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Hard wired internet and the best router to use

Mar 21, 2020 7:43AM PDT

Hello,
We built our house last year and had the electrician run Cat5e to each room. Right now I have this setup:
Main line Internet from road-->cable company modem-->WIFI router--> Ethernet switch-->all outlets in the house
We use the WIFI router for whole house WIFI (phones, tablets etc) then use the hard wired internet for computers/TV.
We have a very old WIFI router. Any recommendations for the best router for my setup?

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So many out there.
Mar 21, 2020 7:50AM PDT

You did write Best so you want a dual or more core (CPU) in the router and for WiFi you want to move to WiFi 6.

I picked up the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router (RAX120) - AX6000 Wireless Speed (Up to 6Gbps) for about 350USD. It's been 29 days and it's never locked up or needed a reboot. I'm impressed.

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Thank you
Mar 21, 2020 8:01AM PDT

Thanks, that looks good. It does not have to necessarily be the best. Looking for something that will give broad wifi coverage for around 3000 square ft and work well to "backfeed" thru the cat5e cable. Anything will be an upgrade from what I have currently. People have recommended the orbi AC1200 units. Not sure if that will be good for the "backfeed"?

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Our home is 2700 or a bit more.
Mar 21, 2020 8:29AM PDT

Two story with the WiFi router almost centrally located and there are no dead spots.

As to "best" I can only take your word in your top post. You asked for best so I avoided moving to the usual 5 figure Cisco systems. I guessed you wanted what looks to be one of the best routers for home I've seen in some time.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-wi-fi-router-for-2020/ does list the Orbi but at 600 bucks I think I like my Nighthawk even more.

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