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WiFi Router suggestions needed for Home

Hi, I am looking to buy a router for home as the number of connections are increased. Facing some connectivity issues with a 20mbps connection… Gets disconnected very often on laptop. Wifi signal is sufficient in all the rooms and speed too.

Living in 2 BHK
Current no. of connections are 5
Using Tenda N4 150mbps https://www.amazon.in/Tenda-Wireless-Setup-Rout...

Which is the best one to buy considering cost, connectivity, radiation lvl ?
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Should I just go with this one?
TENDA AC5 AC1200 1167 Mbps Router (Black, Dual Band) @ 1499
https://www.desidime.com/deals/tenda-ac5-ac1200...

PS: I’m aware it’s a Chinese brand.

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If any of your devices dual band, 5ghz , then go for dual band. Dual band gigabit has become the new norm.
https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07GV...7/

But before buying new router, if your laptop has RJ45 jack(LAN), then get a lan cable for stable connection with your laptop. it definitely works and you may try skipping the router upgrade for now.
We are anyways getting WiFi 6 routers and you can directly upgrade to it in a year or so once they become affordable.

Edit: Your Pick seems to be okay, with no complaints

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dev007 wrote:

If any of your devices dual band, 5ghz , then go for dual band. Dual band gigabit has become the new norm.
https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07GV...7/

But before buying new router, if your laptop has RJ45 jack(LAN), then get a lan cable for stable connection with your laptop. it definitely works and you may try skipping the router upgrade for now.
We are anyways getting WiFi 6 routers and you can directly upgrade to it in a year or so once they become affordable.

Edit: Your Pick seems to be okay, with no complaints

Using a Firestick 4K with 4k TV

So this router will suffice?
https://www.flipkart.com/a/p/b?pid=RTRF65FGKV...YX

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Nigel wrote:

Using a Firestick 4K with 4k TV

So this router will suffice?
https://www.flipkart.com/a/p/b?pid=RTRF65FGKV...YX

There you go. Thats the culprit. Better to get that dual band router you mentioned and make firestick use the 5ghz band. You can use the 2.4Ghz band for all other devices in a better way.
Also, even if you get this, try to use the LAN cable setup for more reliability.
I dont see any issues with the Tenda router, I remember using the similar one as yours for atleast couple of years without any issues, over 5-8 devices at a time.
My 2 cents is you can go for it, since it has dual band to serve your purpose and is affordable. Similar dual band ones from TP-Link seems to be 1k more.

Still lets see recommendations from more learned ones on this router.

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Looks like software problem in either the laptop (driver) or router (outdated firmware).

Make sure the “Transmit Power” is set to HIGH. Increase the “lease time”. Use 20MHz “channel BW” or if not working then choose “auto”.

IMO Any router is suffice as long as it matches your speed requirements and has atleast dual Antenna. For future proof, you can consider dual Band : 2.4/5 GHz

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Nigel wrote:

Using a Firestick 4K with 4k TV

So this router will suffice?
https://www.flipkart.com/a/p/b?pid=RTRF65FGKV...YX

This is an excellent router for the price. For your 20 Mbps connection it’s more than enough.

Keep in mind wireless would always create more lag/ latency than wired connection. And try to keep router in a central position ( in your house or flat) with least obstacles as possible.

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Nigel wrote:

Using a Firestick 4K with 4k TV

So this router will suffice?
https://www.flipkart.com/a/p/b?pid=RTRF65FGKV...YX

More than sufficient, any 11ac router that you will buy is adequate for 20Mbps connection. This one is 3×3 solution, no matter how much the congestion is, 20mbps is pretty low and almost guaranteed. However 4k does require more speed than 20mbps (netflix recommends 25mbps) so you should try to run some content using LAN first to make sure WAN speed is sufficient.

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dev007 wrote:

There you go. Thats the culprit. Better to get that dual band router you mentioned and make firestick use the 5ghz band. You can use the 2.4Ghz band for all other devices in a better way.
Also, even if you get this, try to use the LAN cable setup for more reliability.
I dont see any issues with the Tenda router, I remember using the similar one as yours for atleast couple of years without any issues, over 5-8 devices at a time.
My 2 cents is you can go for it, since it has dual band to serve your purpose and is affordable. Similar dual band ones from TP-Link seems to be 1k more.

Still lets see recommendations from more learned ones on this router.

Yeah actually started facing issues after I got the 4K TV only smile

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Time_pass wrote:

Looks like software problem in either the laptop (driver) or router (outdated firmware).

