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Looking for a better wireless router, something with good wireless capabilities, 2.5G WAN, and at least one 2.5G LAN port

atxcyclist

I have a cheap "gigabit" router that may have gigabit WAN and LAN, but it cannot hang with routing that level of traffic and frequently lags with multiple people using it (maybe even overheats?). I tried building an opnsense machine but the configuration is just beyond my level of knowledge, and the household internet cannot be down for hours while I figure it out. I have a few that I will link that seem to meet these criteria but I clearly don't know much about the hardware. I currently have gigabit service but could move to something faster in the future, so if I'm going to spend some money I might as well get something with native 2.5G support.

 

https://www.amazon.com/GL-iNet-GL-MT6000-Multi-Gig-Connectivity-WireGuard/dp/B0CP7S3117/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=1K34T7OYXFWKZ&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.kUQ12g6zevg5aXkkpWUACpQw0yU5zZgMNoOGVmblCbDhkeeSdYdcNWLW8PFntdwFgLJy1C2tf1Noh5-BE9V53H3eb1yYNd_f_ZnIiPtseAE2E0q97MfwKPencXarZiJ8mKkF4lxRi2kvqS-M28AKmTDKmGsGsh8qQVv3O2uJSSDOLj8rVs2dgF7riZSg31cDelqdG7ho1akO7uK5nh3KzoQCLW2vmREa96f43JU2blw.895e3scgO7hhsfyHb8McVXCKiR0dNxsaphA0UVl9E3I&dib_tag=se&keywords=2.5g+router&qid=1718236806&sprefix=2.5g+router%2Caps%2C92&sr=8-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&psc=1

 

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Tri-Band-Archer-BE550-HomeShield/dp/B0CJSNSVMR/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1K34T7OYXFWKZ&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.kUQ12g6zevg5aXkkpWUACpQw0yU5zZgMNoOGVmblCbDhkeeSdYdcNWLW8PFntdwFgLJy1C2tf1Noh5-BE9V53H3eb1yYNd_f_ZnIiPtseAE2E0q97MfwKPencXarZiJ8mKkF4lxRi2kvqS-M28AKmTDKmGsGsh8qQVv3O2uJSSDOLj8rVs2dgF7riZSg31cDelqdG7ho1akO7uK5nh3KzoQCLW2vmREa96f43JU2blw.895e3scgO7hhsfyHb8McVXCKiR0dNxsaphA0UVl9E3I&dib_tag=se&keywords=2.5g%2Brouter&qid=1718236806&sprefix=2.5g%2Brouter%2Caps%2C92&sr=8-3&th=1

 

Edit: Ended up going with the GL-iNet, saw there was a recent Short Circuit episode on it and there was an excellent promotional discount even through Amazon. In the time since I posted this thread my current router dropped connection several times when a few people were on the internet, so no time better than the present.

My Current Setup:

AMD Ryzen 5900X

Kingston HyperX Fury 3200mhz 2x16GB

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

WD 5400RPM 2TB

EVGA G3 750W

Corsair Carbide 300R

Arctic Fans 140mm x4 120mm x 1

 

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On 6/12/2024 at 7:03 PM, atxcyclist said:

Edit: Ended up going with the GL-iNet, saw there was a recent Short Circuit episode on it and there was an excellent promotional discount even through Amazon. In the time since I posted this thread my current router dropped connection several times when a few people were on the internet, so no time better than the present.

I was going to suggest you watch the video, too.

 

These GL.iNet routers are based on a modified version of OpenWRT, which is a very good Linux-based router OS. So I expect that it should work well for your needs.

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8 hours ago, Falcon1986 said:

I was going to suggest you watch the video, too.

 

These GL.iNet routers are based on a modified version of OpenWRT, which is a very good Linux-based router OS. So I expect that it should work well for your needs.

It was extremely easy to get set-up, and I get very good throughput on wireless. Even my older devices using 2.4ghz look like they have better connections. 

My Current Setup:

AMD Ryzen 5900X

Kingston HyperX Fury 3200mhz 2x16GB

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

WD 5400RPM 2TB

EVGA G3 750W

Corsair Carbide 300R

Arctic Fans 140mm x4 120mm x 1

 

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14 hours ago, Falcon1986 said:

I was going to suggest you watch the video, too.

 

These GL.iNet routers are based on a modified version of OpenWRT, which is a very good Linux-based router OS. So I expect that it should work well for your needs.

Plus even if GL.iNet drop support, you still have mainline OpenWRT you can fall back on for future firmware updates.

 

I was really surprised when I myself got the GL.iNet GL-X3000/ Spitz AX and found they leave the full OpenWRT functionality in the Advanced section.  This is how all OpenWRT based routers should work!

ASUS B650E-F GAMING WIFI + R7 7800X3D + 2x Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR5-6000 CL30-36-36-76  + ASUS RTX 4090 TUF Gaming OC

Router:  Intel N100 (pfSense) Backup: GL.iNet GL-X3000/ Spitz AX Switches: Netgear MS510TXUP, MS510TXPP, GS110EMX
WiFi6: Zyxel NWA210AX (1.7Gbit peak at 160Mhz) WiFi5: Ubiquiti NanoHD OpenWRT (~500Mbit at 80Mhz)
ISPs: Zen Full Fibre 900 (~930Mbit down, 115Mbit up) + Three 5G (~1200Mbit down, 115Mbit up, variable)
Upgrading Laptop/Desktop CNVIo WiFi 5 cards to PCIe WiFi6e/7

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