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Suggestion for new home wifi router?

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I have two wifi routers... The N that came with the DSL modem, and the AC I bought refurb later from LinkSys. I ran them side by side no problem. But the dark linksys has a tendency to reset itself every 6 months or so. Then I had to redo the entire network.

it just did so again. Except this time, the LinkSys setup app that worked before cannot detect a router DESPITE logging into the wifi.
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Re: Great, my wifi router died... the backup, not the primary

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I am back. Had to redo the router setup... AGAIN. :-P Piece of crap...
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Re: Great, my wifi router died... the backup, not the primary

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i had a Linksys WRT54G that started spontaneously rebooting after seven or eight years of use (and the frequency of it occurring kept steadily increasing). no amount of factory resetting or installing alternative firmwares fixed the issue, so it appeared to be a hardware issue.

last time i was at Goodwill a couple weeks ago, i saw a TON of routers there. like the most i'd ever seen.
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Re: Great, my wifi router died... the backup, not the primary

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Kasey Chang wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:45 pm I have two wifi routers... The N that came with the DSL modem, and the AC I bought refurb later from LinkSys. I ran them side by side no problem. But the dark linksys has a tendency to reset itself every 6 months or so. Then I had to redo the entire network.

it just did so again. Except this time, the LinkSys setup app that worked before cannot detect a router DESPITE logging into the wifi.
Seems like more trouble than it's worth given that you can buy reliable DD-WRT-compatible routers without necessarily needing to spend an arm and a leg to do so. Or even buy one pre-configured and upgraded courtesy of FlashRouters.com if you prefer not to perform the upgrade manually.
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Re: Great, my wifi router died... the backup, not the primary

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It's alright for now. Money's tight, no time on frivolities like a new router. :)

Held button down for 30 seconds, and reset the whole thing and setup the SSID again.

But had to do it on the PC. The App doesn't work.
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If I want a replacement, should I stick with a 'better" AC router, or should I go WiFi 6, even though I don't have any devices that talks WiFi 6?

My current AC router is like a cheap LinkSys, probably AC900 or 1200. I can get a decent AC2000/2100 for $80 (Tenda AC23), or one of those AC4000 tri-band quad MIMO blah blah super routers (renewed) for $135. ( LinkSys EA9300 )
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hitbyambulance wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:25 pm i had a Linksys WRT54G that started spontaneously rebooting after seven or eight years of use (and the frequency of it occurring kept steadily increasing). no amount of factory resetting or installing alternative firmwares fixed the issue, so it appeared to be a hardware issue.

last time i was at Goodwill a couple weeks ago, i saw a TON of routers there. like the most i'd ever seen.
Mine has just started the random rebooting this past week. I've tried updating the firmware, but the problem persist. Sounds like i need a new one?
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stessier wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:08 pm
hitbyambulance wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:25 pm i had a Linksys WRT54G that started spontaneously rebooting after seven or eight years of use (and the frequency of it occurring kept steadily increasing). no amount of factory resetting or installing alternative firmwares fixed the issue, so it appeared to be a hardware issue.

last time i was at Goodwill a couple weeks ago, i saw a TON of routers there. like the most i'd ever seen.
Mine has just started the random rebooting this past week. I've tried updating the firmware, but the problem persist. Sounds like i need a new one?
if it supports an alternative firmware (like https://dd-wrt.com/ ) try installing that. if it _still_ occurs even with that, i would say it is a hardware issue.
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Re: Suggestion for new home wifi router?

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I was running into issues with an ASUS router that I had DD-WRT running on, and ended up getting an Amplifi, this one in particular: https://amplifi.com/amplifi-hd

I started off getting just the base unit, and figured I'd try it out in our 3500 sq ft home before getting the mesh points. I'm glad I didn't get them, because just that little cube covers our entire home, yard and garage. It has been rock solid, and the speeds are way better than I was getting on my, albeit older, ASUS router.
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I switched to a Google WiFi mesh about a year ago and it's been excellent. 300+ Mbps speeds everywhere in the house. Edit to add, that speed is the internet speed - device to device within the house is faster.
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