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I'm having some severe internet issues
, both on wifi and ethernet, which I suspect may be our router (lord only knows with as many devices as we have, but we do have a 30mbps - and it bogs even at low use it seems). I can't say that our router is even to blame, but I'm shopping for an affordable
router for us.
We have 3 xboxes (rarely used all at once), 2 desktops (1 wifi/1 lan), 5 laptops, 1 tablet, and a couple of phones that occasionally use wifi. The devices are rarely used all at once, but traffic can get busy
when we've got a couple guys gaming on xbox, 3 streaming netflix, and whatever else.
We live in a neighborhood full of wifi, lots of devices up and down the block.
I would like to put some open firmware
on it, it sounds like Tomato is the most appropriate for home use. I also prefer Asus
as a company, although I've never gotten a chance to try one of their routers (I read good things though). I'm not set on Asus though, just a preference.
In general, I have a sliding budget. We're all college students, so spending <$100 would be preferred, but I could probably go up to $175 or $200 if it's justifiable. We're all tired of the internet bogging on us, or dying in our video games due to lag, so we'll do what we can.
So what do you guys think? What routers would you suggest for our traffic?