Make sure the “Transmit Power” is set to HIGH. Increase the “lease time”. Use 20MHz “channel BW” or if not working then choose “auto”.

IMO Any router is suffice as long as it matches your speed requirements and has atleast dual Antenna. For future proof, you can consider dual Band : 2.4/5 GHz

Laptop is new and I receive regular updates. Though I’m having a similar issue when I connect bluetooth devices, it often reconnects.

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Total_Fun wrote:

This is an excellent router for the price. For your 20 Mbps connection it’s more than enough.

Keep in mind wireless would always create more lag/ latency than wired connection. And try to keep router in a central position ( in your house or flat) with least obstacles as possible.

Okay.. and will this router work fine with higher speeds also? Like if I want to upgrade the connection in future to 40-50mbps or so?

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Nigel wrote:

Okay.. and will this router work fine with higher speeds also? Like if I want to upgrade the connection in future to 40-50mbps or so?

As per the image in flipkart, this router having capacity of 1167 mbps, can support Internet speeds upto 150-200 mbps.

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More than sufficient, any 11ac router that you will buy is adequate for 20Mbps connection. This one is 3×3 solution, no matter how much the congestion is, 20mbps is pretty low and almost guaranteed. However 4k does require more speed than 20mbps (netflix recommends 25mbps) so you should try to run some content using LAN first to make sure WAN speed is sufficient.

I usually get around 30-40mbps speed (according to speedtest)
4K content used to stream fine only… now since everyone is at home and multiple devices are been used we can notice a lag at times.

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Thanks for your valuable suggestions!
Will go with the Tenda 1167 mbps router sunglasses

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Nigel wrote:

Okay.. and will this router work fine with higher speeds also? Like if I want to upgrade the connection in future to 40-50mbps or so?

Even if you use 60 Mbps I don’t think you should face any problem.

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Nigel wrote:

Laptop is new and I receive regular updates. Though I’m having a similar issue when I connect bluetooth devices, it often reconnects.

If other devices are working fine and only laptop is having this disconnection issue, then the problem most probably is in the driver. Mediatek is known for driver related bugs in PC.
I too had Mediatek RT3290 and the wifi often gets disconnected. So, either I use an external dongle or sometimes use PdaNet+ app (and windows client) to access internet on PC.

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Nigel wrote:

I usually get around 30-40mbps speed (according to speedtest)
4K content used to stream fine only… now since everyone is at home and multiple devices are been used we can notice a lag at times.

Ok.. Let me put my professional knowledge here biggrin
People seems to think that b/w 2.4g and 5g, there is only difference of band therefor we get better throughput (higher frequency, higher data throughput). However between 11n and 11ac, WiFI actually moved generations. 11ac gives more bandwidth, better modulation, beam forming, more MIMO. This actually increases not only theoretical speed (150—>433 per stream), but actually has increased practical experience as well. I can keep going about the changes but there is no advantage going in further details.
Any mobile you will pick nowadays will give you ~200mbps easily in speedtest if ISP support(most of them have just one antenna except for flagships which are 2×2 solution).
So no matter how bad the router is, its minimum itself is sufficient to distribute 100-200mbps connection which we generally get in India. So unless it crashes frequently/gets stuck, you are good to go with any one of them.

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Tenda is pure chinese
Parent organization: Shenzhen Tenda Technology Co.,Ltd

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// Facing some connectivity issues with a 20mbps connection… Gets disconnected very often on laptop. //

The issue could be related to 2.4 GHz band. Can u try switching OFF Bluetooth (as BT also uses 2.4GHz band for transmission) on your laptop and see if WIFI stops getting disconnected randomly?

Also.. i think a single band (2.4GHz) router should be fine if you live in a less crowded place with a limited speed internet (Say 20/30Mbps line) but if you like in an apartment like me then Dual band router is must
I do have a 100Mbps line ..with Ethernet i get the maximum (95-100Mbps) and with 5Ghz band (Same 90-100Mbps) but with the 2.4Ghz band (I get only 30-40Mbps)..there is a lot of congestion involved especially when i using the 2.4Ghz Band (The better range turns up as a con here*)
Not sure if your router supports this..but if it does, always make sure you are using the non-overlapping channels if its 2.4Ghz (1/6/11?)

