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Old 06-12-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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Every IT technician I come across seems to swear that Brand X router is the only one to use and that all other brands are the source of various problems. Tech #2 will say the same about Brand Y. And so on.

Do some brands "play better with other equipment" than others?
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Someone figured out the secret.
Yea, the Major Brands are all pretty much the same.

Paying more money for one as opposed to a cheapie might get you better range, or more features.... but the $100 Linksys is just as good as the $100 D-link.

Some people swear that if you have a Linksys wireless card you should have a Linksys router... even that isn't really true. They all use the same standards... that's why they call them standards.

Cue... just about everyone else that will disagree with me.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Someone figured out the secret.
Yea, the Major Brands are all pretty much the same.

Paying more money for one as opposed to a cheapie might get you better range, or more features.... but the $100 Linksys is just as good as the $100 D-link.

Some people swear that if you have a Linksys wireless card you should have a Linksys router... even that isn't really true. They all use the same standards... that's why they call them standards.

Cue... just about everyone else that will disagree with me.
No me. I agree.

You'll always have somebody that says "My Linksys" router was crap. Don't buy one of those." Then somebody else tells you about their Linksys that ran until it was obsolete.

In a given price range, they're all pretty much the same.

(Having said that, I'm on my third round of D-Link routers in the past 15 years. I bought the last pair on a bargain to get more range than the ones I have now.)
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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They're not all exactly the same. I use a videophone (Deaf) and one model absolutly would not work with newer (at the time) Linksys routers. It seemed that Linksys stopped supporting some protocal that the phone needed to work. Older ones worked fine. Getting a DLink router solved the problem. Of course, that was a few years ago. Newer videophones for the deaf now work with any router. So, I guess they weren't all the same, ,but now are.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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I installed a Linksys(50$ on sale at Radio Shack) about 4 years ago, and really have forgotten about until I read this thread. It's in the bedroom as every thing is hooked up with Wi-Fi(4 Kindles, a Nook, the wife's iPad) even this desktop.

So I really can't compare as I have never tried another.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:05 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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In my experience any decent name brand in the $69-100 range will do fine, but any cheaper don't bother. The $49 one we had would stop when the microwave was running, and ran slow as molasses when there was more than 2-3 devices using it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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Yes, they're all more or less the same at any price point, but its also a crap shoot. Brand X might have an awesome unit one year and follow it up with a complete turd. Just like with laptops, almost no one actually makes their own stuff in their own factories. Its all contracted out and different models could be made by different contract manufacturers. So just read the reviews online, get something highly rated on Newegg and Amazon, and hope for the best.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:05 AM
 
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Someone figured out the secret.
Yea, the Major Brands are all pretty much the same.
Kind of like comparing cars though isn't it? GM's $50 car might not be as good as comparable Ford model but other models might be better.

My first router was a linksys, worked great for many years and I only replaced it because it stopped working. I replaced it with another newer linksys and that was junk... If I set the https login I couldn't login into the control panel and I tested it with both IE and FF using ethernet, tried multiple firmwares too. I also had a really weak signal that was constantly dropping. I had more bars on my neighbors router. LOL

Did a little research and bit the bullet and bought a Netgear r3600
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Some of the things that differentiate routers are:

- Chipset: There's only 3 primary manufacturers of chipsets. All are high quality companies. Chipset features vary (some support gigabit, some support better MIMO, etc).
- Auxiliary features: Network printer capability, USB storage, etc.
- Software: Apple has the best UX. Others are easily hackable to add additional features. Some are awesome out of the box, others suck.
- Aesthetics/Physical function: Some routers look like they belong next to a VCR while others look like they belong next to an iPad.

Brand isn't really telling about the router itself.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea, cuz how it looks is the MOST important thing.
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