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Does my perfect router exist?

By marli2
Jul 7, 2010
  1. Ive exhasted most other options so...
    I thought it would be pretty simple to replace my spegitti juntion of a network with a single router.

    I need.
    1 fairly good router with:
    1 wan port.
    1 voip port
    BT client
    1 port for sharing storage to window and linux.

    I would like
    good possiblely N class wireless.
    some QoS
    another voip port
    usb2 power support or internal storage.
    fast nas access.
    media player with hdmi port(hey lets go the whole hog

    its the last 3 options on my Need list that cause problems, I can only find two, ANY suggestion would be very welcome.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    indeed; each of these are not router issues or features, especially the HDMI connection - - that's a video interface, not a networking connection.

    USB2 makes no sense, as a router sets next to the modem and your systems NETWORKING devices attach to it. If you want to use Internet Connection Sharing(ICS) eg:
    modem --- system ---- other system​
    the other configuration
    modem --- router --- systems​
    is far more flexible and has better performance and control

    Fast NAS access is dependent upon lots of factors, but 99.9% of the time, the router is not an issue in performance.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,426   +112

    DIR-685 pricey though.. It has 300MHz Storage Chip for NAS also can run internal HDD. These USB2 on wireless router isn't what they're crack up to be. Don't be fooled into thinking they are. There is no chip support for them, they use the same processor in the router to manage those devices. Only the DIR-685 has a chipset other than the processor to work with USB2 and internal NAS storage.

    My review on ESR-9850 you might want to look at it. Non-USB router but it has more power and it's dirt cheap.
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