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We are looking to replace our 6 year old ReadyNet router. Looking at Google router. Will that work and are there any routers we should avoid? Thank you.
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I would recommend dual band ASUS router with some external antennas. Netgear would be another good brand.
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I'd go with Asus or Netgear over Linksys. Both have better data monitoring and parental/access controls than many Linksys models.
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No need for parental controls here.  Just basic web surfing and a bit of YouTube usage.  We don't game.  Three people with phones and two workstations in the house.  Medium sized.  No gaming.  But that is two votes for Asus and Netgear over Google.  The Google interface and simplicity is attractive.
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Well, you want really simple and, one you won't have to worry about working with Exede service? Get the Boost 25 Wifi modem and, EasyCare, if you don't have it on your account already.

I do have the Boost 25 WiFi modem, 2 workstations, 2 phones and, a tablet with occasional other laptops or phones connected. It does offer basic settings, good security, easy to manage. It is leased form Viasat, so if it fails and you have EasyCare, no worries about getting a technician out to diagnose and repair or replace your router because it's your modem too.

As a bonus, you get faster speeds, especially off peak. it also has the voice adapter for Exede Voice built in but, even if you don't need that and, you want a router with easy to understand and use settings, an easy to navigate user interface and, don't want to worry about replacing or repairing it again, the Boost 25 Modem/Router in one with EasyCare is a good choice.

Later, if you decide you want your own router, it is possible to place another router of your choice behind the Boost Modem too.
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Having a router with good data monitoring is very handy, just to be able to check usage against the Exede meter, or to find out what is consuming your data.
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Fair point but, there are utilities, like Glasswire, for that too if one prefers a simple router.
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While you can get a built-in router with certain Exede modems, I prefer a standalone router with more range and functionality. I have had an ASUS branded router for over a decade. Once I tried a different brand (TPlink or something like that). Returned it in less than a week.
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I have tested multiple times the Exede combo unit vs. a stand alone router, and hands down, the stand alone router was consistently faster.
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Here is a site that will allow you to select and compare various brands and models.

http://routerchart.com/brands

I use an Asus RT-AC3100 and am very pleased with its features and performance.

One feature that really is helpful to those of us with data caps is its ability to track data usage per device.


 

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Add 1 more to the Asus camp here. I keep hoping mine will die after some 5 years to justify the cost of replacing it with a newer model. But for now the old one will do -  I can rely on Glasswire for the detailed traffic analysis installed separately on all Windows instances and the cumualtive traffic monitor on the router (it's inconvenient but that's the cost of being cheap).

If the old one were to die right now and needed a quick replacement, I'd be looking at the Asus RT-AC3100 or RT-AC1900P since those are available for pickup in an hour at the local big box retailer and have the features I need (or can be expanded to get them).   
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I love my ASUS RT-AC1900P
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I'm not familiar with the Asus routers although I have set a few of them up for customers. Personally I like the Netgear routers for the primary reason they have the Netgear Genie software installed. All you have to do is install the app on your device or the program on your computer and you have easy access to virtually everything in the router. Two of the most useful tools the Genie app have are the traffic meter....allows you to easily see in real time how much data you have used in the past day, week, month. It also has a network map which shows all connected devices which can be helpful when trying to track down where data is going.
I personally do NOT recommend the modem/router combo, it is not a true dual band router so you have to leave it in the 2g mode because not all devices can "see" the 5g.