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I'm in the market for a new Modem/Router. I'd like to get a Linksys by Cisco. we have 3-4 laptops, a NAS and we play online games on the PS3. It doesn't have to be cheap, I'd rather get something that's good quality and be happy with it in the long run. What current model would you recommend?

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asked Jul 28 '12 at 23:31

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edited Jul 28 '12 at 23:32

Do you want a modem router combination? If so are you on a cable connection or a DSL connection?

(Jul 29 '12 at 00:21) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

they are not too bad when it comes to a modem/ router combo (at least compared to the crap that the ISP will give you)

but if you need just a router, then you can do a lot better than linksys for the money.

The latest routers from linksys have had poor specs at a high price, especially compared to other brands such as netgear.

(linksys will often give you a slower CPU, less RAM, significantly less flash storage, and a really locked down firmware where it is currently nearly impossible to port a 3rd party firmware over to it (without almost completely rewriting the firmware)

overall, avoid linksys until they improve their routers.

answered Jul 29 '12 at 06:51

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Well I have not had any experiences with the modem and router combos. I have always rented the modem from the ISP and bought my own router.

With that said Linksys is the only brand I allow in my house and the only brand I recommend for routers. Yes they are more expensive but I feel you are getting a quality product out of it.

I disagree with Razor512. But to address the locked down not being able to rewrite the firmware issue: yes you can still rewrite firmware on some of their models, but not all, this has not changed. and to be honest, why do you need a super fast CPU or more ram for a home router? To me that seems sort of pointless. Perhaps if you have 20 devices hooked up to it then that might be a concern, but at that point you are most likely not buying a consumer grade router.

So you know where I stand, I only support Linksys, call me a fan boy on this matter, that is fine, I do feel they offer a quality product.

On the other hand other companies make great products but as for me, it is only Linksys.

So for a router-modem combo unit made by Linksys I would have to support it.

answered Jul 29 '12 at 11:01

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a faster CPU allows more functionality and better handling of a large number of connections, (eg a torrent making 20,000 connections)

or if your router has a USB port and you need fast storage performance (USB offloads it's processing to the CPU and having a 400-500MHz CPU means issues like 3-7MB/s USB performance.

Other issues is if you get a slow CPU and they try to implement a feature such as DLNA, then you will get crappy DLNA performance.

The faster routers (eg some netgear ones will emulate a local USB device for printer sharing but you can connect any USB device. great if you want to turn a USB webcam into a security cam (if your router is near an area you want to monitor)

or if you install tomato and want to built in VPN server to perform well.

All of that is really CPU intensive.

But ignoring all of that, it is annoying getting worst specs for the same or more money.

for me personally, if I am going to spend like $60 on a router, then I want 128MB of RAM or more, and 128MB flash storage, and a decent CPU and a non locked down wifi radio with u.fl connectors and the ability to adjust the transmit power above the factory default.

I like being able to use 3rd party firmware, and avoid routers that do not allow it.

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