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Initial post: Oct 27, 2013 2:07:00 AM PDT
irish says:
I have a 13 year old Actiontec router. I am looking to upgrade it. Can anyone give me suggestions for a new one that is not only easy to set up, but works with my kindles and also my Verizon DSL network?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2013 6:12:51 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Just about any of the new routers will work fine. I personally like Linksys routers. Just search Amazon for wireless routers and check the feedback ratings.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2013 6:28:37 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Depending on which Kindles you have and on what kind of Wifi you might have in your other devices, you might want to look into a dual band router. They're considerably more than twice as fast which is very useful when you're streaming videos and transferring files.

The Fire HD and HDX have dual band so they can take use that extra speed, especially if you're watching HD videos. The original Fire and the e-ink Kindles don't have dual band so nothing is gained with a dual band router.

Dual band routers cost more but if you have a dual band laptop and the HD Fires it's well worth the difference.

I have a Linksys E4200, which was their top of the line when I bought mine. They have newer and better models now. It replaced my old single band router. I forget it's model. I have a file server at home and I was tired of waiting so long while files transferred and the E4200 made a huge difference.



Posted on Oct 28, 2013 2:56:17 AM PDT
irish says:
Thanks. Right now I only have e-ink kindles and an original Fire. But who knows for the future. I'll have to think about it for a while.

I seem to remember that, at least with some early e-ink kindles, there was a problem with some band of a router not working. Is that still a problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:38:57 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
It sounds like you don't upgrade your equipment often. If you want to, as much as possible, future proof your next purchase, you might want to go with something that supports 802.11ac. I recently replaced my old Linksys with a unit from Asus, and it is working great with all my computers, tablets and Kindles.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 10:06:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2013 10:07:55 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
Also recently went with Asus set up very simply (despite the "directions" included, a term I use generously...). Went from Netgear dual band, which started having "issues"...the Asus has better range in the 5G band than the netgear did. ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

EDIT - oops...grabbed the old link...there is a button to take you to the newer model - although this older model is very functional as well...since you sound like a "buy and keep till it dies" type (me too) - suggest you go with the most you can afford now, as Sealevel says...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 6:44:12 PM PDT
irish says:
Thanks. Looks good. Only one problem(not from any of you), but I must have been having a "senior moment" which stretched over 24 hours lol. What I would like to eventually buy(and really didn't state) is a combo modem/router. I am continuing to research all brands. But from what I have read so far is to stay far away from Netgear.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 8:23:09 PM PDT
Retired EE says:
Irish - Since you have DSL you can only purchase Modem/Router combo models which are approved by your carrier Verizon. Actiontec does make combo units but you have to contact Verizon to determine the approved models. I recommend you have two separate units so that if one fails you don't have to replace a more expensive combo unit. Your DSL service is likely only a few Megabits per second, likely less then 10Mb, (Mega bits not Bytes per second) so you would be wasting your money to get an expensive high speed router when the cheapest unit is much faster then the internet speed provided by your DSL modem. Verizon can provide you with the maximum speed your DSL can provide. Here is an inexpensive wireless router which can provide an interface to your KF of 150 Megabits. The maximum speed you can provide to your Kindle is the speed of your DSL service, a few Megabits.
Netgear WPN824N N150 Wireless Router

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 3:57:40 AM PDT
irish says:
Thanks. I might just drive over to my local Verizon store and see what they say.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 7:15:59 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
Irish - if I understand you - you already have DSL through Verizon...and thus a DSL router supplied by Verizon? So you don't need a combo setup. Personally, I am not a fan of combined modem/router - because if one fails (as my netgear just did) - you have to replace both...I actually purchased my modem (cable, TWC) and router separately for this, if I move (which is likely in the coming months) - I am not stuck with a router that only works on a single system. Most DSL modems "lease" from the companies for $1 or so...not sure about your situation. Verizon is going to try and "sell" you their combo unit...or lease it to make more money for themselves (I don't have an issue with them trying to do that...I just think there are other ways to save money for myself...being a capitalist at heart, I want to "make money" too!). I would do a good comparison between their offer (with contract and long-term fees), and what you can find online at Amazon, Newegg, or TigerDirect. They will try to discourage you from going those routes, even to the point of saying "It Won't Work" - but that's because they want to sell you their system (which might be better and/or cheaper). You can do a little research pretty quickly online - the Verizon site should be able to tell you what modem is compatible with their system and setup....even if the store will not. I say - get their info, then get online and check...

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 8:39:25 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Combo modem/routers from ISP's tend to be poor and not use the latest standards. My friend got one from Windstream recently. For $200 he got one with 802.11G, a standard that's been out of date for a few years. He's still kicking himself, but not hard enough. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 8:52:02 AM PDT
 Ann says:
I bought this one not long ago - Asus Dual Band Wireless-N 600 SOHO Router, Fast Ethernet, 8 Guest SSID, Parental Access Time Control (RT-N53)

It's a dual-band router at a good price, it works well with my Kindles (and everything else), and there's a rebate offer through 10/31.
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