The best simultaneous dual-band wireless n router?

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  1. The Dave

    The Dave Newbie

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    Tryng to find the best simultaneous dual-band wireless n router for my home network since my old belkin is starting to go.

    I've been looking around the net for a few days and i dont think i want to go with either the Linksys WRT610N or the D-Link DIR 825 after reading countless bad reviews about frequent dropouts, firmware problems, poor range etc.

    At the moment the Netgear WNDR3700 seems to be my best bet but still a couple of poor reviews out there for it (same with any product though i suppose).

    Anyone got any better ideas?

    On my network i will have 1 pc and 1 printer wired to the router and 1 pc (wireless g), 2 laptops (both wireless n with 1 being used for gaming) and an xbox360 connected wirelessly, if thats any help.
     
  2. gerryf19

    gerryf19 I am the walrus

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    There are, as you noted, bad reviews about all of them. I think you've got it covered with what you have seen so far. I'd probably opt for the D-Link myself as its ratio of positive to negative reviews seems a bit better.

    Or, wait until the technology matures.
     
  3. jerry66

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    Since I have a Linksys WRT 600-n , wrt 610-n , D-link 825 and a Netgear WNDR 3700 I can say the 3700 is the best of the lot .

    5 wireless , 1 wired COMPUTERS , 1 X-Box , 1 NAS , 1 Blu ray player . X-box and Blu ray plugged into D-link DAP 1522 bridge/AP
     
  4. The Dave

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    Thanks guys, think i'll opt for the 3700. From reading reviews and such online, and jerrys recommendation, the 3700 seems to be the best of the bunch.

    I could wait for the tech to mature, but since i need a new router anyway i may aswell give it a try. If there are any problems, i can always take it back.
     
  5. johnw91498

    johnw91498 Notebook Consultant

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    You probably don't want to hear this, but...

    I tried out the Netgear 3700. Got it based on reviews from Amazon, Newegg, and a few other sites.

    Easy set up and was up and running in 20 minutes. Fired up the PS3 to play some Modern Warefare 2 and the network was stable for about an hour. Dropped and I had to reboot. Stable again for an hour and again had to reboot. Next, the connection only lasted about 30 minutes. After that, I packed everything back up and returned it to Fry's.

    Based on the sales guy recommendation, I got the D-Link 655. Up and running in about 30 minutes. Fired up the PS3 hoping there'll be no problems. I played Modern Warefare 2 for over 5 hours with no drops.
     
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    I've had great luck with D-Link too.
     
  7. The Dave

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    Yes but it only supports 2.4ghz. I wanted a true dual band router so i could have g running on one band and n on another at the same time. If my understanding is correct, if i have it running on mixed mode on one band my wireless n products will only run as fast as my wireless g products. Or have i got it all wrong?
     
  8. jerry66

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    PS3 is G band no ? , I have a ps3 , an xbox and blu ray running through a dap1522 bridge and have not rebooted in 3 weeks , between DL and transfers have put over 1 Tbof data through the 3700 with no hiccup .
    And Dave you got it right
     
  9. johnw91498

    johnw91498 Notebook Consultant

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    Dave,

    The other band is the 5ghz, but it is quite limited. When I tried to connect my PS3 to the 5ghz band, my signal was less than 5%. Unless the component is very close, you'll get a very weak signal with constant drops.

    Jerry,

    I'm not sure why the Netgear 3700 didn't like my set up. I have a very basic network, but I couldn't keep a stable connection. Also, my wife does vpn 3 days a week and the 3700 doesn't do vpn pass through very well. That was a huge deal breaker.
     
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    WNDR3700 is currently one of the best wireless routers to get. Another option is WRT610N version 2.0. But for this one, be sure to get the version 2.0, since it has solved problems of the version 1.0. And if it's true that this version 2.0 uses the same chip as WRT320N, then its 5GHz band - 40 MHz channel downlink throughput might outperform WNDR3700, just as WRT320N do (at least according to smallnetbuilder).
     
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