Best Modem/Router for Gaming?

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I just splurged and purchased a Docsis 3.0 Motorola Surfboard 6121 modem with an Asus 'Dark Knight' Rt-N66U N900 Router.

Anyone have any experience with either of these devices? Any issues with port forwarding with Xbox, etc?

I'm moving into my new house and i'm looking to go with Comcast, but refused to pay their rental fee's, so i bought my own modem and router. I figured any of the draft AC routers, at this point would be overkill for a 20 down, 15 up connection. Also the same reason why i decided not to go with the Motorola 6141 modem.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Asus Router:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006QB1RPY/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Motorola Modem:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XC6GJ0/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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I had at Asus Rt-56U. Port forwarding wasn't a problem, but for some reason I always get a better gameplay experience with a netgear router in the realm of COD lag comp.

But for everything else, it was great. No complaints at all.

Pretty sure motorola is the standard for cable modems, so no problems there. Just make sure you're in an area that is DOCSIS 3.0 compatible. I know it says it's backwards compatible, but it never worked in my area. Had to go back to a 2.0 modem.
 
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I also don't know if you noticed but that is apparently the older version of that router. However it is 40 cheaper on amazon.
Thanks! I'm pretty sure the area is d3 compatible, but not 100%. I figured with the package I can get, even with going with business class, it would never come anywhere close to what the 6141 offered in terms of mbps down/up lol. So i figured I would save a bit going that route and put it into the router.

I saw where I could upload my own firmware, so I think im going to go with pfsense and Tomato once I get it and should be good to go if i have any issues with port forwarding and mac filtering. I've had nothing but issues with cisco routers (in the $50-200 range) and linksys ones, but never gave netgear a shot.
 

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I think you'll like it. Like I said the all around performance of the asus I had was incredible. Just always put me on the bad end of lag comp in COD. Which is more of a testament to how good the router is anyway.
 

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Honestly, the N66 is overkill, 5Ghz isn't used by many devices yet. If I had to recommend an Asus router it would be the N16, with Toastman's TomatoUSB on it.
 

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Honestly, the N66 is overkill, 5Ghz isn't used by many devices yet. If I had to recommend an Asus router it would be the N16, with Toastman's TomatoUSB on it.

a 5ghz is necessary here. I'm in an apartment building where all the 2.4ghz are overlapped and crowded. But I'm the only 5ghz. My iPad, Laptop, and phone all can connect to it. Just not my ps3.
 

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a 5ghz is necessary here. I'm in an apartment building where all the 2.4ghz are overlapped and crowded. But I'm the only 5ghz. My iPad, Laptop, and phone all can connect to it. Just not my ps3.
They will connect to it, but it will just drop down to 2.4Ghz. What channel do you use? I would run iSSIDer and see which side of the channel range is the cleanest. Most auto to 6, but I don't recommend any other channel other than 1, 6, or 11. Anything in between and you get a lot of issues.
 

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Channel 11 - 24% 9 APs 5 overlapping APs
Channel 1 - 19% 9 APs 8 overlapping APs
Channel 6 - 15% 8 APs 12 overlapping APs

And then you have my lone 5ghz.
 

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Yes, but it will drop down to 2.4 whenever a 2.4Ghz device is connected to it, just like when N drops everything down to G if a G device is connected. If you have only 5Ghz devices connecting to the 5Ghz band then it would be good, if not then the 5Ghz is pointless.
 

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I've got a Netgear router which is pretty nice. I think it's the N900. I've got two SSIDs, one for 2.4 and another for 5 which my MacBook Pro uses. Both hidden from noobs. I'd try the inSSIDer thing but looks like the only version for OSX is paid so forget it.

Edit: I used the built in wi-fi scanner and I don't see anyone else using 5ghz.
 
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I use the airport extreme, now I'm not an apple die hard, but after numerous netgear and Linksys routers dropping signal or saying my NAT is moderate or strict I was done. So far nothing but smooth sailing with the extreme
 

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I have a Surfboard 6141 and haven't had any issues at all. Paired it with a $60 EnGenius Dual Band N Router and so far it has all been near flawless.
 
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3 consoles over wifi? Yikes. No offense, but I hope not to see you in my games. That's a lot. Run wires anywhere you can to avoid that. At least try to wire one console in.

I love my older Netgear Nighthawk, but I've never pushed the wireless like that. Basically I wire in my gaming devices and leave everything else on wireless.
 

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I have a linksys WRT1200 running DDWRT. Everything in my home is hard wired except for the obvious or mobile solutions. We have a seperate wireless access point for the mobile stuff, we don't use the wireless on the WRT1200. I also love the nostalgic look that resembles the old WRT54G/BEFSR41.

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Anyone got any new suggestions? May gonna upgrade the current plan, but will soon find out if fiber runs through my area (it’s now an available option on their site)
 

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I've been wondering if a gaming router actually does anything an ordinary router doesn't do. I don't think I ever have issues in games, but I often see other cars in Forza Horizon 4 warping all over the place and wonder if it's my internet causing it or if they have a crappy connection. I'd have issues trying games on dialup or satellite back in the day.

What is your current speed now?
 

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I’m at 500mb. This is through TDS.net. We also have their TV service. Both go through the same modem/router all in one. It’s a TDS branded one and we are required to use theirs.
 
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I got spectrum, it’s at 200, but will soon get a gig, they already gave me the modem lol but now I’m just waiting on them to start it, or I’ll give them a call later
 

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I'm on Fios Gigabit plan.
It has 6G WiFi that the PS5 and my laptop support.
We are luving it.

This is after almost 20 years of the terrible Coms*** cable.
 
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I’m at 500mb. This is through TDS.net. We also have their TV service. Both go through the same modem/router all in one. It’s a TDS branded one and we are required to use theirs.

That's what some people told me and others said it's okay to use my own, but I would be all on my own when it comes to troubleshooting any issues...like today. Who would want to pay $10 per month for a $50 router with 1/3 of the speed of the internet I'm paying for?
 
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