Also.. i think a single band (2.4GHz) router should be fine if you live in a less crowded place with a limited speed internet (Say 20/30Mbps line) but if you like in an apartment like me then Dual band router is must
I do have a 100Mbps line ..with Ethernet i get the maximum (95-100Mbps) and with 5Ghz band (Same 90-100Mbps) but with the 2.4Ghz band (I get only 30-40Mbps)..there is a lot of congestion involved especially when i using the 2.4Ghz Band (The better range turns up as a con here*)
Not sure if your router supports this..but if it does, always make sure you are using the non-overlapping channels if its 2.4Ghz (1/6/11?)PS: The model mentioned in OP is good
but i would suggest this one over that
https://www.amazon.in/Tenda-AC8-1200Mbps-Wirele...
Also if you’re fine with renewed, i have seen much better deals on them (50% OFF on usual selling price)

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@Nigel first decide your budget & then only decide model. A router is nothing but a micro pc with processor & ram doing network tasks & just like any pc its performance will depend on processor & ram.e.g.cheap routers have dual core core processors while better routers have quad core processors which can better handle network load which in turn depends on rate of data transfer/speed among devices on wifi network. Similarly cheap routers have 64mb ram while better routers have 128mb ram which is better to handle more devices. Archer C6 has dual core processor & 128mb ram which is kind of minimum standard nowadays people should aim for. Personally I suggest spending ~5k if it is within your budget & get either archer c7 which has good reviews over the years(even if it has dual core processor) or asus ac59u which has a quad core processor.

P.S. btw that Tenda AC5 has 64mb ram.

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I am using TP link dual band wifi router. I actually love their service. Earlier i had some issues with my router and i went to their service center they checked my router and told me because of some xyz reasons this isn’t working and then gave me a new sealed pack router and i was like sunglasses
Since then i am using it wink
PS – I am using tenda’s wifi adapter on my pc and it works like a charm from several years.
#ApkaApnaJJ wink

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guest_999 wrote:

@Nigel first decide your budget & then only decide model. A router is nothing but a micro pc with processor & ram doing network tasks & just like any pc its performance will depend on processor & ram.e.g.cheap routers have dual core core processors while better routers have quad core processors which can better handle network load which in turn depends on rate of data transfer/speed among devices on wifi network. Similarly cheap routers have 64mb ram while better routers have 128mb ram which is better to handle more devices. Archer C6 has dual core processor & 128mb ram which is kind of minimum standard nowadays people should aim for. Personally I suggest spending ~5k if it is within your budget & get either archer c7 which has good reviews over the years(even if it has dual core processor) or asus ac59u which has a quad core processor.

P.S. btw that Tenda AC5 has 64mb ram.

64mb is quite good for a 1200AC router, I am not sure whether you are aware or not, in router’s performance more depend on implementation since most of the packets doesn’t even go through kernel.

Just to give an idea, when I was in MediaTak, their home gateway’s standard platform used to have 128 Mb which was a 2300AC solution(triband 11ac).

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kapilkrazzy wrote:

64mb is quite good for a 1200AC router, I am not sure whether you are aware or not, in router’s performance more depend on implementation since most of the packets doesn’t even go through kernel.

Just to give an idea, when I was in MediaTak, their home gateway’s standard platform used to have 128 Mb which was a 2300AC solution(triband 11ac).

Yes implementation also matters but it cannot completely replace the base hardware requirements. Mediatek processors & chipsets already don’t have as good of a reputation as broadcomm or even qualcomm. Sure 64mb is fine for a AC1200 router for typical use but if you intend to fully utilize the speed limits then it may not be enough. There is a reason models that are considered good at snb forum have at least 128mb ram & what’s the point in saving a few hundred rupees when archer C6 is already giving you 128mb ram along with a decent qualcomm dual core processor.

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Yes implementation also matters but it cannot completely replace the base hardware requirements. Mediatek processors & chipsets already don’t have as good of a reputation as broadcomm or even qualcomm. Sure 64mb is fine for a AC1200 router for typical use but if you intend to fully utilize the speed limits then it may not be enough. There is a reason models that are considered good at snb forum have at least 128mb ram & what’s the point in saving a few hundred rupees when archer C6 is already giving you 128mb ram along with a decent qualcomm dual core processor.

Bro, I am not sure how much experience you have with the embedded devices. I gave MediaTak’s example coz it is leading in home gateway solution currently(We weren’t talking about enterprise solution).
Also we weren’t talking about the mobile processors here, MediaTek’s embedded and IoT solutions are quite famous, you will see those in most of TVs and amazon’s devices and almost all the STBs.

I don’t have any soft corner with MediaTek, both are my ex companies smile .

I have worked with almost all chip manufactures as Marvel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Realtek and that too specifically on routers. It doesn’t matter even if you have multiple cores or more ram what actually matters is how much have you offloaded the path to hardware.

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