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Wireless router bit the dust need help choosing a new one


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#1 VicVegas

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

Yes it's dead. The power light is not blinking, the ethernet and internet lights come on but not the power, the reset button does not work. I did do some searching and what I've come up with is that this means it is definitely dead.

It doesn't help that I know little about this, and by "little" I of course mean nothing.

The old router I was using is an WRT54GL.

I have cable internet with Mediacom's VIP bundle, which is supposedly 15mbps download speed, if that should affect my decision at all...

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how routers affect internet speed, I do play games online from time to time so speed is at least a moderate factor but not a major one.

It does need to be wireless as I have two people in my home who use laptops.

Cost wise, well I'd rather it not be expensive, there's no way I'm spending a hundred bucks on one of them.

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum. I was not sure whether I should post it in "Networking" or "External Hardware".

Edited by VicVegas, 23 May 2012 - 12:38 PM.


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:28 PM

Is this your router? Amazon.com: Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router: Electronics
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:02 PM

I think CISCO stop support on those routers but I not sure

There new routers system are a small fortune but I have a Netgear Router http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-WNR2000-N300-Wireless-Router/dp/B001AZP8EW/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337806703&sr=1-8

but you have to upgrade the firmware to 1.1.1.7

WNR2000v3 GUI does not ask me to enter the username and password. What should I do?
Symptom:
You just upgraded from firmware version 1.0.1.26 to 1.1.1.58 and everytime you login to the router's web management interface (GUI) now, it does not require you type in a password.

Resolution:
The engineers fixed this firmware issue and have now created a fix. Please upgrade the firmware on your router to version 1.1.1.72. Click here to go directly to WNR2000v3 download page.

Edited by coxchris, 23 May 2012 - 04:07 PM.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:32 PM

For a slow internet like yours a low cost router will probably be fine.

This one was $19.79 online with free shipping
BUFFALO AirStation N150 Wireless Router & AP - WCR-GN

It had mixed reviews however. I'm just using it as an example. You might feel better with a Linksys, Netgear, or D-Link brand.

I did buy the $100 router for me as I wanted all the features, DMZ, Guest zone and of course Gigabit ethernet ports and speed to keep up with my faster internet (101Mbps connection).

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#5 VicVegas

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:25 PM

I actually was in a hurry and had to run out the same day to get one. It was the only one the computer shop had on hand so I just went with it... Probably spent too much.

It was an Ubiquiti Air Router. Never even heard of the company before but it's up and running, so I'm satisfied. Thanks for the input anyway.

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What ISP do you have? Currently I'm stuck with Mediacom, but with as much as they're charging me I'm thinking about dropping cable TV and going with something else.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:10 PM

Hi,
Don't forget to set the encryption on the wireless in the router.

I don't think you can get who I have as they are my local cable company. Cablevision AKA Optimum Online. I keep basic cable and use Satellite TV for everything else.

It isn't the cheapest, however it gets me what I want. A really fast DVR that holds enough from the Satellite company. The cable companies DVR is not very good. All the channels I want. And a fast Internet connection.

Glad to hear it is all working
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:43 AM

VicVegas,

Ubiquiti is the manufacturer of my router(ISP Modem) extended to AT&T Networks. http://www.ubnt.com/airos

I switch to that from Hughes net to this and ITS FASTERRRRRRRR my download limit jump from 475bmb per day to 20GB per month

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:48 PM

The added speed would be nice but sadly AT&T would be a bad idea here. We were with them for a while, they would never stop double billing us. After a while we switched to the local company, which had a different name back then but now it's called Windstream I think. During the time I was with Windstream AT&T continued to send me bills, Windstream did nothing to help and we had to constantly contact AT&T and tell them that they were wrongfully sending us bills. Finally we switched to Mediacom about two years ago and they made AT&T stop for good and threatened legal action if they tried it again. But even with the help we've gotten from Mediacom, they still continue to **** us royally in the wallet.




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