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Please help choose a home router

Hi, I spent hours on this, but the information I found wasn't efficient to sort through. I'm confused. I can tell that there are routers that meet my needs, but I can't figure out how to compare them. Can anyone please help?

Between IoT and devices we actually use, we want to be able to have 10 or more simultaneous connections. However, there are never more than 2 bandwidth hogs. My internet is 50 Mbps (download). I'm looking for these features:

* Budget-friendly (definitely under $150, preferably under $100)
* Dual band
* Good to excellent security (this is my focus)
* Guest network
* Reputable, solid firewall
* Moderate speed (one person streams; the other browses)
* 2 or 3 ethernet ports
* IPv6? Depends on price
* An interface that doesn't make me wish I'd majored in computer engineering

Any help anyone can offer would be appreciated.

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Home Router

When choosing a new router, you should consider the size of your coverage area, a number of members, and types of devices that will connect to the router. I am suggesting you Netgear Nighthawk AC2100 Smart Wi-Fi Router.

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I'm not seeing a lot about "security".

But for a moment let's cover a few things then swing back to what security you want.

1. Most are DUAL BAND.
2. Most have Guest networks.
3. Firewall? Routers have had that since the beginning. I wrote router code in the '90s so I want to hear what you expect here.
4. Speed is determined by the ISP and rarely the router. So I'm giving this one a passing grade.
5. most have 4 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports. Will say easy to get this one.
6. I haven't seen a router for about a decade that didn't include IPv6 so most likely you don't have to check that one.

7. Interface. About the ONLY one that tries to avoid technicals is the ones by Apple but you are paying for that. So if that's the goal, check out Apple's own routers. After that, maybe the Google Mesh setup.

So I'm going with 100 to 150 buck models have all this for a moment.

Let's hear what you expect from a router as to security since we are all waiting for WPA3 or

WPA2 must remain crackable today since any fix would break everything (much like WPA3 will for a time.)

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Thank you! Also, perhaps I left some points murky.

I'm grateful for your recommendation. Can you please help me to understand one more thing, though? While the routers are all faster than the ISPs, I thought that was for a reason. Isn't it to permit multiple connections at high speed?

My security concerns are vague because I don't fully understand modern router technology. I know, or believe, that some firewalls are easier to penetrate than others. The guest network has security benefits, as well. I'd really like to have the firmware update automatically. I could disable universal plug-and-play, I suppose, so it could be with or without that. Obviously, I won't make my network impenetrable. I just want to make it difficult enough that no one will bother with my ordinary household network.

On the interface, I haven't seen a ton of them, so I'm a little behind the times, perhaps? Without ranting about my old one, I'll just say that it's illogical and poorly organized in the extreme. It also allowed me to change the password to one that it didn't support. I had to reset the whole thing and start from scratch. All the old ones were equally confusing. I had to fix my mom's several times before she replaced it.

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Let me state it simply.

If you get a gigabit router, you are set. Almost all have dual core processing and do fine. However if your ISP lags, it won't be the router's fault.

Now about that firewall. Since any inbound connection attempt fails, can you explain how it can get though? I know that this may be hard to tell but as I wrote router code long ago I'd like to know how this happens.

-> Maybe the Apple and Google "MIGHT" auto-update firmware but from my experience this has always been a bad idea for routers. You don't want them to break down and pause like our everyday Windows PCs. Once it is working why update firmware?

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Post was last edited on November 21, 2019 5:59 AM PST

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