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I Need To Replace My Router. Any Suggestions?

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#1 jawknee912


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Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:29 AM

First here's the breakdown of my network. I have ATT 6Mb DSL connected to a Buffalo WZR2-G300N wireless N router. I have an older XP desktop hard wired into it and a Lenovo laptop with Intel 4965AGN connected wirelessly. I also have an XBOX 360 connected with the Microsoft wireless G adapter. Finially I have two desktops (one XP and one Vista) connected to the network through a Buffalo G MIMO Ethernet Converter. The router seems to have problems. It periodically will drop connections and restart its self. The Vista desktop will drop its connection as well off of the converter but the XP desktop on the converter stays connected for the most part. The only way to reestablish the connection on the Vista desktop is to restart the PC completely; disabling and enabling the network adapter does nothing.

Now my questios:
1)What router should I get to replace my current one? I've heard that the ZyXEL X-550 is one of the best G routers. I don't really think I need N as of right now since my 360 and converter are G.

2)If I have a MIMO router will a standard G adapter have an easier time connecting to the router than to a standard G router?

3)Why is my Vista desktop dropping its connection through the converter but not the XP one? It's a fresh install of Vista fully updated and the latest drivers.

4)This is a little off topic but what's the deal with dual band N routers? Will they work a lot better than standard N?

I just want a reliable connection that won't keep dropping and resetting all the time.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:14 AM

Could it be that the Vista system isn't compatible with your router? Have you tried firmware updates and disabling the various settings in Vista to help achieve some sort of compatibility?
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:53 PM

The router has the latest firmware and the Vista PC works when plugged in directly just not when it's through the converter although the XP desktop does work through the converter.

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