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#1 kyle m

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:41 PM

i am planning on purchasing a laptop and wireless router in a few weeks, and would like some advice on wat kind of router to buy. i am planning on buying a Linksys, but i do not fully understand the differences between them all. anyone have some advice?

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:07 AM

Hi Kyle, there is a lot to choose from, I would say look at the known brands and what they offer http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c...FVisitorWrapper
I use the Billion 7402GL which I like a lot http://www.billion.com/index.php
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:57 AM

Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, Buffalo, the list goes on and on We made the mistake of carrying Belkin at my shop great prices, but crud quality, no customer support, they dont even answer their telephone. All the others I have mentioned, no problems, even when they are supposedly broken/not working a simple reset fixes the problem
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:07 AM

Hey Oldf@rt are Billion popular in the States?
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 05:40 AM

Haven't seen (or heard of) the Billion models in the Eastern US
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:09 PM

Not west of the Mississippi either, I had to look up on google, first link showed an Australian Company web site, the company is based in Taiwan.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 02:43 PM

Pretty much the best (Linksys) router you can get: http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Cisco-WRT54G...6655&sr=8-1

All of Linksys' routers used to be good, and then they came out with v5 which had gimped hardware and lousy firmware, they have horrible connectivity and lockup issues.
The WRT54GL has all of the memory the old models did, and it uses the better Linux-based firmware.

Basically you won't get better router for the money unless you spend hundreds of dollars.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:37 PM

All of Linksys' routers used to be good, and then they came out with v5 which had gimped hardware and lousy firmware, they have horrible connectivity and lockup issues.
The WRT54GL has all of the memory the old models did, and it uses the better Linux-based firmware.

... and in WRT54GL you simply replace the crummy v5 with Thibor HyperWRT which is what I did and it's fabulous, fast and secure for both wired and wireless use. It basically becomes v4+HyperWRT improvements.
http://www.hyperwrt.org/
http://www.hyperwrt.org/forum/index.php

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 05:13 PM

DDWRT is also quite fab if you're going to replace the default firmware, although I've been running mine just fine with the stock firmware.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:27 PM

arcman, I'm glad you wrote this. Because after posting, I regretted saying v5 GL is crummy. Which is what just brought me back here. It's not crummy at all, it works great, it's just that the whole world got upset when Linsys changed the version from 4 to 5. Both firmware upgrades, Thibor and DDWRT are very effective, but an icing on the cake in the final analysis.

HyperWRT installed in seconds. I backed up the original firmware, installed HyperWRT-Thibor, and haven't looked back, but can, since restoring Linksys original firmware is simple.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:36 PM

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The other router I'm familiar with is D-Link 624. I found the interface confusing and ugly. Very small text area (no matter how wide you stretched the window) and all the IP addresses and ports of whatever was pinging me were merging into one word and I had trouble telling what's what and where, especially some wireless settings which weren't even under wireless but performance or something like that, unrelated. Just my opinion. Other than the useless GUI, is was an excellent router.

Edited by tos226, 18 May 2007 - 08:37 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2007 - 08:08 AM

I use the NetGear WGR614 v6 wireless routers at home and at the wife's office - never had a problem with them. I switched from LinkSys (the WGR54 series) because of connection issues that I had with them.

FWIW - the LinkSys online "chat" tech support was something I made good use of. No language difficulties, and the tech could run through the "script" while I sat at my system. I'll never go back to phone support if the online chat is available!
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 07:07 PM

does anyone here know if the Speed Booster option on the Linksys WRT54G wireless G broadband router does that much? i am debating between the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband router and the Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband router with Speed Booster. i want to know if it is worth the extra $20 or so, or if i should just stick with the WRT54G?

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:47 PM

Probably not worth 20 bucks.
There must be some interest in it though, as that's one of the features HyperWRT added to G v4 and GL which is v4 G.
If you're getting stock G, the current retail version is 5. You will not be able to change the firmware to HyperWRT or DDWRT. Going with GS might make sense then if speed is of importance. Review the wikipedia site for versions.

Edited by tos226, 20 May 2007 - 10:48 PM.





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