Keep in mind that once you put the router into bridge mode, you can only connect 1 device to it, as you will get a public IP address. What you should be doing is plugging in a router, and then plugging the PS3 into the router. if you plug a 2nd device into the bridge, it will not work.
I just picked one up yesterday. Much better in terms of range. Mine is set up in my basement and with the cisco router, it would maybe get 2 bars via wi fi when up two levels in my bedroom. With the Hitron i consistently get full bars.
Anyone happen to know why there's a 2.4g and a 5g option? Is the 5g active?
You dont need a faster modem per say unless you are going on one of the much higher plans.. so no reason to switch for that.
You CAN bridge with the SMC.. so yes, you would likely be best to just get a better 3rd party router.
There are a ton of choices.. some of the ASUS ones get REAL great reviews.. but they are also a little more on the pricey end.
Dont know if you would have a budget.
Really in the end.. just dont cheap out too much.
A $50 router is.. well.. a $50 router.. and usually wont go as far as a more expensive one, etc..
A router with external antennas, will usually have better range than one with internals.
Dual band is definately worth looking for, as if your device can use it, its better to, as less likely chance of interfearance.
Getting an AC router.. will do N stuff just fine.. it more future-proofs yourself for new devices with it, getting the best speed.. but it it comes down to $$, not absolutely necessary.
while not insanely new.. (i think N can max out at 600 now if i remember correct?) it still may at least give better range.. and with your package the speed shouldnt be an issue, etc.
I would do a factory reset on the dlink.. make sure everythings re-set on it.. and re-set up everything, security, etc.
I would look at Netgear 6200, 6250 or 6300. New models cost a bit more than your $160 price point, but you can get a refurbished models on Newegg.ca. 6200 refurbished is $93 and 6300 refurbished is $125. 6300 also support DD-WRT which is a plus. Wireless range is outstanding, no heating issues.
I know a few with the R66U asus.. and not notice any heat issues.. may varry from model to model.
My boss has the pretty much top end netgear one (like $230), and really likes it, other than there is some bugs with the media server part of it.
I am not quite ready to jump on the AC bandwagon yet.. nor do i have the money 😛
I am looking at the Asus R66U right now, with the external antennas.. just so i can get a bit more control over the range/direction to get a few bad spots in the house..
That the DIR815 is a dual band, with external antennas.. i would LIKELY think that is slightly better than the built in on the CGN3
Unless need to (say to get the NEW plans) and you are good on your exisiting plan, no need to change from the SMC, as its fairly rock solid that way (i used to have that one), and just use the other wireless.
The DIR-815 only has Fast Ethernet wired ports, so... that could be a bottleneck with one of the newer plans.
Also, the CGN3 can do 450 megabits 5GHz 802.11n, if you have devices that support 3 streams (business laptops with Intel 5300/6300, MacBook Pros, not sure if there's anything else).