My quest to find the best router for Verizon FiOS 35/35 broadband
I’ve been a Verizon FiOS user since the early beta program. A few years ago, I upgraded to 20Mbps/20Mbps service and found that my various LinkSys routers couldn’t keep up with the throughput. I then tried the Linksys WRT610N but it still showed the same problem — every few minutes, my network traffic would simply pause for about 1 to 3 seconds! It was most evident on VOIP calls. I finally called Verizon and had them send me their supported router, the Actiontec MI424-RW. Problem solved!
However, two months ago, I upgraded my service to 35/35 (it was now less expensive than 20/20!) and suddenly, the pauses were back.
I started researching the high-end consumer routers and found that the Netgear WNDR3700 had a 680Mhz processor and claimed to support gaming, video streaming, etc., so I decided to give it a shot. It was a bit pricey ($149 at Best Buy) but when you pay for 35/35 service, you gotta do what you gotta do.
I’ve been running it for 3 days now and am very satisfied. I’ve seen no network pauses and the various speed test sites all show a faster throughput than with the Linksys and Actiontec routers.
There are some other features that I’ve yet to try including USB Drive support, media server, QOS and more. It even includes a wireless repeater feature which I’ve not seen in anything other than Apple’s Airport Express or more advanced software stacks like DD-WRT.
The router is dual band (802.11g/802.11n). Using 802.11n with my Macbook Pro, I get the full 35Mbps throughput wirelessly.
If you have found other routers that handle 35/35 or faster, please comment. I had a hard time finding anything online about consumer-grade routers for very fast throughput, so hopefully this post will be a decent resource.