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Old 10-14-2008, 04:27 PM
 
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Looking at the Belkin Belkin F5D8233 Wireless N - general reviews look good - any insights here.

I need VPN passthrough and at least 2 LAN ports and some of the Linksys routers do not have VPN. Now this is Wireless N, but my laptop is only up to Wireless G. I can get wireless G adapters for $25 for my other two computers and $40 or so for wireless N but thinking I may as well get wireless N.

Now, my transmission will all be at wireless G speeds but when I get a new laptop [my work laptop probably in a year or two] it will probably be up to wireless N [the installed card] and I could use that on all the computers...................

So I am thinking N would not be a bad way to go even though I cannot take advantage of it now. Am I thinking right?
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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Ok, I dug further the spec sheet I was looking at for the Linksys did not have VPN passthrough and I know some of their routers do not.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Pacific Beach in San Diego, California
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Default Belkin routers do not like coexisting with wireless mice

In the last 30 days I bought two Belkin N-routers. I took one of them back to the store to get my money back and soon I'll be taking the other one back to Costco.

I like wireless hardware. I have a wireless mouse. The Belkin router freezes the cursor on an intermittant basis, which makes it a little like a virus in that you can't use your computer! If you can't move the cursor, you can't use the computer.

So if you're hard at work on the computer sailing right along on a project, and all of a sudden your cursor locks up, you'll get very frustrated. Time is money and money is time....

The Belkin user guide offers no solution for this problem, nor do they even address the issue. Forget Belkin if you like using a wireless mouse.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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I don't know about that particular router, but I've enjoyed my WRT54G.

Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54GL Wireless router - EN, Fast EN, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Wireless router, 4 ports + 1 uplink port.

Out of the box it just has the basics, but if you flash it with DD-WRT :: News then it does pretty much anything you would ever need. VLAN, VPN passthrough, etc...

I flashed mine years ago and haven't bothered to look at their new versions so I'm not sure what all has changed. I know their website has changed considerably.

There are a couple other free firmwares out there you can use but I haven't really felt the need to try the other ones out.

I'm always behind the times on wireless...I like to stick with what works. I don't transfer tons of data internally so I'm not worried about getting 802.11n. What I am concerned about is coverage and supposedly 802.11n isn't as good in that area.

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Old 02-03-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I don't know about that particular router, but I've enjoyed my WRT54G.

Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54GL Wireless router - EN, Fast EN, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Wireless router, 4 ports + 1 uplink port.

Out of the box it just has the basics, but if you flash it with DD-WRT :: News then it does pretty much anything you would ever need. VLAN, VPN passthrough, etc...

I flashed mine years ago and haven't bothered to look at their new versions so I'm not sure what all has changed. I know their website has changed considerably.

There are a couple other free firmwares out there you can use but I haven't really felt the need to try the other ones out.

I'm always behind the times on wireless...I like to stick with what works. I don't transfer tons of data internally so I'm not worried about getting 802.11n. What I am concerned about is coverage and supposedly 802.11n isn't as good in that area.
Ya beat me to it, best setup I've had by far.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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In the last 30 days I bought two Belkin N-routers. I took one of them back to the store to get my money back and soon I'll be taking the other one back to Costco.

I like wireless hardware. I have a wireless mouse. The Belkin router freezes the cursor on an intermittant basis, which makes it a little like a virus in that you can't use your computer! If you can't move the cursor, you can't use the computer.

So if you're hard at work on the computer sailing right along on a project, and all of a sudden your cursor locks up, you'll get very frustrated. Time is money and money is time....

The Belkin user guide offers no solution for this problem, nor do they even address the issue. Forget Belkin if you like using a wireless mouse.
Stop placing the wireless receiver for the mouse on top of the router!
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