Very humbly asking for help on this very basic level: I have been using a Linksys BEFSR41 for all these years. Was not unhappy, because disconects I never thought could be caused by it, and actually are not happening lately. Support sucked but what's new.
I have outgrown it: bought a new laptop, so overall 1 have now 4 computers and one printer hooked up, so I need to expand. A few hours ago I learned for the first time to my greatest shock, that this model was not even a firewall as I have thought it to be all these years. That actually simplifies my choice because now I simply want to hook something before it that is a firewall as well. I have read a ton of reviews and this is what I figured: the newbies like everything, and the seasoned ones dislike everything. Also usually when they dislike something they do not say what is it that is so much superior.
So therefor it is now open to the expert level, so please spill the beens, what is the big secret weapon out there that works? What should I get? (To hook before this, or a one piece, min 5 ports or 4 + print server).