What router would you recommend?

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Good morning, my router has decided to give me trouble and I will need to replace it. I am looking for advice on a replacement. It’s been causing my tv to buffer, my computer to lose internet connection and most recent my WiFi outlets not to work which effects my aquarium.
 

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If you have a large house, or deadspots, or a pool / outside area, etc. and struggle to get coverage, I'd suggest the ubiquiti unifi series of stuff. I've heard the Cisco Meraki stuff is good as well. Things have changed a bit, and you are no longer forced into consumer gear vs corporate gear. I've found the unifi stuff to be somewhere in the middle. For a little more cost and elbow grease to set up, you get some nice features like: real access points with seamless auto switching as you roam around, real vlans and guest networks, and good quality of service options (like limiting users bandwidth). In layman's terms, you can put access points around your house, even outside, you can roam around and your phone/laptop autoswitches from AP to AP, you can set up fancy guest networks with limited access, and you can do things like limit your kid's bandwidth so they can't kill your internet connection as they stream 12 things at a time. Another nice feature is you can connect an AP to another AP in a wireless extender style fashion that actually works.

Worth checking out if you're willing to spend a bit more and have some technical ability. All a moot point if you're living in a smaller house with no kids... Depends on your needs.
 

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I would second the Ubiquiti Unifi stuff. It is a little expensive getting access points, POE switch, and their router, but I don't loose WIFI connection any more. I rarely have to restart any of it also. My old router I had to restart every few days.
 
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Thanks, no kids to worry about, small ranch house. I do stream my movies and shows. No cable box. I am moving the cable modem and the router to the first floor.
 

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Here is another vote for Asus. Mine has been rock steady for several years now, with multiple kids, all with multiple devices, gaming, school/zoom calls, etc... no problem.
 
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I work with Ubiquiti commercially. Its good gear but requires some tech knowledge to get the most out of it and really isn't worth it for residential. Uniquiti shines where you need a lot of access points on a limited budget and have a lot of clients connecting.

The Google gear is dirt simple to set up and good for an average house where you dont need a lot of complexity but need multiple access points. Strongly recommended.

For just a single router/wifi combo Asus is good.
 

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I highly suggest using a wifi mesh like Google Wifi

(Full disclosure, I am a Google employee (in a totally different division), but I used it well before I joined!)
Probably overkill in a small ranch house but I agree, mesh routers are nice as far as coverage.
 

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I'm using the google mesh wifi system, upgraded from a TP-link AX-3000, and am much happier with my wifi performance and coverage.
 

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I work full time handling enterprise IT for many company's, unifi access points are the way to go. There is some set up involved but with some googling and youtube you will have no issues.
If it requires a youtube video it's not very friendly and Ubiquiti is not cost effective in residential. Having to manually SSH into an access point to run a Set Inform simply because the laptop you are running has multiple NICs isnt fun for a home owner.

The google stuff is plug and play and fast. I use ubiquiti if I want multiple wifi networks. custom RSSI adjustments, VLANs, etc. Even so anything but Ubiquiti's HD units are dogs in terms of low client / high throughput which is the typical residential environment.
 

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