I currently have a Netgear 834GT which I am quite happy with except that it does run quite hot and I have been getting problems with my connection lately. I'm discussing these on another thread so won't go into details here but suffice to say the only thing I can't 100% rule out from causing the problems is my router, having tried different cables and plugged into test socket etc.
So I'm thinking that it may be time to move on from the Netgear 834GT...Or is it?
I am looking to add to the functionality a bit at the same time but not sure if I should stick with what I have and add seperate boxes for the additional functionality or go for an all in one solution (eggs and baskets come to mind there).
So My requirements in pretty much priority order are:
2. Stability of connection
3. Sync Speed
4. Good Wi-Fi Range
5. Guest Wi-Fi access (i.e. multiple SSIDís)
6. MAC Address filtering
7. Reasonable management interface
8. Printer Server
9. USB Storage Server/NAS
10. ADSL Usage Meter/Monitor
12. 8 Wired data ports.
The routers I have been looking at down to reviews and customer comments are:
Netgear 834GT - Already have. Could I upgrade to 3rd party firmware and buy separate boxes for additional functionality?
Netgear DGND3700 - Not yet available but write up sounds good and I like Netgear
The rest I have no experience of so look to anyone who has to guide me on them.
DrayTek Vigor 2710 Vn
Billion BiPAC 7800N
FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7390
None of these fulfil all my requirements 100% but I would willingly sacrifice some of the lower order requirements for better performance in those at the top of my list. Especially if I could achieve them using a separate piece of hardware/software. For instance I don't want an all singing all dancing VoIP PABX NAS Print Server multimedia blah blah... If it can't keep an ADSL line in sync for more than a couple of hours.
Or should/could I go for a more diverse solution in using separate hardware for my NAS and printer server functions etc. I don't want lots of old PC's dotted around serving different functions (space is the limiting factor according to She Who Must Be Obeyed )
The one box does all solution is tempting in terms of space and aesthetics but I can't help thinking that if all my eggs are on one basket and just one gets cracked I'll have to buy a whole new basket.
Any thoughts/comments, good or bad, any other suggestions as to routers/other solutions or my list of requirements If you think I have left off something essential greatly appreciated.