Wireless Router Recommendation

Dear experts,

I am using two Lynksys routers for our floor to provide wireless. They have been used for over five years.

We have recently upgraded our DSL to Fiber Optic and from 2 Mbps to 10 Mbps. However, the routers show maximum 4 Mbps.

I am looking to replace them, with routers that can give maximum speed, plus with a better coverage so that I do not need to use Range Extenders in other areas of the building.

What do you recommend of brand and model? I have heard that Netgear has become more reliable?

On the other hand, if we were trying to provide an additional wireless network for guests, does that have anything to do with the routers? Do they have to include additional features to support this?

Thank you,
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Darr247Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I like Buffalo's offerings.
2.4GHz only WZR-HP-G450H
Dual-Band WZR-600DHP
Those both come with a customized version of DD-WRT pre-installed, making them highly configurable.

802.11 a/b/g/n/ + 802.11ac WZR-1166DHP... with speeds up to 866Mbps (2 streams of 433Mbps each) in the 802.11ac 5GHz band.  802.11ac is capable of faster (3x433), but most people don't have 802.11ac adapters yet, let alone 11ac adapters with 3 antennae.
I don't think any of Buffalo's 802.11ac units come with DD-WRT yet.
See this comparison of 10 Mbps or more,  wireless routers:

"to provide an additional wireless network for guests, does that have anything to do with the routers? Do they have to include additional features to support this?"

You just need a modern router that supports dual SSIDs, and then follow the manual for your device.
One example:
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

Also see:
How to Enable a Guest Access Point on Your Wireless Network
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feesuAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your help.

What happens if my guest's laptop was infected with a virus? Will that affect my network?
Darr247Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Most routers have an AP Isolation setting, which when enabled prevents devices connected wirelessly from being able to talk to other devices on the LAN.
feesuAuthor Commented:
But then when using the guest network to get access to the internet, doesn't it go via our proxy server? wouldn't that affect anything?
Darr247Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The simplest way to setup a transparent proxy is to assign the proxy server's IP address as the Gateway when handing out DHCP (the proxy server is really just performing NAT when the network is configured like that).
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