Best Router

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Bman, May 25, 2009.

  1. Bman

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    What is the best out there.

    That might be a bland question, but I don't know much about them. Except that I need a new one.

    I need at least 5 connection on it.
     
  2. ming

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    DSL or ADSL?

    I'd probably say Netgear DG834GT for ADSL.
    btw, All home network routers only have 4 ethernet ports, but you can always go wireles.. ;)
     
  3. _kC_

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    i use a draytek 2820vn, nice router, plenty of features
     
  4. LordOfLA

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    anything with lots of ram so you don't start getting random disconnects when using bittorrent :D
     
  5. tdinc

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    linksys WRT54GS I never had issues, built solid
     
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    add tomato firmware to the above and your good :)
     
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    Anything netgear.
     
  8. bmclaughlin807

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    I use a Linksys WRT with Sveasoft Talisman firmware for home use.

    For a small office (Or an advanced home network) I'd recommend Untangle... It's an open source product build on Debian Linux. We're using it for several clients, as well as our office and it works well. I'd be using it for my home network if I had an extra system lying around to install it on.
     
  9. American Zombie

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    I use DIR-655 and N cards for wireless.
     
  10. Bman

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    Wow lots of suggestions, thought there would of been 1 or 2.

    When I said 5, thats 4 with the 1 in or what not.

    Now hmm...
     
  11. American Zombie

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    It all depends on what kind of speed you want for wireless.
     
  12. Bman

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    Let me ask you guys this.

    The reason I need a new one (this and maybe the modem) is I loose connection all the time. Now I have had issues for years, different things. The past 6 months, and really bad the past week. I have downed the possible problems to this, if I am downloading a large file (over 1GB) usually in a Newsgroup program, I can do it for 10-20minutes and then I loose connection, I unplug router and modem, wait, and plug it back in, and its good.

    It seems to loose connection at times during normal use (browsing and stuff) but very little. Now I have always had the thought that my provider (rogers) is doing this on purpose, even though I am paying an extra $25/month on over charges. I also thought it could be my modem or router, both are old, and i think one of them makes noise if I shake it. I figured it does it most of the time when I am downloading something (heavy use) so it could be its broken.

    So is it my provider or my devices...it's really annoying.
     
  13. bmclaughlin807

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    Sounds like a memory leak in the firmware for one device or the other (In my experience this has mostly been in routers or combined router/modem units, rather than standalone modems)

    Check for firmware upgrades!
     
  14. Bman

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  15. American Zombie

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    N is faster than G.
     
  16. Bman

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    Alright, so what is equal to options, quality and all that of the

    Linksys WRT54GS, but has Wireless N as well.
     
  17. LeeJend

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    BMAN sounds like the same problems I had a few years ago. It was the DSL Modem. It kept getting worse until I replaced it. Hve never lost a download since.
     
  18. Bman

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    I am going to ask my provider for a new one. Though I want to make sure and replace everything, since it's all old anyways.
     
  19. LordOfLA

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    I tried untangle, it was a bit overbloated for what it needs to do. I'd recommend looking at pfsense if you're using a spare PC for routing. It can use squid and clamav for transparent content filtering at the gateway level as well.
     
  20. Bman

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    This is the cheapest Wireless N router I found. But does it compare to the Linksys WRT54GS or better? Is Wireless N worth getting (i use it mostly for wired)

    http://www.pccyber.com/?v=product&i=LAN-AL-AR670W

    *edit

    I then found this chart

    http://www.linksys.com/Product_Comparison_Chart/Index_Scrollable.htm

    They show 2 of the same routers, one Ethernet, one Gigabit, what exactly is that, whats the difference. After seeing that I want this router,

    http://www.pccyber.com/?v=product&i=LAN-LS-WRT610N


    I guess what I am asking is, does N to G really make a difference, does having the best or not really make a difference, what makes the biggest difference.

    **edit

    Just found out the service I am paying for from Rogers (when we signed up was 7Mbps) has now gone to 10Mbps (at least website shows that). Going to call them tomorrow for the upgrade. Also calling them to see if they have any DOCSIS 3.0 modems since I need a new one. And complain about there stupid monthly caps lol
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2009