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Old 07-24-2006, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Are you Wireless? Best Wireless Router?

Just now getting my house teched up with these "High Speed Internet" cable and DSL options. There was a lot of response in this thread and I'm sure alot of people are running their systems wireless or am I completely assuming wrong?



All responses will help me figure out which router to get. So far I'm looking at the Netgear WPN824 shown above.

1. Are you running Wireless at home?
2. What's your wireless router, and how's it preforming for you?

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Old 07-24-2006, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yep!

2. I have a Linksys WRT54GS ver 4.0 (?) w/SpeedBooster. Preformance-wise, your probably referring to how well it distributes the connection to neighboring PC's? The distance between my router and adapter is about 5-7 (horizontally and 0 meters vertically) meters max and my connection is usually Good on the adapter side (it used to be flawless and run at V. Good at all times but that all changed once I disabled the Windows XP network and used the Linksys one exclusively), however it sometimes it weakens and I notice this while gaming - it starts to lag, etc. I'm not sure if this common or if it's due to the wireless telephone that I have in one of the rooms (routers and wireless phones run on the same channel).

I'm not sure if I would buy anything Linksys again. Hopefully, Netgear works out better for you.
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This is the wireless/wired router I just got for only $20 bucks!. It was very simple and easy to setup and so far I am not having any problems with it. I have also have a laptop that has a wireless network to it so where ever I go around the house or just outside I still can read the signal coming from my router.

I'm sort of a tech guy, although I don't normally go into depth about products unless I need to, i'm just pretty much at a basic level.

http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WGU624.php
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I have the netgear, very nice easy to setup and good range, I also have a DI-784- Works very well too. I have no complaints from either of these routers. I dont know who your provider is but Comcast is offering a free wireless router and modem right now
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I have both an ethernet bound desktop and two wireless computers, one being a laptop at home. I also have the printer connected, so I can print from anyroom in the house, not just from the ethernet bound desktop. Unfortunately, judging from previous posts, I doubt I'll be any help, I'm Apple all the way and use the Airport Extreme to connect my home. For any Apple users out their, that's the way to go.
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I have a D-Link WBR-1310 wireless router. It was the cheapest router that I could find (on a student budget) and it seems to work well. Theres good connection into the next room of the place, so its fine.
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I have had a d-link break several times on me. I've also had a netgear break once on me. Now I only use linksys.
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I'm with nailalc. I currently have an Airport Express from Apple. I can print wirelessly, and I can listen to my iTunes through my surround sound speakers.

I have had D-Link and Linksys routers in the past and I hope that Linksys has improved their products. The WRT54G (all 3 of them) were not built to last more than 1 year.

If I didn't have the choice of the Airport Express, I would probably choose a Netgear router. I have had family members use them without problems so far.

If you can afford it, and you want to spend the money on it, go with the Airport Express. Good luck with whichever you choose.
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Be sure and secure your wireless network. I pickup unsecured wireless networks on my laptop all the time.
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Be sure and secure your wireless network. I pickup unsecured wireless networks on my laptop all the time.
Also make sure to use WPA for your security, and if it won't let you directly enter a key make sure to use a randomly generated passphrase that is the maximum length allowable (to ensure it isn't vulnerable to brute forcing). Don't rely on just WEP; it's completely, 100% broken and can be compromised very rapidly nowadays with readily available software.
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