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Picking the right router for my home, is the ASUS RT-AC68U overkill?

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I live in a 3 bedroom 2 story terraced property with stone walls, currently using the Virgin Media Hub 3 and the bedroom next door struggles to get to 10 mbps on a 200 mb connection however can get ne…
AshleyJones94 Avatar
1m, 3w agoPosted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I live in a 3 bedroom 2 story terraced property with stone walls, currently using the Virgin Media Hub 3 and the bedroom next door struggles to get to 10 mbps on a 200 mb connection however can get near enough the 200 mbps as advertised in the same room as the hub.

Interested in the current deal at curry's as seen below. Do you think the router is overkill and if so is there anything that can be recommended perhaps for a little less?

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/network-routers-and-switches/routers/asus-rt-ac68u-wireless-cable-fibre-router-21835836-pdt.html
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1m, 3w agoPosted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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I have had this router for 2 years and it has never let me down. Go for it.

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#1
No, you need it in your life.
#2
wow, 200 Mbps , we get under 2 mbps here in the countryside! Asus are good so if you have the spare money, go for it.
#3
Great price, go for it mate.
#4
Have you tried messing with your router settings such as band wave?
#5
I have had this router for 2 years and it has never let me down. Go for it.
#6
Thanks for the responses guys, will take the plunge
#7
You need a good 2.4GHZ wifi signal, 5GHz doesnt like walls, so there is no point buying one if you have thick stone walls.

Try a cheap TPLink router, they have changeable antenna, just buy a set of the long 9db jobs and away you go; my old TPL can be picked up on the other side of the local park, 250 - 300 metres from where it is located (at my mums house).
#8
ISP routers given free are never going to be anywhere near as good as the offerings from netgear Asus etc. Like the home hub by BT. The Asus looks fine possibly bettered by the netgear nighthawk 7000
#9
Best bang for your buck router there is.

Go for it.
#10
A user messaged me advising that NETWORKING10 discount code takes off additional 10% making it £80.99, no brainer :P
#11
AshleyJones94
I live in a 3 bedroom 2 story terraced property with stone walls, currently using the Virgin Media Hub 3 and the bedroom next door struggles to get to 10 mbps on a 200 mb connection however can get near enough the 200 mbps as advertised in the same room as the hub.
Interested in the current deal at curry's as seen below. Do you think the router is overkill and if so is there anything that can be recommended perhaps for a little less?

If wi-fi can't penetrate adequately through even one wall then a different router isn't magically going to give you perfect whole house coverage.

A far better option is to put a wireless access point in each room. The best option is running ethernet cables to each room but that requires a bit of DIY, potentially replastering and similar.

A neater option, but potentially more expensive for 200Mbps, is to use homeplugs. I'd suggest buying/borrowing a cheap pair, and seeing how your results compare to others peoples and you can then estimate what you'll need and how it'll compare price-wise.
#12
You get loss with homeplugs and as one tech site proved wireless can be more efficient not forgetting that wireless goes through floors where homeplugs only work on the same circuit. So if the router is downstairs and downstairs and upstairs sockets are wired independently they won't work. The theory of a different router not being able to give a perfect house coverage is correct but changing the router with one that offers greater efficiency and distance will be an improvement. With a lot of technology you get what you pay for and the isps are not giving out decent tech for free knowing in 12 months time you may move your account. The better the router the better the WiFi signal should be or the farther it will reach. I just had fibre installed with a provided zyxel router with a 75 Mbps download. Wirelessly in the living room I get 75 Mbps. Upstairs in one of the bedrooms I can't get a signal yet my old netgear router would stream perfectly in that bedroom. The crappy zyxel router will soon be replaced.

Your suggestion of additional access points would be ideal and if these were placed strategically speed loss could be minimal. Using the speedtests app at various locations in the house would identify where access points should be wired to the router or wireless which would lessen the work.

Edited By: Smartguy1 on Dec 29, 2016 21:16
#13
Sorry Sir but this : " where homeplugs only work on the same circuit. So if the router is downstairs and downstairs and upstairs sockets are wired independently they won't work." is rubbish. I have a WAP in my shed which is 180ft from the house connected through Powerline adaptors to the router. The power supply to the shed has a dedicated feed from the consumer unit and is in not connected to the ring circuit supplying the router. Powerline typically works on all circuits consumer side of the meter.

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