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 PostPost subject: Your experiences with WiFi Routers        Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:02 pm 
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It's time for me to buy a WiFi router ... however I'm not really sure as to which to buy. I want something that's configurable, performs well (both speed and range), has decent security, and a config interface that isn't buggy, laggy or crappy. I was looking at this router from Buffalo a while ago, but I've heard some mixed reviews... also it seems that my workplace get good mileage out of Linksys wireless routers. It's a tough decision.

Anyway, I'm interested to hear of your experiences with different WiFi hardware .. what's good, what's bad .. so I can start to get an idea of what I should be looking at.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:40 pm 
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I've been using Linksys routers and have had an overall good experience with them. Nice range, strength. Wireless on notebooks is a bit spotty, but wireless on notebooks is always spotty anyway. The admin interface is all right, though I haven't adminned any other wifi setups, so I'm not really in a good position to say.

Linksys is a popular brand, so you shouldn't get much trouble with online support, and if you dabble in Linux, although there's no native driver, the Windows driver works flawlessly in ndiswrapper.

I use 802.11g, but I happen to know that they're selling draft 802.11n Linksys routers, so if you want really high-speed wireless, its there.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:21 pm 
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Ive always gone for linksys. Ive found that wireless combined routers tend to disconnect a lot. My mate has one and he aways has problems with it crashing etc etc.

Mine is a seperate linksys wifi point. Works great and rarely crashes. Just plugs into a spare ethernet port on your existing router. Pricey though, mine was £45 ($90) when I got it.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:44 pm 
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We've got a Belkin one (with an integrated ADSL modem), which seems to be fine - it works throughout the whole house, has only needed resetting twice in the 4 months we've had it, and the interface works fine (easy to use, and has MAC filtering, WEP, WPA etc). It's a combined 11/54 Mbps one, but for some reason when I set it to Mixed mode my dad's iBook with an Apple AirPort card (11 Mbps only) couldn't seem to connect, so I just set the router to be 11 Mbps only, which doesn't really matter as the internet isn't that fast anyway.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:39 pm 
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Hmm, I'm thinking towards going for a Linksys now, but I'm trying to choose between the WRT54G, which is cheap, fast enough, has a heap of third-party modifications, and is overall a pretty good router ... *or* to get the WRT300N which is based on the draft 802.11n spec, so its faster and more future-proof, but is expensive, and doesn't have great reviews. Should I go for the newer spec or should I stick with an old good router?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:51 am 
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WRT54GL, cheap, works well, tons of 3rd party firmwares available
(the difference between WRT54G & GL is the fact that 54GL has bigger flash rom and ram, so it's more suitable for soft-modding).


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:48 am 
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Ditto. I've been using an old WRT54G for a couple years now and it has served me well. Linksys is really is best way to go.


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Just bought the WRT54GL ^_^ now I've just gotta wait for it to arrive. Thanks for you help guys :)

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