Remember that Linksys router I found on clearance for $25? Well we burned it up. Can't say I'm really surprised. After all, we are running 4 desktops, 6 laptops, 4 iPhones, 2 tablets, up to 2 Playstations at a time, as well as the Blu-Ray player which acts as our full HD media streamer, and 3 servers, one each SUSE, WIN7, and HP/UX - as well as the associated network attached iLOs and MPs and the numerous devices my children's friends show up with when arrive en masse. Additionally, given the shifts I sometimes work, that poor little consumer device just ran hot all the time. I recently had COX come out when my 50Mbps dropped to 15Mbps, and the culprit was the router. I hooked back up our aging Netgear N300, but it was in no shape to do anything, and did that well for the 45-minutes it took me and my entire family to become frustrated beyond belief.
So we pooled our resources and finally bought the Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6. This thing is a monster with a dual-core CPU and a supposedly large heat sink. Now, this tri-band router has an impressive antenna array, so much so that the kids in the basement were finally pulling down 50Mbps from their extenders. We are all very pleased.
Its that enormous piece of equipment behind the keyboard.