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Title: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 08:31:40 AM
Here's what I have: d-link dir-601, 1 desktop pc (dell, vista), 2 nexus tablets, 2 nextbook tablets, 1 ps3, 1 xbox360, 1 iphone4, 1 landline phone, 1 cordless phone and comcast high speed internet. We don't game much but we watch a lot of netflix/youtube. I'm not sure if I need to get an extender, a new router or any of the many other options available that I have limited knowledge of, lol.
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 21, 2014, 08:39:49 AM
I recommend getting in to a DIR-8 series router. The DIR-601 is a fairly basic router and may not handle some of the applications and streaming that you do. I have this router and it's not great for gaming.

What WiFi radio modes do you your devices support? N or AC? Any of them support the 5Ghz radio signal? Refer the Mfr for support and information on this.

I have the DIR-857, 827, 836L, 826L, 865L and 868L routers to name a few and all are very good:
http://www.dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/connect/routers/-/media/Images/Products%20Connect/Cloud%20Router%20Comparison%20Charts/Cloud_Router_2000_chart.png (http://www.dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/connect/routers/-/media/Images/Products%20Connect/Cloud%20Router%20Comparison%20Charts/Cloud_Router_2000_chart.png)

Some DIR 6 series routers may be worth looking at too if you don't have any devices that don't support 5Ghz radio. The 6 series routers only have 2.4Ghz radios. DIR-655, 645, 636L.

What ISP modem mfr and model do you have?
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 09:07:22 AM
Could the radio signal be called something else? For the Nexus 2013 it says 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz and the Nexus 2012 802.11 a, b, g, n. This is the specs for the nextbooks my kids have, I don't see anywhere that says if it's n or ac... Product Type: Tablet Flash Memory Capacity: 8 GB Processor Manufacturer: ARM Wireless LAN: Yes Optical Drive Type: No HDMI: Yes Product Family: Premium NX Front Camera/Webcam: Yes Operating System Platform: Android Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Brand Name: NextBook Form Factor: Slate Processor Speed: 1.50 GHz Processor Type: Cortex A9 Screen Size: 7" Screen Resolution: 1024 x 600 Standard Memory: 1 GB Weight (Approximate): 11.29 oz Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core) Memory Card Reader: Yes Touchscreen: Yes Display Screen Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n Height: 0.4" Width: 7.6" Depth: 4.8" Screen Mode: WSVGA Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM Product Series: NX Manufacturer: E-Fun, Inc Product Model: NX007HD8G Product Name: NX007HD8G Multimedia Tablet Product Line: Premium Aspect Ratio: 128:75 Manufacturer Part Number: NX007HD8G Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.e-funusa.com
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 09:11:42 AM
I'm guessing the ISP modem is the thing comcast sent me? mfr Arris and model tm822
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 21, 2014, 09:19:24 AM
Yes. Thats an Ok modem. We've seen some issue with those modems:
 Arris Cable Modems and External Routers (http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=50682.0)

Some ISPs allow buy your own modem and installing it. This also avoids any ISP modem rental fees too. Motorola SB 6 series modems are great modems.

What ISP Speed UP and Down do you pay for? This can also effect streaming and gaming as well. Slower download speeds may not be sufficient to support streaming. I recommend 20Mb down min and 2Mb Uplink speeds if possible. I have 50Mb down and 3Mb Up here.

Wireless modes are just that, A, B, G, N and AC. If any of your devices supports 5Ghz, N and or AC modes on the 5Ghz radio, then you might look in to getting an AC supporting router:
DIR-816L, 850L, 855L, 860L, 865L, or 868L
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 09:29:56 AM
Download speed 24.02 upload speed 5.85 http://stage.results.speedtest.comcast.net/result/433774664.png
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 21, 2014, 09:31:05 AM
You should be good on that front then...
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 09:56:56 AM
I think I'm going to go with the 850L I'm pretty sure it's compatible with everything I have. I'm wondering though, because of the antenna not being external, will it still have good range? I don't have a large house but with the 601 I'm able to go pretty far outside and still get signal.  ???
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 21, 2014, 10:02:04 AM
I don't know about it's range..you could post in the 850L forum and see if other can give you a better idea. Placement is crucial as well of any WiFi router, central on the main floor is preferred. Concrete and metal objects can effect the 5Ghz radio mostly and some on 2.4Ghz.

If the 850L doesn't have range out side like the 601, you could use the 601 as a wired AP in addition to the 850L to help with some range if needed.
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: nikismithwin on February 21, 2014, 10:15:36 AM
I didn't know I could do that! Wow, your really helpful. I know you probably feel like your walking your grandmother through this lol. I'm just not very knowledgable about it and I appreciate your patience with me.
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 21, 2014, 10:19:15 AM
Glad to be of help and provide info for you. What the forums are about.

For your DIR-601>Turning a router into an AP. (http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=40856.0)
Title: Re: Should I upgrade and if so what do you suggest?
Post by: FurryNutz on March 01, 2014, 08:56:13 AM
Let us know what you decide to go with...