Rather than get lost in Google, I figure I'll ask here first. I want to replace my home wireless router, and am looking for advice. It would sit on one end of the house, and would ideally reach both ends of the basement below and the floor above (45 feet, maybe, in length). Starting point on one end of the house is non-negotiable.
It might be overkill, but I bought an Asus 1900ac like this one (The W at Amazon) from Best Buy and it's performed pretty much in line with reviews, which is to say "rock solid" - I mean, I've NEVER had to manually powercycle it since I bought it back in February, and I've only rebooted it after changing service providers (and after the prolonged power outage). It's currently on my ground floor because that's where the fiber input ended up but I have no trouble doing stuff on the second floor (including running a "wireless" cable box on a TV up there).
N Speed. Solid. Small footprint. Cheap too. Very happy. and it is downstairs amd feeds the whole house nicely I think.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
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I can heartily recommend ASUS routers in general. I've been rocking one for close to 3 years now at home and have set them up for several other family members and co-workers. They are rock solid and have some features (particularly hardware NAT offloading) that can drastically improve performance. There are at least two alternative firmwares available (although both don't necessarily work on all ASUS routers) that provide more control and some nice features.
And you don't necessarily need to go to overkill: the RT-N56U and RT-N65U are capable little routers (I have deployed half a dozen 56Us; the 65U is the same unit with USB3 ports and some other minor differences). If I were buying again or had a larger area to cover with one router I'd probably go with the RT-N66U or one of its newer siblings with external antennas. I'd probably also buy an AC router instead of an N router at this point as well, as we're likely to start seeing more and more AC-capable client devices over the next couple of years.