Improvement over a WNDR3500L for wifi??

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 21:16    Post subject: Improvement over a WNDR3500L for wifi?? Reply with quote
Have an old Netgear WNR3500L running dd-wrt on a 50/5 internet connection. Looking for faster internet throughput in a dual radio router for business usage.

I had thought of putting a WAP like a Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE but thinking the WNR3500L is the bottleneck with its older processor. Looking for a reliable router that preferably can take dd-wrt capable of support clans and if at all possible 802.1Q.

I got a severe headache looking through the router reviews elsewhere since it seems people have issues with every brand model dying a year or two if that.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 21:23    Post subject: Reply with quote
Netgear R7800. You should be able to find a good used one on eBay, offerup, craigslist, etc. for a decent price. Pretty much currently future proof.

Only other recommendation, unless you are going to upgrade to faster internet, would probably be the R7000.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 21:30    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Archer A7v5 from Amazon might be a decent router for your needs. It's good for ISP plans up to about 150mbps...after that the CPU is too weak to reliably perform QOS. Otherwise the R7800 is a great router, but might be hard to get for a good deal in Canada...everything is more expensive up there...
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 21:56    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ok thanks for the suggestions.

I have an old R7000 here that I moved to a WAP usage when 2 of its 4 LAN ports died all of a sudden.

So as long as the seller indicates its a R7000 model and passes the sniff test regarding anything else in the eBay listing then that is fine? In other words, there are not sub-models of the R7000 that should be avoided? I noticed someone selling an R7000P I believe.
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