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stevenback7
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2006 11:00      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
After years and years of having dial-up, a new comapny has come to my town offering wirelles internet with the simple installation of a wirelles radio on my roof.

Now that i am finally able to have high speed internet i am looking for a good router which will be able to connect my 4 pc's i am planning to connect wirelessly (spelling ???).

So does anyone have any advice or links wich will help me chose a router. The company adviced me not to chose D-link because they used cheap parts and liked to freeze up and said linksys was better but still had problems. They adviced 3com by Microage.

Any advice will be appreciated. Right now i am steering towards a 802.11G linksys router with speedbooster.

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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2006 13:13      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
stevenback7 -

I use this Netgear unit. It is the first (and only) wireless router I have used, but I found the set-up to be a doddle, and the device is rock-solid. 2 years use, zero problems. Looks nice, but runs a little warm.

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You are certainly correct that staying away from D-Link products would be wise.

Netgear sold decent products a few years ago, but their more recent hardware is less than desirable.

IMO, your safest bet is to get a Linksys WRT-54G. It's a rock solid router that's been around for awhile, and one I'm comfortable recommending to people.

(Other benefits like custom firmware are nice; elaboration on this subject is available upon request)

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Icon 1 posted July 23, 2006 07:05      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
thanks for the advice,

One other question what is the diference between 802.11 g and 802.11 G with speedbooster (or sometimes called G+)?

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personally, I love the Netgear business stuff, stong, heavy metal cases, well made.

i hate their home stuff thou, cheap silver plastic

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quote:
Originally posted by stevenback7:
thanks for the advice,

One other question what is the diference between 802.11 g and 802.11 G with speedbooster (or sometimes called G+)?

Regular G reaches 54 mpbs while G+ gets 100 mbps, ignoring latency. Though EVERY thing on the wireless has to support it for it to work

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stevenback7
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Icon 1 posted July 24, 2006 06:51      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
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Originally posted by stevenback7:
thanks for the advice,

One other question what is the diference between 802.11 g and 802.11 G with speedbooster (or sometimes called G+)?

Regular G reaches 54 mpbs while G+ gets 100 mbps, ignoring latency. Though EVERY thing on the wireless has to support it for it to work


And by everything you just mean the wireless router and the PCI cards all have to be G+?

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I find that Linksys routers have the best range and strongest signal, with D-Link coming in at a close second; I've had poor experience with Netgear wireless routers.
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Don't touch anything that doesn't adhere to current industry standards. That means no 'G+,' 'Booster Acceleration,' 'pre-N,' or any of that bollocks. 802.11g is the way to go, with 802.11b as a viable fallback. Best case scenario: Using the weird stuff might actually work...on the few machines that have the same hardware on both ends. Worst case: You'll screw up wireless for nearly every machine but yours. [Smile] Stay away from the weird stuff!

The best option, of course, is to just use Cat-5. [Smile]

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