[Chugalug] EPB Gig-City Routers

Chad Smith chad78 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 03:11:25 UTC 2013

I know I'm far from the most tech saavy person on this list, but having
googled FA311, it looks like that is just an Ethernet port.

Maybe I wasn't clear in my question.  What I'm looking for are
recommendations for an out-of-the-box wireless (and possibly wired as well,
but focus on the wireless) router.

   - Is any off-the-shelf WiFi-N router "good enough" for most people?
   - Is 802.11ac worth the huge jump in cost (from $15~$25 for N to $90 -
   $300 for AC)?
   - Is the average non-geek even going to come close to 100 Mbit/s much
   less 1 Gbit/s under any plausible circumstances?
   - Any suggestions I can pass on to these Chattanooga-based EPB users?


*- Chad W. Smith*

On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM, Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:

> **
> Too bad on the wrt, because if they had an old pci machine they could
> build a firewall box for a couple of bucks. (FA311's for $1.20 each)
> Wouldn't do gig but would do low end 100mbps.
> You may laugh at that. But for less than $3 US I can quadruple my net
> speed. That is a hell of a bargain at the moment.
> Sometimes you have to be frugal.
> On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:34:05 -0400, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've had a couple of non-lug Chattanooga friends already contact me about
> the EPB announcement, and they are both asking about routers.
> As I understand it, there is no currently available WiFi standard that
> supports 1 Gbit/s.  N goes up to 300 Mbit/s, and ac goes up to 500
> Mbit/s....
> So, what routers do you all use/recommend?  (For the layperson, someone
> who will never, ever, ever do anything with WRT or Tomato.)
> *- Chad W. Smith*
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