After agonizing for days and being an irritant all over Stack Exchange trying to sort out my networking woes, I've narrowed down my current purchase needs to fit one of two routers. One is the Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500, and the other is the ASUS ROG Rapture GT AC-5300. I've gone through the specs to the point I'm dreaming numbers (again), and I need a little help determining which better fits my use-case considering range, environment, and hardware.
There is a wired-only router that is a Ubiquiti unit, currently positioned in the basement. I'm using its firewall and it is connected to wall jacks down there, as well.
The wireless router this purchase would replace is two stories above. Connecting devices on that floor include one hardline connection, one wireless AC (AD is possible, but a wall exists) within 2 feet, and one N connection roughly 35 feet away.
Connecting devices one floor down include two Steam Links, a laptop, an XBox 360, and a smart television. These are all within 20 feet of the router, as they are almost directly beneath it. All connect via N or AC. There is also a multifunction printer on Wireless N which is further from the router, across the house, on this floor.
Connecting devices two floors down not using the wired connection are a laptop and another XBox 360. The range at this point is 45 feet or so. All of these are G or N connections. I'm not hoping for a lot here and may put a second wireless unit down there on its own subnet or try to repeat on the same SID.
If the purchase renders the use of the Ubiquiti obsolete, I would like to remove it from the network, but I really like its firewall.
Given the above, which of the two routers would most suit my needs?