Best AC Router

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Renegade Knight

My Trendnet AC router doesn't handle connections all that well. After getting one based on early positive reviews I've found it to be a bunch of meh.

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Chad727

My Asus RT-N66U router has been nothing but a pain in the ass on 2.4GHz. It constantly needs a reboot or download speeds drop to 3 Mb/s while the upload speed stays the same. It craps out at completely random intervals. The 5 GHz speeds remain unaffected at around 30 Mb/s no matter what happens. It's using the latest firmware (I've even toyed with Merlin with no resolution) and all of my devices are within 20 feet of the router. With all of the other routers in my building there's not a single channel left on 2.4 GHz that doesn't have someone already on it but, I noticed nobody was using 5 GHz. I added some additional dual band adapters and now only the wireless printer communicates on 2.4 GHz. Now every device on 5 GHZ consistently gets 30 Mb/s down and 6 Mb/s up no matter what. Becoming an island of 5 GHz in a sea of 2.4 GHz is a worthwhile effort in my case. 2.4 GHz has just become way too crowded in my building.

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Morete

Come on Netgear! What happened to your 2.4 speeds? And I was rootin' for ya.

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amirault0

The A68U must not have been out when this article was written, but it should definitely be added. My nexus 5 can get 10MB/s (bytes not bits) on speed-test two floors away. WAN speed is also better (even though it's technically an ISP limitation), topping out at about 13MB/s. The interface is great, no need to use DD-WRT. The cloud features are very convenient.

Note: Upgraded from a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH

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Insula Gilliganis

Where is the "This review was originally featured in the February 2014 issue of the magazine."? It was not shown on the home page or the article's main page. I have mentioned before about this website not doing a very good job telling people much of the content on here isn't new but recycled from old magazine issues (see my comments at maximumpc.com/dream_machine_2013).. Jimmy Thang basically blew off my comment.. but at least he did it with love and affection.

The printed version of MaximumPC arrives at my house approximately 6 weeks before the stated cover month. So the February 2014 magazine that had this article in it showed up at my door around mid-December 2013, which makes this article around 6 months old!! And no where does it clearly state that fact. Yes, the "tag" does mention "February 2014" but I have seen plenty of comments on here that are written under the assumption an article, when posted on this website, is NEW material. Obviously not many are looking at the tags, or even reading the "This review... magazine.", even when it is shown.

Simple solution would be to make sure that the "This review.. magazine" is listed in a way that is hard NOT to notice (different color than the rest of the article would help) and place this at both the beginning AND end of the article. No additional ink or dead trees will be needed, so why not do this? Yeah, it is a pet peeve of mine.

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vrmlbasic

Meanwhile, Verizon has only recently discovered 300 Mbit Wifi-N routers and they still expect users to pay fees to experience such "modern" technologies. SMH Verizon, SMH.

Having to use a USB adapter to get on WiFi AC, which MPC had to do aand I would too, seems like something from a decade ago lol.

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MrHasselblad

Above average article contribution.

But sad to see how few existing laptop (and other mobile device) producers are incorporating the new 802.11ac - even as an option.

...And even though this is supposed to be Maximum PC, I must pass along a question from a thirteen year old relative. They question why Apple hasn't elected to include AC in any of their iPad's??

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Paul_Lilly

Apple fans may give me shit for this, but Apple tends to follow a planned obsolescence model. Meaning, their product releases seem to always leave out a coveted feature or three in favor of older tech so that it has a limited lifespan, thereby giving users reason to upgrade.

Example: iPad 1, no rear camera. iPad 2, shitty rear camera. iPad 3, finally a usable rear camera (5MP "iSight").

Eventually Apple will squeeze an 802.11ac radio into the iPad, which it will tout as the greatest thing ever. To be fair though, 802.11ac was still in draft form when the last iPad was released.

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Engelsstaub

I won't give you any shit this time because I don't think you're wrong. They assed up the last-gen iPod Touch before the current one was even released. Now the 4th gen iPod Touch doesn't even run iOS 7 and is nearly worthless and maddeningly slow even with iOS 6.

I'm doing fine for now with a 4S but I'm fully expecting them to break it for me with iOS 8.

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MrHasselblad

Well written, and a quite impressive perspective.

But we all should try to convince Mr. Lilly to go ahead and add in a second career, to teach the masses

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vrmlbasic

Well that might explain why my cheapy SATA-II era MBP has only SATA-I...

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Insula Gilliganis

Paul.. need to cut down a bit on drinking Gordon's koolaid!! We all know by now that Apple doesn't innovate so much as take existing technology and adds that extra ingredient (love, fairy dust, Unicorn manure, left over Steve Jobs toenail clippings.. etc) that makes it just right for to produce for a world of consumers waiting to throw gobs of $ at them.

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Obsidian

You're going to have to add the beast with six backs to this line up when you get a chance; Asus RT-AC3200.

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Paul_Lilly

It's definitely on our radar. In the meantime, we have a review of the Linksys WRT1900AC coming up. Stay tuned.

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tony2tonez

Both if you guys are right. Can't wait to really see the potential power of the new linksys. That's what I will be upgrading to. Still using the original wrt54g. Plus adding dd-wrt should be awesome.

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smorgisborg1

Cool, just checked and my alienware laptop has a 802.11ac network adapter.