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Feb 3, 2013, 10:52 AM
My current Netgear router seems to be having issues, its cutting my network speeds in half. Its a bit old and I'd like to replace it with a new Gigabit model.
I'm leaning towards Netgears R6300 model.

My question is who is making the top routers these days?

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Feb 3, 2013, 12:12 PM
I like the Linksys (now quasi Cisco) ones. Still a bit early to buy 802.11ac, so I'd stick to the 802.11n models like the EA2700. Dual band with multiple radios on each, so legacy devices can have their own slow network while your modern devices are unimpeded.
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Feb 4, 2013, 12:01 AM
The only routers I've never had issues with were Apple Airports.

I've owned a lot of routers, and they all had one thing in common: needing regular power cycling. It drove me nuts. I had put the routers on a time switch to power cycle them every day. It was bullshit.

Never had these issues with Apple Airport routers.

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Feb 4, 2013, 04:20 AM
FYI: Linksys/Cisco had a big issue a while back where they tried to force everyone to use their "cloud" solution to administer the router, which included making a network account and approving a EULA that basically said that Cisco could disconnect you if they detected you watching porn or downloading copyrighted files. After the usual uproar, Cisco backpedaled so rapidly that they are now apparently selling off Linksys to Belkin.

I would suggest the Netgear WNDR 3700. I bought one a while back, and have been very happy with it. It has been extremely reliable in all the setups I've used over the last year (and that's a few). I've been recommending it to everyone asking for a router for the past year, and I've heard no complaints. There's only one radio per band, but the router software is smart enough to disable compatibility with older standards if noone is asking for it, which has been working very well for me. Works with DLNA (built-in server) and Airplay (from the iMac behind the router) even across network bands. There is a newer version called WNDR 3800, but it costs a good chunk more when I've seen it, and the newer features weren't anything I was interested in.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
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Feb 4, 2013, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the advice all...
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Feb 4, 2013, 11:57 AM
I quite like Drayteks.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
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