The BEST Wireless Router

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by pokerblogger, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. pokerblogger

    pokerblogger OSNN Addict Folding Team

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    I'd like to know your suggestions for the BEST (home/small business) wireless router out there.

    I need something that is easily configurable, stable and provides port forwarding, strong security, long range, etc.
     
  2. Brad

    Brad Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    Linksys WRT54G.

    End of thread.
     
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  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    >Wireless Modem Router - Netgear DG834GT(UK) :p
     
  4. Lee

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    Ordered this one last night from amazon Linksys WRT54GS-UK 125 Mbps Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster hope it's good.
     
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  5. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Got some kind of Linkysys, slightlky newer one that doesn't look like those above.

    Not impressed with it at all, its off by deafult (ie after a powercut you need to press a button to turn it on) and after that it takes about a minute to connect to the Internet (tho i did change a few settings recently and it seems a little happier)

    Looking at giving these a go when I can:
    http://www.netgear.co.uk/extra/h_rangemaxnext_wirelessrouters_wnr854t.php
    http://www.netgear.co.uk/extra/h_rangemaxnext_wirelessadapter_wn311b.php

    I don't use Wireless on my main rig myself, but do on my laptop and a gig connection in an all-in-one solution is gonna be nice, if not a pretty late market feature.
     
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  6. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I second that, mine is fantastic!
     
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  7. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    I have this free thing given to me by my I.S.P.

    It's a Thomson SpeedTouch 576.

    It gets very hot, it causes severe shut down and boot up problems, hence I am going to buy my own rather than this hot potato.

    So a question I am going to add on this subject.

    Are there any routers with a fan built in?
     
  8. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

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    Linksys WRT54G. (I agree).

    Although there are some others that are very good. I wouldn't have advised the "SpeedBoost" models. Really you are then stuck with only Linksys speedboost products afterwards.
     
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  9. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    linksys wag54g :D

    Lee, routers tend not to get as hot due to a better design. i presume modem isp gave you is a usb brick with no hint of air gaps? my linksys just has large amount of air holes, but no fan so it stays warm + silient without getting too hot.
     
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  10. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

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    I do have this to say about the Linksys routers. Upgrading their firmware isn't always the best, as well as a lot of the routers have a year of life to them before they start dropping your connection and needing resets a lot.

    But I just do the buy and switch return technique. :)
     
  11. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I'm going to go a bit of a different route here (no pun intended). I have the Belkin Wireless Pre-N router. I get incredible coverage, even without the Pre-N card. Configuration is simple and there are loads of options for advanced configuration.

    [​IMG]

    Reviews:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1668050,00.asp - 4/5 Stars
    http://laptopmag.com/Review/Belkin-Wireless-Pre-N-Router - 4.5/5 Stars (Editor's Choice)

    For those who might say that adopting an unset standard is a bad idea...
    Source
     
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  12. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    i hate belkin, it will be a mistake to buy one, anything netgear is the way to go, they are cheaper and better than linksys in my book, i've used them for almost a decade, with voip, routers, switches, access points, bridges, gateways... never ever have i had one die....
     
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  13. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Why do you hate Belkin? Why would it be a mistake to buy one?

    I've had 5 different routers in my life -- DLink, 2 Linksys, Netgear and Belkin. My Belkin now has been the best one so far.
     
  14. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    because any belkin router i have personally had has had crap range and badly unstable, dlink is also terrible.
     
  15. _kC_

    _kC_ Moderator

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    netgear dg834g great router..
     
  16. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    and yet surprisingly Netgear doesn't allow you to play some games? seriously..... try playing Gunz: The Duel Online with a netgear router..... 99.9% sure you won't be able to..... even in their forums they say Netgear routers and Gunz don't get along. Gunz uses a type of connection that the Netgear router don't support.
     
  17. tzepp@cox.net

    tzepp@cox.net high

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    isn't that what a UPS is for?
     
  18. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    Just dont get a netgear DG834PN until they fix the rangemax and ADSL2+ issues :(
     
  19. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    The 3com OfficeConnect range is pretty good, and reasonably priced too!
     
  20. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I can't speak for older Belkin routers, but I guess you can from experience. Check the reviews (and customer ratings) for the Pre-N router though -- apparently Belkin has gotten better.