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Looking for a new router.


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#1 Alvaaron

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:35 PM

I'm in need of a new router with at least five ports. I'm currently using a WRT54G2 from four or five years ago and I have no problems with it, I just need more ports. I'm hoping to spend less than $100 for this. I found this one but it looks kinda iffy.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6705586&CatId=35

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#2 ThunderZ

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:45 PM

Not sure what you mean by "iffy".

D-Links are generally considered a good product. It supports the latest wireless protocol, N.
And would seem to have enough ethernet ports to fill your needs.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:44 PM

I started reading reviews for it on a couple places and some people said that it stopped broadcasting the wireless signal after a few months.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:51 PM

That is possible. It is also possible with any wireless router\access point.

Did they state if they did any trouble shooting? Is there a firmware update available to correct the issue?
I tend to take most customer reviews with a grain of salt most times. Their is no way of knowing the circumstances surrounding the failure.

There should also be a warranty still in effect after only a few months. While I know it is a pain to have to return items at least there is a chance for recovery of funds, or replacement of equipment.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:55 PM

When I did a google search it did appear there are firmware updates (not sure if its for the specific issue though). Most of them did not state anything about the warranty, although I would be willing to be they forgot about it too.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:59 PM

Guess when it is all said and done, the final decision is yours.

There is no guarantee of any router working 100% of the time and as all things, electrical components have a life span. Granted a few months is very short and not the norm.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:02 PM

Should you decide to get that router and check for, perform a firmware update. This is the only place you should go to and trust what you are downloading.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:42 AM

if you are ok with the way your router works and you just want to add ports, have you considered adding a switch ?
something like this http://www.mysterybyte.com/part/14472/

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:32 AM

if you are ok with the way your router works and you just want to add ports, have you considered adding a switch ?
something like this http://www.mysterybyte.com/part/14472/



Very good point. As I sit here staring at my 8 port and wondering why I had`t thought of it. :huh:

Edited by ThunderZ, 04 May 2011 - 11:33 AM.





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