I know that this is opinion based but I'm about to enter the world of "n". I have four routers in mind and I'd like some user feedback on them if possible.
I'll make the list of routers in order of which I believe to be the best, everyone feel free to add your own opinions because wireless networking just isn't my bag of chips. So here they are:First: D-Link DGL4500http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product
I've heard some great things about this router and I've heard some pretty bad things. But first I'll do the pros.
Pros: "Gamerfuel Technology" which from my understanding of things is like a smart QOS made easier so I can prioritize my network in favor of my gaming for let's say over my younger sister's download of a stupid Justin Beaver song.
Fast port forwarding. This is a huge plus for me because I play a lot of different games and I play a lot of XBox live, and my current NAT is strict and I've followed tons of port forwarding tutorials and none of them ever work for me. For this is just the click of a box and boom all of your ports for that game are open.
Also looks very nice, has many extra ports in the back, a nice LED screen, and dual band technology 2.4Ghz 5Ghz.
Lastly for the pros, it has a pretty high download speed of up to 300Mb/s. But I've seen pictures of this router clocked faster than that.
Cons:Apparently after firmware 1.13 or 1.15 this router turns into absolute garbage. Drops connections on heavy loads, requires resets multiple times a week if not multiple times a day.
Although it does have dual band technology it is not simultaneous which I read it will actually slow things down because non compatible products 5ghz will not function.
Also a bit pricey, but I feel that if I can downgrade the firmware to the 1.13 state then this is definitely the router I am going to get.Second: NETGEAR WNDR3700 RangeMaxhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... k=wndr3700
Pros:Blazing fast, clocked at over 400Mb/s download.
DOES HAVE simultaneous dual band operation 2.4Ghz/5Ghz
Also has "Intelligent QOS technology" which is like Gamefuel
Cons:Currently have an older NETGEAR RangeMax and like I mentioned earlier I just can't port forward that damn thing and that is not something I'm going to deal with any longer.
The QOS technology may not be as easy to follow as the DGL 4500.
Also almost reiterating what I said earlier, but does not have easy port forwarding.Third: D-Link DIR 655http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 0dir%20655
Haven't heard many bad things about this router either, although it is lacking what some of my routers have.
Pros:Very reliable, many people have told they've used this router and never had any problems.
Also has Intelligent QOS technology, but once again, I'm not sure how easy it would be to manage it.
Cons:Slower than the other routers, can almost reach speeds of 260Mb/s download.
Once again the QOS may not be user friendly for a guy like me who doesn't know all too much about wireless networking.
No simple port forwarding.
Absolutely no dual band technology (which could be a Pro depending on the situation)Fourth: D-Link DIR-855http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... =dir%20855
This router scares me. It has not gotten very good reviews, however it is supposed to be the upgrade to the DGL 4500 from what I understand.
Pros:Has all of the same features as the DGL4500 and includes simultaneous dual band technology. (Atleast I think it has all of the same features from a few articles I read. They never mentioned "GameFuel" directly but they all did say this was the same exact router with the new simultaneous dual band.
Cons:Just about every review I've read said that the firmware for this product is horrendous. Not many people are pleased at all and if there is no way to fix it by downgrading to a lower firmware or anything then I am definitely going to steer clear of this router,
I also asked Comcast if their modems would bottleneck my router capabilities and they said that no it shouldn't but sometimes I feel that I know more about computers than the guys that answer the phones there so I'm looking to upgrade my modem as well. Comcast is offering a new modem free of charge just a courtesy upgrade, I can find out what it is called tomorrow and post the information here.
I plan on directly running from the router, through the modem, into my PC, and also running an Ethernet directly to my Xbox as well for the fastest speeds I can get.
If I'm missing anything blatantly important than someone please bring it to my attention, I'm not sure if I'll need a PCI express adapter for Wireless N for my PC but I know that for the laptops in my house hold which benefit much more by buying USB N adapters.
Sorry for the long post, I hope someone here can help me out and I'll give a tl;dr for you guys.tl;dr:
Getting a new gaming router to enter the world of "N".
Want to find the best and most reliable one.
If the DGL4500 firmware can be downgraded I will get it.
If not I'll probably get the WNDR3700.
I don't like port forwarding, I found it hard on my old NETGEAR router.
It was very frustrating so I don't want to deal with that again.
I'm not sure how easy Intelligent QOS is to use.
Once again I HATE PORT FORWARDING.