In the market for a wireless router...

vivid_vibe

OSNN Senior Addict
#1
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
 

kcnychief

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Political User
#7
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
 

falconguard

Carbon based lifeform
Political User
#9
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 :)
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#10
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.
 

kcnychief

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Political User
#11
falconguard said:
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 :)
WPA can cause problems if not properly updated on the driver side (client) and firmware side (router)
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#12
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.
 

kcnychief

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Political User
#15
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.
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#18
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.
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#20
kcnychief said:
Ah, thought it may have been something to do with wifi authentication to your DC pre-logon.
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.
 

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