Which Brand of WiFi Router Do You Prefer? Asus, Motorola, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, TP-Link, D-Link, or other? (technology)
I've noticed a lot of commercial network setups and pro-grade IT/network setups use Linksys routers. Most commercial installs I've ever done or seen used Linksys products. However, when you look up reviews of Linksys products, people tend to hate them. Their main feature than makes them different than the rest is they are running Linux? <-- In the form of a question because I don't know. According to the chatter online, Linksys routers are unrealiable and have a lot of bugs. Yet, they are used by the professionals so much.
The next most populous brand I see is Netgear. I'ved used Netgear routers and never had a problem with them. They are easy to set up and you forget they are there. Same with TP-Link. Years ago, I did a lot of research on specs and bought a Netgear router. After I got it and had it up and running, I looked up reviews on it and much to my great consternation, there was nothing but bad reviews on it! Yet I never had any problems with it and it still works today. Then I saw most Netgear products were universally hated. Now, it seems people have changed their tune and are giving Netgear products great praise. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a Netgear router in a commercial setup.
TP-Link, seems like some are good, some are bad, the good ones are good, the bad ones are bad. I have an old TP-Link router that hasn't given me a problem in years. I have seen TP-Link routers used in commercial setups.
I've had problems with D-Link and Belkin in the past. I also had a Motorola router fail on me.
Then again, in the big picture, they're all the same overall, it just depends on how much money you want to spend for what features and specs you want. They're all shit. They're all made in the same few factories in Asia so they're all basically the same just with different exterior skins and different firmwares and softwares. The chipsets are all made by a the same handful of producers too. Routers of different brands are now sharing the same parts in many cases. In actuality, they are all the same and their differences are an illusion instilled by marketing techniques.
I'm about to start doing some home and small business network installs and I want to have a go-to brand that's reliable, that I can learn all their shit inside and out and never have to return to the site ever again for that device unless to change some settings.