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Wireless Routers?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Esteban86K5, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Esteban86K5

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    I am looking to move my computer and clean up the desktop. I wanted to use a wireless router so that I can have my modem and printer in another room and the comp in on the kitchen desk.

    I have been looking at getting a lynksys system and wanted some feedback from you guys. Anyone use it and have problems?

    Thansk In advance.
     
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    I have a Linksys WRT-54G. Got it at Wal-Mart for $49.95.... Really like it so far without complaints.

    The only thing..... I think the printer needs to be connected directly to a comp unless you get a wireless print server.
     
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    Inlaws have a linksys and I have a netgear. Both work well and are easy to install.
     
  4. Esteban86K5

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    My printer has the cat-5 wire that the router also has so it should be fine.
     
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    Ditto.

    If you can, get one with 3 antennas. The 801.n that is coming out in a little while has the best range and strength. Some manufactures have applied .n technology to the .g routers for more strength.
     
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    we dont call them linksucks for nothing.


    I personally use Dlink
     
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    Poke around the forums over at www.dslreports.com Lots of broadband geeks hanging out there. They seem to like Linksys the best, mostly because there is aftermarket freeware that upgrades the firmware and makes it a LOT more useful. But you'll have to read up and bit to find out which models are upgradeable. The latest version of the WRT54G doesn't run Linux, so it can't be upgraded... :(

    I've been running a WRT54G v2 for over a year now and it's solid as a rock. Don't spend a bunch of money on the "Pre-N" routers out there. The 801.n spec hasn't even been completely agreed to yet, so those may or may not be upgradeable when the spec is finalized.

    Few broadband connections exceed about 6 or 7 Mbps, so a 54 Mbps router will be plenty fast for surfing the web anyway. :)
     
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    oh ... i dont know if you even need to worry about this. but linksys routers are notorious for curling up and dieing to bittorrent. low connection limits.


    If you don't know what i'm talking about, it wont be a problem and you neednot worry.
     
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    Not if you know the secret handshake. :cool1:

    It also isn't a problem if you run HyperWRT firmware.
     
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    never got a chance to use the firmware. the 2nd (and last linksys) I owned died a year or so ago.
     
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    Well I ended up getting the linksys router and so far so good. It was pretty easy to setup once I knew what I was doing. I had to use the online configuration instead of the cd that came with it. And I had a bit of a problem setting up the printer but it finally works well. Thanks for the help fellas!!!
     
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    D-Link. It's cheap, and does the same exact thing as the Linksys and Netgear. I guess it's all personal preference, all depends on how much you want to spend.
     

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