I'm in the market for a new wireless router. Spent about 8 hours researching for what the best one would be at a reasonable price and I eventually settled on an Asus RT-N16 and went ahead and purchased it on Amazon. The next day though, I was immediately struck with buyer's remorse as I continued my research and found what some people consider to be better, the Netgear WNDR3700.
Which router is better overall? The Netgear or the Asus?
Dual band is not important to me because I do not have any devices that can use the 5ghz band.
Range is very important to me.
I currently have a Motorola SB6580 which doubles as a cable modem/wireless router. Unfortunately, the wireless aspect is horrible. Range is poor, despite it being "wireless n" and being on the upper floor. I live in a 2500 square ft 2 story house and it is unable to provide reliable coverage on the far side of the lower level of the house. Which is odd, because we had an old Westell 327W router which gave us excellent coverage throughout the whole house, even outside.
My primary uses for a router would be lots of gaming (call of duty, etc.), lots of streaming (netflix, youtube), video chatting, and casual web browsing for a family of 6 heavy internet users that are mostly on their smartphones. We have a 50mb down 2mb up cable connection so I know the internet connection is solid. It's just this crappy motorola wireless cable modem that is ruining things.
I've been looking at the hardware specs of the two routers.
Asus 480mhz cpu vs Netgear 680mhz
Asus 128mb ram vs Netgear 64mb
Asus 32mb flash/rom vs Netgear 8mb flash
From what I've read, Netgear's processor is more or less overkill for the average to even high end house, and that you wouldn't really need that much power unless it were a business or for a retail location or something. Is 480mhz enough for the usage description I wrote above?
As for RAM, I've read that 128mb ram is excessive and unnecessary, because even 64mb ram is far more than good enough for heavy networking house. I read that the more RAM, the better the router is at routing traffic. True or not true?
I'm very interested in knowing which of the two routers I mentioned above has better range. I know that the Netgear has 8 internal antennas, and that the Asus has 3 external antennas. 8 is better than 3, but the whole external vs internal debate confuses me. Which has better range/coverage?