I'm not sure this is the proper place to post this but its the best spot I could find.
I'm looking to replace my old Dell router I've had for about 7 years or so now. Its done a great job but its showing its age.
For my new router I have a lot of requirements for it.
First, it has to be 802.11n capable, while also being able to support all of the older Wi-Fi specs. I would really like ac spec to future proof but even streaming 4k video doesn't take up all the bandwidth of an n router.
It has to be able to broadcast at least 2 separate networks on two different specs at the same time but preferably 3, although I'm not sure that's possible.
It has to have VPN support.
It has to have have least 3 wired gigabit ethernet ports.
It has to be capable of handling printing from the network, wireless of course.
It has to have NAS capability, as I plan on having at least one very large external hard drive attached to it to store movies and such, so I can stream them to my PS3, laptop, etc.
All in all, it will have about 4 or 5 laptops connected to it, 3 gaming systems, 4 or 5 smart phones, 2 tablets, the printer, the hard drive, and 2 different cell-phone signal booster boxes attached. A lot I know.
I want to setup a guest network upstairs, then hopefully two different networks for downstairs.
I may have to buy 2 routers and have one act as wired bridge to the other to do this, again if possible. Or I might buy a powerline solution and then connect a router to that in another room.