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Thinking Of Buying A Router


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#1 The Jolly Dummkopf

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:54 PM

Hello,

I've finally decided to buy a new wireless router after coming to the conclusion that I can do nothing to revive my current one (DI-524). I'm planning on buying either a Wireless N NetGear or Linksys router because I've heard that D-Link isn't that great a brand. My purchase is based mainly on price, I don't want to spend more than $70 on a router, especially if it may break down a while later like my current one has. I'll be doing a fair amount of downloading (does streaming videos count as downloading?) and security is also a concern. Also, the wireless signal will have to be able to go through a ceiling.
I've been doing some research on some various routers that are within my price range and all of them seem to get mixed reviews which makes my search for a good wireless router quite frustrating. I just want a wireless router that has a good range (rather than the sad one foot or less range my current router has). Any advice?

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#2 s1lents0ul

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:22 AM

Hello,

Upgrading to a new N Router is a good idea these days, especially if you want to stream movies. There are a few different Wireless N options when looking at Routers. There is Wireless N 150, 300, and N+N 300. Also they have this new technology, called Dual Band, which lets the Wireless signal from the router use 2.4ghz or 5ghz. The N+N300 is the dual band version, if you come across that. Linksys just plainly states Dual band on it. For what your doing, Wireless N 300 Should be fine, upgrade to the N+N300(dual band) if you live in a crowded area, where your picking up a few other wireless routers from your neighbors, and or have a few cordless phones in your house. Those all clog up the 2.4ghz and thats when having a Router that switches between either band comes in handy. There are two types, selectable dual band and simultaneous dual band, the difference, is selectable requires u to choose which Band, 2.4 or 5ghz, that you want your router to run on., Simultaneous just uses both at the same time, picking whichever one is a better signal at the time. All the wireless N routers have very good range and the signal strength is very good. It will go through your ceiling. As far as brands go, D-Link isnt a bad brand, i have one, its worked for 3 years flawlessly. Whichever brand your most familiar with and have good faith in, will work, they all operate mostly on the same level as far as longevitiy and ability.
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 11:02 AM

Last week I purchased a D-Link DIR-615 to replace a Linksys router that went went kaput about 6 months after it was purchased (At the time it stopped working, we didn't need it anymore until last week, and after a week of trying to get it to connect and stay connected I finally realized the Linksys was useless).

So far, after a week with the D-Link, everything is running smoothly.

It's an N-300, with 2 antennas which according the box "make use of your home's environment by bouncing multiple signals off of walls and ceilings to work around obstructions and help eliminate dead spots".

I bought it at Office Depot, regular price $49.99. Set up was a breeze using the disk that came with the router. Less than 10 minutes after I got home with it, the network was set up and working.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 11:48 AM

Thanks for the input! It's made this decision so much easier than before. :thumbsup:




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