bad, avoid Belkin, and the weird
Canada computer search results for in stock, Waterloo, Wireless AC and
Check the openwrt site for gotchas before you buy, and do a google or
two for reviews. A comment I saw regularly was that it's hard to buy a
bad router these days. e.g. With the above search I'd be looking more
towards the more expensive multi-antenna devices, $180 - 230, but that's
just me / openwrt comments. At least with OpenWRT (or the like) you can
access the full functionality of the hardware (by GUI, too) rather than
just the limited GUI's the manufacturer's put on. Which comes in handy
when you least expect it, particularly when you never expect to need it
as of initial purchase.
Go to the manufacturer's web site and take a quick glance through the
manual. I've been bitten countless times for reasonable routing settings
not being exposed by the GUI. Really bites to discover that after the fact.
We / you can better advise if you indicate how many wi-fi devices you
expect (and nature, e.g. Android with one antenna is never going to use
more than 65Mbps, currently, but coming devices will use more channels -
2 or 3?). With more and both smart phones and tablets each will get
their own slot. Nature of premises? e.g. Go with 5GHz if you can, much
less interfering, faster, and much less impacted by neighbours, due to
decreased distance range. My 5GHz at home (3 floor town house) is
covered end to end with router sitting in middle, while at OOTC, through
a stud wall, can't turn the corner outside the gym without losing it
Also, what devices might you like to connect. Not that I trust the wee
beasties to keep up external hard drive transfer speeds (like backups),
if there's a usb port it will take a hard drive. Many appear to take usb
printers. Some usb webcams for nanny cams - surprisingly useful. (In my
case, sadly necessary!), but not many.
Sadly, don't see many that will take an SD card - e.g. Pop camera sd
card into router and get on with your day. (Many routers seem to expose
their storage both as files and as upnp. With intelligent TVs etc, I
believe you can pop the sd card into the router then view your pictures
all but instantly on your tv.) In my case, I'd want the SD for
additional openwrt storage without risk of breaking off / losing a usb
key in transport.
Some have or tried to serve up their music via their upnp routers. I
expect performance varies, particularly if you're trying to stream full
HD off the wee beasties. Others can comment on that, I've never tried.
Note that it seems not infrequent that file sharing is only via windows
clients / additional (free) software installed on windows machines. [vs
UPNP, that is.]
On 14-01-26 02:58 PM, John Kerr wrote:
> Hi everyonen
> My friend on explorenet needs a new wireless router.
> Are there any brands to avoid when dealing with explorenet?
> Anybody been wowed! with any of the routers below $100.00
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