Linksys EA6700 AC 1750 router for £65.99 delivered @ Amazon
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Linksys EA6700 AC 1750 router for £65.99 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 25th Dec 2014
Was looking for a decent AC router to replace my Virgin superhub and this is awesome.

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Reviews on Amazon and everywhere else say otherwise. Probably fine if you're upgrading from G spec but if you're going from N to AC, I'd avoid this one and spend that little bit more.

A superhub 2 AC is £20

amazon.co.uk/D-L…750

Better device for similar money.

Bought one myself recently and its fantastic - better than superhub rubbish...

The D-link isn't much good either, having used one and compared it to the ASUS AC68

jb66

A superhub 2 AC is £20



Also they actually seems to be an ok bit of kit which is surprising for an ISP supplied router.

Our's seems to have been behaving itself, that said I don't really do much with it, the mobiles and tablets connect to it but most of my other stuff only uses it if my other connection is down (I have FTTC and Cable)
Edited by: "dragon2611" 25th Dec 2014

SomebodE

The D-link isn't much good either, having used one and compared it to the … The D-link isn't much good either, having used one and compared it to the ASUS AC68



Fair enough, but the AC68 is 130 quid plus.

spamcan61

Fair enough, but the AC68 is 130 quid plus.



I can only conclude that you pay for what you get in this instance

D Link and AC68 are different beasts. One a 1750 other 1900. I have a AC68 but considering that D Link for grandparents as they don't need huge performance for one tablet.

Asus RT-N66U router is slightly cheaper than the ac68.

works well with virgin bb. great reviews on Amazon also

SomebodE

I can only conclude that you pay for what you get in this instance



I would expect to get better for double the price.

Alot better.

For the money a D-Link AC1750 that delivers 152mb on wifi on a 152mb connection is quite frankly spectacular as far as I am concerned.

How would spending twice the price deliver more?
Edited by: "speedski" 26th Dec 2014

speedski

I would expect to get better for double the price.Alot better.For the … I would expect to get better for double the price.Alot better.For the money a D-Link AC1750 that delivers 152mb on wifi on a 152mb connection is quite frankly spectacular as far as I am concerned.How would spending twice the price deliver more?



If you have an old house with thick walls (1930 or before) or you have a modern house with three floors, both the AC66 and AC68 deliver better performance across the whole property.

I've got a combination of those two circumstances where it's a 1930s house with thick brick walls rather than stud walls and a loft conversion so we have three floors. With the router on the ground floor, the 150mbps N-router that Sky provided enabled less than 10mbps in the loft where as the Dlink and Linksys units that I've tried provided between 600mbps and 900mbps, with the Dlink being the better unit.

The ASUS AC68 with Merlin got me to 1600mbps in the loft and even got some decent access towards the end of the 130ft garden that the others failed.

Granted, it would be cheaper to buy the router in this deal and use a range extender for less money but having tried that also, I can say that it's not great when you're already at the wifi capability of the router and you're repeating the weak signal. Admittedly, the extender wasn't well positioned but that was based on the availability of plugs.

I don't just use my wifi for accessing the internet but I access the NAS drive as well and sometimes transfer some files between devices.

It may not matter to you if you live in a flat or are already getting a level of performace everywhere that exceeds your internet connection if that's all you're using it for but a great number of people are not in that fortunate circumstance, especially with the old housing stock that we have in the UK.

Internal antennas on the Dlink and Linksys units are a compromise due to form over function - It's the reason I wouldn't touch the cheap ASUS AC56. The external antennas enable this additional range due to function over form.
Edited by: "SomebodE" 26th Dec 2014

SomebodE

If you have an old house with thick walls (1930 or before) or you have a … If you have an old house with thick walls (1930 or before) or you have a modern house with three floors, both the AC66 and AC68 deliver better performance across the whole property. I've got a combination of those two circumstances where it's a 1930s house with thick brick walls rather than stud walls and a loft conversion so we have three floors. With the router on the ground floor, the 150mbps N-router that Sky provided enabled less than 10mbps in the loft where as the Dlink and Linksys units that I've tried provided between 600mbps and 900mbps, with the Dlink being the better unit.The ASUS AC68 with Merlin got me to 1600mbps in the loft and even got some decent access towards the end of the 130ft garden that the others failed.Granted, it would be cheaper to buy the router in this deal and use a range extender for less money but having tried that also, I can say that it's not great when you're already at the wifi capability of the router and you're repeating the weak signal. Admittedly, the extender wasn't well positioned but that was based on the availability of plugs.I don't just use my wifi for accessing the internet but I access the NAS drive as well and sometimes transfer some files between devices.It may not matter to you if you live in a flat or are already getting a level of performace everywhere that exceeds your internet connection if that's all you're using it for but a great number of people are not in that fortunate circumstance, especially with the old housing stock that we have in the UK.Internal antennas on the Dlink and Linksys units are a compromise due to form over function - It's the reason I wouldn't touch the cheap ASUS AC56. The external antennas enable this additional range due to function over form.



I'm afraid it looks like you are only looking at the link speeds reported by the device, the actuall throughput will be no where near.

Near the AP on a Good 802.11AC connection you might get close to 600Mbit/s if you are lucky, but it drops off very quickly.

dragon2611

I'm afraid it looks like you are only looking at the link speeds reported … I'm afraid it looks like you are only looking at the link speeds reported by the device, the actuall throughput will be no where near.Near the AP on a Good 802.11AC connection you might get close to 600Mbit/s if you are lucky, but it drops off very quickly.



Not at all - I'm only reporting on link speeds to this thread, as this is what most people understand but in reality, I've been measuring RSSI, throughput and error frames too - all apart from the RSSI improved with the link speed.

The RSSI was similar with the two internal antenna units but improved with the external antenna ASUS. Switching the antennas out to 9dbi versions also improved things, since I was testing with a workstation that had a 9dbi external antenna.

Setting the units to USA as country where possible also makes a difference to the transmission power.

I'm happy to answer in more detail about any of my testing if you have any questions.

SomebodE

Not at all - I'm only reporting on link speeds to this thread, as this is … Not at all - I'm only reporting on link speeds to this thread, as this is what most people understand but in reality, I've been measuring RSSI, throughput and error frames too - all apart from the RSSI improved with the link speed.The RSSI was similar with the two internal antenna units but improved with the external antenna ASUS. Switching the antennas out to 9dbi versions also improved things, since I was testing with a workstation that had a 9dbi external antenna.Setting the units to USA as country where possible also makes a difference to the transmission power.I'm happy to answer in more detail about any of my testing if you have any questions.



Just don't get caught doing that ;-) (Not that it's that likely anyone will actually 1) notice, 2) care enough to do anything about it)

SomebodE

Not at all - I'm only reporting on link speeds to this thread, as this is … Not at all - I'm only reporting on link speeds to this thread, as this is what most people understand but in reality, I've been measuring RSSI, throughput and error frames too - all apart from the RSSI improved with the link speed.The RSSI was similar with the two internal antenna units but improved with the external antenna ASUS. Switching the antennas out to 9dbi versions also improved things, since I was testing with a workstation that had a 9dbi external antenna.Setting the units to USA as country where possible also makes a difference to the transmission power.I'm happy to answer in more detail about any of my testing if you have any questions.



For sure the AC68 is the one to beat in terms of performance in the consumer market, just compare its UDP throughput performance with competitors:-

benchmarkreviews.com/122…/8/

whoops OK that's the 66

For my personal need the d-link linked above should more than meet my needs, so I've gone for one of them; I can't justify spending twice the dosh on an AC68 with performance I don't need.
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