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    Router recommendation for my needs


    Hi everyone, I would like to get all the advice's and recommendation for buying the best router for my needs. I can go up to 350-400$ max. Here's my 'needs'.

    I have about 30 devices connected to the router at all times. This includes 3-4 Windows PC, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, NAS, streaming box, gaming consoles, etc.

    I have 2 young boys playing Xbox, PlayStation and PC games, so QoS for no in-game lag would be fine.

    My wife works at home and has an VoiP phone that needs QoS for no lag/cuts and she's connected to her business all day long by VPN (open VPN)

    Our internet connection is 20Mbps in download and 0.768Mbps in upload, we can't get better, regional ISP.

    Our home is 40 x 28 and has 2 story, some walls are thick

    The router is on the floor and in front of my home, I can't place it anywhere else

    Thanks for your advice's and recommendations. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

    EDIT : just wanted to add that I currently own an Asus RT N56U. Also, my 2 sons are wired by a gigabit connection, more than 100 feet of CAT6 wires and behind 2 dummy gigabit switches, can this be an issue (length of wires + behind 2 switches)?
    Last edited by ExportA; June 8th, 2015 at 10:01 PM.
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    Anything wrong with the router you have now?
    I am using similar routers from ASUS too, and haven't got any issue with them.

    100 feet of cable should not be an issue, as you can read here: Category 6 cable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But I can imagine you will run into some issue, if you are running two online games, VPN and VoIP along with all other connected (mobile) device at same time, with you current upload speed.
    Have tried to use VoIP with similar upload speed, and is not something I will recommend. But you experience might be different.
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    The main issue right now is that my wife says that when she's on the phone, the line cuts here and there, people can't hear her 100% correct. My sons are telling me that their ping sucks with their online games, it's always lagging.

    Glad to ear that 100+ feet is not an issue, thanks.

    The only that I can think of right now is that my wife VoIP is behing a Gigabit switch before getting into the router, on the same switch, there's also the PC she's working on and also another switch in another room on which is connected 3 other PC, 1 gaming PC each for both of my son and another one that it's only purpose is recording the TV when I want. Could it be that switch, or even the other one that is the bottleneck? Should I get a specific type of switch if so?

    Thanks
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    How is the speed if you try to transfer a big file from one gaming PC to the working PC?
    For gigabit network, you should get 25-30 MB/sec or more.

    Maybe you can do an test on you VoIP, something like this:
    MyConnection Server Online Portal

    Based on my own experience, I still think that it is the upload speed that is the main issue.
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    I agree with MrFujin, that your upload speed is the main issue.

    That 768k upload is your theoretical MAX upload speed and if you were to run a speedtest from someplace like speedtest.net you would find that your actual upload speed is probably a good 10-20% below that.
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    Originally Posted by MrFujin
    How is the speed if you try to transfer a big file from one gaming PC to the working PC?
    For gigabit network, you should get 25-30 MB/sec or more.

    Maybe you can do an test on you VoIP, something like this:
    MyConnection Server Online Portal

    Based on my own experience, I still think that it is the upload speed that is the main issue.
    Sorry for the delay, but that's the speed I have, about 30MB/s.
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    Originally Posted by DonR
    I agree with MrFujin, that your upload speed is the main issue.

    That 768k upload is your theoretical MAX upload speed and if you were to run a speedtest from someplace like speedtest.net you would find that your actual upload speed is probably a good 10-20% below that.
    Yes, on speedtest.net I ran several tests and I had about 0,6 / 0,8 results here and there.

    I just called my ISP to get a higher account. I'm now 30Mbps with a HUGE 1,5Mbps in upload compared to 0,768Mbps, we'll see the difference if it does something... The account will be changed in 3 days.

    I'm regional in Northern Quebec, so ISP's don't 'care' that much since there's no competition. 12 years ago I've made a 1 year stint in Montreal and I had better Internet 12 years ago than today here. I was with them before going to Montreal and the upload max speed was..., well, 0,768Mbps, so it haven't really changed in 12 years, you see what no competition does now.

    Do you think that 1,5Mbps will make a good difference with all my connected gear and my sons playing online games?
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    A doubling in upload can only make it better, but let us know what the reality says.

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