AC Router Worth It?

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  1. David Puddy

    David Puddy New Member

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    My SP3 is getting 144mbs on WiFi on battery using an 'N' router 5ghz. Is it worth getting an AC router, will it make it much faster?

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    Much of it depends on how much internal networking you do, I'm getting 585 - 890 Mbps with my AC Router, but my home Internet is around 56 Mbps so the AC doesn't help from a speed perspective but I also live a dense urban environment and my AC Router is the only on in the area so I don't end up with any contention....
     
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    I don't see how it matters that much when probably over 90% of people are connected to 6 megabits or less at home. The only time I see above 20 megabits is at work if I'm connected to the Internet via hard wire.
     
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    Its good if you stream or transfer things between systems.
    Considering that the price of Wireless N and AC are similar, just get AC for a new router, assuming you don't have a good wireless N one already.
     
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    I concur- I transfer music,movies, etc between systems all the time and I cant wait to get my Almond + router
     
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    Home networking is where it really shines. It's also worth upgrading to if you have a 10+ year old router. Of course, I'm a tech addict, so grain of salt here :)
     
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    I just upgraded my old Netgear router today with the New Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6. It is incredible fast...and will be interesting to see what speed I can get when the SP3 arrives :)
     
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    so who has the R8000?
     
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    I have an AC and getting 868.
     
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    I received the R8000 from Amazon yesterday. It shipped on the 9th.
     
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    I'm gonna wait until the price of that thing drops a bit. 300's a lot to drop on something like that right outta the gate.
     
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    I have this old router I picked up on amazon refurbished a few years ago:
    http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/routers/E1500

    It works ok, but I wonder if I am missing something not upgrading to the latest and greatest.

    I don't do gaming, I do stream a lot from my ROKU to my tv and from PC to tv (cord cutter here), any reason to upgrade? Please educate me, I haven't looked at the new router tech in a long time. If it's worth upgrading any good recommendations?
     

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