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Recommended Router?

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Hey everyone - new Stablebit CloudDrive customer here (testing currently) and one issue I've ran into is my ISP (CenturyLink Fiber) provides a router that pukes when uploading/downloading at the same time unless I set the number of threads really low (like 1 or 2).  I'm assuming it's not related to bandwidth so much as packets/activity.

Fortunately the apartment building I'm in offers another fiber company as an alternative and they allow you to just use your own router (I think CenturyLink will too but more work with tech support to get it done).  So looking for router recommendations that can handle what CloudDrive throws at it but not break the bank either.

Edited to add - the models listed below are what the ISP specifically recommends, but not sure which is the best bang for the buck?

 

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There really isn't anything unique about CloudDrive's network usage that should impact the router that you use over and above any other high-use network application. So any general router recommendations should be fine. I personally rely on Small Net Builder for reviews and ratings for home network hardware. Might be worth a look for you.

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39 minutes ago, srcrist said:

There really isn't anything unique about CloudDrive's network usage that should impact the router that you use over and above any other high-use network application. So any general router recommendations should be fine. I personally rely on Small Net Builder for reviews and ratings for home network hardware. Might be worth a look for you.

Thanks for the feedback.  I've actually had the router lock issue in 2 different apartment complexes now, both with CenturyLink Fiber and the same router model, so I'm assuming it's either something with CenturyLink's back-end or something with that specific router model.

Unfortunately this location is part of their "Always On" network (just move in, sign up online and service is activated immediately and includes the wifi router at no charge), so getting them to put their router in bridge mode so I can use my own is like pulling teeth.

It only seems to lose network connectivity when running an upload and download at the same time.  I can upload large files directly to Google Drive using the web interface and never have an issue (and get high bandwidth usage).

So I'll try the other provider with one of their recommended routers and see how it goes...

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Generally speaking, even if other router functions are locked down by the ISP on their hardware, consumers typically have access to change the router to bridge mode themselves. Are you sure that you don't have access to that via the web configuration for the router? Is the fiber gateway also integrated into the router, or can you just replace it with your own and bypass their hardware entirely?

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18 minutes ago, srcrist said:

Generally speaking, even if other router functions are locked down by the ISP on their hardware, consumers typically have access to change the router to bridge mode themselves. Are you sure that you don't have access to that via the web configuration for the router? Is the fiber gateway also integrated into the router, or can you just replace it with your own and bypass their hardware entirely?

Unfortunately it's an all-in-one device. I can login to the router and switch it to Bridge mode but then you have to get CenturyLink to change something on their end to hybrid mode so they can still manage the device properly. 

Fortunately there's no contracts with either provider so I can switch over anytime. Plus I'll save 10 bucks/month lol. 

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55 minutes ago, LazarusLong said:

Fortunately there's no contracts with either provider so I can switch over anytime. Plus I'll save 10 bucks/month lol. 

At least there is a silver lining. That sucks that CenturyLink's service and hardware is so locked down and convoluted, though. I use a wired router and separate wireless access points, personally, and that would be a nightmare for my setup. Hope it works out.

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