I find dual band routers all over the map when it comes
to reviews. I can't tell the fake reviews from the
Does anyone have a recommendation of a dual band router
suitable for both residences and small businesses?
I've been pretty happy with MikroTik's offerings. The HAP line has some
dual freq routers.
They'll work out of the box, but it's much better if you spend a few and
They're certainly not "average user friendly".. But the OS is solid and
the hardware isn't too shabby.
I've got one of the CloudCore CCR routers and I couldn't be happier.
It's a 9-core CPU with 2GB/RAM doing all the
routing/filtering/fire-walling for my entire ISP. Maybe a little
overblown for home usage, but certainly reasonable for a medium sized
it's not that tough to weed out, but
has a *lot* of very detailed reviews.
you need to be more specific.
do they have specific needs, such as intrusion protection, bandwidth
management, vpn, vlan, snmp, or they want something cheap and don't
really care beyond the basic functionality?
Need dual band and gigabyte ports. No fancy stuff. No USB.
No hair pulling/swearing to set up. WPA2 personal.
Tech support must speak some semblance of English.
Must be boiler plate reliable.
Tech support is mixed.. If you have a legit problem they're pretty good
about getting it sorted out.. If you show up with a bunch of newbie
questions you'll probably just get the "Go read the FAQ" treatment.
I've found the user community fairly accurate and responsive to more
"beginner" questions and rarely turn to MikroTik for regular questions.
A few times that I've simply not had the time/patience to figure
something out and I've turned to some of the, relatively, inexpensive
experts based in Eastern Europe to whip me up a bit of programming.
The Queue (Mikrotik specific function) I use to set speed tiers for my
whole ISP was programmed in about a day (and for less than $150) by a
fella in the Ukraine who communicated in perfect English and was very
concise in commenting/explaining his code.
One of the benefits to having a common OS throughout the whole line of
routers, from the $20 cheap piles-of-shit to their top-of-the-line
$3,000 units, is that most code/scripts written for any router will work
on any other router. This means that one of the devs can code for a
router that may be out of his price range but will work the same as the
$99 unit he tests on.
just about everything can do that these days, and it's giga *bit* ports.
you also didn't say how large of an area to cover. for bigger spaces,
including a medium to large house, a mesh unit will work well, some of
which are *very* easy to set up (some claim a few minutes) and can even
be securely administered remotely. for smaller spaces, just get one or
maybe two nodes.
the better routers (and other products) are easy to use and don't need
most are, but nothing can guarantee 100% uptime.
synology, asus and ubiquiti amplifi are good choices. netgear and
linksys/belkin not so much.
I sell the Netgear WNR3500L100NAS, but it is 2.4 Ghz only.
And it is the ONLY netgear product I will sell. As
far as I can tell, the netgear stuff my customer's buy
on their own and have me set up is total crap.
The last one, I could log into the router but not get out to
the Internet. I thought something was weird when I could
update the firmware on the router. Then I tried attaching
over the wireless and out on the internet I went. Total
Lynksys/belkin "not so much" is a good description. "Almost"
has to apply.
I have had the WORST dealings with Ubiquiti.
I will check out asus and synology.
that is old and slow.
that could be for any of a variety of reasons.
More than 20,000 Linksys wireless routers are regularly leaking full
historic records of every device that has ever connected to them,
including devices' unique identifiers, names, and the operating
systems they use. The data can be used by snoops or hackers in
either targeted or opportunistic attacks.
it's best to run an alternate firmware, such as dd-wrt, which can do a
lot more but it also makes it not as easy to set up and manage.
ubiquiti is *very* good and *very* reliable, just not as easy to set up
as typical consumer products.
amplifi is more consumer oriented than their standard fare and also
asus also has alternate firmwares, one of which is basically stock asus
with bug fixes and some feature tweaks (merlin).
synology's ui is not the usual web ui, which is much easier to set up
and works quite well. it's linux underneath, and can be tweaked if
I agree with you except for the reliable part. Some of
the stuff is very reliable. Some is a nightmare.
Also, there is no phone number to call. You can only
chat with them. It is a total pain in the ass if it is
the router that is the issue. You have to direct connect,
wait an hour on hold, get some instructions, hang up
with them, rewire the router, try to install the update
they say will fix it, the update fails (always), back to
direct connect and an hour on hold .... you get the
picture. It sucks.