In the market for a wireless router...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by vivid_vibe, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. vivid_vibe

    vivid_vibe OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hello all,

    My needs are simple at this point. I will want to share a cable modem connection with 2 PCs which will be hardwired to the router. I will need the wireless capability only for PSP gaming. I know from reading the threads that most people seem to prefer Linksys or D-Link (more rarely). I have been pricing some routers on Newegg and I'm a little overwhelmed as to features and capabilities. What should I be looking for exactly? I have taken note of the following two:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124010


    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16833320305

    The second one seems to be more feature-laden, but I don't think Asus is known for their networking hardware (Are they?). Any help will be much appreciated (and repped naturally).

    vivid
     
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  3. Admiral Michael

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    I'd stick with the experienced makes of networking technology: Linksys or DLink.

    I am a Linksys fan so I second KC's suggestin of the WRT54GS.
     
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  5. kcnychief

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    Probably because it's the best piece of networking hardware at the consumer level atm :D
     
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  6. vivid_vibe

    vivid_vibe OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thank you all. The WRT54GS it is then.

    vivid
     
  7. kcnychief

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    Very nice choice, I'm confident you'll be happy with your choice.

    There is decent documentation packaged with the router on how to setup security for your wireless network, which can also be launched by pushing the "Cisco Systems" button on the front of the router.

    If you have questions, let us know :)

    EDIT: If you plan on using WPA2, which you should, make sure you install this hotfix on the machines that are using it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=662bb74d-e7c1-48d6-95ee-1459234f4483&displaylang=en&Hash=KTGNBT8
     
  8. Admiral Michael

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    I had problems with WPA :s Good Ol WEP :s
     
  9. falconguard

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    I have had a problem with WPA on a doctors network, turns out the problem was with the notebook it needed updated drivers for WPA. Since than no porblems on his network, just the spyware he picks up pretty regularly :)
     
  10. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I got kicked ever 2hrs - ish. I think it was re-authenticating me, Trillian would say I've been diconnected...

    I just fixed my router probem with MSN disconnects so I went back to WEP.
     
  11. kcnychief

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    WPA can cause problems if not properly updated on the driver side (client) and firmware side (router)
     
  12. Admiral Michael

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    The drivers on my laptop are 1 version old since the new one introduced a new interface that I hate. The routers (2) are up to date on firmware.
     
  13. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    When do you even have to look at the driver interface?
     
  14. Admiral Michael

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    I'm fussy. It's the Intel PROSet application.
     
  15. kcnychief

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    Right, but don't you use Windows to manage your wireless connection, the Wireless Zero Configuration service?

    I have had better luck with using Windows to manage wifi apps myself, vs the bundled software.
     
  16. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Nope I hate the windows wireless management, also I have problems with my wireless when using windows.
     
  17. kcnychief

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    To each their own I guess.

    What types of problems were you having?
     
  18. Admiral Michael

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    just the disconnection every 2hours. I think it's re-authenticating and for some reason trillian disconnects. I set the group renewal key to max.
     
  19. kcnychief

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    Ah, thought it may have been something to do with wifi authentication to your DC pre-logon.
     
  20. Admiral Michael

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    If by DC you're referring to Domain Controller then thats incorrect. I don't have a domain setup. Just a simple peer-to-peer, nothing fancy.