Which AC Router for $150 or less

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pasta1234
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 22:22    Post subject: Which AC Router for $150 or less Reply with quote
Hello All,

So its time to update an aging router and I would like to stick to a DD-WRT Compatible router for flexibility.

The house is fairly spread out, so good signal strength is important. At any given time there are a few mobile devices phones/tablets and a smart TV with laptop running.

It seems that Netgear and Asus have some pretty good models, but suggestions would be appreciated.

Budget: $150
Modem: SB6141

Thanks,
Pete
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JohnKuthe
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 23:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just ordered an Azus (RT-N16) Wireless-N 300 Maximum Performance single band Gaming Router off Amazon.com for 77.99. Expecting it VERY soon!
JohnKuthe
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 23:44    Post subject: Reply with quote
With DD-WRT preinstalled.

DD-WRT gurus, where exactly will I see the build number information in the DD-WRT preinstalled?
kramttocs
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 0:33    Post subject: Reply with quote
JohnKuthe wrote:
With DD-WRT preinstalled.

DD-WRT gurus, where exactly will I see the build number information in the DD-WRT preinstalled?


I haven't worked with that router so you'll have to say if it's been skinned but standard ddwrt shows the build by clicking the Firmware link in the top right corner.

As for the OPs question, I believe there is a sticky dedicated to this type of question but I am partial to the r7000. Prices fluctuate pretty heavily so I would set a slickdeals or camelcamelcamel alert if not in a hurry. I've bought 3 for 160, 150, and 99.

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jheide44
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
fwiw i find that the R6300v2 meets my needs, still has the ARM dual core CPU, but you can get it used much cheaper than the going rate for a used R7000...
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_.-:Curently Deployed Devices:-._
Loc_1.0: R6400 -- Kong PTB 35550M 03-28-2018
Loc_2.0: R6300v2 -- Kong PTB 35550M 03-28-2018
Loc_3.0: R6300v2 -- Kong PTB 35030M 02-19-2018
Loc_4.0: R6300v2 -- Kong PTB 28600M 12-31-2015 (Radios OFF) & 5 Ubiquity UniFi APs
Loc_4.1: E4200 -- BrainSlayer K2.6 30880
Others: too many others to list

UNofficial Repo Kong's old builds HERE.

R7000 (& similar HW) Tips/Tricks HERE.

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pasta1234
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 19:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ended up getting a refurb R7000, it works great and signal is much better, thanks everyone !!
JohnKuthe
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
The ad lied. My Asus RT-N16 came with stock firmware on it. Sad I flashed it with DD-WRT though, by following ALL the instructions on this site! And it worked!
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