Is there a guide/comparison chart of current Gigabit dual-band wireless N routers that gives a comparison of how many connections it can handle / what the CPU strength is?
SmallNetBuilder measures concurrent connections as part of their router benchmarking
. The test suite used maxes out at 200 connections--I may be biased but for most people this is not as critical an issue as you would initially assume due to other constraints (ISP connection, available throughput, router throughput, etc).
Any thoughts between the two routers below?
Neither one, really. The DIR-825 has WAN<>LAN throughput issues and Belkin's firmware can be described as "quirky," and its firewall is a bit overzealous. Some people have no issues with Belkin gear (there's at least one guy on the SNB forums that swears by them); since you have a good return policy, it wouldn't hurt to try it, even though it's 1) an older router design, 2) overpriced relative to similarly-performing products, and 3) 2.4 GHz only. If you're willing to experiment, OpenWRT has been recently ported to the DIR-825 B1. I haven't heard back yet on whether it fixes the 825 concerns.
In the upcoming months, you have Linksys's product refresh
and D-Link's three-stream 11n router (DIR-665). I suggest holding off if you can.
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