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User Info: Star_Nuts

Star_Nuts
2 months ago#1
I use WiFi on my laptop and phone for basic browsing.

I play multiplayer games and stream movies via ethernet.

Would I notice a difference in ping/download speeds by buying an expensive router over a cheaper one? Below are some of the ones I'm considering.

Netgear AC1200 - $50 with coupon
https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1200-Router-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B0756QFLXP/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=router&qid=1552519595&s=gateway&sr=8-7

Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 - $79.99 with coupon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R2AZLD2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 - $149.99
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F0DD0I6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

If it matters, below is the modem I will be using
Netgear CM500-1AZNAS (16x4) - $44.99 with coupon
https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-CM500-1AZNAS-download-Certified-Cablevision/dp/B06XH46MWW/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=modem&qid=1552519891&s=gateway&sr=8-3
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User Info: Lonestar2000

Lonestar2000
2 months ago#2
No, that is determined by internet connection.
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User Info: Foxfire15

Foxfire15
2 months ago#3
Generally speaking, minimally for the average user. Fancier routers are usually more for better WiFi and/or better network management. As long as your equipment is all at least as fast, or faster than your internet connection, it shouldn't matter. Most stuff is Gigabit these days, and that's about the fastest you can get for home internet.
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User Info: TheFeshPince

TheFeshPince
2 months ago#4
Not at all. It's based on modem and internet speed.
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User Info: Killah Priest

Killah Priest
2 months ago#5
where does this info come from?

if you're rocking a lot of clients, for example I generally have 2 PCs going an xbox one streaming netfix plus whatever other people are doing in my house connected at once and a cheap router won't handle all of that traffic properly even with the top connection.

also upgraded to 1 gig service, old router wasn't up to the task.

streaming 4k content? again cheap-o router may suffer.
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User Info: Foxfire15

Foxfire15
2 months ago#6
Killah Priest posted...
where does this info come from?

if you're rocking a lot of clients, for example I generally have 2 PCs going an xbox one streaming netfix plus whatever other people are doing in my house connected at once and a cheap router won't handle all of that traffic properly even with the top connection.

also upgraded to 1 gig service, old router wasn't up to the task.

streaming 4k content? again cheap-o router may suffer.


Well, OP didn't tell us what he has now, just what he'll be getting. For most people, it doesn't matter. When I had Fiber service through CenturyLink, the provided router was enough for several people in the house to be doing data intensive tasks without issue. As with all things, YMMV.
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User Info: Killah Priest

Killah Priest
2 months ago#7
yea it just seemed the responses were black and white that it doesn't matter period,

a s*** NIC you're going to suffer regardless if your modem is good or not
a s*** modem you'll suffer... etc...

I'd say the router is third on the list behind nic and modem, but there are tons of cheap routers that can't handle traffic, especially when you have tons of clients at once.

do you need a fancy "gaming" router, most likely not but that doesn't mean router doesn't matter period.
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User Info: Steven010702

Steven010702
2 months ago#8
Depending on speeds, the type of ethernet cable will matter as well. Cat 6 over Cat 5e.
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User Info: Foxfire15

Foxfire15
2 months ago#9
Steven010702 posted...
Depending on speeds, the type of ethernet cable will matter as well. Cat 6 over Cat 5e.

Eh, runs are short enough in a typical house it really shouldn't matter. 5e and 6 can both carry gigabit just fine. Any new install should really use 6 or better though
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