View Full Version : good basic router for home

12-22-2015, 11:32 AM
sorry if this is a wrong forum but - I need a router for the home - needs to support 4 laptops

what am I looking for?

John Chambers
12-22-2015, 11:35 AM
Go and grab a multi-band Lynksys from Best Buy. I have one and it easily supports 8 devices. It will run you about $250.

12-22-2015, 11:35 AM
I use Cisco routers myself
Always work well for me.

12-22-2015, 12:19 PM
Get an AC wireless router. Mine is a Cisco I think but Linksys is good stuff too. If I remember right Cisco bought Linksys. Basically buy the best you can if you are going to have many devices attached to it as the faster processor and ram will help keep the router from being a bottleneck. I think most AC routers have gigabit (1000 mb) eithernet ports which also reduces the bottlenecks depending on how the system is setup. They also allow for future scaleability.

John Chambers
12-22-2015, 12:26 PM
Cisco and Lynksys are one in the same these days, Cisco for "business" Lynksys for "home." I would also suggest you buy at least one level past what your device count would indicate. You will need the bandwidth.

12-22-2015, 01:21 PM
Cisco sold linksys to belkin in 2013. Linksys still makes great home wifi routers.

John Chambers
12-22-2015, 01:25 PM
Missed that acquisition! :laughing:

12-22-2015, 01:39 PM
I have a strange urge to use orthogonal frequency division multiplexing in a sentence... rofl.

12-22-2015, 01:43 PM
I have a strange urge to use orthogonal frequency division multiplexing in a sentence... rofl.

Don't forget your Walsh Codes.

12-22-2015, 03:23 PM
I was going to say go with Bosch, or Dewalt. :)

12-22-2015, 04:38 PM
I have a Makita and a Porter cable. The Porter Cable is on our router table. Also have a B&D plunge router that collects dust.

Oh, the other kind of router? Lynksis/Cisco

If you need help picking a planer, jointer or table saw HMU

12-22-2015, 06:44 PM
You can't have too many routers, I always say. Fixed base and plunge are Bosch, trim units are Dewalt and Ryobi, table unit is an old Emerson.

For that Internet stuff, Asus.

12-22-2015, 07:42 PM
Checkout smallnetbuilder.com for info on routers. I would suggest a 802.11AC unit for future proofing.

12-22-2015, 09:04 PM
MikroTik, Asus. Linksys lost me when "did you update your firmware?" was the answer to any given question. On whole, this marketplace is sorely lacking in taking security/privacy seriously. But, I've had fewer issues with those I've mentioned.

12-22-2015, 09:56 PM
Cisco sold Linksys to Belkin a couple of years ago, too, if I remember correctly.