Recommend me a new router under $60

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  1. Bow Commander

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    Hey all!

    I’ve been using a Netgear wireless G router for a few years. It must be a dinosaur now because I keep getting a message from Comcast saying my router isn’t utilizing the speeds available in my area. I don’t rent this one from Comast, so I’m looking to upgrade it.

    Can you recommend me one for under $60? It’s for home use, normal phone, Netflix, streaming use. Bonus points if you post an amazon link to the one you recommend.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Just ran a speed test and got 17 down, 7 up. Pretty abysmal.
     
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    Make sure your modem and router are the very first connection inside your house. So you will have your main line coming in. Then a 2 way splitter. One split line going to the internet modem and the other split line feeding all your tvs. Make sure all connections are very tight. Snug with pliers, finger tight isn't enough. Make sure to open the box on the outside of the house and check the connections and tighten. Remove any unused splitters and wires.


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    You need to direct connect by ethernet to the back of your internet modem and then run tests again. This will give you an idea if its an incoming signal strength problem or an equipment problem.


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    I have the cable coming in, plugged into the modem. Then an Ethernet cable from the modem to the router. That what you mean?

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    Nope. An ethernet cable directly from the back of your computer directly to the back of your modem. You will be unplugging the wireless router.


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    I have a DeWalt for about 5 years with no problems. Think it was over 60 bucks tho.
     
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    I've had a small Makita for like 30 years... Not HD for big stuff, but great for door hinges or edging stuff... I thought it was a power tool thread...I'm getting OLD...
     
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    Speaking of WiFi routers, I have a related question.My internet service is a nominal 200 Mbps. My internet comes directly to the modem, the modem is connected by ethernet to the router and the router is connected by ethernet to computer #1. On my internet provider's speed test I generally get 185-195 Mbps on computer #1 which seems normal. On Computer #2 which is 30 feet away and is connected to internet via wireless I only get 40-45 Mbps. This is with nothing else using the wireless connection.

    Is this speed discrepancy normal or do I need a new router? The one I have is around 5 years old and I can't tell if it has any kind of speed rating.
     
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    How old is computer #2, I have an older laptop that that does not receive my wireless signal that well but yet my phone receives 96Mbps out of 100Mbps so I known it not the router. Just be sure before spending money on a new router only to be disappointed.
     
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    Thanks or the tip.
    Both computers are the same, both about 2 years old.

    I just reran the speed test with the following results:
    hard wired computer #1 205 Mbps
    Wireless computer #2 41 Mbps
    Iphone 8+ logged into wireless router with no sim 105 Mbps

    Interesting but guess I don't understand exactly what this is telling me I should do, if anything, to maximize the wireless speed.
     
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    1st off I don't have the expertise to tell you what the problem is but it seems to indicate something with the laptop isn't right. Could have to do with settings in the laptop but you need someone with more knowledge than me. Only getting 105Mbps on the phone tells me you should get better but that still doesn't explain why the laptop is so slow. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will pick up on this and get you set up. Have you ever checked to see if your router needs a firmware upgrade? That might help some.
     
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    Thanks for the help
     
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    Found a nice one in a Pawn Shop, came with about 20 different bits, $40...
    been using it for over 20 years....make a few dozen cabinet doors....
    (Somehow I don't think this is what the OP wanted to know)
     
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    Reading comprehension is tough for some.
     
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    Netgear WNDR4500v3 from Amazon for $57.00. Dual band w/usb ports and multiple Ethernet ports.
     
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    Those wireless speeds sound about right. Most wireless protocols are rated at 54Mbps (802.11n and 802.11 ac are much faster), so unless both your router and wireless computer support n or ac, 54 is your max.