Choosing a new router

November 10, 2019 at 18:36:01
Specs: Windows 10
Choosing a new router...
I'm getting gig ISP...
I upgraded my switch to 24 port gig switch...
Looking for a gig WAN/LAN router...price around $200...
Minimal needs for WIFI....looking for good security...firewall...VPN IPSEC etc....
Should I get a wired gig a TP-Link Safestream...TL-R600VPN...then connect my old wifi router...Netgear N600 and use that for my WiFi...
Suggestions and ideas appreciated...

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November 10, 2019 at 21:40:48

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November 11, 2019 at 04:41:32
Whichever one you opt for... I'd incline to an all in one (modem/router) unit, you can use your existing one as an extender - connecting it via ethernet to your new router.

If cabling with cat-5 isn't convenient (inconvenient cable run etc.) then use a homeplug adapter pair to provide the ethernet path between the two routers. Far more stable and faster than using wifi to connect two or more routers.

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November 11, 2019 at 16:56:44
Some ISP's now (especially cable) include a modem/router combination and in residential may not offer modem only options. See what they supply before purchasing.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 12, 2019 at 05:46:20
Personally, I don't care for combination devices. This is just my two cents so you can ignore.

Having had one in the past, and then had the router lose it's wireless radio I had to replace the unit instead of just replacing the router itself. So I prefer two separate devices.

A lot of ISP's (including my own) will hand you a combo device. I asked mine for a "modem only" as I was going to handle my own router after the wireless died on the combo unit they first gave me.

FWIW, I'm not a big fan of any combo device. I have a printer and I have a scanner, they're separate devices. If my printer dies, my scanner still works and vice versa

As for what to pick, research. Ensure whatever you're looking at has everything you want..........then read reviews and compare prices and go with what's going to give you the best bang for your buck.

A few years back my SOHO router died and I replaced it with a Linksys WRT1900ACS

I like the linux based units as it allows for 3'd party firmware which tends to have more features and more granular control. But then, I am a computer geek by trade so my needs will likely differ from an average user.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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November 12, 2019 at 07:07:14
I'm much inclined to the view/position of Curt R re' separate devices if possible. For some non techies all in one seem easier to handle; but separate items does mean you don't lose the working bits if part of the assembly dies.

As regards separate scanners, I prefer them over all in one units; but... they are seldom network enabled - unless one spends a bomb... My elderly Canon mp600r died recently; after many years of reliable service.

I looked about for a network scanner but as above - they cost a bomb.. So I've gone the all in one again. But generally print mono only to my tres elderly Epson EPL5600 laser (95 vintage). Colour (top a my new Canon all in one printer) I use only when essential.

I have a couple of quite olde... Netgear all in one routers with duff wifi; recovered from the reject box where I used to work. They still work fine as ethernet only - and as extenders etc..

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