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Old 08-05-2009, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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I am getting a notebook computer that is wireless capable. I understand I now need a "wireless router". This will be used at home - only one user.

Suggestions appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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Netgear, D-Link, what is on sale

If you go to a retail store they will probably push the new 'n' standard. Unless your new laptop is 'n' only (doubtful) you don't need it, and will not gain anything by spending the extra $$ ('n' routers are more $$)

They will tell you about the extended range and the speed, but it's all useless if you can't use it. Your broadband will be somewhere between 756K to 10 or 12M, which the 'g' standard will handle fine. (there is no benefit to a wireless connection that is faster than your internet connection)
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Linksys! They are great routers.

Get a WRT54 and install DD-WRT, you'll be very grateful you did.
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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Thanks so much for the information - I don't speak "wireless" so your advice is very helpful
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:36 AM
 
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Linksys! They are great routers.

Get a WRT54 and install DD-WRT, you'll be very grateful you did.
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DD-WRT is the best solution for many different routers, but for a novice (new) I did not recommend it as their first task doesn't need to involve installing it, even though fairly simple.

Linksys? meh! not so much, at least a stock model. I've owned 3 different, and yet to find one that I considered reliable. The best one locked up every 3 - 4 weeks, the worst every 3 - 4 days. Only option was to power cycle the router.

By locked up, I could not even ping the router from wired computer, but the wireless and switch portion worked as I could still connect between my computers. Indicates to me that the IOS (firmware) code had crashed.

DD-WRT did fix that.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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DD-WRT is the best solution for many different routers, but for a novice (new) I did not recommend it as their first task doesn't need to involve installing it, even though fairly simple.

Linksys? meh! not so much, at least a stock model. I've owned 3 different, and yet to find one that I considered reliable. The best one locked up every 3 - 4 weeks, the worst every 3 - 4 days. Only option was to power cycle the router.

By locked up, I could not even ping the router from wired computer, but the wireless and switch portion worked as I could still connect between my computers. Indicates to me that the IOS (firmware) code had crashed.

DD-WRT did fix that.
All of this is so technical (to me) - is the following link accurate and if so - any idea where I could find directions a non-technical person can understand?
How to install DD-WRT on Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Router « Technical How To’s
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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That's pretty much it... for that router. If you get a WRT54G2, it's an entirely different procedure that's irreversable, immediate voiding of the warranty. Personally I'd just find one you can afford and stick with the stock firmware. Just setup WPA2 encryption and change the default router interface password, then take your time and research DD-WRT here.

Main Page - DD-WRT Wiki
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:30 PM
 
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All of this is so technical (to me) - is the following link accurate and if so - any idea where I could find directions a non-technical person can understand?
How to install DD-WRT on Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Router « Technical How To’s
That's why I don't recommend it for the novice or non-technical person. You might want to go to the link provided by NHDave and look at the models that will support DD-WRT, then later when you are comfortable with your router, configuring it, etc. installing DD-WRT will be an option for you.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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Thanks again - seems like all this lingo should have been translated to regular ABC by now.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I have a Netgear and it's problem free. I had a used one, and when I died I bought a Linksys. I couldn't get it installed, customer was in China, and didn't know anything. I took it back, bought another Netgear, and installed it myself.
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