Hi , i recently bought a laptop, which in turn created a need to buy a router .
I download a lotta movies and tv shows and my desktop is always on, consuming no less then 150watts 24/7 .
I recently came to know that wireless routers with usb support can be used to connect external hard drives and there are firmware such as tomato that can be used instead of PC to download internet content.
Also , the files on the external harddrive connected to the router can be accessed anywhere in the world like online server. ( this features is more important to me)
I also have a external 2tb drive which i intend to use with my router to be purchased.
i dont know a lot about routers , and want your help for my first purchase suited to my needs - the criteria are
- it should be cheap , if possible under 50$ (on ebay)
- future ready for upgrades
- and maximum features as possible for the price ( that currently i dont know of any)
- can stream hd video to my wifi tv
i dont know how to understand all the specifications of router and there purpose. for example : flashmemory , some has 8, 16, 32mb etc.
i know that N routers are latest and fast
and there are more expensive dual band routers for reasons i don't know yet.
please bare with my limited knowledge as like you many here , i am too starting in this router world.. you guys know better with your experience which things will get more important with time for a consumer that we are not aware of at first.