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Windows 7: Upgrade my G54 Airstation router

02 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Upgrade my G54 Airstation router

I need to upgrade my old G54 Airstation router which has been an excellent router but time is taking its toll. I know nothing about routers so surfing simply confused me to no end. I need some suggestions to help get me on track. Not as concerned with price as I am with quality and performance. Currently have 2 computers, network printer and the wifes tv hard wired to the the 4 out ports. Running Verizon High Speed Internet Enhanced which avgs 1.3 Mbps /.35 Mbps. Really need a couple more ports. With 8 Grandkids and all their new gadgets, quality and fast wireless is a must. At times, there are 6 to 8 units tied to the internet all at one time. Currently having an issue with the wifes Netflix movies bringing the internet on the computers to a crawl but that just may be the Verizon internet which is the fastest (not fast enought for me) available in my area.

Ron

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03 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Sounds like you've already figured it out. You're having bandwidth issues. You either need to enhance your data plan via your ISP, or reduce the stream of data between your access point and your grandkids' machines. You're creating a virtual bottleneck.
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03 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

No chance to enhance the data plan as it is not feasible for Verizon to provide better service for our area so that pretty much leaves my physical operations for improvements. Already have the best Verizon plan available. I understand that there is severe limitations as to what I can do but I am looking for any suggestions that may benefit my setup.
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03 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Get a better router, or limit via router config, the number of devices allowed on at one time.
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03 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Limiting the number of connected devices will absolutely get me hung. Was absolutely sure about getting a new router as mine is old and most definitely is a bottleneck. However, shopping for a router with limited knowledge is a nightmare. I am currently researching routers. Have always had good luck with Buffalo products so I have been researching the Airstation AC1300/N900 but I keep coming across recommendations that indicate the Linksys EA4500 as one of the best. Just needs some suggestions and guidance on a new router for starters.

Ron
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05 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Aside from being in IT, my opinion is no better than reading the reviews for yourself, or sticking with a product line you know and trust. Just make sure it has the latest 802.11 capabilities and has as many ports and channels as you need. Also, tell the family not to save your home ssid into their smartphones; every time they get within proximity of your home network, they automatically connect...
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06 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Poimetheus, that is exactly what I did. Reviews are far too mixed to make any rational decision. Have always had good results with Buffalo and their service so my gut told me to go with the Airstation AC1300/N900.


"tell the family not to save your home ssid into their smartphones"
Excellent point! I would never have thought of this
Thanks
Ron
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